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Predictably Unpredictable: Why We Don't Act Like We Should

NPR Top Stories - 6 hours 25 min ago

We don't always do what we're supposed to. We don't save enough for retirement. We order dessert when we're dieting. In other words we misbehave. Nobel Prize winning economist Richard Thaler asks why.

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Fresh Headache For Murdochs: Bill O'Reilly Got Raise After Secret Payout

NPR Top Stories - October 23, 2017 - 2:34pm

The Murdoch family decided to keep host Bill O'Reilly on the air even after pledging to clean house at Fox News over a larger sexual harassment scandal.

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A Timeline — And Questions — About The Niger Firefight That Killed U.S. Troops

NPR Top Stories - October 23, 2017 - 2:06pm

Amid growing political fallout, the Department of Defense has put forward a timeline for the deadly confrontation with militants in Niger that killed four U.S. soldiers.

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U.K. Offers Famed Arctic Shipwrecks As 'Exceptional Gift' To Canada

NPR Top Stories - October 23, 2017 - 1:47pm

British explorer John Franklin died in Canada's northern reaches in the 1840s, along with all of his crew. Only recently were his ships finally found. Now, they are a gift from the U.K. to Canada.

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How The Affordable Housing Crisis Is Playing Out In One Dallas Neighborhood

NPR Top Stories - October 23, 2017 - 1:26pm

Only 25 percent of people who need government help to pay for housing get it. In collaboration with The FRONTLINE Dispatch, NPR looked at what can happen to the other 75 percent and how the affordable housing crisis is playing out in one Dallas neighborhood.

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In Turkey, Teachers, Parents Concerned About Religious Nature Of New Curriculum

NPR Top Stories - October 23, 2017 - 1:26pm

Schoolchildren are back in class in Turkey, but concern is growing about the latest changes to the curriculum that emphasize religion in what has long been a secular school system.

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Secretary Of State Tillerson Says There Are Moderate Voices Among The Taliban

NPR Top Stories - October 23, 2017 - 1:26pm

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson went to Kabul and Baghdad today as he tries to help wind down two ongoing conflicts. On his trip, he told reporters that the fight against the Taliban must continue, but that there is an opening for certain parts of the group.

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Former Paratrooper On What It Was Like To Serve With Bergdahl

NPR Top Stories - October 23, 2017 - 1:26pm

When Bowe Bergdahl walked off of his base in 2009, soldiers and resources across Afghanistan were rerouted to search for him. Jon Thurman was with Bergdahl's company, and was a part of the weeks-long search after he disappeared. He speaks with NPR about that time, and how he feels about Bergdahl's guilty plea.

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In 'Vacationland,' John Hodgman Tells The Funny Story Of His Life

NPR Books - October 23, 2017 - 1:26pm

NPR's Robert Siegel talks with John Hodgman about his new book Vacationland: True Stories from Painful Beaches. This time Hodgman isn't writing about nonsensical histories, but his life.

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After Hurricane Maria's Destruction, Connecticut Father Gets His Sons Out Of Puerto Rico

NPR Top Stories - October 23, 2017 - 1:26pm

After weeks of hearing from his teenage sons in Puerto Rico about the lack of sufficient food and water, a Connecticut father sells his car to pay for plane tickets to get them out.

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Republicans Could Affect Americans' Retirement By Targeting 401(k) Plans

NPR Top Stories - October 23, 2017 - 1:26pm

Republicans in Congress are talking behind closed doors about a plan that would affect millions of Americans who are saving for retirement — and not in a good way according to many critics. The idea is to drastically lower the amount of money that Americans can set aside before taxes in their 401(k) accounts.

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Special Forces Medic During Vietnam War Presented With Medal Of Honor

NPR Top Stories - October 23, 2017 - 1:26pm

President Trump presented the Medal of Honor to retired Army Capt. Gary Rose for conspicuous gallantry during the Vietnam War. During a four-day battle in Laos with North Vietnamese troops, Rose — a special forces medic — treated more than 50 soldiers under fire despite his own injuries.

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Where Does Hollywood Go After Numerous Allegations Of Sexual Assault And Harassment?

NPR Top Stories - October 23, 2017 - 1:26pm

Thirty-eight women have shared their stories of sexual harassment by long-time screenwriter and director James Toback. Earlier this month, multiple women came forward with allegations of sexual assault by another Hollywood power player — Harvey Weinstein. NPR's Ari Shapiro speaks with Matthew Belloni, Editorial Director of The Hollywood Reporter, about the reports and what it all means for Hollywood going forward.

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Dodgers, Astros Prepare For A Hot And Sweaty Game 1 In L.A.

NPR Top Stories - October 23, 2017 - 1:26pm

Los Angeles will host its first World Series in 29 years. The National League Dodgers face off tomorrow night against the American League Houston Astros — and it's going to get heated.

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Las Vegas Works To Secure Tourism Industry After Music Festival Shooting

NPR Top Stories - October 23, 2017 - 1:26pm

Las Vegas has moved quickly to try and tamp down any impact the recent massacre may have on its tourism lifeline, but with unknown success. One chapel owner says there have been wedding postponements, and tourism officials say there have been cancellations, but no conventions have pulled out.

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Gold Star Widow Says President Trump Didn't Remember Her Husband's Name

NPR Top Stories - October 23, 2017 - 1:26pm

Myeshia Johnson, the widow of one of the U.S. soldiers killed in Niger, has spoken about President Trump's phone call to her and how she felt. That call has been the subject of several days of controversy for the White House.

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Pablo Neruda Didn't Die Of Cancer, Experts Say. So What Killed The Poet?

NPR Books - October 23, 2017 - 12:27pm

Official documents say the Nobel laureate died of prostate cancer in 1973. But 16 forensics experts have unanimously concluded that isn't true, stoking suspicions again that he was actually poisoned.

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'I Can't Breathe' Examines Modern Policing And The Life And Death Of Eric Garner

NPR Books - October 23, 2017 - 10:27am

"The reality is that Eric Garner died at the hands of a police force and a criminal justice system that were designed entirely by white people, for the most part," says journalist Matt Taibbi.

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State Department Reportedly Revokes Visa Of Magnitsky Act Campaigner

NPR Top Stories - October 23, 2017 - 3:57am

Bill Browder lobbied Congress for passage of the 2012 law that targets Russian officials close to Vladimir Putin who are thought to be responsible for the prison death of attorney Sergei Magnitsky.

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Dubai Jails, Then Frees, Scottish Tourist Over Touching Man In A Bar

NPR Top Stories - October 23, 2017 - 3:54am

One day after a Dubai court ordered Scottish tourist Jamie Harron to spend three months in jail over touching a man as he passed him in a bar, Dubai's ruler has ordered Harron freed.

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