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Wed, 10/18/2017 - 16:48

Kenya's electoral confusion threatens to become a constitutional crisis. This comes as a senior electoral official resigned and fled to the U.S., saying the planned rerun of the presidential election in eight days is not guaranteed a fair process.

American flags are placed at graves at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia on May 25, in preparation for Memorial Day.
Wed, 10/18/2017 - 16:22

"There is the feeling that all of this is diminishing our national character," one support group wrote, as a political debate unfolds over calls to the families of soldiers who died in combat.

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 15:49

If Democrat Danica Roem wins her state house race in northern Virginia, she'll be the first transgender lawmaker in the state. She's running against a longtime Republican known for his opposition to LGBT rights.

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 15:49

NPR's Ari Shapiro speaks with Fire Captain Specialist Ron Eldridge of Cal Fire about fire forensics and what approaches investigators take when they're faced with many miles of scorched earth, like the situation in northern California now.

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 15:49

President Trump said he supports a bipartisan effort that would effectively shore up the Affordable Care Act. But he's also distanced himself from it. What's behind the complicated politics at play?

U.S. soldiers take part in NATO-led military exercises at the military base of Vaziani, outside Tbilisi, Georgia, in August.
Wed, 10/18/2017 - 15:27

Green card holders must now wait for security vetting to be complete before entering military service. Previously, foreign-born enlistees shipped to basic training while vetting was underway.

Chinese President Xi Jinping has cracked down on corruption — and dissent.
Wed, 10/18/2017 - 15:27

The Communist Party has become obsessed with maintaining social stability in recent years. Rights advocates say it has to do with the country's unstable economy.

According to the researchers, there are 10 to the power of 170 possible board configurations in Go — more than the number of atoms in the known universe.
Wed, 10/18/2017 - 14:29

Researchers say they have constructed an AI program that can teach itself to play the ancient strategy game at a level far beyond humans.

Rasika chef Vikram Sunderam, here with a towering dish of eggplant and potato, says, "Indian cuisine is a very personal cuisine. It's made from family to family, how they like to cook."
Wed, 10/18/2017 - 14:28

Rasika, a top eatery in Washington, D.C., is famous for its crispy spinach and modern twists on classic dishes. Now the owner and chef are sharing some of their prized — and adventurous — recipes.

The Trump National Golf Club in Rancho Palos Verdes, seen in 2005, has removed a list of charitable donations it once posted on its website. An NPR examination of that list reveals inconsistencies and errors.
Wed, 10/18/2017 - 14:19

Trump National Golf Club, Los Angeles, fell far short of its bold claims of philanthropic giving, according to an NPR analysis. The documents are no longer posted on the club's site.

Pricking your fingers may someday be a thing of the past for diabetics as new technologies aim to make blood sugar regulation more convenient.
Wed, 10/18/2017 - 12:49

While the technology is moving rapidly, insurance, regulatory, and supply challenges make it harder for patients to quickly access the latest medical advances to manage their condition.

Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., and Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., leaders of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, meet before the start of a hearing on Capitol Hill.
Wed, 10/18/2017 - 12:31

A draft of the bipartisan legislation obtained by NPR would restore subsidies to insurance companies to assist low-income consumers and require them to go to consumers as rebates.

Jesus Campos, the hotel security guard who was shot the night that Stephen Paddock killed 58 people, gave his first media interview to Ellen DeGeneres. The shooter fired from windows he broke in a suite at the Mandalay Bay, pictured on Oct. 2, the day after the massacre.
Wed, 10/18/2017 - 12:24

After he was shot, Jesus Campos yelled "Take cover!" at a hotel engineer and a guest as the Las Vegas gunman sprayed bullets into the hall. His account added detail to the timeline of events Oct. 1.

Chinese President Xi Jinping speaks Wednesday at the opening session of the 19th national congress of China's ruling Communist Party at The Great Hall Of The People in Beijing. The congress takes place every five years.
Wed, 10/18/2017 - 12:11

In a speech that lasted more than three hours, Xi said, "We are closer than any time in history to realizing the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation."

A 2016 file photo of the California state Capitol in Sacramento.
Wed, 10/18/2017 - 11:12

"It's a power dynamic that's difficult even for female lawmakers," said Samantha Corbin, a lobbyist in Sacramento., "Men often control fundraising, your ability to get bills passed."

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