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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu holds a cabinet meeting in Jerusalem earlier this month.
Thu, 11/21/2019 - 11:24

It's a massive blow for the longtime leader, who has been fighting to keep his job after two inconclusive elections this year. He is accused of bribery, fraud and breach of trust.

U.S. Attorney General William Barr declared in July that the Justice Department intended to resume carrying out the death penalty — though those plans are on hold after a federal court decision Wednesday.
Thu, 11/21/2019 - 09:40

Executions had been set to resume next month after a 16-year pause. A federal judge halted the sentences as inmates challenge the government's lethal injection protocol.

A lawsuit by 17 McDonald's workers accuses the fast-food chain of "undermining safety" with late-night work, store design changes and inadequate training.
Thu, 11/21/2019 - 08:59

A lawsuit by 17 McDonald's workers recounts threats, harassment and assaults, accusing the fast-food chain of "undermining safety" with late-night work, store design changes and inadequate training.

Shamim Banno, 55, walks up the Harchi Valley after she finished milking her cow. Farmers in the Harchi Valley in Pakistan's highlands enjoyed a close relationship with their glacier that snakes between two mountain peaks.
Thu, 11/21/2019 - 08:35

Pollution and global warming are causing glaciers to melt and form unstable lakes in the north of the country. NPR visits a valley where farms were destroyed by glacial floods.

Fiona Hill (left), the National Security Council's former senior director for Europe and Russia, and David Holmes, an official from the American Embassy in Ukraine, are sworn in to testify before the House Intelligence Committee in the Longworth House Office Building on Capitol Hill on Thursday.
Thu, 11/21/2019 - 07:26

Former Russia Director for the National Security Council Fiona Hill as well as David Holmes, a U.S. diplomat from the U.S. Embassy in Kyiv, are testifying in the inquiry.

Fiona Hill, former deputy assistant to the president and senior director for Europe and Russia on the National Security Council staff, arrives on Capitol Hill to review transcripts of her deposition on Nov. 4. She is testifying publicly on Thursday.
Thu, 11/21/2019 - 04:40

Members of Congress are hearing from a former White House policy insider and a foreign service officer who said he overheard a call with President Trump.

Candidates appear on stage at the start of the Democratic presidential debate at Tyler Perry Studios on Wednesday in Atlanta.
Thu, 11/21/2019 - 04:27

After a slow start to the fifth Democratic presidential debate, the surging Pete Buttigieg parried attacks on race and his level of experience.

David Holmes, a career diplomat and the political counselor at the U.S. Embassy in Kyiv, Ukraine, is scheduled to give public testimony as part of the impeachment inquiry into President Trump on Thursday.
Thu, 11/21/2019 - 04:26

David Holmes is a top staffer at the U.S Embassy in Ukraine. He overheard a phone call between the U.S. ambassador to the European Union and the president in which "investigations" were discussed.

A motion triggered camera is mounted to a tree pointed toward a soft border crossing on the Haskell Free Library & Opera House, which is bisected by the border.
Thu, 11/21/2019 - 04:26

While the wall and asylum-seekers at the U.S.-Mexico border have drawn a lot of attention, heightened security at the northern border has changed the character of the once-neighborly frontier.

Enrollment help was plentiful for insurance sign-ups in the early years of the Affordable Care Act, such as at this clinic in Bear, Del., in 2014. Though the Trump administration has since slashed the outreach budget, about 930,000 people have signed up for ACA health plans so far this year.
Thu, 11/21/2019 - 04:00

ACA plans for 2020 are cheaper than last year — premiums lower, on average. And in some areas, people who qualify for federal subsidies could end up with no monthly payment. But read the fine print.

Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is weighing a 2020 presidential run. He'd join two other wealthy, self-funding Democrats in the primary: John Delaney and Tom Steyer.
Thu, 11/21/2019 - 04:00

Only one major self-funding candidate — President Trump — has ever won the Oval Office. Despite long odds, some Democrats are spending millions of their own on the 2020 race, or contemplating it.

Former United Auto Workers President Gary Jones speaks during the opening of contract talks with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles in Auburn Hills, Mich., in July 2019. Jones resigned Wednesday.
Wed, 11/20/2019 - 21:40

Jones has been the target of a federal probe of alleged corruption in the UAW. The union is also linked to an alleged bribery scheme, according to a lawsuit filed by GM against rival Fiat Chrysler.

Winners of this year's National Book Awards each receive $10,000 along with their prize.
Wed, 11/20/2019 - 21:04

The novelist and poet joined Sarah M. Broom, László Krasznahorkai, Ottilie Mulzet, and Martin W. Sandler as winners Wednesday night — receiving $10,000 and a medallion for their front covers.

Wed, 11/20/2019 - 19:36

Ten candidates are on stage in Atlanta on Wednesday night — amid an impeachment inquiry into President Trump and a shifting field. NPR reporters have live analysis and fact checks of their remarks.

The Names Project AIDS Memorial Quilt on display near the Washington Monument in Washington D.C. in October 1992.  Then 21,000 panels, the quilt has more than doubled by 2019.
Wed, 11/20/2019 - 19:00

The quilt was the brainchild of AIDS activists in the late 1980's who wanted to use names to memorialize the lives of people who had died of the disease.

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