NPR3 min readSociety
How The House Tax Overhaul Bill Could Hurt Affordable Housing
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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Retailers Hope For Strong Holiday Season As November Sales Beat Expectations
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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Grand Jury Report On Penn State Hazing Finds 'Indignities And Depravities'
The report was triggered by one deadly incident, but members of the grand jury said they felt obligated to report the broader issues they uncovered — including rampant, dangerous misconduct.
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Wife Of Kentucky Lawmaker Who Killed Himself Plans To Run For His Seat
State Rep. Dan Johnson's death came days after a news outlet published allegations he sexually assaulted a 17-year-old girl. His widow decried "high-tech lynchings based on lies and half-truths."
NPR1 min readFood & Wine
Trump Administration Moves To Kill Rules For Organic Eggs
It's the latest Obama-era agriculture regulation to go on the chopping block. This one governs the treatment of animals on organic farms. But most organic farmers actually support the rule.
NPR2 min readPolitics
Female Congressional Candidate Ends Run After She Is Accused Of Sexual Harassment
Retired business executive Andrea Ramsey had hoped to oust an incumbent Republican congressman in a Kansas district targeted by the Democrats.
NPR1 min readPolitics
GOP Rep. Farenthold Won't Seek Re-Election After Sexual Abuse Charges
The Texas Republican was alleged to have harassed female aides and is under investigation by the House Ethics Committee.
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Use Of The Death Penalty In U.S. Near A 25-Year Low, Report Finds
Executions of death row inmates occurred in only eight states in 2017 as public support for capital punishment wanes, according to an annual report by the Death Penalty Information Center.
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Four Children Killed In School Bus And Train Collision In France
The interior minister said he was "overwhelmed by the tragedy." The bus was filled with adolescents. Many were injured.
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Firefighter Dies in California Wildfire, Now The 4th Largest In The State's History
The Thomas Fire has claimed more than 249,500 acres and over 700 homes. Officials say it won't be contained until January.
NPR2 min readSociety
Nephews Of Venezuelan First Lady Sentenced In U.S. Drug Smuggling Case
Efrain Antonio Campo Flores and his cousin Franqui Francisco Flores de Freitas received 18 years in prison.
NPR1 min readSociety
First-Degree Murder Charge Against Man Who Drove Into Charlottesville Demonstrators
James Fields Jr. of Ohio had been facing a second-degree murder charge until the judge upgraded it at a preliminary hearing Thursday. One protester was killed and dozens were injured.
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Kentucky Lawmaker Dies In Apparent Suicide Amid Accusations Of Sexual Assault
Rep. Dan Johnson was found dead in his car of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound days after an investigative report raised past accusations of sexual assault of a 17-year-old girl.
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Filmmaker Morgan Spurlock Posts Online Confessional Of Sexual Misconduct
Spurlock, who made the 2004 Oscar-nominated Super Size Me, detailed an encounter in college that the woman viewed as rape and a sexual harassment settlement he concluded with a former employee.
NPR3 min readSociety
Health Care Costs Push A Staggering Number Of People Into Extreme Poverty
And half the world's population doesn't even have access to essential health services, according to a report from the World Bank and the World Health Organization.
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Down Syndrome Families Divided Over Abortion Ban
An Ohio bill would ban abortions after a Down syndrome diagnosis. It's become a divisive issue in the community, much like it is everywhere else.
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The 100 Best Songs Of 2017
The songs of the year reflected deep needs — for safety, respect, money, self-definition, revolution — and often delivered their own form of satisfaction.
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Showstopping Holiday Desserts For Home Cooks Of All Skill Levels
Want to take your homemade treats to the next level? We've got three recipes to put warmth, color and a little wow on your holiday table from chef Yotam Ottolenghi.
NPR8 min readPop Culture
The 100 Best Songs Of 2017
There's a tension in the sound of Gracie Coates and Rachel Ruggles — classical versus pop, baroque versus modern — with Rachel's mysterious violin set against Gracie's poppish keyboard. This "friends since high school" duo writes songs of hope, but i
NPR3 min readPolitics
In Reaction To Trump, Democratic Candidates Surge In Deep-Red Texas
For the first time in 25 years, Democrats are running in all of Texas' 36 congressional districts. But that doesn't mean they can win in the Republican state.
NPR8 min readPop Culture
The 100 Best Songs Of 2017
What a perfect lullaby for 2017. Forget, for a moment, that the concept of a cataclysmic apocalypse brought on by humans overthrowing the too-hot planet they're roasting on is utterly terrifying, and there's a lot of comfort here. Father John Misty r
NPR1 min readPop Culture
Cigarettes After Sex: Tiny Desk Concert
This comes close to the quietest Tiny Desk Concert we've ever had. The music Cigarettes After Sex makes is incredibly hushed. It's a sound so minimal it barely exists.
NPR8 min readPop Culture
The 100 Best Songs Of 2017
Margo Price's debut was full of fierily raucous drinking songs, but this year's All American Made digs far deeper, delving into America's dark underbelly and the tenuous survival of the country's strivers and margin-dwellers. The album's epic title t
NPR2 min read
California's Thomas Fire 25 Percent Contained
The fire that has been raging for 10 days in southern California – one of the largest and most destructive in the state's history — is being gradually contained, firefighters say, but there's still a long way to go. The Thomas Fire, which is straddli
NPR10 min readPop Culture
The 100 Best Songs Of 2017
This L.A.-based trio released its debut album, About U, with fierce focus this year, claiming its place on the pop spectrum with a synth- and guitar-driven sound, and building a community in the process. With "I Know A Place," the band created a musi
NPR2 min read
U.S. Marine Helicopter In Okinawa Loses Windshield Over School
A 10-year-old boy was slightly injured when the object landed. It is the latest incident in the Japanese prefecture that have emboldened calls from locals to close down U.S. military bases there.
NPR1 min readPolitics
White House Aide Omarosa Manigault Newman Resigning
The former Apprentice contestant is stepping down effective Jan. 20, according to the White House, where she was the highest-ranking African-American.
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More College Presidents Join The Millionaires' Club
Sixty-six university presidents took home more than $1 million in 2015, according to a new analysis by The Chronicle of Higher Education.
NPR4 min readTech
How A Woman Engineer Built A Public Case Against A Sexual Harasser In Silicon Valley
Niniane Wang, an experienced engineer with a startup incubator, says she was harassed by a male investor. She wanted to be certain that when she came forward, she wouldn't be ignored.
NPR2 min readPolitics
Tillerson's North Korean Overture Highlights His Credibility Problem
The secretary of state says the U.S. would be willing to engage North Korea "without preconditions." But he has signaled support for talks before, only to be publicly rebuked by the president.
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