NPR2 min readCrime & Violence
A Judge Awards Aretha Franklin's Properties To Her Sons, Citing A Handwritten Will
The decision Monday came four months after a Detroit-area jury said the document was a valid will under Michigan law, despite scribbles and many hard-to-read passages.
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U.S. Life Expectancy Starts To Recover After Sharp Pandemic Decline
A CDC analysis of 2022 data finds that U.S. life expectancy is improving after being knocked backwards during the COVID emergency. But it's still lower than it was pre-pandemic.
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3 Climate Impacts The U.S. Will See If Warming Goes Beyond 1.5 Degrees
Climate science shows that beyond 1.5 degrees Celsius of warming, impacts in the U.S. get substantially worse. The world is on track for almost double that level of warming by the end of the century.
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U.S. Military Osprey Aircraft Crashes Off Coast Of Southwestern Japan
Japanese public broadcaster NHK reported that rescuers found three people near the crash site, but their condition is unknown.
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How Can We Break The Cycle Of Childhood Trauma? Help A Baby's Parents
HealthySteps is an intervention where new parents get practical help with their lives, allowing them to create stable, nurturing bonds with their babies. It all starts at the baby's checkups.
NPR3 min readInternational Relations
More Captives To Be Freed As Mediators Work To Prolong The Israel-Hamas Truce
At least 30 Palestinians in Israeli jails and 10 hostages held by Hamas are likely to be freed on Wednesday. U.S. and Israeli officials are in Qatar trying to work out a further cease-fire extension.
NPR4 min readCrime & Violence
It's Peak Shopping — And Shoplifting — Season. Cops Are Stepping Up Antitheft Tactics
Merchants say retail thefts have become more frequent and brazen. Law enforcement is now putting more money into things like store stakeouts and task forces that track organized retail crime rings.
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This 3-year Cruise Around The World Is Called Off, Leaving Passengers In The Lurch
Disappointed customers are now scrambling to make new plans for where they will live for the next three years — and to extract refunds from the company.
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Ukraine Says Spy Chief's Wife Is Being Treated For Poisoning With Heavy Metals
Marianna Budanova is the wife of Lt. Gen. Kyrylo Budanov, the head of Ukraine's military intelligence agency. She is undergoing treatment in a hospital.
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Climate Funding Is In Short Supply. So Some Want To Rework The Financial System
Efforts to boost climate financing have moved beyond national pledges. Now the focus is on overhauling organizations like the World Bank and providing countries debt relief.
NPR3 min readCrime & Violence
Texas Abortion Case Goes Before State's Highest Court, As More Women Join Lawsuit
Dr. Dani Mathisen is one of 20 patients who say abortion bans in Texas harmed them during complicated pregnancies. Attorneys in the lawsuit will argue before the Texas Supreme Court Tuesday.
NPR2 min readWorld
Up First Briefing: Truce In Gaza Extended; Texas Supreme Court To Hear Abortion Case
Israel and Hamas have agreed to extend their truce in Gaza by two days to allow for more hostage-prisoner exchanges. The Texas Supreme Court is set to hear a case on the state's abortion ban.
NPR2 min read
Marty Krofft, Who Changed Children's TV With 'H.R. Pufnstuf,' Dies At 86
Krofft and his brother Sid brought a trippy sensibility to children's TV and brought singling siblings Donny and Marie Osmond and Barbara Mandrell and her sisters to primetime.
NPR1 min readCrime & Violence
Russian Court Extends Evan Gershkovich's Detention Until The End Of January
A court extended the detention of the Wall Street Journal reporter, arrested on espionage charges, until Jan. 30, Russian news agencies reported. Gershkovich and the Journal deny the allegations.
NPR2 min read
2024-2025 Reflect America Fellowship Applications Are Open
November 28, 2023; Washington, D.C. — NPR has opened applications for its Reflect America Fellowship, a year-long position aimed at bringing a greater diversity of voices to NPR's news coverage. Applications are open until 11:59 p.m. EST on Jan. 26,
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A Florida Election Fraud Chief Died Last Year In The Hallway Of Ron DeSantis' Office
Peter Antonacci, the head of Florida's elections fraud office, had just left a heated meeting when he collapsed in the hallway of the governor's office, according to a newly released investigation.
NPR2 min readCrime & Violence
Sean 'Diddy' Combs Temporarily Steps Aside As Chairman Of Revolt TV Network
Combs temporarily stepped down as chairman of the TV network he co-founded in 2013, a spokesperson for the record executive confirmed. The move follows lawsuits against Combs alleging sexual abuse.
NPR2 min read
John Cale, Ever Restless, Keeps Moving Out Of His Comfort Zone
With a legendary musical career that spans decades, John Cale is still restlessly creating and collaborating on new music.
NPR4 min readInternational Relations
What To Know About The Hostages Still Held By Hamas
Under an extension of a temporary cease-fire, Hamas freed 12 more hostages on Tuesday, including 10 Israelis and two foreign nationals, Israel's military said. About 160 hostages remain in captivity.
NPR2 min read
Pope Cancels Trip To U.N. Climate Conference On Doctors' Orders After Getting The Flu
Francis' planned Saturday address would have been the first time a pope had addressed a U.N. climate conference, which is taking place in Dubai.
NPR2 min read
Investor Charlie Munger, The Longtime Business Partner Of Warren Buffett, Has Died
The influential investor Charlie Munger, longtime vice chairman of the conglomerate Berkshire Hathaway, has died. He was 99 years old. With Warren Buffett, Munger built Berkshire Hathaway into a multi-billion dollar behemoth. "They complemented eac
NPR3 min readInternational Relations
Israel And Hamas Prepare To Exchange More Captives Amid Extended Cease-fire Deal
Israel says it has already received a list of additional Israeli hostages Hamas proposes to release in exchange for Israel freeing more Palestinian prisoners.
NPR4 min readAmerican Government
Rosalynn Carter Honored By Family, Friends And Presidents, Including Husband Jimmy
A gathering of first ladies and presidents joined other political figures in a tribute service. But a parade of speakers said her global stature wasn't what defined her.
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41 Workers Trapped In A Collapsed Tunnel In India Will Soon Be Rescued, Official Says
The 41 workers have been trapped in the collapsed mountain tunnel in the north of India for over two weeks. Rescuers have drilled their way through debris to reach them.
NPR4 min readCrime & Violence
Alex Murdaugh's Financial Fraud Victims Confront Him In Court Before His Sentencing
The emotional testimony from victims who had been duped by the disgraced lawyer came before a judge accepted a deal sentencing Murdaugh to 27 years in prison for stealing about $12 million.
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In The Battle Over Books, Who Gets To Decide What's Age-appropriate At Libraries?
There are efforts to change how decisions are made about which books libraries should stock and which section they belong in. Some advocate using a national rating system like the one used for movies.
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Mark Cuban Working On Sale Of NBA's Mavericks To Sands Casino Family, AP Source Says
While Cuban would sell the team to Miriam Adelson, the widow of casino magnate Sheldon Adelson, he would retain control of basketball operations. The agreement would be in the range of $3.5 billion.
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Jon Batiste And Suleika Jaouad Share Journey Of 'Two Extremes' In American Symphony
The same day musician Jon Batiste got 11 Grammy nominations, his partner, writer Suleika Jaouad, began chemotherapy. The new documentary American Symphony recounts their journey.
NPR4 min read
Rosalynn Carter's Mental Health Advocacy Changed Journalism — And Journalists
Aaron Glantz writes that he was adrift after years of reporting in Iraq and on the war's effects. His fellowship at The Carter Center and a pointed question from the first lady put him back on course.
NPR2 min read
Up First Briefing: Israel And Hamas Could Extend Truce; COP28 Begins This Week
Hamas and Israel hint at extending their truce as more hostages are planned to be freed. Annual climate negotiations begin this week in Dubai.
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