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“Atmospheric river” to whiplash Northern California from drought to flood

A series of powerful “atmospheric river” storms are set dump historic amounts of rainfall across parts of drought-stricken California and the Pacific Northwest from Saturday…

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Up to 10,000 trees near giant sequoia groves must be removed after California fires

Up to 10,000 trees near giant sequoia groves have been “weakened by drought, disease, age, and/or fire” and must be removed in the wake of…

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Obama stumps for McAuliffe, urges Virginians not “to go back to the chaos” of Trump years

Former President Barack Obama framed a Nov. 2 gubernatorial race as a bellwether for the Democratic Party and the country, telling a crowd at a…

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Small island nations threatened by climate change seek voice in U.N. negotiations

NPR’s David Folkenflik speaks with ambassador Janine Felson, top climate negotiator from Belize, about the unique challenges facing small island nations ahead of the U.N….

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Axios AM Deep Dive: America’s murder surge

Homicides rose at the fastest rate in at least six decades last year. This Axios AM Deep Dive, led by Future correspondent Bryan Walsh, looks…

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Israel designates 6 Palestinian human right groups as terrorist organizations

Two of the groups said they would not be forced underground despite the uncertainty of their new status, which would allow Israel to raid the…

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Turkey’s Erdogan orders the removal of 10 ambassadors, including U.S. envoy

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says he had ordered 10 foreign ambassadors who called for the release of a jailed philanthropist to be declared persona…

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Democrats target billionaires to pay for Biden’s social spending

After failing to get a deal on other planned tax increases, key Senate Democrats are pivoting to a billionaires’ income tax to pay for President…

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Saudi Arabia pledges net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2060

Although the kingdom will aim to reduce emissions within its own borders, there is no indication it will slow down investments in oil and gas…

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Inside the jaw-clenching world of cricket fighting in China

It’s cricket fighting season in China, so NPR went ringside to learn about the centuries-old sport. Turns out, the bugs are really high maintenance, big…

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Anti-abortion activists’ Supreme Court dreams are coming true

This is the moment the conservative legal movement has been building toward for decades: The solidly conservative Supreme Court is about to hear two major…

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Trump’s volatile return to the stock market

Data: YCharts; Chart: Axios Visuals  Donald Trump this week became both a meme stock and a social-media entrepreneur at the same time, by announcing that…

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U.S. airstrike kills senior al-Qaeda leader in Syria, Pentagon says

A U.S. airstrike in northwest Syria on Friday killed senior al-Qaeda leader Abdul Hamid al-Matar, U.S. Central Command said in a statement. What they’re saying:…

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‘Remain in Mexico,’ the Trump era policy that haunts the Biden administration

NPR’s Sarah McCammon talks with Dana Graber Ladek of the International Organization for Migration in Mexico and Yael Schacher of Refugees International on the future…

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Border arrests have hit an all-time high, but the numbers don’t tell the whole story

The Border Patrol recorded nearly 1.7 million apprehensions in the past year, eclipsing the record set in 2000. Still, the number of migrants crossing illegally…

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Poachers killed African elephants for their tusks. So elephants stopped growing them

During the Mozambican civil war, both sides financed their efforts by poaching elephants for ivory. Now, scientists say that drove some elephants to evolve tusklessness….

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Giuliani associate Lev Parnas convicted on campaign finance crimes

Florida businessman Lev Parnas was convicted Friday on charges of conspiracy to make foreign contributions to political campaigns, Politico reports. Why it matters: Prosecutors said…

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Barbados elects a woman as its first president as it moves toward becoming a republic

Dame Sandra Mason previously served as governor general. Barbados hopes to become a republic before the 55th anniversary of its independence from Britain in November….

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Supreme Court agrees to hear challenges to Texas abortion ban

The Supreme Court on Friday agreed to hear two cases challenging Texas’ abortion law, which bans the procedure as soon as six weeks into pregnancy,…

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Officials warn 5 key tech sectors will determine whether China overtakes U.S. as superpower

U.S. intelligence officials responsible for protecting advanced technologies have narrowed their focus to five key sectors: artificial intelligence, quantum computing, biotechnology, semiconductors and autonomous systems….

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Haiti gang leader threatens to kill the 17 kidnapped missionaries

The gang leader that police say is holding the kidnapped missionaries said in a video that he will kill the group if his demands aren’t…

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Elephants have evolved to be tuskless because of ivory poaching, a study finds

Researchers have pinpointed how years of civil war and poaching in Mozambique have led to a greater proportion of elephants that will never develop tusks….

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