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What Exactly Is K2, The Synthetic Cannabinoid?

NPR's Audie Cornish speaks to Dr. Kathryn Hawk, an assistant professor of emergency medicine at the Yale School of Medicine, about synthetic marijuana, also known as K2.
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Trump Signs Annual Defense Policy Bill, Lists Many Things He Doesn't Like About It

Hours after President Trump signed into law the annual defense policy bill, he — like his recent predecessors — issued a signing statement challenging the constitutionality of 52 provisions in the bill.
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Muddled Action Thriller 'Mile 22' Should Have Pulled Off At Mile 3 Or So

Mark Wahlberg plays a CIA operative trying to extricate a mysterious informant (Iko Uwais) from a fictional country in this disjointed film that underuses Uwais and overuses Wahlberg.(Image credit: STXfilms)
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Secretary Of State Pompeo Announces Creation Of Iran Action Group

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced the creation of an "Iran Action Group" on Thursday. The State Department's Brian Hook will work to try to build a strategy to counter what Pompeo sees as Iran's nefarious behavior.
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Former CIA Director Michael Hayden Weighs In On Trump Revoking Security Clearances

Former CIA and NSA director Gen. Michael Hayden talks with NPR's Mary Louise Kelly about President Trump's decision to revoke the security clearance for one of Hayden's successors, John Brennan.
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Former Catholic Priest Says Pennsylvania Bishop Ignored His Reports Of Abuse

Former priest James Faluszczak was one of many witnesses to testify before the grand jury about being abused by an Erie priest. He says when he told the bishop about it, he was "totally ignored."(Image credit: Matt Rourke/AP)
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How Archaeologists Play A Role In The Forest Service's Response To Wildfires

When wildfire starts, a lot of people decide what areas should burn, and where a fire should be fought. One of those people is an archaeologist from the U.S. Forest Service.
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SXSW PanelPicker 2019: Here Are Your NPR Choices

A roundup of NPR topics and personalities eligible for SXSW's 2019 PanelPicker voting. (Image credit: MJ Minutoli/NPR)
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Sen. Tammy Duckworth On How Her Daughter Helped Shape Her Views On Family Policy

When her daughter Maile Pearl was born in April, Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., became the first senator to have a baby during a term in office. She shares her observations with NPR's Mary Louise Kelly.
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Pope Francis Expresses 'Shame' and 'Sorrow' Over Latest Abuse Allegations

After days of silence and a barrage of criticism for failing to address the most recent priest sex abuse scandal, the Vatican speaks: "The Holy See condemns unequivocally the sexual abuse of minors."(Image credit: Filippo Monteforte /AFP/Getty Images)
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Pope Francis Expresses 'Shame' and 'Sorrow' Over Pennsylvania Abuse Allegations

After days of silence and a barrage of criticism for failing to address the most recent priest sex abuse scandal, the Vatican speaks: "The Holy See condemns unequivocally the sexual abuse of minors."(Image credit: Filippo Monteforte /AFP/Getty Images)
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Senate Democrats Threaten Lawsuit Over Kavanaugh Documents

Senate Democrats filed Freedom of Information Act requests for documents from Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's time in public service. If they don't get answers they vow to sue.(Image credit: J. Scott Applewhite/AP)
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The Queen Of Soul: Celebrating Aretha Franklin's Immeasurable Contributions

It is overwhelming to imagine just how many molecules and how many mountains Aretha Franklin has moved with her music. (Image credit: Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)
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Babies Born Dependent On Opioids Need Touch, Not Tech

A pediatrician is working to make sure every hospital in Kansas can give babies with neonatal abstinence syndrome the soft start they need, ideally right next to their mothers.(Image credit: Alex Smith/KCUR)
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Walmart And Others Offer Workers Payday Loan Alternative

When lower income working Americans have an unexpected expense, many turn to high-cost loans and get in financial trouble. More employers are giving them a much cheaper way to get emergency cash.(Image credit: MHJ/Getty Images)
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Life — Or Something Like It — During Wartime: The Wrenching 'Memoir Of War'

Mélanie Thierry's quietly devastating performance anchors this adaptation of Marguerite Duras' wartime memoir chronicling her life in a perpetual state of uncertainty over her husband's fate.(Image credit: Music Box Films)
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When The Wild Rumpus Stops: 'We The Animals'

Documentarian Jeremiah Zagar's first feature film adapts Justin Torres' impressionistic autobiographical novel of boyhood; the dreamlike result is "intense, scary and ecstatically lyrical."(Image credit: Paul Davidson/The Orchard )
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How Pennsylvania's Attorney General Is Investigating Reports Of Sex Abuse By Priests

Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro speaks with NPR's Audie Cornish about the report of mass sex abuse at the hands of Catholic priests and how his office is handling the investigations.
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We Buy A Cryptokitty!

Today on The Indicator: Cardiff and Stacey go deep into the world of the blockchain... to buy a cartoon cat.(Image credit: CryptoKitties)
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Pope Francis And U.S. Bishops Respond To Report On Sex Abuse In Pennsylvania

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has issued a response to the clergy sex abuse report from Pennsylvania. It calls for further investigation, better reporting and resolution to complaints.
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Journalists Nationwide Push Back Against President Trump's Anti-Media Rhetoric

More than 300 papers have heeded the call of The Boston Globe to run editorials on Thursday standing up for the press in the face of President Trump's ongoing anti-media rhetoric.
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How Fans Of R&B Singer Aretha Franklin Are Reacting To Her Death

Fans of Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin are mourning the singer's death. From presidents to locals in her adopted hometown of Detroit, they remembering her contributions and voice.
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An Aging Rocker, A Fawning Fanboy — And Thou: 'Juliet, Naked'

In this beguiling, decidedly un-frothy adaptation of Nick Hornby's novel, Annie (Rose Byrne) exchanges emails with a singer-songwriter (Ethan Hawke) her inattentive boyfriend (Chris O'Dowd) reveres.(Image credit: Alex Bailey/Roadside Attractions)
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Monsoon Hammers India With 'Unprecedented Flood Havoc,' Killing Scores Of People

The heavy rains hitting the popular tourist destination of Kerala have loosed deadly floods and landslides. "Never before had the State witnessed a calamity of this scale," says a local leader.(Image credit: AFP/Getty Images)
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The Thistle & Shamrock: Ballads Of The Border

Cattle raids, battles, betrayals and family loyalties are all commemorated in the ballads of the borderlands between Scotland and England, sometimes referred to as "the debatable lands".(Image credit: Steve Eason/Getty Images)
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FDA Approves New Generic Version Of The EpiPen For Allergic Reactions

Consumers will have a new generic alternative to the widely used — and pricey — device to counter life-threatening allergic reactions.(Image credit: Bloomberg via Getty Images)
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Muslim Woman Says She Refused Handshake And Then Suffered Discrimination

Farah Alhajeh says she was shown the door on a job interview after placing her hand over her heart instead of extending it, in line with her religious beliefs. A Swedish court ruled in her favor.(Image credit: suedhang/Getty Images/Image Source)
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Are You Becoming An Empty Nester? Share Your Story

Are you about to send your last or only child off to college, making you an empty nester? NPR's Morning Edition wants to hear from you.
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Aretha Franklin, 'Queen Of Soul,' Dies At 76

Here & Now's Lisa Mullins and Robin Young speak with NPR's Eric Deggans about Franklin's life and career.
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U.S. Sues Operators Of Pirate Texas Station Known As 'Alex Jones Radio'

The operators told the FCC they didn't recognize its right to regulate them. They were hit with a $15,000 penalty "for willful and repeated violation" of laws. Now the FCC has brought in the DOJ.(Image credit: Google Maps/Screenshot by NPR)
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