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Kenya's Brigid Kosgei won the 2019 Chicago Marathon on Sunday with at time of 2 hours 14 minutes and 4 seconds. Kosgei's time also marks a new world record marathon time.
Sun, 10/13/2019 - 15:07

The 25-year-old runner finished in a time of 2:14:04 on Sunday, beating the previous record set by Britain's Paula Radcliffe in 2003 by 81 seconds.

U.S. gymnast Simone Biles poses with her five gold meals at the 2019 World Championships in Stuttgart, Germany. With her wins, she becomes the most decorated gymnast ever at the world championships, with 25 total medals.
Sun, 10/13/2019 - 14:38

Combining skills of unprecedented difficulty with flawless execution, the 22-year-old surpassed Vitaly Scherbo's record 23 world medals won in the 1990s. Biles copped five golds at the championships.

Turkey-backed Syrian fighters sit atop an armored personnel carrier in the southwestern neighborhoods of the border Syrian town of Tal Abyad on Sunday. The U.S. plans to evacuate its troops from northern Syria amid the Turkish offensive.
Sun, 10/13/2019 - 12:03

The U.S. will pull hundreds of troops amid air strikes and gunfire from Turkish-backed forces. "We're preparing, waiting for the order," a U.S. official close to the troops on the ground told NPR.

An officer responding to a welfare call early Saturday morning in Fort Worth, Texas, fired once into Atatiana Jefferson's bedroom window and killed her. Police say a weapon was recovered from the room in which she was pronounced dead.
Sun, 10/13/2019 - 11:22

Atatiana Jefferson, 28, was shot early Saturday morning after police in Texas responded to a neighbor's nonemergency call upon seeing her front door open. Community activists are demanding answers.

A 30-foot border barrier — as tall as a two-story building — rises from the desert near Lukeville, Ariz.
Sun, 10/13/2019 - 06:00

The Customs and Border Protection agency says it is doing its best to reduce impact to the environment and tribal citizens. Conservationists and Native Tribes in the area are not appeased.

The streets in Kawasaki, near Tokyo, flooded after Typhoon Hagibis made landfall Saturday. Helicopters plucked people from their flooded homes on Sunday as rescue efforts went into full force in wide areas of Japan.
Sun, 10/13/2019 - 04:49

Typhoon Hagibus has been downgraded to a tropical storm. Helicopters, boats and thousands of troops were mobilized across the country to rescue people after the storm made landfall on Saturday.

Senator and 2020 presidential candidate Cory Booker is seen outside of Vonda's Kitchen in Newark, N.J. on Oct. 12, 2019, ahead of an NPR-moderated discussion with voters.
Sat, 10/12/2019 - 18:24

The New Jersey senator and presidential hopeful says Congress must take action. "Politics be damned. I have a job to do, which is to hold the executive accountable and we should be doing that."

Syrians bury Syrian Democratic Forces fighters killed while battling Turkish forces in the town of Qamishli on Saturday. Turkey's military says it has captured a key Syrian border town as its offensive against Kurdish fighters presses on.
Sat, 10/12/2019 - 16:44

Heading into a fourth day of military attacks on northern Syria, Turkish officials say forces have captured Ras al-Ayn and several surrounding villages. But reports indicate fighting continues.

Workers stack sandbags at a construction site in preparation for Typhoon Hagibis on Enoshima Island, Kamakura, west of Tokyo on Friday. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
Sat, 10/12/2019 - 15:49

The typhoon, which has now passed to the northeast of Tokyo, was the largest to hit Japan in 61 years, since the 1958 Kanogawa Typhoon that killed more than 1,200 people.

Kenya's Eliud Kipchoge celebrates after busting the elusive two-hour barrier for the marathon Saturday in Vienna.
Sat, 10/12/2019 - 14:22

Accompanied by pacesetters and an electric car, the Kenyan runner set a record Saturday that was long considered not humanly possible. He clocked in at 1:59:40 on crossing the finish line in Austria.

Protesters chanted slogans against the regime last month in Cairo, Egypt, at a rare protest.
Sat, 10/12/2019 - 08:02

Protesters, schoolchildren and some of the government's most prominent critics have all been detained in a government clampdown. So was a 22-year-old American college student, accused of spying.

Tour participants listen to guide Katie Merriman (center) outside the Malcolm Shabaaz Mosque as she speaks about the influence of Malcolm X on the Harlem community.
Sat, 10/12/2019 - 07:12

As she leads free walking tours through Harlem, Katie Merriman highlights the ways in which the history of Muslims is part of the history of New York City.

A Juul starter kit sold at a kiosk in a mall in Makati City in the Philippines.
Sat, 10/12/2019 - 07:12

Even as U.S. authorities investigate Juul for marketing to minors and making unproven safety claims, the company is using those tactics to expand to poorer counties. Case in point: the Philippines.

Gora Kalwaria's Immaculate Conception Church stands in the center of the small town outside Warsaw.
Sat, 10/12/2019 - 07:01

Poland's ruling Law and Justice Party leads its opposition in opinion polls ahead of Sunday's election. "Christianity is part of our national identity," party leader Jaroslaw Kaczynski said recently.

The latest challenge to the Affordable Care Act, <em>Texas v. Azar</em>, was argued in July in the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals. Attorney Robert Henneke, representing the plaintiffs, spoke outside the courthouse on July 9.
Sat, 10/12/2019 - 07:00

The health law again faces possible legal evisceration with a court ruling in Texas v. Azar anticipated this fall. Here's what it's about and what's stake.


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