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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.

An El Paso County grand jury has indicted Patrick Crusius, who is now charged with capital murder in connection with the shooting deaths of 22 people at the Cielo Vista Walmart on Aug. 3.
Thu, 09/12/2019 - 13:56

Prosecutors say they will seek the death penalty for the 21-year-old man accused of killing 22 people last month in a hate-filled attack at a Walmart.

EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler says the repeal of Obama-era water rules will end an overreach by the federal government.
Thu, 09/12/2019 - 13:52

The change ends an "egregious power grab," Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler says.

Blane Barksdale, 56, and his wife, Susan Barksdale, 59, escaped custody on Aug. 26 while being extradited from New York to Arizona after overpowering two security guards.
Thu, 09/12/2019 - 11:49

The U.S. Marshals Service says Blane Barksdale, 56, and wife Susan, 59, "overpowered and kidnapped" three people, including two security guards, on Aug. 26 during extradition from New York to Arizona.

Thu, 09/12/2019 - 10:56

Early this year, the president declared an emergency to address the issue of sexual assault — then ended it some months later without explanation. Activists are not happy but are still hopeful.

Lyft is under growing pressure to strengthen background checks and adopt better security measures for passengers after dozens of women reported that they had been sexually assaulted by drivers.
Thu, 09/12/2019 - 10:51

Dozens of women say Lyft drivers sexually assaulted them. They are suing the ride-hailing company to force it to make rides safer.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and other senators received a message from business leaders Thursday, urging them to take action on gun violence in the U.S.
Thu, 09/12/2019 - 10:37

In a letter to the Senate, the business leaders say it is "simply unacceptable" to do nothing about gun violence and mass shootings in the U.S.

R.E.M.'s Mike Mills (left) and Michael Stipe performing in 2004.
Thu, 09/12/2019 - 09:38

Originally written for the 2001 album Reveal, this 2004 version was recorded in Nassau, Bahamas.

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