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Comedian Bill Cosby walks with spokesman Andrew Wyatt during deliberations in Cosby's sexual assault trial earlier this month at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa.
Fri, 06/23/2017 - 11:40

"This issue can affect any young person, especially young athletes of today," a spokesman for the comedian said. "They need to know what they're facing when they're hanging out and partying."

Our brains can store huge amounts of information, but forgetting some of that information may actually make us smarter.
Fri, 06/23/2017 - 11:15

Forget thinking about forgetting as failure. Researchers now say that ridding our brains of irrelevant details and outdated information helps us better navigate our ever-changing world.

The vast majority of contingent or independent workers in the U.S. do not receive employee benefits, though some companies and lawmakers are trying to change that.
Fri, 06/23/2017 - 11:11

The vast majority of the estimated 54 million to 68 million contingent or independent workers in the U.S. don't receive employee benefits, though some firms and lawmakers are trying to change that.

Qatar's neighbors have told it to shut down its Doha-based news network Al-Jazeera and affiliates, one of 13 demands made Friday.
Fri, 06/23/2017 - 10:17

If Qatar wants to end a recent diplomatic standoff, Saudi Arabia and three other Arab states say the country has 10 days to comply with a steep list of demands, including shutting down Al-Jazeera.

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 08:45

Darren Osborne faces charges after a rental van plowed through a crowd of people outside the mosque Monday.

President Trump holds up the signed Department of Veterans Affairs Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act of 2017 on Friday.
Fri, 06/23/2017 - 07:48

The president has been boasting about all the laws he has signed, but compared with other recent presidents, it's not that many — and he still hasn't gotten any major pieces of legislation.

Tributes to victims of the Grenfell Tower fire are left near the building in West London on Friday. Combustible cladding has been found in a number of similar tower blocks in Britain, Prime Minister Theresa May said.
Fri, 06/23/2017 - 07:19

Investigators also say some of the building's exterior materials failed safety tests. Police say they're considering manslaughter charges over the blaze, in which at least 79 people died.

The FBI's J. Edgar Hoover Headquarters is aging and obsolete, and officials want to replace it with a more modern structure in the suburbs of Washington, D.C.
Fri, 06/23/2017 - 06:48

Some critics say Vornado Realty Trust should recuse itself from bidding on the project because of its financial relationship to the president and his family.

Gary Koivu and his wife Kim came to StoryCorps to talk about Koivu's friend Vincent Chin. Chin died 35 years ago, and his death became a rallying cry for stronger federal hate crime legislation.
Fri, 06/23/2017 - 06:48

The Detroit resident's violent death become a rallying cry for stronger federal hate crime legislation. Thirty-five years later, his friend Gary Koivu recalls their final night together.

Ozzie Ling, manager of Shanghai's Yingyi Golf Club, says government inspection squads will sometimes visit his club, looking for wayward government officials who might be guests of the club.
Fri, 06/23/2017 - 06:48

China has had a complicated history with golf. At one time, the country seemed golf crazy, but it became synonymous with corrupt officials. Once again it is in the crosshairs of China's government.

A dirt biker "popping a wheelie".
Fri, 06/23/2017 - 06:29

More cities are dealing with off-road vehicles being driven on their streets. But the riders say they're helping the community by keeping young people out of trouble.

Chef Michael Scelfo of Cambridge, Mass., left, and Lisa Carlson, who operates three food trucks in Minneapolis, collaborate on the Glynwood dinner's spelt salad with lamb tongues and hearts, and "ugly" cherries, shiitakes, and kale.
Fri, 06/23/2017 - 06:00

Teams of cooks are making dishes from food that many American consumers would overlook — or even consciously avoid — as part of a sustainability project aimed at reducing food waste in the U.S.

Sam Marsenison, 18, stands among classmates after accepting his high school diploma in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Fri, 06/23/2017 - 05:08

NPR was there for 5-year-old Sam's first day of kindergarten back in 2004. His parents wondered if he was was ready. This month, as he graduated from high school, they're still asking that question.

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 22:59

The Iraqi nationals were rounded up in the Detroit area in recent weeks by immigration authorities. They all had final deportation orders as well as criminal convictions, and many are Christians.

The world's population is growing by about 83 million people each year. The growth is largely driven by birth rates in the world's poorest countries.
Thu, 06/22/2017 - 20:14

The population growth is being driven by high birth rates in developing nations as well as higher life expectancy worldwide.


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