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'Minibrains' In A Dish Shed A Little Light On Autism And Epilepsy

NPR Top Stories - April 26, 2017 - 10:20am

Experiments with small clusters of networked brain cells are helping scientists see how real brains develop normally, and what goes awry when cells have trouble making connections.

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WTO Says Mexico Can Seek Millions From U.S. In Dolphin-Safe Tuna Dispute

NPR Top Stories - April 26, 2017 - 9:54am

The World Trade Organization deems U.S. labeling rules for dolphin-safe tuna are unfairly restrictive to Mexico. It says Mexico may seek $163 million annually from the U.S. in retaliatory measures.

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When LA Erupted In Anger: A Look Back At The Rodney King Riots

NPR Top Stories - April 26, 2017 - 9:21am

This week 25 years ago, policemen were acquitted in the savage beating of African-American Rodney King. Five days of riots, arson and looting ensued, fueled by deep-rooted tensions that persist today.

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New Evidence Suggests Humans Arrived In The Americas Far Earlier Than Thought

NPR Top Stories - April 26, 2017 - 9:00am

Until now, the earliest signs of humans in the Americas dated back about 15,000 years. But new research puts people in California 130,000 years ago. Experts are wondering whether to believe it.

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THAAD Missile System Will Be Online Within Days In South Korea, Admiral Says

NPR Top Stories - April 26, 2017 - 8:18am

"I believe that we have to look at North Korea as if Kim Jong Un will do what he says," says Adm. Harry Harris, commander of the U.S. Pacific Command.

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Jonathan Demme, Director Of 'Silence Of The Lambs,' Dies At 73

NPR Top Stories - April 26, 2017 - 8:04am

During more than four decades behind the camera, the Oscar-winning filmmaker forged a wide-ranging career — from documentaries to horror. He died Wednesday from complications of esophageal cancer.

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Cassini Spacecraft Starts Weaving Between Saturn And Its Rings

NPR Top Stories - April 26, 2017 - 5:13am

"Shields Up!" the Cassini craft's Twitter feed announced Wednesday. If all goes well, new images of the ringed planet will reach Earth early Thursday.

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Energy Star Program For Homes And Appliances Is On Trump's Chopping Block

NPR Top Stories - April 26, 2017 - 4:00am

Appliance makers and home builders are in Washington, D.C., to celebrate the energy efficiency program. Energy Star is among 50 EPA programs that would be eliminated under the president's budget plan.

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China Celebrates Launch Of 'Homemade' Aircraft Carrier

NPR Top Stories - April 26, 2017 - 3:56am

The not-yet-named carrier is the second in China's arsenal. It took less than four years to build.

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In Fast-Paced China, Marathon Craze Is Off And Running (Despite A Clumsy Start)

NPR Top Stories - April 26, 2017 - 3:29am

Six years ago, China held 22 marathons; this year, more than 400 are scheduled. But it's long-distance running with Chinese characteristics, and some twists including cigarettes and fruity soap.

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How A Wild Berry Is Helping To Protect China's Giant Pandas And Its Countryside

NPR Top Stories - April 26, 2017 - 3:00am

Long before it became a "superfood" in the U.S., schisandra was made into soups and jams and prized as a medicinal plant. Now the berry is at the center of a dramatic new approach to conservation.

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Trump Administration Vows 'Biggest Tax Cut,' 'Largest' Overhaul In History

NPR Top Stories - April 26, 2017 - 2:48am

The White House is issuing tax-plan guidelines today. It's not likely to get taken up soon, but Trump's Treasury secretary is pledging to move quickly — and to achieve 3 percent growth.

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Binge Drinkers Beware: Study Finds Link Between Alcohol And Heart Arrhythmias

NPR Top Stories - April 26, 2017 - 1:05am

Researchers tested more than 3,000 people at Munich's Oktoberfest beer festival. They found getting drunk was associated with abnormal heart rhythms.

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Portugal Basks In Post-Bailout Economic Revival

NPR Top Stories - April 26, 2017 - 1:03am

Portugal's economy has rebounded dramatically since its European Union bailout in 2011. Wages are up and unemployment down. What's surprising is that this happened only as austerity was canceled.

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Trump's Efforts To 'Drain The Swamp' Lagging Behind His Campaign Rhetoric

NPR Top Stories - April 26, 2017 - 1:00am

The phrase didn't originate with the Trump campaign. Advocates of tougher laws on political money and lobbying have used it for years.

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Recordings Reveal Baby Humpback Whales 'Whisper' To Their Mothers

NPR Top Stories - April 26, 2017 - 12:38am

Scientists recently tracked eight baby whales using special sound and movement recorders. The sounds the babies made turned out to be far different from the eerie songs of adult male humpbacks.

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Milwaukee Prosecutors Weigh Charges In Inmate's Dehydration Death

NPR Top Stories - April 25, 2017 - 11:10pm

Prosecutors say Terrill Thomas, 38, had been left alone in his county jail cell for seven days without water. The medical examiner's office says he died of "profound dehydration" in the 2016 incident.

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Supreme Court Justice Breyer Guilty Of Not Silencing His Cellphone

NPR Top Stories - April 25, 2017 - 11:01pm

Arguments before the Supreme Court Tuesday morning were interrupted by a ringing cellphone. Amused colleagues watched as Justice Stephen Breyer reacted quickly to turn off the device.

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Confirmed: Mountain Lion Took Pescadero, Calif., Dog While Owner Slept

NPR Top Stories - April 25, 2017 - 5:54pm

Wildlife authorities say DNA identifying the predator was found in the home, mixed with blood from the pet. The cat entered through an open door and snatched the dog from the foot of the owner's bed.

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What This Doctor Is Going To Do With His $1 Million TED Prize

NPR Top Stories - April 25, 2017 - 5:30pm

Raj Panjabi must use the award "to solve a timely, pressing problem." Here's what he plans to do.

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