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Ross Confirmed As Commerce Secretary

Feb. 27
Mark Katkov / NPR

Wilbur Ross, 79, made his fortune buying distressed companies and restoring them to health. Criticized by some as a "vulture capitalist," Ross received the support of the United Steelworkers union.

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Can Sex Offenders Be Barred From Social Media? Justices Lean Toward No

Feb. 27
Nina Totenberg / NPR

The court heard two cases today: One on whether the government can deport a resident for a statutory rape conviction, and another on whether a state can criminalize social media use for sex offenders.

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Minnesota Police Officer In Philando Castile Shooting Case Pleads Not Guilty

Feb. 27
Richard Gonzales / NPR

The aftermath of the controversial shooting went viral as it was streamed live on Facebook by the Castile's girlfriend.

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Black Lives Matter Finds 'Renewed Focus' 5 Years After Trayvon Martin

Feb. 27
NPR Staff / NPR

From the death that sparked a hashtag that became a national movement, Black Lives Matter takes on a new urgency under President Trump. Co-founder Patrisse Khan-Cullors discusses what lies ahead.

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SpaceX Announces Plans To Send Two Customers To The Moon

Feb. 27
Merrit Kennedy / NPR

It would be the first time humans have traveled beyond low Earth orbit since the days of Apollo. The mission would be manned and financed by two private, anonymous customers.

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Attorney General Jeff Sessions Focuses On Violent Crime And Police Morale

Feb. 27
Carrie Johnson / NPR

The new AG held his first on-record briefing as head of the Justice Department on Monday. He said he's "not a fan" of legalized marijuana use, and threats against Jewish centers are unacceptable.

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What's The Environmental Footprint Of A Loaf Of Bread? Now We Know

Feb. 27
Rhitu Chatterjee / NPR

New research calculates the greenhouse gas emissions involved in making bread, from wheat field to bakery. The vast majority of emissions come from one step in the process: farming.

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Reality Check: Trump Proposal Doesn't Cover Major Military Expansion

Feb. 27
Philip Ewing / NPR

President Trump's proposed increase in defense spending could help the Defense Department plug current holes in the force, but it wouldn't cover the major expansion he supports.

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Repeal Of Anti-Corruption Rule May Hurt National Security, Critics Warn

Feb. 27
Michele Kelemen / NPR

The repealed Securities and Exchange Commission rule required oil, gas and mining companies to disclose overseas payments. It was meant to promote transparency in countries riddled with corruption.

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No Jail Time For 19-Year-Old In Idaho Coat-Hanger Assault Case

Feb. 27
Camila Domonoske / NPR

An Idaho judge concluded an attack on a black, mentally disabled teenager, in which his white teammate kicked a coat hanger up his rectum, was not a sexual assault or racially motivated attack.