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PG&E says it will pay $11 billion to resolve insurance companies' claims from the 2017 Northern California wildfires and the 2018 Camp Fire. Here, destroyed homes are seen in Paradise, Calif., where the Camp Fire raged last November.
Fri, 09/13/2019 - 08:59

The deal, which a bankruptcy court must approve, covers most of the claims from the Camp Fire in 2018 and Northern California wine country fires in 2017. Insurance companies had sought $20 billion.

Former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, on a video link in Moscow, speaks to the crowd on a giant screen at festival in Roskilde, Denmark, in 2016. "You are being watched all the time and you have no privacy," Snowden said.
Fri, 09/13/2019 - 08:50

In his memoir, the former NSA contractor says he believes he has been proven right as the U.S. has amended laws regarding government surveillance. But the government still wants to prosecute him.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says her government is creating a national gun registry "to prevent firearms from reaching the hands of criminals." She announced the new plan alongside Police Minister Stuart Nash.
Fri, 09/13/2019 - 07:59

"Owning a firearm is a privilege not a right," New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said six months after a gunman killed 51 people in Christchurch.

Ten democratic presidential candidates appear onstage before the start of the Democratic Presidential Debate at Texas Southern University in Houston on Thursday.
Fri, 09/13/2019 - 04:00

Former Vice President Joe Biden and Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren faced off onstage for the first time, but Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders wound up taking much of the heat, sparing Warren.

In Houston on Thursday, Democratic presidential hopefuls Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Sen. Bernie Sanders, former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Elizabeth Warren participate in the third Democratic primary debate of the 2020 presidential campaign season.
Thu, 09/12/2019 - 23:53

The majority does not rule in the Senate, and that has some Democrats — including presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren — pushing to change how things work. Others warn that could backfire.

Sen. Bernie Sanders shakes hands with former Vice President Joe Biden Thursday.
Thu, 09/12/2019 - 23:52

A large chunk of Thursday's Democratic primary debate featured policy brawls about health care policy — including costs, coverage and worries about whether the party is growing too extreme.

Former Texas Rep. Beto O'Rourke has promised a mandatory buyback program for assault-style weapons. But public support for such a program is divided.
Thu, 09/12/2019 - 22:40

The former Texas congressman promised a mandatory buyback program for assault-style weapons. Public support for such a program is divided.

Former Vice President Joe Biden takes the stage Thursday at the third Democratic debate, which took place at Texas Southern University in Houston.
Thu, 09/12/2019 - 21:51

In an interview with the NPR Politics Podcast, former Vice President Joe Biden mischaracterized his opposition to the Iraq War. On the debate stage in Houston, he clarified his record.

Ten candidates are on the stage for September's one-night Democratic debate on Thursday night.
Thu, 09/12/2019 - 18:36

Ten presidential candidates share the stage Thursday night. Follow NPR's live coverage of their remarks on health care, immigration, trade and more.

MIT is agreeing to settle a lawsuit that claimed it allowed its workers to be hit with big fees in their retirement accounts.
Thu, 09/12/2019 - 16:56

The lawsuit claimed MIT got millions of dollars in donations from financial giant Fidelity Investments while allowing the firm to charge workers excessive fees.

Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax is suing CBS, alleging the network didn't fully vet his accusers' claims and omitted information that would exonerate him.
Thu, 09/12/2019 - 16:35

Fairfax alleges the network defamed him by airing interviews with two women who had accused him of sexual assault. CBS said it stands by its reporting and will "vigorously defend" against the lawsuit.

Elongo Gabriel, a refugee from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, drops his kids off on the first day of school at St. Joseph's Elementary in Missoula, Mont. He is one of 330 refugees to be resettled since 2016 in the college town of 75,000 people.
Thu, 09/12/2019 - 15:44

The number of refugees being allowed into the U.S. is the lowest it's been since 1980. Some smaller resettlement agencies particularly in rural states are closing putting refugees' lives further in limbo.

Untreated hearing loss increases the risks of social isolation, dementia and depression, research finds.
Thu, 09/12/2019 - 15:37

Hearing loss often happens gradually and earlier than expected. Getting hearing aids can help stave off side effects like depression and even early death.

Democratic presidential candidates Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren say corporate America has put profits before workers by shifting jobs to other countries.
Thu, 09/12/2019 - 14:26

When it comes to trade, Trump and the Democrats sound a lot alike. "It's like Donald Trump has co-opted Democratic trade policy," one analyst says. So how do his opponents differentiate themselves?

Edward Snowden appears on a live video feed broadcast from Moscow at an event sponsored by the ACLU Hawaii in Honolulu on Feb. 14, 2015.
Thu, 09/12/2019 - 14:09

In an interview with NPR about his memoir, Permanent Record, former NSA contractor Edward Snowden denies any cooperation with Russian intelligence and says he would return if guaranteed a fair trial.


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