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Judge Says Virginia Can Refuse To Issue Confederate License Plates

NPR News - 7 hours 50 min ago

Citing a June U.S. Supreme Court ruling, the federal judge effectively vacated a 14-year-old state injunction that prohibited officials from refusing to issue such plates.

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Alan Cheuse, Novelist And Longtime NPR Contributor, Dies At 75

NPR News - 8 hours 5 min ago

The author and critic died Friday of injuries sustained in a car accident. For years, he was the voice of NPR's literature commentary — and, for many, the "guide to a very exciting world."

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Hillary Clinton's Doctor Says She's Healthy Enough To Be President

NPR News - 8 hours 20 min ago

Clinton's doctor says she's eating healthily, drinking occasionally, swimming, lifting weights and, yes, doing yoga.

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The state of the market for consumer robots

The personal helper bot is the holy grail of our robot fantasies. What's the state of the market for consumer robots, whether they're humanoid or social? Senior tech correspondent Molly Wood spoke to Dan Kara, who studies robotics at the tech market intelligence firm ABI Research. Plus, hear what people in downtown L.A. would want their personal robots to do for them and what they would pay for it. Kara weighs in on just how realistic our fantasies are.

Listen to Molly Wood's interview in the audio player above.

Life as a busker bot in Hollywood

You'll usually find Daniel Moss on Hollywood Boulevard. He's the robot performer who calls himself the Gold Man, a job he's been doing on the streets of Los Angeles for 33 years. He has a treasure box where people tip him in cash as they walk by. At the end of the day, his earnings can range from zero to a thousand dollars. Why be a robot? Moss explains that in his experience, both children and adults like robots because they like toys. 

Listen to Daniel Moss's full story on the audio player above

Cheetos, Canned Foods, Deli Meat: How The U.S. Army Shapes Our Diet

NPR News - 8 hours 50 min ago

Many of the processed foods that we eat — and the way they're made — were invented not for us, but for soldiers, says the author of the new book Combat-Ready Kitchen.

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Federal Court Places A Stay On Order Compelling NCAA To Pay Athletes

NPR News - 9 hours 13 min ago

The ruling comes nearly a year after a district court judge ruled that the NCAA violated antitrust laws and should let schools pay athletes $5,000.

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Dylann Roof Pleads Not Guilty To Federal Hate Crime Charges

NPR News - 9 hours 35 min ago

The 21-year-old is accused of carrying out the ruthless attack that killed nine worshippers in a historic black church in Charleston, S.C., last month.

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#NPRReads: Considering The Language Of Wine And What's In A Toddler's Mouth

NPR News - 10 hours 17 min ago

Also, we explore a piece that argues that you should want robots to take your job. No. Seriously.

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Marine Version Of F-35 Reportedly Deemed 'Combat Ready'

NPR News - 10 hours 23 min ago

With a total program cost estimated at $400 billion and a per-plane price tag of $135 million, the Joint Strike Fighter program is considered the most expensive in U.S. history.

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She Owes Her Activism To A Brave Mom, The ADA And Chocolate Cake

NPR News - 10 hours 38 min ago

Born deaf and blind to a refugee mother, Haben Girma has had opportunities in the U.S. she'd never have had in Eritrea. But it was an urge for dessert that led her to advocate for the disabled.

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Toxic Lead Contaminates Some Traditional Ayurvedic Medicines

NPR News - 10 hours 43 min ago

Traditional Ayurvedic treatments are popular in India and the United States, but some can be contaminated with high levels of lead and other toxic metals. People continue to be harmed.

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Despite High Expectations, Sentencing Reform Proposals Still On Ice

NPR News - 10 hours 50 min ago

Sen. John Cornyn suggested a hearing and markup on reform proposals could be imminent. But multiple sources tell NPR that concrete language is still being hotly debated behind closed doors.

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Arson Attack That Killed Toddler In West Bank Is Called Terrorism

NPR News - 12 hours ago

An 18-month old died in the fire. The perpetrators scrawled slogans in Hebrew on an outside wall of the house. Palestinian leaders blamed the Israeli government.

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New Ebola Vaccine Has '100 Percent' Effectiveness In Early Results

NPR News - 12 hours 11 min ago

The trial of the VSV-EBOV vaccine was called Ebola ça Suffit – French for "Ebola that's enough." Researchers say it's both effective and quick, with no new Ebola cases 6 days after vaccination.

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Summer Olympics 2008 Host Beijing Awarded 2022 Winter Games

NPR News - 12 hours 14 min ago

The International Olympic Committee has selected Beijing as the host city for the 2022 Winter Olympics. It's the first city ever to host both summer and winter games.

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Death Of Beloved Lion Heats Up Criticism Of Big Game Hunting

NPR News - 12 hours 27 min ago

The killing of Cecil the lion in Zimbabwe has highlighted big game hunting. Hunters legally kill more than 600 African lions every year. More than half the tourists hunting in Africa are American.

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In Report, Justice Accuses St. Louis County Family Court Of Racial Bias

NPR News - 13 hours 30 min ago

The Justice Department's Civil Rights Division found that the court fails to provide children adequate representation. In addition, it says the court treats black kids harsher than white ones.

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More Previously Uninsured Californians Got Coverage Under Obamacare

NPR News - 13 hours 37 min ago

More than two-thirds of Californians who didn't have health insurance before the Affordable Care Act took full effect in 2014 have it now. A Kaiser Family Foundation survey documents the changes.

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Tonight, Look For A Rare (But Not Quite Blue) Moon

NPR News - 14 hours 11 min ago

The modern definition of a "blue moon" has nothing to do with its color.

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