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Today โ€” October 19th 2019NPR News

White House Adviser Peter Navarro Calls Fictional Alter Ego An 'Inside Joke'

By Scott Horsley
Peter Navarro, White House director of trade and manufacturing policy, has admitted quoting a fictional character in several of his nonfiction books.

Peter Navarro, a key architect of President Trump's trade policy, made up one of the people the adviser repeatedly quotes in his nonfiction books. Navarro's publisher is not amused.

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  • October 18th 2019 at 23:54

'We Didn't Believe We Would See The Sun Rise': Refugees From Syria Arrive In Iraq

By Jane Arraf
Syrians fleeing the Turkish incursion in northeastern Syria receive bedding materials as they arrive at a camp on Thursday in Dohuk, Iraq.

More than 2,000 refugees have crossed into Iraq since Turkey began its assault on northeastern Syria last week. Aid groups are bracing for as many as 50,000 refugee arrivals.

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  • October 18th 2019 at 23:06
Yesterday โ€” October 18th 2019NPR News

New Orleans Will Use Explosives To Topple Cranes At Hard Rock Hotel Collapse Site

By Paolo Zialcita
The two unstable cranes at the Hard Rock Hotel collapse site will be brought down by a controlled explosion.

A tropical storm will bring gusty winds to the area, threatening the stability of two towering cranes that remain unstable following last weekend's disaster.

(Image credit: Gerald Herbert/AP)

  • October 18th 2019 at 20:53

Some Fighting Continues In Northern Syria Despite Turkish 'Pause'

By Merrit Kennedy
Fighting continued early Friday in a northeast Syrian border town at the center of the fight between Turkey and Kurdish forces, despite a U.S.-brokered cease-fire that went into effect overnight.

There are a lot of unanswered questions, like whether Kurdish forces are actually withdrawing from the border. The Pentagon says U.S. ground forces won't be involved in enforcing a "safe zone."

(Image credit: Emrah Gurel/AP)

  • October 18th 2019 at 19:16

Explosions At Mosque Kill At Least 62 People In Afghanistan

By Bill Chappell
A volunteer carries an injured youth to a hospital after an explosion that killed at least 62 people in the Haska Mina district of Nangarhar province Friday.

It's the most serious militant attack against civilians in weeks. And it continues an alarming trend of rising casualties among the public in Afghanistan.

(Image credit: Noorullah Shirzada/AFP via Getty Images)

  • October 18th 2019 at 19:01

What's Behind The Research Funding Gap For Black Scientists?

By Emily Vaughn
A recent study looked at funding rates for R01 grant applications, which are designed to support "health-related research and development based on the mission of the NIH." In general, population-based projects were less likely to be funded than explorations of cellular mechanisms, the study found.

Black scientists more often seek grants for community health studies, but molecular-level research proposals win more funding. More diversity throughout the process could help close the gap, says NIH.

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  • October 18th 2019 at 18:17

Forget About The Tap: A City Of 2 Million Has Virtually No Running Water

By Eyder Peralta
Pascal Bitasimwa, 12, of Goma (in the red shirt) goes to Lake Kivu to fill up jerrycans with water. "This takes me much of my time," he says. "Instead of going to study, I come first to take water."

Democratic Republic of Congo is the scene of the world's second deadliest Ebola outbreak. But in the city of Goma, some 250 miles from the hot zone, residents have other concerns.

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  • October 18th 2019 at 17:23

The Long, Strange Journey Of 'Gung-Ho'

By Jess Kung
The gung-ho slogan adopted by some Marines became so well-known that it was turned into a 1943 movie.

The word "gung-ho" used to mean "industrial cooperative." So, how did it come to describe that overeager middle-schooler taking high school math? On today's edition of Word Watch, we explore.

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  • October 18th 2019 at 17:00

Hear Prince's Acoustic 'I Feel For You' Demo, Fresh From The Vault

By Stephen Thompson
Prince in 1979.

"I Feel for You" was a smash for Chaka Khan in 1984. Five years earlier, it existed only as a solo demo by a 20-year-old Prince.

(Image credit: Courtesy of the artist)

  • October 18th 2019 at 16:34

In Virginia, 2 Young Candidates Vie To Be First Black GOP Lawmakers In 15 Years

By Ben Paviour
Garrison Coward is one of two African American Republican candidates running in next month

Since Reconstruction, Virginia has elected only two African American Republicans to the legislature. This year, two young black men running against Democrats might change that.

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  • October 18th 2019 at 16:05

Massive Gun Battle Erupts In Mexico Over Son Of Drug Kingpin 'El Chapo'

By Scott Neuman
Smoke from burning cars rises in Culiacán, Mexico, on Thursday, after an intense gunfight between security forces and gunmen linked to the Sinaloa drug cartel.

Security forces came under attack and were forced to withdraw after they sought to arrest Ovidio Guzmán López, who is thought to have been running the Sinaloa cartel since his father's arrest in 2014.

(Image credit: Hector Parra/AP)

  • October 18th 2019 at 11:04

Drone Delivery Is One Step Closer To Reality

By David Schaper
Jacob Reed, director of the Unmanned Aircraft Systems degree program at Lewis University, demonstrates a drone at the school

Walgreens is testing out delivery from store to door by drone in Virginia, and UPS won approval to expand air delivery of medical supplies.

(Image credit: David Schaper/NPR)

  • October 18th 2019 at 11:00

Whistleblower Alleges Fraud At A Large Medicare Advantage Plan In Seattle

By Fred Schulte
Doctor

As the Trump administration calls for expanding access to Medicare Advantage, a federal whistleblower lawsuit accuses a large Medicare Advantage plan of bilking Medicare out of $8 million.

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  • October 18th 2019 at 11:00

Get Caught Up: 4 Big Questions About The Trump-Ukraine Affair

By Philip Ewing
On Capitol Hill, questions are swirling around the House impeachment inquiry into President Trump.

Although new pieces of the puzzle are added all the time, some of the biggest questions about the Ukraine pressure campaign — and what Congress may do about it — aren't yet resolved.

(Image credit: Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty Images)

  • October 18th 2019 at 11:00

Mattis Takes Swipe At Trump: 'I Earned My Spurs On The Battlefield'

By Scott Neuman
Former U.S. Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis delivers the keynote address during the 74th Annual Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner on Thursday in New York.

In a speech blending humor with a serious message, the former secretary of defense also quoted a warning by Lincoln against a leader "unfettered by conscience, precedent or decency."

(Image credit: Mary Altaffer/AP)

  • October 18th 2019 at 08:52

City Council Votes To Close New York's Notorious Rikers Island Jail Complex

By Richard Gonzales
The Rikers Island jail complex in New York with the Manhattan skyline in the background. New York City lawmakers voted on Thursday to close the notorious jail complex.

The city expects to reduce its jail population by more than half by 2026 and plans to relocate prisoners in four smaller jails spread across the city.

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  • October 18th 2019 at 02:32

Juul Suspends Sales of Flavored Vapes And Signs Settlement To Stop Marketing To Youth

By Allison Aubrey
Juul announced it will suspend sales of all non-tobacco, non menthol-based flavors of its e-cigarette products.

Flavored e-cigarettes have hooked millions of teens to nicotine. Now, Juul says it will suspend sales of many flavors. Some call the move too little, too late.

(Image credit: Seth Wenig/AP)

  • October 18th 2019 at 00:34

Even With A New Agreement, Brexit Is Not A Done Deal. Here's Why

By Frank Langfitt
Luxembourg

It looks like a big breakthrough in Britain's long process to leave the European Union, but the saga doesn't end here.

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  • October 18th 2019 at 00:22

Energy Secretary Rick Perry To Resign

By Jeff Brady
Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry takes a seat before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing on his nomination to be energy secretary on Jan. 19, 2017.

As the country's 14th secretary of energy, Perry leads an agency he once vowed to eliminate. He has emerged as a central figure in the impeachment inquiry of Trump.

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  • October 18th 2019 at 00:18

Senators Press CFPB To Dig Into Problems With Public Service Student Loan Program

By Chris Arnold
Kathleen Kraninger, director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, testifies before the House Financial Services Committee on March 7. On Thursday, she faced questions from senators about problems with a student loan program for public service workers.

The senators urged the director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to do more to examine problems with a troubled loan forgiveness program, citing an investigative story by NPR this week.

(Image credit: J. Scott Applewhite/AP)

  • October 17th 2019 at 22:50
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