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Today โ€” January 18th 2020NPR News

Kids' Climate Case 'Reluctantly' Dismissed By Appeals Court

By Nathan Rott
Levi Draheim, 11, wears a dust mask as he participates in a demonstration in Miami in July 2019. A lawsuit file by him and other young people urging action against climate change was thrown out by a federal appeals court Friday.

The court said the nearly two dozen young people who were trying to force action by the government on climate change did not have standing to sue. The judges said climate change is a political issue.

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  • January 18th 2020 at 02:04

Lawyer Alan Dershowitz Draws Line On His Role In Trump Impeachment Defense

By Roberta Rampton
Alan Dershowitz told NPR on Friday he would make constitutional arguments for President Trump at his Senate impeachment trial.

The Harvard law professor told NPR he will present constitutional arguments during the Senate trial — but will not be involved in other strategic decisions.

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  • January 18th 2020 at 01:49

Defense Department To Overhaul Screening For Foreign Military Trainees

By Vanessa Romo
After an internal review of how foreign military students are screened, the U.S. Department of Defense says it will implement new security measures for prospective cadets.

Officials said they want to "ensure the program continues." To that end, the department has reviewed "how we can use our resources to do enhanced vetting."

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  • January 18th 2020 at 01:02

Supreme Court To Hear 'Faithless Electors' Case

By Nina Totenberg
Brock Ervin holds a sign outside the Indiana House chamber at the Statehouse before the 11 representatives of the Electoral College gathered on Dec. 19, 2016, in Indianapolis.  The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear two cases challenging state attempts to penalize electoral college delegates who fail to vote for the presidential candidate they were pledged to support.

At issues are state attempts to penalize electoral college delegates who fail to vote for the presidential candidate they were pledged to support.

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  • January 18th 2020 at 00:24

Amtrak Asks Two People Who Use Wheelchairs To Pay $25,000 For A Ride

By Joseph Shapiro
A member of the station staff pushes a portable wheelchair lift along the platform at an Amtrak station in DeLand, Fla. The company says its policies for having to adjust or remove seats has changed.

It usually costs $16 to take Amtrak from Chicago to Bloomington, Ill. The company defended the $25,000 cost for the extra wheelchair users, saying it reflects a new policy.

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  • January 18th 2020 at 00:18

3 Alleged Members Of Hate Group 'The Base' Arrested In Georgia, Another In Wisconsin

By Bill Chappell
From left: Luke Austin Lane, Jacob Kaderli and Michael Helterbrand are accused of plotting "to overthrow the government and murder a Bartow County couple," according to police in Floyd County, Ga.

This is the second round of suspected members of The Base to be arrested this week. The group is trying to bring about the downfall of the U.S. government, according to law enforcement.

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  • January 17th 2020 at 23:19

Supreme Court Takes Up Birth-Control Conscience Case

By Sarah McCammon
The Supreme Court will examine Trump administration regulations that allow employers to claim exemptions to the contraceptive insurance coverage mandate in the Affordable Care Act.

The high court will consider a case involving a challenge to a Trump administration rule that allows employers to opt out of providing contraceptive coverage for religious or moral reasons.

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  • January 17th 2020 at 22:51

Indiana's Oldest State Worker Is Retiring At 102: 'I've Been A Pretty Lucky Guy'

By Colin Dwyer
Bob Vollmer, seen in a 2016 photograph provided by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, shows the now-102-year-old at work. The state

Bob Vollmer, a land surveyor for nearly six decades, tells NPR he's got new projects in mind — like building a pool. And he's got some advice: "If anybody does anything for you ... say thank you."

(Image credit: John Maxwell/Indiana Department of Natural Resources via AP)

  • January 17th 2020 at 22:31
Yesterday โ€” January 17th 2020NPR News

U.S. Says 11 Service Members Were Injured When Iran Attacked Iraqi Base

By Bill Chappell
U.S. troops clear debris following an Iranian missile strike at the Ain al-Assad air base in Iraq on Jan. 8. No one was killed, and U.S. officials initially said no American service members had been injured.

Eight Americans were taken to Germany and three to Kuwait to receive medical care after Iran's missile strike last week, a Defense Department spokesperson says.

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  • January 17th 2020 at 22:15

FBI Seizes Website Suspected Of Selling Access To Billions Of Pieces Of Stolen Data

By Brakkton Booker
A joint investigation involving the U.S., Germany, the Netherlands, Northern Ireland and the United Kingdom helped take down the WeLeakInfo site, which the Justice Department says sold billions of stolen usernames, passwords and other data.

The site weleakinfo.com is now down. The Justice Department says that for a fee, users could access stolen personal data names, phone numbers, e-mail addresses. Two people were arrested in Europe.

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  • January 17th 2020 at 21:38

'Freed From The Secret': Rep. Ayanna Pressley Opens Up About Living With Alopecia

By Merrit Kennedy
Rep. Ayanna Pressley appears in a video for The Root, the African American-focused online magazine, in which she reveals her bald head and talks about living with alopecia.

The freshman lawmaker says she felt that it was particularly important for her to speak out about her condition because her hairstyle, Senegalese twists, has become a part of her political brand.

(Image credit: Courtesy of The Root and G/O Media via AP)

  • January 17th 2020 at 20:21

The Cost Of Free: Casper Pays A Price For Generous Mattress Returns

By Alina Selyukh
Casper changed mattress shopping with the promise of a 100-night "risk-free" trial and easy returns. Now the cost of those returns is being scrutinized as the online company prepares to go public.

Casper changed mattress shopping with the promise of a 100-night "risk-free" trial and easy returns. Now the cost of those returns is being scrutinized as the online company prepares to go public.

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  • January 17th 2020 at 19:36

Remembering Spiritual Leader Ram Dass

By Terry Gross

Dass, who died Dec. 22, was a practitioner of Eastern-inspired philosophy who became interested in the religious potential of LSD in the '60s and '70s. Originally broadcast in 1990.

  • January 17th 2020 at 19:20

Eminem Releases Surprise Album, 'Music To Be Murdered By'

By Andrew Flanagan
Eminem performs on stage during the MTV European Music Awards in 2017.

The rapper's 11th studio album is packaged with assists from Black Thought, Ed Sheeran, Q-Tip, Anderson .Paak and the late rapper, Juice WRLD.

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  • January 17th 2020 at 17:34

Iran's Ayatollah Slams 'American Clowns' In Rare Friday Prayers Sermon

By Bill Chappell
Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei

"These American clowns lie" when they say they stand with the Iranian people, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei told a large crowd of worshippers in Tehran.

(Image credit: Official Khamenei website via Reuters)

  • January 17th 2020 at 16:22

Why Gun Violence Is Surging In Toronto

By David McGuffin
Crowds scatter after reports of shots fired in Nathan Phillips Square in Toronto in June. By the end of 2019, more than 760 people had been shot in the city, 44 of whom were killed.

Last year, more than 760 people were shot. Canada has tighter gun laws than in the U.S., and officials and gun control advocates are trying to figure out why the surge is happening and how to stop it.

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  • January 17th 2020 at 15:20

In China, Birthrate Falls To Lowest Level In 70 Years

By Scott Neuman
A woman carries a baby born on China

Last year, there were 10.48 births per 1,000 people — the lowest since the country was founded in 1949. Beijing also said its economy cooled to the slowest pace in nearly three decades.

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  • January 17th 2020 at 13:17

Vitamin Treatment For Sepsis Fails In Large Trial

By Richard Harris
Sepsis, or blood poisoning, occurs when the body overreacts to infection. It

Hopes were high that a cocktail of vitamins and steroids could treat a deadly disease that kills some 270,000 Americans annually. Trial results were disappointing.

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  • January 17th 2020 at 14:09

After Controversial Leaders Step Down, The Women's March Tries Again In 2020

By Isabella Gomez Sarmiento
Volunteers paint a banner for the front of the demonstration. Organizers hosted the event to bring supporters together ahead of this year

For the fourth year, the anti-Trump Women's March will stage events in Washington, D.C., and other places. After years of controversy, the group now has new leadership and a new focus.

(Image credit: Isabella Gomez Sarmiento/NPR)

  • January 17th 2020 at 11:07

New Figures Show Billionaire Candidates Spending Big, With Little Return

By Jessica Taylor
The candidates in the top 1% have accounted for about 78% of the ad spending in the presidential race so far, according to new numbers.

Tom Steyer and Mike Bloomberg have used their own fortunes to outspend other candidates in the Democratic primary race. But so far, most voters aren't buying what they are selling.

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  • January 17th 2020 at 11:00
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