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People use the bitcoin ATM in Hong Kong, on Friday.
Mon, 12/11/2017 - 02:30

January contracts for the skyrocketing digital currency opened at just under $15,500 on Sunday and had spiked to more than $18,000 hours later.

In a photo released by Santa Barbara County Fire Department firefighters knock down flames advancing on homes atop Shepherd Mesa Road in Carpinteria, Calif., on Sunday.
Mon, 12/11/2017 - 00:20

Over the weekend, the Thomas Fire had been declared 15 percent contained, but on Sunday, officials downgraded that to just 10 percent as the fire spread north, encompassing 230,000 acres.

Journalist Simeon Booker, center, is presented with a Phoenix Award at the 2010 Congressional Black Caucus Foundation's annual Legislative Conference Phoenix Awards Dinner in Washington, D.C.
Sun, 12/10/2017 - 23:19

Booker chronicled the civil rights movement, and is credited with helping to deliver the 1955 story of Emmitt Till's murder to a national audience.

Sun, 12/10/2017 - 23:03

New results from an NPR poll show sexism and discrimination against women is widespread and pervasive. Sexual harassment is just one of many challenges women experience in daily life.

About one child a month dies from being entangled in cords from blinds and shades, a study finds. Efforts are underway to get corded blinds off the market, but many will remain in homes.
Sun, 12/10/2017 - 23:02

Nearly one child a month dies after being entangled in window blind cords, despite years of effort to reduce the toll. A new industry standard to remove most corded blinds from the market may help.

Zimbabwean Pastor Evan Mawarire, acquitted recently of trying to subvert the government, has deftly used social media in a quest for justice and rights. "It's important that we let the administration that is coming in right now know that if they do to us what Robert Mugabe's government did to us, we will do the same thing to them that we've done to Robert Mugabe," he recently told journalists.
Sun, 12/10/2017 - 18:07

Robert Mugabe is gone as Zimbabwe's leader, but Evan Mawarire warns that abuses have yet to end. "The citizens of our nation are not enemies to our government," he says. "They should be listened to."

Actor Terry Crews was recognized last week as part of "The Silence Breakers," the group of men and women collectively named <em>Time</em> magazine's Person of the Year. Crews says he was sexually assaulted in 2016 by a Hollywood talent agent.
Sun, 12/10/2017 - 17:44

NPR's Michel Martin spoke with actor Terry Crews about sexual assault, how he joined the #MeToo movement and why he is fighting to hold people in Hollywood accountable.

Rohingya activist Abdul Rasheed says his people can only be repatriated back to their homes in Myanmar if the government can guarantee their safety, security and dignity.
Sun, 12/10/2017 - 17:06

More than half of Myanmar's Rohingya have fled the country since 1978 because of periodic military crackdowns. Activist Adbul Rasheed is working for the safe repatriation of his people.

In "Gardens Speak," visitors lie in graves 10 at a time, listening to recorded stories of those killed in the Syrian uprising.
Sun, 12/10/2017 - 16:42

In Miami Beach, visitors were lying down in freshly-dug graves 10 at a time. It was part of Tania El Khoury's interactive artwork, which tells the tales of people killed in Syria's civil war.

Shoppers walk through a forest of Christmas trees on the Snicker's Gap Christmas Tree Farm in Bluemont, Va., in 2004. This season, a tightened tree supply dates back a decade ago, when fewer trees were planted during the recession.
Sun, 12/10/2017 - 16:42

This season, a tightened tree supply dates back eight to 10 years ago, when fewer trees were planted. Due also in part to an exodus of tree farmers in the industry, prices have more than doubled.

The first snow of the season didn't keep New Yorkers out of Madison Square Park. Parts of the Deep South also saw an unusual early snowfall.
Sun, 12/10/2017 - 15:03

The Northeast, Southeast, and Mid-Atlantic were blanketed in the season's first snowfall this weekend — prompting some panic, and lots of Instagrammed awe.

Protesters in Beirut waved the Palestinian flag Sunday in response to President Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital. The move marked a dramatic shift from decades of American foreign policy.
Sun, 12/10/2017 - 09:15

The demonstrators are responding to President Trump's decision last week to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital, reversing decades of American foreign policy.

The FDA infamously sanctioned the Nashoba Brook Bakery for listing "love" as an ingredient in its granola, but our writer went on a quest to get that recipe. What she found was a treasure of another sort, one of value for those with eating disorders.
Sun, 12/10/2017 - 07:00

The FDA infamously sanctioned a bakery for listing "love" as an ingredient, but our writer wanted that recipe. She found a treasure of another sort, one of value for those with eating disorders.

Black-footed ferrets are the most endangered mammal in North America. Scientists in Montana are trying to save the ferrets by saving their main food source, prairie dogs.
Sun, 12/10/2017 - 06:46

To increase populations of the endangered black-footed ferret, scientists aim to save prairie dogs, a main food source. The biologists use drones and medicated peanut butter-flavored pellets to do it.

Francisco Vasquez at work on the Prestige Oysters boat The Diplomat.
Sun, 12/10/2017 - 06:46

The sediment and muddy freshwater that spilled into these Texas bodies of water are causing problems for the shipping and oyster industries.

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