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CNN's Jim Acosta walks into federal court in Washington, on Wednesday to attend a hearing on a legal challenge against the Trump administration. Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP hide caption

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Decision Expected Today In CNN Suit Over White House Revoking Acosta's Press Pass

CNN is calling the action unconstitutional. However, the White House argues that a president gets to select chose who interviews him and that a news conference is just "an interview with 100 people."

A security officer's shadow marked the door of Saudi Arabia's consulate in Istanbul. The top Saudi prosecutor now says journalist and U.S. resident Jamal Khashoggi was murdered at the diplomatic facility. Ozan Kose/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Khashoggi Case Update: Saudi Prosecutor Says 5 Suspects Should Be Executed

Saudi Arabia's public prosecutor agrees with Turkey, saying Jamal Khashoggi was murdered — but he says the journalist died from a drug overdose, not a brutal hit squad.

NPR Student Podcast Challenge: Turn An Idea Into Sound — And Win

Teachers and students in grades five through 12 will have the opportunity to turn their classrooms into production studios and their ideas into sound. Contest entries open on Jan. 1, 2019.

NPR Student Podcast Challenge: Turn An Idea Into Sound — And Win

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People who are sensitive to the bitterness of caffeine tend to drink more coffee than others, while people sensitive to bitter flavors like quinine drink less coffee, according to a new study. Dimitri Otis/Getty Images hide caption

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Buzz, Buzz: Bitter Tasters Like Coffee Better

A genetic analysis of samples taken from a large UK health database suggest that people who are more sensitive than their peers to the bitter taste of caffeine tend to drink more coffee — not less.

Rep. Maxine Waters, seated next to Rep. Jeb Hensarling of Texas, at a hearing in July, is set to become chair of the House Financial Services Committee. Jacquelyn Martin/AP hide caption

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'Auntie Maxine' Waters Gets Ready To Take On The Banks As House Panel Chair

California Rep. Maxine Waters has been a favorite target of President Trump and his supporters. Now she's in line to chair the House Financial Services Committee, where she could slow his agenda.

'Auntie Maxine' Waters Gets Ready To Take On The Banks As House Panel Chair

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"Everything is private information, stored on your computer or a computer you designate," says George Church, genetics professor at Harvard Medical School, about the approach of Nebula Genomics. Craig Barritt/Getty Images for The New Yorker hide caption

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Startup Offers To Sequence Your Genome Free Of Charge, Then Let You Profit From It

A full genome sequence costs about $1,000. But Nebula Genomics expects that companies and researchers would defray the cost in exchange for key medical information about the person involved.

Hundreds of people wait to pass from Mexico into the United States at the border crossing in Nogales, Ariz., in 2010. John Moore/Getty Images hide caption

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Arizona Residents, Officials Skeptical As Border Troops Move In

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As thousands of troops arrive to reinforce security at the U.S.-Mexico border, Arizona officials worry migrants will try to storm the border.

Arizona Residents, Officials Skeptical As Border Troops Move In

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Mir, a Pakistani man who used to live in Xinjiang, China, clutches the hands of his two daughters. Since Chinese authorities detained his wife, he's been raising their two girls alone. "My mind just won't work," he says. "I sound incoherent, I can't think, I even forget what to say in my prayers." Diaa Hadid/NPR hide caption

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'My Family Has Been Broken': Pakistanis Fear For Uighur Wives Held In China

Rights groups estimate as many as 1 million Uighurs are detained in Chinese camps, with the aim of stripping away their ethnic identity, suppressing their Muslim faith and ensuring loyalty to China.

'My Family Has Been Broken': Pakistanis Fear For Uighur Wives Held In China

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Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz. (left), and Sen. Chris Coons, D-Del., speak to members of the media during a news conference Wednesday on the Special Counsel Independence and Integrity Act. Alex Wong/Getty Images hide caption

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Flake Pledges To Block Votes On Judges Until Mueller Bill Goes To Senate Floor

Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., holds the deciding vote on a narrowly divided Senate Judiciary Committee. There are currently 21 judicial nominees awaiting a vote by the committee.

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos faces a new lawsuit filed on Tuesday. It alleges the Dept. of Education has failed to comply with the Borrowers Defense rule, a student loan forgiveness program that would automatically cancel debt for borrowers whose schools have closed. Mark Wilson/Getty Images hide caption

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Betsy DeVos Sued For Failing To Implement Automatic Student Loan Forgiveness

A new lawsuit claims tens of thousands of borrowers are still waiting for the Department of Education to erase their debt — about $250 million — as it was ordered to do last month.

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Why A 'War On Children' Could Worsen In Yemen

Escalating violence in a key port city is jeopardizing aid to hundreds of thousands of starving children.

Why A 'War On Children' Could Get Worse

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President Trump speaks in the Roosevelt Room of the White House Wednesday as he announces his support for the first major rewrite of the nation's criminal justice sentencing laws in a generation. Andrew Harnik/AP hide caption

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Trump Backs Package Of Changes To Criminal Justice System As Lame-Duck Session Begins

The president's support is a big win for activists who have been pushing for criminal justice measures that roll back the stiff penalties imposed as a part of America's decades-long "war on drugs."

Golf professional Suzy Whaley is set to become the first female president of the PGA of America. Traci Edwards/PGA of America/AP hide caption

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Suzy Whaley, PGA's First Female President, On Bringing Inclusivity To Golf

Just 40 years ago, only men comprised PGA membership. But Suzy Whaley is used to breaking new ground in a male-dominated sport. "For me it's always been about wanting to play the game," she says.

Suzy Whaley, PGA's First Female President, On Bringing Inclusivity To Golf

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