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What Really Happened At That Robotics Competition You've Heard So Much About

The controversy surrounding a highly-anticipated robotics competition for teens from around the globe overshadowed an otherwise upbeat event focused on kids, robots and changing the world.

What Really Happened At That Robotics Competition You've Heard So Much About

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Politics

Even Talking About Weakening Obamacare Provisions Weakens The Exchanges

The future of the Affordable Care Act pillars like subsidies and the individual mandate is uncertain, and that is causing higher premiums and fewer insurers in the marketplaces, experts say.

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The Two-Way - News Blog

CDC: Half Of All Female Homicide Victims Are Killed By Intimate Partners

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also found that black women and indigenous women are killed, in general, at higher rates than other races.

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Politics

Senate Panel In Talks With Trump Jr., Manafort Over Closed-Door Testimony

The Senate Judiciary Committee says it is holding off on subpoenas while it discusses documents and testimony it is seeking from the two in connection with a probe into Russian election meddling.

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Simon Says

I Sink, Therefore I Am: This Robot Wasn't Programmed For Existential Angst

After a security robot drowned in a fountain in Washington, D.C., NPR's Scott Simon muses on robot suicide, and how long it will be until a robot has the capacity to question its own existence.

I Sink, Therefore I Am: This Robot Wasn't Programmed For Existential Angst

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Politics

'In Some Respects, We're A Nation in Crisis Right Now,' Former CIA Director Says

Two government veterans Friday unloaded on President Trump, his approach to Russia and his disparagement of the U.S. intelligence community. They spoke to the Aspen Security Forum.

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All Tech Considered

A Future Of Gadgets Without Power Cords? Not So Fast

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This month, the first wireless-charging laptop hit the market. But making wireless power a standard consumer feature is a big technological — and psychological — challenge.

A Future Of Gadgets Without Power Cords? Not So Fast

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Deceptive Cadence

Sing Different: Steve Jobs' Life Becomes An Opera

The Apple co-founder's complicated story is the subject of The (R)evolution Of Steve Jobs, by composer Mason Bates and librettist Mark Campbell. It premieres Saturday in Santa Fe.

Sing Different: Steve Jobs' Life Becomes An Opera

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Ruins are all that remain of the 13th century Great Mosque of al-Nuri, where ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi declared three years ago that an Islamic state was rising again. ISIS blew the mosque up as Iraqi forces advanced. Jane Arraf/NPR hide caption

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Parallels - World News

In Mosul, Grim Homecomings And A Struggle To Survive In A City Now Free From ISIS

Civil defense workers have recovered more than 1,400 bodies of civilians in west Mosul. Relatives are searching for the bodies of loved ones in a landscape so devastated they can barely recognize it.

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The Two-Way - News Blog

A Wake-Up Call: Coffee Recalled By FDA For Having Viagra-Like Ingredient

Regulators took issue with the tortuously named "New of Kopi Jantan Tradisional Natural Herbs Coffee," which didn't declare a chemical akin to the erectile dysfunction drug's active ingredient.

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Shots - Health News

Rural Californians Want Price Relief From GOP Health Bill, But Most Won't Get It

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GOP efforts to repeal the ACA are still in flux, and there's more talk now of trying to work out bipartisan fixes for Obamacare. But most suggested remedies won't fix the problems in remote regions.

Rural Californians Want Price Relief From GOP Health Bill, But Most Won't Get It

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The Port of Gold Beach at the mouth of the Rogue River. When NPR Correspondent Jeff Brady lived here in the 1980s, this harbor was filled with several dozen boats, but amid a declining fishery most of the commercial fishing business has moved to more profitable ports along the Pacific Coast. Jeff Brady/NPR hide caption

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Around the Nation

As Log Trucks And Fishing Boats Leave, Gold Beach Tries To Remake Its Identity

Logging and fishing once dominated the economy in rural Gold Beach, Oregon. NPR's Jeff Brady returned to his hometown, finding a new focus on tourism and other pursuits.

As Log Trucks And Fishing Boats Leave, Gold Beach Tries To Remake Its Identity

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The U.S. is planning to ban American citizens from traveling to North Korea, tourism companies say. Earlier this week, Korean People's Army soldiers walked past portraits of late North Korean leaders Kim Il-Sung (left) and Kim Jong-Il at the Korean Revolutionary Museum in Pyongyang. Ed Jones/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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The Two-Way - News Blog

State Department Confirms Plan To Ban U.S. Citizens From Visiting North Korea

The new policy will reportedly include the threat of canceling the passports of Americans who violate the travel ban.