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Coast Guard Reels In Hundreds Of Sunken And Cast-Off Boats In Virgin Islands

NPR Top Stories - February 16, 2018 - 2:01am

Nearly six months after the hurricanes, the slow task of removing derelict boats goes on in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. It doesn't help that many boat owners simply abandoned their vessels.

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How A Urine Test After Back Surgery Triggered A $17,800 Bill

NPR Top Stories - February 16, 2018 - 2:01am

A few months after surgery for a painful spinal disc, a woman's doctor asked her for a sample of urine during a follow-up visit. The routine request turned into a financial nightmare.

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Share Your Medical Bill With Us

NPR Top Stories - February 16, 2018 - 1:50am

Journalists from Kaiser Health News and NPR will be looking at surprising medical bills and figuring out what they can tell us about the health care system. You can share your story here.

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High-Level Affair Erupts Into Open Conflict Between Australian Premier And His Deputy

NPR Top Stories - February 16, 2018 - 1:01am

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull's public criticism of his deputy, Barnaby Jones, over an adulterous affair with a former staffer, threatens to tear apart the country's coalition government.

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Community Mourns In Candlelight Vigil After Deadly School Shooting

NPR Top Stories - February 15, 2018 - 11:26pm

Thousands gathered at a local park, some chanting "no more guns," amid tearful remembrances of the 17 students and staff killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., on Thursday.

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South Africa Elects Cyril Ramaphosa As Its New President

NPR Top Stories - February 15, 2018 - 8:56pm

He started as a mineworker and became a prominent anti-apartheid activist and a tycoon. Now he's leading the nation.

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Canada Hosts A Pride House At The Winter Olympics In South Korea

NPR Top Stories - February 15, 2018 - 8:01pm

Eight years after the first Pride House was created for LGBTQ athletes at the Vancouver Olympics, Canada has worked with local activists to host another one at the Pyeongchang Games.

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Arizona Department Of Corrections Changes Sanitary Pad Policy Following Backlash

NPR Top Stories - February 15, 2018 - 6:26pm

The department said it has increased inmates' free allotment of sanitary pads, after protesters launched the #letitflow campaign and sent a lawmaker tampons in the mail.

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Mikaela Shiffrin Is Shut Out Of Medals In Slalom At Winter Olympics

NPR Top Stories - February 15, 2018 - 5:58pm

Mikaela Shiffrin was trying to win a third gold — and defend the gold medal she won in Sochi. But she was edged off of the podium at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics.

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Austrian Snowboarder Breaks Neck In Olympics Quarterfinals Race

NPR Top Stories - February 15, 2018 - 5:04pm

Markus Schairer fractured his fifth vertebra in a nasty crash that left him sprawled on his back for some time. He apparently didn't suffer lasting damage. He even finished the run.

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ICE Detains More Than 100 In Los Angeles Area Immigration Raids

NPR Top Stories - February 15, 2018 - 5:26am

The federal immigration enforcement agency said "uncooperative jurisdictions," like Los Angeles, were "putting officers, the general public and the aliens at risk."

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$40 Million Later, A Pioneering Plan To Boost Wild Fish Stocks Shows Little Success

NPR Top Stories - February 15, 2018 - 5:00am

A California program begun 35 years ago to boost waning white seabass populations became a model for other states. Now the first scientific review finds the program had a stunningly low success rate.

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Who's Missing From America's Colleges? Rural High School Graduates

NPR Top Stories - February 15, 2018 - 3:00am

Fewer than 1 in 5 rural adults aged 25 and older have college degrees.

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Immigrant Accused Of Guatemalan War Crimes May Be Deported

NPR Top Stories - February 15, 2018 - 2:04am

Last fall, federal officials arrested Juan Samayoa for immigration violations after investigating his activity during Guatemala's civil war. He had been living in Providence, R.I., illegally.

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McDonald's Commits To More Balanced Happy Meals by 2022

NPR Top Stories - February 15, 2018 - 2:01am

The company says in the next four years, 50 percent or more of its kids meals will meet new nutrition criteria, with 600 or fewer calories per meal and caps on calories from sugar and saturated fat.

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Where Redistricting Fights Stand Across The Country

NPR Top Stories - February 15, 2018 - 2:00am

Here's your guide to the state of redistricting in six key states. The U.S. Supreme Court is set to decide three major cases this term that could determine how districts are drawn for the next decade.

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Immigration Push Hits A Wall As Senate Deadline Nears

NPR Top Stories - February 15, 2018 - 2:00am

Senators have made little progress toward an immigration bill that can pass ahead of the chamber's self-imposed Friday deadline.

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New York City Officials Reach Deal On Shuttering Rikers Island

NPR Top Stories - February 14, 2018 - 10:59pm

Now, Mayor Bill de Blasio can move forward with a 10-year plan to close the jail complex and create a borough-based prison system. State officials may seek to close it sooner.

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'You Don't Hold Back': Mikaela Shiffrin Wins Gold At 2018 Winter Olympics

NPR Top Stories - February 14, 2018 - 10:46pm

It was a hard-won medal, on a day where 20 racers crashed out of the course as they tried to carve out time and move up the leaderboard.

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Iceland Has Never Won A Winter Olympics Medal. It's Not Alone

NPR Top Stories - February 14, 2018 - 8:00pm

Only 36 countries have ever won a gold medal at the Winter Olympics. For decades, dozens of other countries have seen their athletes return home empty-handed.

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