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U.N. Experts Urge Probe Of Reported Hacking Of Jeff Bezos' Phone By Saudi Arabia





U.N. human rights experts said they were gravely concerned by reports that a WhatsApp account held by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman was used to hack The Washington Post owner's phone.

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Trump Says He'll Add 'A Few Countries' To Controversial U.S. Travel Ban





The president confirms a plan to expand one of the signature pieces of his immigration policy, in a move that could double the number of countries on the prohibited list.

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With The Rules Set, Senate Trial Opening Arguments Begin


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House impeachment managers are taking to the Senate floor Wednesday, arguing their case for why President Trump should be removed from office. Trump, meanwhile, called the case against him a "hoax."

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Myth Busted: Turns Out Bankruptcy Can Wipe Out Student Loan Debt After All





Many Americans who get overwhelmed by student loan debt are told student debt can't be erased through bankruptcy. Now more judges and lawyers say that's a myth and bankruptcy can help.

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Myth Busted: Turns Out Bankruptcy Can Wipe Out Student Loan Debt After All





Many Americans who get overwhelmed by student loan debt are told student debt can't be erased through bankruptcy. Now more judges and lawyers say that's a myth and bankruptcy can help.

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Teachers Union Lawsuit Claims DeVos 'Capriciously' Repealed Borrower Protections


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Before its repeal, the gainful employment rule served as a warning to certain colleges: If graduates didn't earn enough money to pay their student debts, schools could lose access to federal aid.

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Some Push To Change State Laws That Require HIV Disclosure To Sexual Partners


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In more than 30 states, it is illegal for someone with HIV to have sex without first disclosing their status. Some are now trying to change that, arguing that those laws endanger public health.

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'To Stop Now Would Be Foolish': Doubling Down On Services For High-Cost Patients


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A study this month showed giving extra social services to the neediest patients didn't reduce hospital readmissions. Now health advocates say that might not be the right measurement of success.

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Northwest Salmon In Peril, And Efforts To Save Them Scale Up





With Pacific Northwest salmon and steelhead on the brink of extinction, there are new efforts being brokered to save the famed fish.

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Supreme Court Considers Religious Schools Case





For the first time, the high court will rule on "no-aid" state constitutional provisions that conservative religious groups and school-choice advocates have long sought to invalidate.

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Election Security Boss: Threats To 2020 Are Now Broader, More Diverse





In an exclusive interview with NPR, election threats executive Shelby Pierson says more nations may attempt more types of interference in the U.S.

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Exclusive: Seattle-Area Voters To Vote By Smartphone In 1st For U.S. Elections





King County, Wash., plans to allow all eligible voters to vote using their smartphones in a February election. It's the largest endeavor so far as online voting slowly expands across the U.S.

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Health Officials In China Say 9 Dead From Newly Identified Coronavirus





Chinese health officials say that while the new virus doesn't appear to be as virulent as the one that caused a SARS pandemic 17 years ago, it is still "highly infectious."

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Gallup Poll: Dissatisfaction With U.S. Abortion Laws On The Rise





A new poll from Gallup finds increased dissatisfaction with the nation's abortion laws, mostly among Democrats, who want fewer restrictions.

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Supreme Court Allows Flint Water Lawsuits To Move Forward, Officials Not 'Immune'


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In refusing to take up two cases involving the 2014 water crisis, the higher court has upheld earlier rulings saying neither city nor state officials are protected from being sued.

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Boeing 737 Max May Stay Grounded Into Summer





Boeing suggests it could fly about mid-2020. Industry sources note that the FAA and other regulators around the world could take months longer to find the planes safe to fly passengers.

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Trump Impeachment Trial Recap: Republicans Balk At McConnell Over Session Rules


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The majority leader's own members didn't want to go along with his first vision for the procedure in the impeachment trial. But the GOP did reject calls for more witnesses and evidence.

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Glenn Greenwald Accused By Brazilian Prosecutors In Hacking Probe





The U.S. journalist decried the accusation as an "obvious attempt to attack a free press in retaliation for the revelations we reported." A judge will decide whether the case moves forward.

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Ousted Female Chief Files Discrimination Complaint Against The Grammys





Deborah Dugan was supposed to right the Grammy ship after her predecessor told women to "step up" in the music business. On Tuesday, the short-tenured executive filed a complaint with the EEOC.

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Titanic Wreckage Now Protected Under U.S.-U.K. Deal That Was Nearly Sunk





On Tuesday, British Maritime Minister Nusrat Ghani lauded a 2003 treaty that sat unratified for years but, after approval by the U.S., has recently been dredged from its would-be grave.

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VIDEO: How The U.S. And Iran Ratcheted Up Their Long-Running Feud


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If you want to trace the history of U.S.-Iran tensions, you'd have to go back decades. But the roots of the latest escalation can be found in a series of developments over the past two years.

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China Tries To Control Travel In And Out Of Wuhan To Stem Coronavirus Spread





The mayor of Wuhan, where the virus is believed to have originated, is encouraging people to stay in the city. The coronavirus has sickened about 300 people and killed six in China.

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How Much Should The Public Be Told About Risky Virus Research?





The U. S. government this week is pondering how much the public needs to be told about funding decisions for lab research that could make risky viruses even worse.

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Senate Impeachment Trial Begins With Fight Over Rules


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Before the House prosecution team makes the case about the two articles of impeachment against President Trump, the Senate needs to pass rules governing how the trial will work.

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Former Interpol President Sentenced To Prison In China For Corruption





Meng Hongwei, the global police agency's first Chinese president, disappeared in 2018 only to turn up in custody in China. Meng pleaded guilty last year to accepting more than $2 million in bribes.

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Roe v. Wade: Settled Law Or Bad Precedent? States Prep For An Overturn





A Supreme Court case in March will test the new five-member conservative majority. If justices strike federal abortion protections, look for a state-by-state quilt of abortion "deserts" and "havens."

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Along The Rim of Alaska, The Once-A-Decade U.S. Census Begins In Toksook Bay





The 2020 census officially starts in an Alaskan fishing village along the Bering Sea. Starting the count there in January, when the ground is frozen, makes it easier to reach far-flung communities.

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NPR Poll: Majority Of Americans Believe Trump Encourages Election Interference





More than 40% believe the U.S. is not very prepared to keep this year's election safe. The results paint a picture of a polarized electorate wary about what it reads and the fairness of elections.

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Patients Want To Die At Home, But Home Hospice Care Can Be Tough On Families





The for-profit hospice industry has grown, allowing more Americans to die at home. But few family members realize that "hospice care" still means they'll do most of the physical and emotional work.

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After Volcano Quiets, Philippine Officials At Odds Over Residents' Return





The vice mayor of a town located near Taal volcano, which began spewing ash and steam last week, has urged people to defy warnings from authorities and to "come back and clean up."

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McConnell Lays Out Plan For Senate Impeachment Trial Procedure





The Senate majority leader is planning for each side in the impeachment trial to have 24 hours to present their case, spread over two days. Democrats object to that idea.

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Political Unrest In Puerto Rico After Discovery Of Unused Hurricane Aid





Fed up with what they say is rampant corruption, protesters are demanding the resignation of Gov. Wanda Vázquez, who just months ago served as the island's Justice Secretary.

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Amtrak To Drop $25,000 Ticket Price For Two Wheelchair Users After Complaints





NPR reported on Friday that the ticket for a two-hour ride between Chicago and Bloomington-Normal, Ill., stations usually costs $16. Amtrak had based the higher price on adjustments to train cars.

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Destructive Hail And A Massive Dust Storm Descend On Fire-Ravaged Australia





Canberra, Melbourne and other areas of southeast Australia were hit by golf-ball-sized hail that destroyed car windshields, killed birds and shredded the leaves off trees.

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Coronavirus In China: Over 200 Cases, Human-To-Human Transmission





The World Health Organization will convene a meeting on Wednesday to determine if the newly discovered virus presents a "public health emergency of international concern."

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Honolulu Police Search For Remains Of Suspect Who Killed 2 Officers, Set Homes Ablaze





Investigators are sifting through the remains of seven homes burned to the ground Honolulu. Authorities say a man facing eviction stabbed his landlord, set a fire and fatally shot the two officers.

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Trump Legal Team Accuses Democrats Of 'Dangerous Perversion' Of Constitution





The White House is releasing a formal legal brief to the Senate, ahead of the Tuesday start to the impeachment trial. An executive summary was obtained by NPR.

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Chinese Universities Are Enshrining Communist Party Control In Their Charters





Some schools are nixing language about academic freedom and are stressing loyalty to the ruling party, which plants spies to denounce professors and students who voice their minds, academics say.

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Richmond Gun Rally: Thousands Of Gun Owners Converge On Virginia Capitol On MLK Day





"This is about losing one of the base freedoms that we have," a gun rights supporter says in Richmond. But the potential for violence has left some of the city's streets barricaded.

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Extradition Trial For Huawei Executive Facing U.S. Fraud Charges Begins In Vancouver





Meng Wanzhou was arrested in 2018 as she changed planes in Vancouver. The U.S. says the Chinese technology giant misled banks about the nature of Huawei's business in Iran.

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Patients Still Struggle To Balance High Costs Of MS Treatment, Despite Generic


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Drugs to treat multiple sclerosis can run $70,000 a year or more. Patients hoped competition from a generic version of one of the most popular brands would spur relief, but prices went up. Here's why.

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Youth Teaching Tech To Seniors Fosters Generational Connections





Senior citizens who don't keep up with technology are at risk of social isolation. A New Mexico nonprofit pairs tech-savvy youth with seniors, and both generations benefit from the human connection.

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Looming Impeachment Trial Adds Urgency To Senators' Campaign Push





The four senators running for president will mostly be off the campaign trail in the final days before Iowa votes. They'll work around the impeachment trial with Skype, surrogates and red-eye flights.

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Her Own Birth Was 'Fertility Fraud' And Now She Needs Fertility Treatment





Years ago, doctors sometimes lied about whose sperm they used for artificial inseminations. Could it happen now? Some argue regulation is weak in the multibillion dollar fertility treatment industry.

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Kansas City Chiefs To Play San Francisco 49ers In Super Bowl LIV


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The Chiefs beat the Tennessee Titans 35-24 in the AFC Championship on Sunday. The 49ers followed with an NFC victory over the Green Bay Packers, 37-20. The Chiefs and 49ers will meet in Miami Feb. 2.

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Canada Sends Armed Forces To Help Newfoundlanders Dig Out After Blizzard


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In the capital city of St. John's, the snowstorm completely buried cars and caused thousands to lose power. As much as 30 inches of snow fell in some parts of the city.

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Jazz Saxophone Legend Jimmy Heath Has Died





The saxophonist and composer — an artist who wrote for Miles Davis and Charlie Parker, and who nurtured John Coltrane — died Sunday at age 93.

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U.S. Navy To Name Aircraft Carrier After WWII Hero Doris Miller





Miller was a mess attendant on the West Virginia when he jumped in to man a machine gun during the Pearl Harbor attack. He is the first African American to have an aircraft carrier named after him.

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SpaceX Celebrates Test Of Crew Dragon Capsule That Will Carry NASA Astronauts





NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine and SpaceX's Elon Musk called the test of the Crew Dragon capsule a success. NASA hopes to use the capsule to bring astronauts to the International Space Station.

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Jazz Saxophone Legend Jimmy Heath Has Died





The saxophonist and composer — an artist who wrote for Miles Davis and Charlie Parker, and who nurtured John Coltrane — died Sunday at age 93.

#news #npr #publicradio #usa
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