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Giraffes are dying at an alarming rate and could face extinction if the trend doesn't reverse, according to a new conservation report on animal populations worldwide. The report was released by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature , which maintains the so-called Red List of species threatened with extinction. For the first time, the group now lists the giraffe as a "vulnerable" species, meaning it is "facing a high risk of extinction in the wild in the medium-term future"...

To Donald Trump, one of President Obama's major failings was his refusal to identify "radical Islam" specifically as America's top adversary. "Anyone who cannot name our enemy is not fit to lead this country," Trump told a crowd in Ohio in August. "Anyone who cannot condemn the hatred, oppression and violence of radical Islam lacks the moral clarity to serve as our president." Obama, with the support of many counterterrorism experts, wanted to avoid any suggestion that the United States was...

Magnitude 6.5 Earthquake Shakes California

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A magnitude 6.5 earthquake struck about 100 miles off the Northern California coast on Thursday morning, according to the U.S. Geological Survey . The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said the earthquake, originally reported to have a magnitude of 6.8, wasn't powerful enough to generate a destructive tsunami. No damage or injuries were reported. The epicenter was relatively close to the surface — about 7.5 miles down — and its effects were felt especially by residents in the town of Ferndale,...

Copyright 2016 Fresh Air. To see more, visit Fresh Air . DAVE DAVIES, BYLINE: This is FRESH AIR. I'm Dave Davies in for Terry Gross who has a bad cold. Yesterday just before she lost her voice, she recorded the interview we're about to hear with The New York Times' executive editor Dean Baquet about the challenges facing The New York Times and its coverage of President-elect Donald Trump. Trump's had a contentious relationship with the press, or the dishonest press, as he sometimes refers to...

The U.S.-led coalition fighting ISIS says it carried out an airstrike on a hospital complex in the Iraqi city of Mosul at the request of Iraq's military. Air Force Col. John L. Dorrian, the spokesman for Operation Inherent Resolve, told reporters that the coalition did not "have any reason to believe civilians were harmed." However, when specifically asked whether there were patients at the city's main hospital, Dorrian said that was "very difficult to ascertain with full and total fidelity."...

For the first Somali-American lawmaker in the U.S., it was meant to be a day to remember: a visit to the White House for policy meetings before she takes office in Minnesota. But as she left the seat of U.S. power, Ilhan Omar says, she was subjected to a hateful and threatening verbal attack in a cab. "I pray for his humanity and for all those who harbor hate in their hearts," Omar, a Muslim who wears a head scarf, wrote of the cab driver who she says assailed her. In a Facebook post , she...

Two juveniles have been arrested and charged with arson for allegedly starting the fire that killed at least 14 people in east Tennessee last month. They might be tried as adults, and authorities say there might be more arrests. Prosecutors say the two minors started a fire on Nov. 23, according to a statement from the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation . Feeding off a drought-stricken forest, the Chimney Tops 2 fire grew inside the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. On Nov. 28, it swept...

A Birthday Party With More Than A Million RSVPs

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A dad in Mexico who planned an epic party for his daughter Rubi's 15th birthday. He made a video talking about the festivities - three bands, a horse race and at the end, he said, "everyone is cordially invited!" The video went viral and more than a million people said they would come to Rubi's party. It spawned all kinds of internet memes. Rubi's favorite? The one about Donald Trump allowing undocumented Mexican migrants in the U.S. to return to Mexico so they can go to her party. Copyright...

The Challenges Facing Globalization

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Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: We have a global conversation this morning about resistance to globalization. NPR's Frank Langfitt is in North East England in the U.K., which voted this year to leave the European Union. Hi, Frank. FRANK LANGFITT, BYLINE: Good morning, Steve. INSKEEP: And David Wessel is in our studios here in Washington. Good morning, David. DAVID WESSEL: Good morning, Steve. INSKEEP: He's with the Brookings Institution and The...

After 61 Years, Indiana Town Legalizes Pinball

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Never mind legalizing pot. Kokomo, Ind., has legalized pinball. The city council ended a ban that stretches back to 1955. Back then, the council said pinball worked against "peace and good order." Wives complained about husbands who gambled away their entire paychecks. In more recent times, the ban seems to have been ignored. At last the city council has revoked it, taking its chances on keeping the peace. Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: Good...

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