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Reinventing The Cheese Wheel: From Farmhouse To Factory And Back Again

NPR Top Stories - 1 hour 30 min ago

A new book traces the transatlantic cheese wars that led to the rise of factory cheeses and loss of traditional varietals, and looks at the farmhouse cheesemakers working to restore that lost legacy.

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Video Shows Trump Judicial Nominee Unable To Answer Basic Questions Of Law

NPR Top Stories - 1 hour 38 min ago

Federal court nominee Matthew Petersen was stumped on basic legal questions during confirmation hearing.

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Want Help Explaining A Medical Procedure? Ask A 9-Year-Old

NPR Top Stories - 5 hours 12 min ago

Much of the information doctors hand patients before surgery is too complex and hard to understand. So British researchers asked 9-year-olds to rewrite a brochure about a hip replacement.

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Avocado Hand Injuries Are Real. Is A Seedless Fruit The Answer?

NPR Top Stories - 5 hours 30 min ago

Apparently people are showing up in the ER with nerve injuries from improperly cutting the pit out of an avocado. So now there's a cute new seedless variety.

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Retailers Hope For Strong Holiday Season As November Sales Beat Expectations

NPR Top Stories - 6 hours 16 min ago

Retail and food sales were up 5.8 percent in November over the same time last year, the Commerce Department said. Retailers are hoping for their best year since before the economic recession.

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Guantanamo Court Lacks Jurisdiction To Try 9/11 Defendants, Says Defense Attorney

NPR Top Stories - 6 hours 30 min ago

The attorney for one of the 9/11 defendants argues the Guantanamo military commission can't try his client, because the U.S. wasn't at war with al-Qaida at the time of the attacks.

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Natural Disasters And The Implications Of Missing So Much School

NPR Top Stories - 6 hours 41 min ago

Wildfires, hurricanes, flooding — this fall has brought a wave of natural disasters to the U.S. With that comes many days where schools are closed — and those absences add up.

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Top Stories: Trump To Visit FBI; Staggering Global Health Care Costs

NPR Top Stories - 6 hours 42 min ago

Also: Australia criticizes the Catholic Church in a sex abuse report; the GOP tax bill could hurt affordable housing; and scientists think they know why a skydiver was able to break the sound barrier.

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Top British Officer: Russia May Be Able To Cut Undersea Cables

NPR Top Stories - 7 hours 2 min ago

British Air Chief Marshal Sir Stuart Peach says the Kremlin's improved naval capabilities pose a risk to communications and Internet cables that would be an economic catastrophe if severed.

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'Necesitamos La Música': Puerto Ricans Recovering From Maria Embrace The Arts

NPR Top Stories - 7 hours 30 min ago

Many Puerto Ricans are still without electricity and basic services three months after Hurricane Maria. Some are prioritizing song, dance and celebration to feel more at home again.

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Before Talking At FBI, Trump Slams The Agency, Opens Door To Pardoning Flynn

NPR Top Stories - 7 hours 30 min ago

The president attended a ceremony for graduates at the FBI National Academy on Friday. The visit will be complicated, given months of blistering criticism of the agency on Twitter.

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U.S. Army Green Berets Accused From Within Of Lowering Standards

NPR Top Stories - 7 hours 30 min ago

The Green Beret community is in a bitter internal debate over whether standards have been lowered for the U.S. Army elite force.

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How The House Tax Overhaul Bill Could Hurt Affordable Housing

NPR Top Stories - 7 hours 36 min ago

Builders of affordable housing say the House Republican tax plan has a poison pill inside it that removes a tax incentive crucial for about half of the affordable housing units that get built.

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Catholic Church Singled Out In Australian Sex Abuse Report

NPR Top Stories - 9 hours 38 min ago

A royal commission recommends that the Australian Catholic Church ask the Vatican to lift its celibacy requirement for clergy and require that evidence of abuse revealed in confession be reported.

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Federal Investigation Finds 'Significant Issues' At Immigrant Detention Centers

NPR Top Stories - December 14, 2017 - 6:09pm

An inspector general's report says immigrant detainees' rights, health and safety are compromised in four facilities. In response, ICE agrees to strengthen oversight and improve conditions.

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Teens: Pretty Sober, Except For The Marijuana And Vaping

NPR Top Stories - December 14, 2017 - 8:34am

A national survey finds teen substance abuse at the lowest levels since the early 1990s. But marijuana use hasn't declined, and the number of teenagers who are vaping is rising quickly.

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Heading North: American Doctors Report Back From Canada

NPR Top Stories - December 14, 2017 - 6:50am

Advocates for single-payer health care in the U.S. often look to Canada as a model. But some American doctors practicing there wonder whether the U.S. is ready to call health care a right.

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'Why Do You Have This Spy Hysteria?' Putin Asks At Annual News Conference

NPR Top Stories - December 14, 2017 - 6:46am

"They undermine their own nation," Russian President Vladimir Putin said of President Trump's American critics. The news conference went on for nearly four hours.

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Top Stories: Disney Buys Much Of Fox; The FCC's Net Neutrality Vote

NPR Top Stories - December 14, 2017 - 5:16am

Also: An aid group says thousands of Myanmar Rohingya Muslims were murdered in a month; Roy Moore won't concede the Alabama senate election he lost; and awards for the funniest wildlife photos return.

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Here Come The Penitent Penguins: The Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards Are Back

NPR Top Stories - December 14, 2017 - 4:44am

Penitent penguins. A seal aghast. A turbocharged wigeon, a vain gnu and a kickboxing kangaroo. We have the photos.

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