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Today โ€” August 21st 2019NPR News

More U.S. Towns Are Feeling The Pinch As Recycling Becomes Costlier

By Rebecca Davis

The U.S. recycling industry is facing a quandary: Too much of the plastic we use can't be recycled, and taxpayers increasingly are on the hook for paying for all that trash to hit the landfills.

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  • August 21st 2019 at 13:00

Do Your Wurst. Food Pun Haters, The Yolk's On You

By Nina Martyris
This toad-shaped sandwich bar called the Toed In, near Los Angeles in 1939, allowed you to grab a bite to eat while your car got serviced. There

If you relish puns, then you'll love a new game that gives you two food-themed topics to blend into one deliciously bad joke. The food pun is so beloved, there's even one in the story of Adam and Eve.

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  • August 21st 2019 at 13:00

China Confirms British Consulate Employee Held On 'Administrative Detention'

By Scott Neuman
Simon Cheng, a staff member of Britain

Hong Kong resident Simon Cheng disappeared on Aug. 8 during a business trip to neighboring Shenzhen. A Chinese official confirmed his arrest on Wednesday, saying it is an internal matter for Beijing.

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  • August 21st 2019 at 11:43

To Honor John McCain, His Wife Says, Americans Could Be Nicer To One Another

By David Greene
Cindy McCain, widow of late Sen. John McCain, at home in Phoenix. She says she thinks Republicans and Democrats can get back to being more civil. "I think it

Cindy McCain, the Arizona senator's widow, marks the first anniversary of his death by asking Americans to engage in acts of civility. "We're missing John's voice of reason right now in so many ways."

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  • August 21st 2019 at 11:01

Buoyed By Fresh Support, Rep. Al Green Plans New Call To Impeach Trump

By Claudia Grisales
Rep. Al Green speaks during a press conference in May with activists urging Congress to begin impeachment proceedings against President Trump.

Green says he'll bring his articles of impeachment to the House floor for a fourth time. More than 120 House Democrats now say they support an inquiry.

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  • August 21st 2019 at 11:01

How A Tip โ€” And Facial Recognition Technology โ€” Helped The FBI Catch A Killer

By Ryan Lucas
An FBI agent displays seized firearms from a gang investigation. Digital facial recognition helped the bureau track down an MS-13 member wanted in connection with murder.

Even as civil libertarians warn about the increased use of facial recognition by federal authorities, the bureau is using it to track down some of its most wanted suspects.

(Image credit: Jae C. Hong/AP)

  • August 21st 2019 at 11:01

Florida Could Serve As Example For Lawmakers Considering Red Flag Laws

By Greg Allen
Suzanne Devine Clark, an art teacher at Deerfield Beach Elementary School, places painted stones at a memorial outside Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School during the one-year anniversary of the school shooting on Feb. 14, 2019, in Parkland, Fla. The state passed its red flag law in 2018 after the shootings at the high school.

Florida adopted a red flag law last year after the shooting that killed 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Since then, courts there have approved about 2,500 risk protection orders.

(Image credit: Wilfredo Lee/AP)

  • August 21st 2019 at 11:00

Employers Struggle With Hiring Undocumented Workers: 'You Cannot Hire American Here'

By John Burnett
The Pew Research Center estimates there are 7.5 million unauthorized workers in the United States concentrated in agriculture, construction and the hospitality industry.

Unauthorized immigrants often do manual, low-paying jobs, and employers say they have no choice but to hire them. But the White House and advocates for lower immigration say the law is the law.

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  • August 21st 2019 at 11:00

Australian Court Upholds Sex Abuse Verdicts Against Cardinal Pell

By Scott Neuman
Cardinal George Pell arrives at the Victorian County Court in  Melbourne, Victoria, in February. Pell

The former archbishop of Sydney and high-ranking Vatican official was sentenced in March to six years in prison for abusing two 13-year-old choirboys in the 1990s.

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  • August 21st 2019 at 10:23

Trump To Skip Visiting Denmark After Prime Minister Says Greenland 'Not For Sale'

By Scott Neuman
President Donald Trump speaks with reporters before boarding Air Force One at Morristown Municipal Airport in Morristown, N.J., Sunday. Among the topics was Trump

The president said he would postpone a planned trip to the Scandinavian country after Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen called his idea of buying the island "absurd."

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  • August 21st 2019 at 07:39

Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross Abruptly Resigns

By Richard Gonzales
Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross speaking during a news conference in Philadelphia on July 18. He abruptly resigned Tuesday.

An aide to Philadelphia's mayor said Ross failed to act on allegations of sexual, racial and gender harassment and discrimination in his department.

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  • August 21st 2019 at 02:53

Former Arkansas VA Doctor Charged With Involuntary Manslaughter In 3 Deaths

By Richard Gonzales
Pathologist Robert Levy was fired from an Arkansas veterans hospital after officials said he had been impaired while on duty.

A former pathologist was under scrutiny after being found drunk on the job. A review of his work found more than 3,000 misdiagnoses of patients.

(Image credit: Washington County Sheriff's Department via AP)

  • August 21st 2019 at 00:41

Ex-MLB Players Luis Castillo, Octavio Dotel Linked To Alleged Dominican Drug Lord

By Colin Dwyer
Octavio Dotel, then a pitcher for the Kansas City Royals, seen during a 2007 game. Dominican Republic authorities arrested the former MLB player, saying both he and ex-infielder Luis Castillo were linked with an alleged drug trafficker.

The Dominican attorney general said Tuesday that the former professional baseball players supported a drug running and money laundering network led by César Emilio Peralta.

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  • August 20th 2019 at 23:53
Yesterday โ€” August 20th 2019NPR News

Italy's Premier Resigns In Fight Within His Coalition Government

By Merrit Kennedy
Italian Premier Giuseppe Conte (right) speaks to the Senate on Tuesday next to Deputy Premier Matteo Salvini.

In a scathing speech to the Senate, Giuseppe Conte railed against his right-wing coalition partner Matteo Salvini, who wanted to hold a vote of no-confidence against him.

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  • August 20th 2019 at 21:58

Want To Know What's In Your Sweat? There's A Patch For That

By Joe Palca
A sensor developed by scientists at U.C. Berkeley can provide real-time measurements of sweat rate and electrolytes in sweat.

Scientists are getting closer to developing a wearable patch that can measure hydration and other health markers — in sweat. The hope is it could give athletes more data to boost their performance.

(Image credit: Courtesy of Bijendra Maskey/Sunchon National University)

  • August 20th 2019 at 21:39

U.S. Recycling Industry Is Struggling To Figure Out A Future Without China

By Christopher Joyce
Trash sent for recycling moves along a conveyor belt to be sorted at Waste Management

China is no longer taking the world's waste. The U.S. recycling industry is overwhelmed — it can't keep up with the plastic being churned out. This doesn't bode well for our plastic waste problem.

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  • August 20th 2019 at 21:27

2 Condos Were Illegally Converted Into 18 Micro Apartments In NYC

By Bill Chappell
The exterior of the condo building at 165 Henry St. in Manhattan

"The ceiling heights were 4.5 feet to 6 feet tall on each level, depending on where you were standing," says a spokesperson for the New York City Department of Buildings.

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  • August 20th 2019 at 20:44

Salvadoran Woman Who Lost Her Pregnancy Is Acquitted Of Homicide In Retrial

By Merrit Kennedy
Evelyn Hernández (center) is embraced by supporters after she was acquitted of aggravated homicide in her retrial related to the loss of a pregnancy.

Evelyn Beatriz Hernández was originally sentenced to 30 years in prison in El Salvador, which has one of the strictest abortion laws in the world.

(Image credit: Salvador Melendez/AP)

  • August 20th 2019 at 20:14

Notre Dame Repair Crews Are Back To Work, But Paris' Lead Concerns Remain

By Jake Cigainero
A cleanup crew scrubs pavement in front of the cathedral on Monday, after French inspectors said workers could return to the fire-damaged site to continue repairs.

Environmental and labor groups complain the cleanup should have begun sooner, and they are concerned about health risks in Paris.

(Image credit: Francois Mori/AP)

  • August 20th 2019 at 19:27

A Guide To What's Happening In Hong Kong

By Colin Dwyer
Protesters gather for a rally Sunday in Hong Kong. Many of the pro-democracy demonstrators have brandished umbrellas in a nod to a symbol widely used during the semiautonomous city

For months, Hong Kong has been at a boiling point, teeming with protesters and police officers. Here's an overview of what's been going on and why.

(Image credit: Lillian Suwanrumpha/AFP/Getty Images)

  • August 20th 2019 at 18:38
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