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U.S. Lifts Ban On Importing Elephant Trophies From Zimbabwe And Zambia

NPR Enlarge this image The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has lifted a ban on importing sport-hunted trophies of elephants from Zimbabwe and Zambia. Jekesai Njikizana/AFP/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Jekesai Njikizana/AFP/Getty Images The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today that it has lifted an Obama-era ban on importing sport-hunted trophies of elephants from Zimbabwe and Zambia. The Service said it had found that allowing trophy imports would help the conservation of elephants in those countries, a finding that allows it to authorize the import of the African elephant under the terms of the Endangered Species Act,...

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High Court Says Germany’s Birth Registry Must Allow Third Gender Option

NPR Enlarge this image Germany’s top court has ruled that parliament must legally recognize a third gender from birth. A complaint was brought by a person identified only as Vanja, pictured here in 2014, who is intersex. Peter Steffen/AFP/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Peter Steffen/AFP/Getty Images Germany’s highest court has ruled that the country must provide a third gender option beside male or female in the nation’s birth register – or dispense entirely with information on gender in civil status. “The assignment of gender is of paramount importance for individual identity; it usually plays a key role both...

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Fees To Enter Popular National Parks Would Skyrocket Under Interior Department Plan – NPR

GOOGLE NEWS Enlarge this image Virginia’s Shenandoah National Park is one of 17 popular parks that would see higher peak-season entry fees under a new proposal. Karen Bleier/AFP/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Karen Bleier/AFP/Getty Images The National Park Service has announced a proposal to more than double the peak-season entrance fees at the country’s busiest national parks, including Shenandoah, Yosemite, Yellowstone and Grand Canyon. The park service said Tuesday that it needs the revenue expected from the fees to address its nearly $12 billion backlog of deferred maintenance. But the announcement has been met with worries that higher...

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Meet Jacinda Ardern, 37, New Zealand’s Next Prime Minister

NPR Enlarge this image Jacinda Ardern will be the next prime minister of New Zealand. Ardern, who has led the Labour Party for less than three months, spoke at a press conference Thursday at Parliament in Wellington after a coalition government was formed. Marty Melville/AFP/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Marty Melville/AFP/Getty Images Canada has Justin Trudeau. France has Emmanuel Macron. But in terms of youth and charisma, New Zealand’s next prime minister may have them beat. Meet 37-year-old Jacinda Ardern. She’ll be the country’s youngest leader in 150 years, and she’s the youngest-ever head of the Labour Party....

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More Women Allege Misconduct By Harvey Weinstein, Including Sexual Assault – NPR

GOOGLE NEWS Enlarge this image New allegations of sexual harassment and assault by Harvey Weinstein emerged on Tuesday, two days after he was ousted from the Weinstein Company. Weinstein is pictured here in April at the Tribeca Film Festival. Charles Sykes/Charles Sykes/Invision/AP hide caption toggle caption Charles Sykes/Charles Sykes/Invision/AP Editor’s note: This story includes explicit language describing alleged sexual assaults. New allegations against the film executive Harvey Weinstein emerged Tuesday, including multiple instances of sexual assault and a recording by New York City police in which he admits to groping a woman. The details were published in The New...

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Sen. Graham Faces Raucous Town Hall The Day After GOP Fails To Repeal Obamacare

NPR Sen. Lindsey Graham talks with constituents after a town hall meeting today in Columbia, South Carolina. Protestors have been showing up in large numbers to congressional town hall meetings across the nation. Sean Rayford/Getty Images Republican Senator Lindsey Graham faced a tough, boisterous crowd at a town hall in Columbia, South Carolina today. The public meeting came the day after Republicans failed to repeal the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare. “The process was not what I wanted it to be,” he said, adding that he thinks Obamacare is a disaster and is going to collapse. And he doesn’t...

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US Investigating Whether Its Mosul Airstrikes Caused Mass Civilian Casualties – NPR

GOOGLE NEWS Residents carry the body of several people killed during fights between Iraq security forces and Islamic State on the western side of Mosul, Iraq, yesterday. Residents of the Iraqi city’s neighborhood known as Mosul Jidideh at the scene say that scores of residents are believed to have been killed by airstrikes that hit a cluster of homes in the area earlier this month. Felipe Dana/AP As Iraqi forces backed by the United States ramp up efforts to take Mosul back from ISIS, there are reports of scores of civilians killed by airstrikes from a U.S.-led coalition. As...

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Melania Trump Lawsuit Argues 'Once In A Lifetime' Chance To Make Millions Is Lost

Enlarge this image President Trump and first lady Melania Trump arrive for the 60th annual Red Cross Gala at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Fla., on Saturday. Susan Walsh/AP hide caption toggle caption Susan Walsh/AP It’s a little icky all around. First lady Melania Trump is seeking $150 million from the Daily Mail newspaper, charging in a lawsuit filed Monday in New York State commercial court that the outlet published damaging and unfounded allegations that she once worked as an “elite escort” in the “sex business.” Beyond demonstrating that the Trumps are more than willing to take the offensive when it comes to lawsuits, the complaint also reveals plans for yet another extension of the Trump empire, arguing that Melania’s brand has “lost significant value” and has impacted “major business opportunities that were otherwise available to her.” And we’re not talking about the White House Easter Egg Roll. The suit lays out the plan for Melania, Inc.: “Plaintiff had the the unique, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, as an extremely famous and well-known person, as well as a former professional model and brand spokesperson, and successful businesswoman, to launch a broad-based commercial brand in multiple product categories, each of which could have garnered multi-million dollar business relationships for a multi-year term during which Plaintiff is one of the most photographed women in the world. These product categories would have included, among...

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