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A Trans Man Steps Into The Ring – And Wins His Debut As A Professional Boxer

After an injury forced Patricio Manuel to withdraw from the women's Olympic boxing trials, the fighter faced a reckoning. He decided to start living publicly as a man — and rebuild his boxing career.

A Trans Man Steps Into The Ring – And Wins His Debut As A Professional Boxer

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Gulf Oyster Reefs Are Hurting. Now There's Help From Oil Spill Aid Money.

Oyster harvests in the Gulf of Mexico have declined dramatically. Now scientists are working to rebuild oyster reefs, helped by settlement money from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

Gulf Oyster Reefs Are Hurting. Now There's Help From Oil Spill Aid Money.

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Dutch innovator Boyan Slat poses for a portrait next to the anchors of his plastic collecting system in 2017. The trash collection device deployed to corral plastic litter floating is not capturing any garbage. Peter Dejong/AP hide caption

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Creator Of Floating Garbage-Collector Struggling To Capture Plastic In Pacific

A young innovator wants to remove all the plastic from the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. But his invention — a long floating boom — is moving too slowly to hold the trash it collects.

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New Reports Detail Expansive Russia Disinformation Scheme Targeting U.S.

The studies for the Senate intelligence committee assess how broadly Russians wielded social media to reach millions of Americans and suppress Democratic and black voting.

The "Medicaid Drug Decisions Transparency Act" would require pharmaceutical companies to disclose their payments to pharmacists and others who serve on state Medicaid drug boards — the advisory groups that decide which drugs Medicaid will and won't cover. Gary Waters/Ikon Images/Getty Images hide caption

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Sen. Cory Booker Calls For More Transparency In Medicaid Drug Decisions

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Booker is introducing a bill this week in response to an investigation by the Center for Public Interest and NPR. He calls drug firms' infiltration into Medicaid's decision process "nefarious."

In the story "The Mole and the Sun," Mole's mother is sick. A medical seer tells him she will recover if his friend Ya Sun can orbit the earth in the opposite direction that it's rotating. The sobering moral is that you can't go against the rules of nature. Pieter Henket hide caption

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Magical Photos Bring Fables From Mbomo To Life

The fables were gathered from people in the Congo Basin and illustrated with a touch of magical realism in the new book Congo Tales: Told By The People Of Mbomo.

Sale Tambaya, a cattle herder in central Nigeria, grazes his cows. After his home state criminalized open grazing in November 2017, he and his family fled with their livestock to a neighboring state where grazing is allowed. Two of his sons died on the journey. Tim McDonnell for NPR hide caption

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Herders Vs. Farmers: A Deadly Year In Nigeria

Deadly clashes in the country's Middle Belt have skyrocketed — and a new Amnesty International report says the government is exacerbating the crisis.

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Goldman Sachs Faces Charges In Malaysia Over Massive Corruption Scandal

The U.S. bank and two of its former bankers face criminal charges in connection with Malaysia's 1MDB scandal, which involves billions of dollars allegedly stolen from a development fund.

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Dermot Kennedy, NPR Slingshot's Best New Artist

NPR Music fans have chosen Dermot Kennedy as Slingshot Best New Artist of 2018. In a conversation with NPR's Ailsa Chang, Kennedy talks about the pressures of newfound success and his dedication to the craft.

Dermot Kennedy, NPR Slingshot's Best New Artist

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Google says it will lease office space at three spots in the West Village to create a new campus for thousands of workers in New York City. Here, a pedestrian passes by 345 Hudson Street, one of the buildings Google will be using. Drew Angerer/Getty Images hide caption

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Google Will Spend $1 Billion For New York City Campus On Hudson River

"In fact, we're growing faster outside the Bay Area than within it," says Chief Financial Officer Ruth Porat, a senior vice president of both Google and its parent company, Alphabet.

The 46P/Wirtanen comet, as seen through a telescope in France on Dec. 3, is currently making an unusually close pass by Earth. It will be visible, if weather allows, until Dec. 22. Nicholas Biver/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Green 'Christmas Comet' Visible In Night Sky

The comet 46P/Wirtanen just made its closest approach to Earth in centuries. No word on the whereabouts of Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Cupid, Donner or Blitzen (and Rudolph).

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6 Simple Rules For Saving Money

If you're not good at saving money, it's not your fault: Humans are hardwired to focus on the present. But there's a way to beat evolution and build for your future.

6 Simple Rules For Saving Money

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