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City Leaders Defy White House Threat On 'Sanctuary' Policies

City Leaders Defy White House Threat On 'Sanctuary' Policies

March 28
By Associated Press

Ignoring fresh threats from the White House, city leaders across the U.S. are vowing to intensify their fight against President Donald Trump's promised crackdown on so-called "sanctuary cities" despite the financial risks.

Increasing Density Could Lower California's Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Increasing Density Could Lower California's Greenhouse Gas Emissions

March 28
By Erik Anderson

California researchers say increasing neighborhood density will help the state's cities reduce the amount of greenhouse gasses they generate.

Vista To Consider Changing From Citywide To District Elections

Vista To Consider Changing From Citywide To District Elections

March 28
By Alison St John

Vista City Council will decide Tuesday night whether to change the way council members are elected. Vista could be the next city in San Diego County to make the change, but it won’t be the last.

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Elon Musk Seen Targeting Human-Computer Link In New Venture

March 28
Bill Chappell / NPR

Speculation about Musk's new company, Neuralink, centers on the name and how it might correspond to his previous statements about incorporating artificial intelligence into human brains.

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Google Hopes To Hire More Black Engineers By Bringing Students To Silicon Valley

March 28
Queena Kim / NPR

Howard, the historically black university in Washington, D.C., is sending computer science students to study at Google's headquarters in California, as part of an effort called Howard West.

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Pinkies Up! A Local Tea Movement Is Brewing

March 28
Jodi Helmer / NPR

Most of the world's tea comes from China, India and Sri Lanka. But since 2000, dozens of farms have sprouted across the U.S. producing small-batch, artisanal tea sold at a premium.

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Anti-Apartheid Activist Ahmed Kathrada Dies At 87

March 28
Peter Granitz / NPR

South African freedom fighter Ahmed "Kathy" Kathrada spent decades in jail with Nelson Mandela. His best friend later in life was one of his prison guards.

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Tired Of Promises, A Struggling Small Town Wants Problems Solved

March 28
Kirk Siegler / NPR

There's a lot of talk about how to revive small towns, especially in the rural Midwest, which Donald Trump carried easily. Visit Cairo, Ill., and at times it feels like a place on life support.

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Hamtramck, Michigan: An Evolving City Of Immigrants

March 28
Melissa Block / NPR

Hamtramck, Mich., used to be mostly Polish. Now, the population has changed, with a growing population of Muslims, coming mostly from Yemen and Bangladesh.

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Trump Takes Aim At A Centerpiece Of Obama's Environmental Legacy

March 28
Nathan Rott / NPR

The Trump administration aims to roll back the Clean Power Plan, which limits emissions from power plants, lift the moratorium on federal coal leases and change the "social cost of carbon" policy.

Session's Threat To Withhold Federal Grants From Sanctuary Cities M...

Session's Threat To Withhold Federal Grants From Sanctuary Cities May Not Apply To San Diego

March 27
By City News Service

Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Monday that local jurisdictions seeking U.S. Department of Justice grants must first demonstrate they are not sanctuary cities, but the threat might not apply to San Diego and other municipalities in the region.

Obamacare Advocates Say Trump Could Still Undermine The ACA

Obamacare Advocates Say Trump Could Still Undermine The ACA

March 27
By Kenny Goldberg

California healthcare advocates say even though the effort to repeal Obamacare has failed, the Trump administration could still weaken the law.

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What Gave Some Primates Bigger Brains? A Fruit-Filled Diet

March 27
Jessica Boddy / NPR

A new study suggests that diet had a big influence in driving the evolution of brain size in primates. Monkeys who thrive on fruit have bigger brains than their plant eating neighbors.

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Raiders Set To Split For Las Vegas, Leaving Oakland ... In A Year Or Two

March 27
Colin Dwyer / NPR

By overwhelming majority, NFL owners voted Monday to approve the Raiders' bid to make a new home in Sin City. But it won't be a quick farewell. They're still playing in Oakland at least through 2017.

NFL Approves Raiders' Move To Las Vegas

NFL Approves Raiders' Move To Las Vegas

March 27
By City News Service

Any hopes that the Raiders would turn their eyes to San Diego in wake of the Chargers' departure all but evaporated Monday when National Football League owners conditionally approved the Oakland franchise's move to Las Vegas.

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D.C.'s Missing Teens: A False Number That Spurred A Real Conversation On Race

March 27
Colin Dwyer / NPR

A viral image last week claimed 14 girls of color went missing in 24 hours in D.C. — though police say that's untrue. But the facts are startling, with very real consequences.

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AP Calculates North Carolina's 'Bathroom Bill' Will Cost More Than $3.7 Billion

March 27
Camila Domonoske / NPR

The Associated Press tallied up business lost because of the controversial law, based on interviews and public records. The AP says its estimate of $3.76 billion over 12 years is probably low.

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Attorney General Orders Crackdown On 'Sanctuary Cities,' Threatens Holding Funds

March 27
Jessica Taylor / NPR

The Justice Department's order to withhold $4.1 billion in federal grants over immigration enforcement could affect major cities including New York, Chicago, Los Angeles and Washington, D.C.

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For Utah Newlywed, An 'Egregious' Prison Stint In Venezuela

March 27
John Otis / NPR

Joshua Holt, a Mormon, was on his honeymoon in Venezuela last year when he was arrested in an anti-gang operation. He's been in jail since. The U.S. has called for his release on humanitarian grounds.