Case Considers Unaccompanied Minor’s Right To Have An Abortion
Sarah McCammon - 
Fri Oct 20 19:01:00 EDT 2017
A panel of federal judges said Friday that a 17-year-old Mexican girl in the U.S. illegally has a right to an abortion — but she’s not being allowed to get the procedure yet.

Prisoners Face Uncertainty As Number Of Halfway Houses Are Cut
Carrie Johnson - 
Fri Oct 20 17:49:00 EDT 2017
The Justice Department has ended contracts with several halfway houses across the country. That change means inmates will likely stay in prison longer and have a tougher transition back to society.

Need Hurricane Aid? In One Texas City, If You Boycott Israel, You May Be Out Of Luck
Merrit Kennedy - 
Fri Oct 20 17:36:49 EDT 2017
A city official told NPR that Dickinson is simply following a recently passed state law: "The city has nothing to do with it." But the representative who authored the law said it’s being misapplied.

Orionid Meteor Shower Will Peak Overnight, With Best Show Before Dawn
Camila Domonoske - 
Fri Oct 20 16:40:52 EDT 2017
Last year, the Orionids were hampered by a bright moon. But this year, there’s barely a sliver of moon in the sky, which should allow the remnants of Halley’s Comet to shine.

Reporter Pulls Blanket Off Cozy Ties Between Mattress Companies And Reviewers
Fri Oct 20 16:35:00 EDT 2017
Shoppers go online for reviews of the products they want to buy — like mattresses. But one reporter found out that reviewers often have cozy business deals with the companies they’re reviewing.

Russian Magazine Says ’Trolls’ Used Social Media To Disrupt U.S. Election
Lucian Kim - 
Fri Oct 20 16:35:00 EDT 2017
A Russian business magazine says it has uncovered details of "trolls" based in St. Petersburg used social media to try to spread discontent and disinformation during the 2016 U.S. election.

Investigations Continue Into U.S. Military Deaths In Niger
Fri Oct 20 16:35:00 EDT 2017
NPR’s Ari Shapiro talks with Sen. Jack Reed of Rhode Island, the ranking Democrat on the Senate Armed Services Committee, about what happened on the ground in Niger that left 4 U.S. soldiers dead.

Can A Democrat Win In Alabama?
Debbie Elliott - 
Fri Oct 20 16:35:00 EDT 2017
A competitive special election in Alabama has Democrats thinking they may have a shot at a U.S. Senate seat in a deeply red state. The Republican candidate, Roy Moore, has a controversial record that includes being twice removed from public office.

DHS Under Pressure Over Alleged Violation Of Policies On Sensitive Locations
John Burnett - 
Fri Oct 20 16:35:00 EDT 2017
More than 100 members of Congress have called on the Department of Homeland Security to rein in agents who are reportedly apprehending undocumented immigrants in places such as hospitals.

Former Intelligence Official On Iran Nuclear Deal
Fri Oct 20 16:35:00 EDT 2017
NPR’s Mary Louise Kelly speaks about the Iran nuclear deal — which President Trump has called a "bad" deal — with Norman Roule, who retired last week as Iran mission manager for the director of national intelligence.

Chef José Andrés Has Served Nearly 1.5 Million Meals To Hungry Puerto Ricans
Christina Cala - 
Fri Oct 20 16:35:00 EDT 2017
In the capital, San Juan, the coliseum has become the center of a massive effort, led by D.C. restaurateur and celebrity chef Andrés, to feed tens of thousands of Puerto Ricans after Hurricane Maria.

Troubled By Flint Water Crisis, 11-Year-Old Girl Invents Lead-Detecting Device
Laurel Wamsley - 
Fri Oct 20 15:35:49 EDT 2017
The Colorado seventh-grader was unimpressed by the options her parents had to test water in their home. So she created a sensor-based device using chemically treated carbon nanotubes to do it faster.

Nivea Ad For ’Visibly Fairer Skin’ Sparks Controversy In West Africa
Mazi Emeka Nwankwo - 
Fri Oct 20 15:35:00 EDT 2017
The billboard and TV spot shows a Nigerian beauty pageant winner using a product called Natural Fairness Body Lotion. Critics are describing the ad as "colorist" and tone-deaf.

The U.S. Military In Africa: A Discreet Presence In Many Places
Greg Myre - 
Fri Oct 20 15:11:00 EDT 2017
The military has some 20 missions across the continent. Most are not combat operations. But the deaths of four soldiers in Niger illustrate the dangers as U.S. troops venture into the field.

St. John Could Get Electricity Turned Back On, 6 Weeks After Hurricane Irma
Bill Chappell - 
Fri Oct 20 14:36:00 EDT 2017
"Portions of St. John are scheduled to be restored by the middle of next week," the power utility says. The U.S. Virgin Islands — home to more than 100,000 Americans — remains under boil-water orders.