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WATCH: Jimmy Kimmel Blasts GOP Health Bill, Says It Fails the 'Jimmy Kimmel Test'

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 11:34:00 -0400

After GOP Sen. Bill Cassidy invoked the late-night host's name, Kimmel went after him and the Republican health care bill, pulling it apart point-by-point for an audience that might not normally care.

2016 Voter Turnout Dropped At HBCUs, Climbed At Women's Colleges, Study Finds

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 11:17:00 -0400

Voter turnout was up among college students by more than the nation as a whole in the last election, a Tufts University report says. But that turnout varied greatly across different types of colleges.

Mexico Combs The Rubble For Survivors After Earthquake Kills At Least 225

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 11:16:00 -0400

A magnitude 7.1 earthquake ravaged Central Mexico on Tuesday, leaving victims across Mexico City and five states. Rescue workers dug through the night to find signs of life amid the debris.

Lessons From Katrina: How Restaurants Can Be Beacons In A Catastrophe

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 10:00:11 -0400

In good times, restaurants do more than furnish meals. They also provide a place to bring people together. As Louisiana knows all too well, that's what makes them so vital during the worst times, too.

Top Stories: Hurricane Maria Hits Puerto Rico; Senate GOP's Health Care Bill

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 09:49:22 -0400

Also: Earthquake rescue work continues in Mexico; Kenyan justices explain why they nullified a presidential election; and Major League Baseball sets a new season record for home runs.

Bemoaning Budget Cuts, Health Care Navigators Say Feds Don't Get It

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 07:30:11 -0400

The federal government has sharply cut funding to groups that help people enroll in health plans. But the groups say federal officials don't understand how much help and follow-up some people need.

'God Is With Us': Hurricane Maria Makes Landfall In Puerto Rico

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 07:30:00 -0400

Maria was downgraded to a Category 4 storm but still slammed the U.S. territory with powerful sustained winds of 155 mph. It's the strongest hurricane to have hit the island in decades.

The Department Of Education Cuts Off A Student Loan Watchdog

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 06:18:11 -0400

The Education Department has terminated two agreements with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Here's why that matters.

Global Plan To Streamline 'Use By' Food Labels Aims To Cut Food Waste

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 06:00:11 -0400

Confusion over "sell by" and "use by" dates is one reason why billions of tons of food are tossed each year. A new global initiative of food giants, including Walmart and Nestle, aims to tackle that.

Who Controls Think Tanks? Shift In Funding Highlights Changes In The Industry

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 05:10:00 -0400

Increasingly, wealthy business people are funding think tanks. As one political scientist notes, they tend to "want to know exactly what they're getting for their dollars' worth."

How Rick Santorum Got A Haircut And Revived The GOP's Obamacare Repeal Effort

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 05:01:00 -0400

Among the many surprises in the latest push to repeal Obamacare is the key role being played by the former Republican presidential candidate from Pennsylvania — who left the Senate a decade ago.

Who Can Really 'Drain The Swamp'? Alabama GOP Primary Race Pits Trump Against Bannon

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 05:00:11 -0400

Sen. Luther Strange hopes a visit Friday by President Trump can help him win next Tuesday's GOP runoff. But "Ten Commandments" Judge Roy Moore is trying to claim the true conservative mantle.

Once Teased For Her Love Of Bugs, 8-Year-Old Co-Authors Scientific Paper

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 23:29:00 -0400

Sophia Spencer was extremely fond of bugs, especially grasshoppers. Her peers didn't always appreciate her interest. Entomologists on Twitter, on the other hand, were huge fans of her passion.

Equifax Confirms Another 'Security Incident'

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 21:46:00 -0400

Equifax is already struggling to retain public trust after it waited at least a month to disclose a cyberattack that potentially impacted the personal information of millions of people.

Tell Us Your Maria Story

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 18:48:43 -0400

NPR is working to bring you the latest news about Hurricane Maria, which is striking Caribbean islands already working to recover from Hurricane Irma.