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The 'Swim Whisperer' Teaches Kids To Be Water-Safe

NPR Top Stories - July 28, 2015 - 12:57am

For 20 years, Conrad Cooper has been helping children in Los Angeles learn to swim by earning his young students' unwavering trust.

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Tired Of The Big City? Consider Telecommuting From Montana

NPR Top Stories - July 27, 2015 - 11:33pm

Greg Gianforte, a successful high-tech entrepreneur, is recruiting — not for his company, but for telecommuters to move to rural Montana and bring their high-paying jobs with them.

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Boy Scouts Of America End Blanket Ban On Gay Leaders

NPR Top Stories - July 27, 2015 - 4:14pm

The Boy Scouts National Executive Board approved a resolution that would allow "openly gay adult leaders and employees." But local units will still be able to bar gay leaders.

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California Health Insurance Exchange Keeps Rate Hikes Low — Again

NPR Top Stories - July 27, 2015 - 3:14pm

Monthly premiums for health insurance plans in the Covered California marketplace will increase by an average of 4 percent for 2016. The price for some plans will drop.

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With Religious Services, Immigrant Detainees Find 'Calmness'

NPR Top Stories - July 27, 2015 - 2:05pm

In-house chaplains have helped detainees cope with daily frustration, even reducing violence in detention centers. But meeting the spiritual needs of people from all over the world is a challenge.

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The 'Shock Of Confinement': The Grim Reality Of Suicide In Jail

NPR Top Stories - July 27, 2015 - 1:59pm

About 1,000 people die in American jails every year and about a third of those are suicides. Jails often house people who've never been in legal trouble before, and it can have a traumatic effect.

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For Greece's Farmers, Growing Pressure To Be More Competitive

NPR Top Stories - July 27, 2015 - 1:09pm

Greece grows plenty of good agricultural products, but has trouble competing internationally. Many in Greece say it's time for the farm sector to modernize.

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Could Joe Biden Get 'Ready For Biden'?

NPR Top Stories - July 27, 2015 - 12:45pm

It's unusual for a sitting vice president to not be a part of the campaign conversation. One group is urging Biden to run and holding out hope he hears the call.

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Boston's 2024 Olympic Bid Is Over

NPR Top Stories - July 27, 2015 - 12:27pm

The U.S. Olympic Committee had backed Boston over bids from San Francisco, Washington, D.C., and Los Angeles. But the mayor now says Bostonians were "rightly hesitant" to commit to the potential cost.

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Cheap Eats: A Cookbook For Eating Well On A Food Stamp Budget

NPR Top Stories - July 27, 2015 - 12:22pm

A Canadian scholar was unimpressed with the cookbooks available for people on food stamps in the U.S. So she decided to come up with her own set of tips and recipes for eating well on $4 a day.

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Fleeing To Haiti, They Put Their Faith In 'God And Government'

NPR Top Stories - July 27, 2015 - 12:21pm

Thousands of residents of the Dominican Republic — many of Haitian descent — have been stripped of citizenship. Facing deportation, they've moved into camps. Now they're living in limbo.

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Malaysia, Cuba Taken Off U.S. Human Trafficking Blacklist

NPR Top Stories - July 27, 2015 - 11:41am

Many human rights advocates and U.S. lawmakers say the upgrade has more to do with politics than with the facts on the ground in those countries.

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Major League Soccer Gambles On Star Power Of Aging Foreign Players

NPR Top Stories - July 27, 2015 - 10:41am

Italian midfielder Andrea Pirlo is one of a number of older European stars to sign with an MLS team. While their presence may boost the league, it has led to criticism of MLS as a "retirement home."

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Australia's Jehovah's Witnesses Failed To Report 1,006 Alleged Child Sex Abuses

NPR Top Stories - July 27, 2015 - 10:07am

That was the finding presented by a national inquiry on the sexual abuse of children that was launched in 2013. According to the inquiry, church elders also destroyed records about the allegations.

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Tweets Welcoming #ObamaInEthiopia

NPR Top Stories - July 27, 2015 - 9:10am

One of the many burning questions: "Can we get footage of President Obama eating injera?"

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'Offensive,' 'Sad': Reaction To Huckabee's Holocaust 'Oven' Reference

NPR Top Stories - July 27, 2015 - 8:28am

Presidential candidate Mike Huckabee said over the weekend that President Obama's Iran deal is so bad it will "take the Israelis and march them to the door of the oven."

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Experiment In Coordinated Care For Medicare Failed To Show Savings

NPR Top Stories - July 27, 2015 - 8:05am

The test aimed to help high-risk Medicare patients navigate the health care maze. But after three years, expected improvements in quality and savings failed to materialize.

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New 'Daily Show' Host Trevor Noah Tries Out Jokes About Racism, Ebola

NPR Top Stories - July 27, 2015 - 7:39am

The South African comic, who assumes the reins of the Comedy Central series on Sept. 28, did a show in Washington, D.C., this weekend. Here's a sample of his comedy stylings.

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The Toughest Job In Education? Maybe Not

NPR Top Stories - July 27, 2015 - 7:03am

The assistant principal has a lot on her plate. But that job is where future school leaders come from. Some districts are trying to make sure APs get the training they need.

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A Week Later, Milwaukee Police Still On The Hunt For 'Lion-Like' Animal

NPR Top Stories - July 27, 2015 - 6:34am

Police have been receiving reports of a large "lion-like" animal roaming the city, but over the weekend, police confirmed a sighting.

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