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September 21 2017


Top Stories: Tracking Hurricane Maria; The Reach Of Credit Bureaus

Also: The man Oklahoma City police shot and killed was deaf; earthquake rescue efforts in Mexico; and for some reason, a Singaporean baggage handler decided to swap people's luggage tags.

Shellfish Surprise: Common 'Herbivore' Dinosaur Found To Snack OnCrustaceans

"I immediately said, 'Oh, no, no, it can't be crustaceans.' That was my knee jerk reaction," a paleontologist said. The prehistoric snacking was likely intentional and linked to mating behaviors.

Hurricane Maria Leaves Puerto Rico Without Electricity, Hits Dominican Republic

"We are without power, the whole island is without power," Jenniffer González-Colón, Puerto Rico's resident commissioner, tells NPR.

Here's What You Need To Know About Germany's Election

Chancellor Angela Merkel looks set to return for a fourth term as Germans head to the polls Sunday. But who her coalition partners will be, and how influential a far-right party will be, are unclear.

At Duke University, A Bizarre Tour Through American History And Palates

Through the Rubenstein Test Kitchen project, librarians and staff re-create historical recipes from thousands of cookbooks in the collections. Some dishes are very culturally telling ... and comical.

Oklahoma City Police Fatally Shoot Deaf Man Despite Yells Of 'He Can't Hear You'

The police department's spokesperson said he didn't know if officers heard witnesses yelling that the man was deaf and couldn't hear the officers' commands.

Equifax Breach Puts Credit Bureaus' Oversight In Question

The day that Equifax said millions of Americans' personal information had been exposed, lawmakers were considering legislation the industry favored. Now, some are calling for tougher regulation.

Women With Opioid Addiction Live With Daily Fear Of Assault, Rape

Such attacks among women and some men with an opioid addiction often go unreported because the victims fear retaliation from drug dealers or charges from police.

With Germany's Election Around The Corner, What's Putin's Play?

Russia has been less aggressive in Germany's election than it was in the U.S. or France. Chancellor Angela Merkel remains favored — but the Kremlin still could leave its mark.

SEC Says Cybercriminals Hacked Its Files, May Have Used Secret Data For Trading

The Securities and Exchange Commission says the "nonpublic information" might have given the intruders an edge in the markets, but didn't contain personally identifiable information.

September 20 2017


Border Patrol Arrests Parents While Infant Awaits Serious Operation

The Sanchezes, who are undocumented immigrants, were apprehended while taking their son to emergency surgery. Immigrant advocates fear this is the new normal under the Trump administration.

Hurricane Maria Hits Areas Still Recovering From Hurricane Irma

NPR's Ailsa Chang gets a view of what's happening on the ground in Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria from Carlos Mercader, the Washington, D.C.-based representative for the island's governor.

Obama Argues Against Dark Worldview, Defends Health Care Law

"We have to reject the notion that we are suddenly gripped by forces that we cannot control," the former president said Wednesday, speaking in New York City while his successor was at the U.N.

Hurricane Season Takes Its Toll On Home Sales And Builder Optimism

The recent, enormous storms have hit the industry, with several signs turning negative. But economists expect a rebound when the weather improves.

A Neglected Family Of Killer Viruses

The five hepatitis viruses claim over 1 million lives each year. Yet the attention — and funding — can't compete with HIV, TB and malaria.

Mexico City Doomed By Its Geology To More Earthquakes

The problem is that just to the west, a huge slab of the Earth's crust called the Cocos Plate is grinding relentlessly toward North America. And it's running under another slab to the north.

Puerto Rico And U.S. Virgin Islands Hit By Hurricane Maria

Less than a month after Hurricane Irma hit, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico are dealing with another storm as Hurricane Maria barrels through the region.

Jimmy Kimmel Says Sen. Cassidy Fell Short Of Standard For Obamacare Repeal

Late-night host Jimmy Kimmel credits good healthcare to saving the life of his newborn son. That led Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-La.), a medical doctor, to say that any replacement of the Affordable Care Act should pass "The Jimmy Kimmel Test." Now, Kimmel says Cassidy has fallen short of that with his new bill being considered by Congress.

An Anti-Violence Activist Shares Her Reason For Buying A Gun

Camiella Williams is an anti-violence advocate, who works hard to teach people other ways of dealing with problems, but she's lost more than two dozen friends and family members to Chicago's gun violence in recent years.

Hurricane Maria Leaves Hospital In Puerto Rico Running On Generator Power

NPR's Ari Shapiro speaks to Domingo Cruz Vivaldi, an administrator at the San Jorge Children's Hospital in San Juan, Puerto Rico as Hurricane Maria's trajectory is affecting the island.
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