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The federal appeals court for the District of Columbia has ruled that a teen who is detained because she is in the country illegally can transferred to the custody of a sponsor and then have an abortion if she chooses.
Fri, 10/20/2017 - 18:43

A lower court had ordered the government to allow the minor who is in the U.S. without permission to seek an abortion "without delay." The appeals judges say first she needs a sponsor.

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 18:15

Last year, the Orionids were hampered by a bright moon. But this year, there's barely a sliver of moon in the sky, which should allow the remnants of Halley's Comet to shine.

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 17:26

NPR's Ari Shapiro talks with Sen. Jack Reed of Rhode Island, the ranking Democrat on the Senate Armed Services Committee, about what happened on the ground in Niger that left 4 U.S. soldiers dead.

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 17:26

A Russian business magazine says it has uncovered details of "trolls" based in St. Petersburg used social media to try to spread discontent and disinformation during the 2016 U.S. election.

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 17:26

Shoppers go online for reviews of the products they want to buy — like mattresses. But one reporter found out that reviewers often have cozy business deals with the companies they're reviewing.

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 17:26

The Justice Department has ended contracts with several halfway houses across the country. That change means inmates will likely stay in prison longer and have a tougher transition back to society.

Volunteers assemble tens of thousands of sandwiches each day at the Coliseo in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Chef José Andrés, who is overseeing the massive effort to feed displaced Puerto Ricans, calls it "one of the most effective sandwich lines made by volunteers in history — I'm so proud of them."
Fri, 10/20/2017 - 16:45

In the capital, San Juan, the coliseum has become the center of a massive effort, led by D.C. restaurateur and celebrity chef Andrés, to feed tens of thousands of Puerto Ricans after Hurricane Maria.

People discard possessions last month that were damaged by flooding brought on by Hurricane Harvey in Dickinson, Texas.
Fri, 10/20/2017 - 16:36

A city official told NPR that Dickinson is simply following a recently passed state law: "The city has nothing to do with it." But the representative who authored the law said it's being misapplied.

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 16:20

NPR's Mary Louise Kelly speaks about the Iran nuclear deal — which President Trump has called a "bad" deal — with Norman Roule, who retired last week as Iran mission manager for the director of national intelligence.

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 16:20

More than 100 members of Congress have called on the Department of Homeland Security to rein in agents who are reportedly apprehending undocumented immigrants in places such as hospitals.

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 16:20

A competitive special election in Alabama has Democrats thinking they may have a shot at a U.S. Senate seat in a deeply red state. The Republican candidate, Roy Moore, has a controversial record that includes being twice removed from public office.

The Nivea ad features Omowunmi Akinnifesi, a beauty pageant winner in Nigeria, promoting a lotion that promises "visibly fairer skin."
Fri, 10/20/2017 - 14:35

The billboard and TV spot shows a Nigerian beauty pageant winner using a product called Natural Fairness Body Lotion. Critics are describing the ad as "colorist" and tone deaf.

Gitanjali Rao, 11, says she was appalled by the drinking water crisis in Flint, Mich. — so she designed a device to test for lead faster. She was named "America's Top Young Scientist" on Tuesday at the 3M Innovation Center in St. Paul, Minn.
Fri, 10/20/2017 - 14:35

The Colorado seventh-grader was unimpressed by the options her parents had to test water in their home. So she created a sensor-based device using chemically treated carbon nanotubes to do it faster.

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 14:11

The military has some 20 missions across the continent. Most are not combat operations. But the deaths of four soldiers in Niger illustrate the dangers as the U.S. troops venture into the field.

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 13:36

"Portions of St. John are scheduled to be restored by the middle of next week," the power utility says. The U.S. Virgin Islands — home to more than 100,000 Americans — remains under boil-water orders.

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