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Our Top Global Stories Of 2017: From Selfies To Breast-Feeding SecretsFrom the 455 global health and development stories we posted on our blog in 2017, here are the top 10, ranked by pageviews.Wed, 13 Dec 2017 09:35:00 -0500https://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2017/12/13/569920860/our-top-stories-of-2017-from-breast-feeding-secrets-to-ethical-selfies?utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=nationalhttps://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2017/12/13/569920860/our-top-stories-of-2017-from-breast-feeding-secrets-to-ethical-selfies?utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=national<img src='https://media.npr.org/assets/img/2017/12/11/grid-best-of-2017_wide-228ecadbd47fc5ae4b814e9ef1efe5a2b4ca0f00.jpg?s=600' alt='Clockwise from top left: Bad selfie; "tree man" disease; Deer tick; mothers from Namibia's Himba tribe and from Amber, India; toilet; and Hamza man eating honeycomb.'/><p>From the 455 global health and development stories we posted on our blog in 2017, here are the top 10, ranked by pageviews.</p><p>(Image credit: Clockwise from top left: SAIH Norway/Screenshot by NPR; Hadassah; Stephen Reiss for NPR; Jose Luis Trisan/Getty; Hadynyah/Getty;Zoriah Miller for Dollar Street; and Matthieu Paley/National Geographic.)</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=569920860' />Malaka Gharib
Smithereens Lead Singer Pat DiNizio Dies At Age 62Pat DiNizio, a singer and songwriter who made popular rock songs as the leader of The Smithereens, died on Tuesday, his fellow band members say.Wed, 13 Dec 2017 08:00:00 -0500https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/12/13/570405135/smithereens-lead-singer-pat-dinizio-dies-at-age-62?utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=nationalhttps://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/12/13/570405135/smithereens-lead-singer-pat-dinizio-dies-at-age-62?utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=national<img src='https://media.npr.org/assets/img/2017/12/13/gettyimages-1974702_wide-3d38be32ee9846a3c907d6b0be110bd440c753f9.jpg?s=600' alt='Pat DiNizio, leader of The Smithereens, died on Tuesday. He's seen here singing during the band's 2003 performance at Rockefeller Center in New York City.'/><p>Pat DiNizio, a singer and songwriter who made popular rock songs as the leader of The Smithereens, died on Tuesday, his fellow band members say.</p><p>(Image credit: Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=570405135' />Bill Chappell
More College Presidents Join The Millionaires' Club Sixty-six university presidents took home more than $1 million in 2015, according to a new analysis by <em>The Chronicle of Higher Education</em>.Wed, 13 Dec 2017 06:26:05 -0500https://www.npr.org/sections/ed/2017/12/13/569943593/more-college-presidents-join-the-millionaires-club?utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=nationalhttps://www.npr.org/sections/ed/2017/12/13/569943593/more-college-presidents-join-the-millionaires-club?utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=national<img src='https://media.npr.org/assets/img/2017/12/11/gettyimages-673404213_wide-d7c13fe292cd435cd70bd9b14a89ed0083c0d5cd.jpg?s=600' alt='Rich person'/><p>Sixty-six university presidents took home more than $1 million in 2015, according to a new analysis by <em>The Chronicle of Higher Education</em>.</p><p>(Image credit: Veronica Grech/Getty Images/Ikon Images)</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=569943593' />Anya Kamenetz
California's Thomas Fire 25 Percent ContainedThe wildfire has burned through 236,000 acres and destroyed more than 700 homes.Wed, 13 Dec 2017 05:38:00 -0500https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/12/13/570391113/californias-thomas-fire-25-percent-contained?utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=nationalhttps://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/12/13/570391113/californias-thomas-fire-25-percent-contained?utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=national<img src='https://media.npr.org/assets/img/2017/12/13/ap_17347201513472_wide-24eb4c1ab59b3b9799b319c885e6775b13f9dd0b.jpg?s=600' alt='In this photo provided by the Santa Barbara County Fire Department, a helicopter makes a water drop near a house that was not on fire on a hill above Bella Vista Drive in Montecito, Calif.'/><p>The wildfire has burned through 236,000 acres and destroyed more than 700 homes.</p><p>(Image credit: Mike Eliason/AP)</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=570391113' />Scott Neuman
Kansas' 2012 Tax Cut Experiment Could Serve As A Cautionary TalePeople in Kansas are struggling to recover from the state's experiment with deep tax cuts. What happened in Kansas is similar in many ways to what Congress is attempting to do on a national level.Wed, 13 Dec 2017 05:04:00 -0500https://www.npr.org/2017/12/13/570387479/kansas-2012-tax-cut-experiment-could-serve-as-a-cautionary-tale?utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=nationalhttps://www.npr.org/2017/12/13/570387479/kansas-2012-tax-cut-experiment-could-serve-as-a-cautionary-tale?utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=national<p>People in Kansas are struggling to recover from the state's experiment with deep tax cuts. What happened in Kansas is similar in many ways to what Congress is attempting to do on a national level.</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=570387479' />Wade Goodwyn
Firefighters Battle The 5th Largest Blaze In California's HistoryFirefighters in California are making progress containing the enormous Thomas fire near Santa Barbara, but fear even one flying ember could send them back to where they were.Wed, 13 Dec 2017 05:04:00 -0500https://www.npr.org/2017/12/13/570387465/firefighters-battle-the-5th-largest-blaze-in-californias-history?utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=nationalhttps://www.npr.org/2017/12/13/570387465/firefighters-battle-the-5th-largest-blaze-in-californias-history?utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=national<p>Firefighters in California are making progress containing the enormous Thomas fire near Santa Barbara, but fear even one flying ember could send them back to where they were.</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=570387465' />Leila Fadel
Down Syndrome Families Divided Over Abortion BanAn Ohio bill would ban abortions after a Down syndrome diagnosis. It's become a divisive issue in the community, much like it is everywhere else.Wed, 13 Dec 2017 05:03:00 -0500https://www.npr.org/2017/12/13/570173685/down-syndrome-families-divided-over-abortion-ban?utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=nationalhttps://www.npr.org/2017/12/13/570173685/down-syndrome-families-divided-over-abortion-ban?utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=national<img src='https://media.npr.org/assets/img/2017/12/12/img_5009_wide-1bdbb8d9e8326d267aeec827dd08def1efb651d4.jpg?s=600' alt='Kelly Kuhns's two-year-old son Oliver was born with Down syndrome. She says that she was shocked when a prenatal test revealed a Trisomy 21 mutation. But, she says, "he's still a baby. He's still worthy of a life just like everybody else."'/><p>An Ohio bill would ban abortions after a Down syndrome diagnosis. It's become a divisive issue in the community, much like it is everywhere else.</p><p>(Image credit: Sarah McCammon/NPR)</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=570173685' />Sarah McCammon
In Reaction To Trump, Democratic Candidates Surge In Deep-Red TexasFor the first time in 25 years, Democrats are running in all of Texas' 36 congressional districts. But that doesn't mean they can win in the Republican state.Wed, 13 Dec 2017 05:00:35 -0500https://www.npr.org/2017/12/13/570241652/in-reaction-to-trump-democratic-candidates-surge-in-deep-red-texas?utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=nationalhttps://www.npr.org/2017/12/13/570241652/in-reaction-to-trump-democratic-candidates-surge-in-deep-red-texas?utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=national<img src='https://media.npr.org/assets/img/2017/12/12/ap_616323084758_wide-340fd99ff3ef9460a3c9203bda7b376598c94b4d.jpg?s=600' alt='The Texas Capitol seen through the south gate.'/><p>For the first time in 25 years, Democrats are running in all of Texas' 36 congressional districts. But that doesn't mean they can win in the Republican state.</p><p>(Image credit: Eric Gay/AP)</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=570241652' />Ashley Lopez
Tillerson Says He Would Meet With North Koreans, Even Without Denuclearization Talks Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says the U.S. would negotiate with North Korea without demanding that the country first agree to nuclear disarmament.Tue, 12 Dec 2017 18:43:00 -0500https://www.npr.org/2017/12/12/570308916/tillerson-says-he-would-meet-with-north-koreans-even-without-denuclearization-ta?utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=nationalhttps://www.npr.org/2017/12/12/570308916/tillerson-says-he-would-meet-with-north-koreans-even-without-denuclearization-ta?utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=national<p>Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says the U.S. would negotiate with North Korea without demanding that the country first agree to nuclear disarmament.</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=570308916' />Michele Kelemen
Are $40 Toll Roads The Future?In Virginia, officials hope a shift to toll pricing based on demand and traffic flow will change commuter behavior and reduce congestion on Interstate 66. Critics say the cost is too high. Tue, 12 Dec 2017 18:25:00 -0500https://www.npr.org/2017/12/12/570248568/are-40-toll-roads-the-future?utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=nationalhttps://www.npr.org/2017/12/12/570248568/are-40-toll-roads-the-future?utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=national<img src='https://media.npr.org/assets/img/2017/12/12/gettyimages-479224595_wide-94c4c7bd4ad94b9f927711a68f62fd3c1bd977a3.jpg?s=600' alt='Signs warn drivers of icy road conditions on Interstate 66 in Fairfax County, Va., in March 2014. The state's Department of Transportation recently added rush hour tolls to the road, using dynamic pricing, which continuously adjusts the cost based on congestion.'/><p>In Virginia, officials hope a shift to toll pricing based on demand and traffic flow will change commuter behavior and reduce congestion on Interstate 66. Critics say the cost is too high. </p><p>(Image credit: Karen Bleier/AFP/Getty Images)</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=570248568' />David Schaper
How To Survive Playing To An Empty Room And Other Advice For A Band's First TourBlame the Youth, a North Carolina band, is getting ready to embark on its first tour. Lead singer and bassist Amber Daniel talks to Kam Franklin of The Suffers, who began touring three years ago.Tue, 12 Dec 2017 17:30:00 -0500https://www.npr.org/2017/12/12/568561777/how-to-survive-playing-to-an-empty-room-and-other-advice-for-a-bands-first-tour?utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=nationalhttps://www.npr.org/2017/12/12/568561777/how-to-survive-playing-to-an-empty-room-and-other-advice-for-a-bands-first-tour?utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=national<p>Blame the Youth, a North Carolina band, is getting ready to embark on its first tour. Lead singer and bassist Amber Daniel talks to Kam Franklin of The Suffers, who began touring three years ago.</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=568561777' />Christina Cala
San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee Dies At 65NPR's Kelly McEvers speaks with retired Judge Lillian Sing about the life of San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee, who died on Tuesday. Sing knew him as an activist since he graduated from law school.Tue, 12 Dec 2017 16:33:35 -0500https://www.npr.org/2017/12/12/570248636/san-francisco-mayor-ed-lee-dies-at-65?utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=nationalhttps://www.npr.org/2017/12/12/570248636/san-francisco-mayor-ed-lee-dies-at-65?utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=national<p>NPR's Kelly McEvers speaks with retired Judge Lillian Sing about the life of San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee, who died on Tuesday. Sing knew him as an activist since he graduated from law school.</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=570248636' />
Voters In Alabama Split As They Go To Polls To Decide State's Next U.S. SenatorVoters in the Alabama are split between Republican candidate Roy Moore and Democrat Doug Jones in the state's special U.S. Senate election. During this election cycle, Moore has been accused of sexual assault against teenage girls years ago, while Jones is up against a historically red state.Tue, 12 Dec 2017 16:33:34 -0500https://www.npr.org/2017/12/12/570248496/voters-in-alabama-split-as-they-go-to-polls-to-decide-states-next-u-s-senator?utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=nationalhttps://www.npr.org/2017/12/12/570248496/voters-in-alabama-split-as-they-go-to-polls-to-decide-states-next-u-s-senator?utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=national<p>Voters in the Alabama are split between Republican candidate Roy Moore and Democrat Doug Jones in the state's special U.S. Senate election. During this election cycle, Moore has been accused of sexual assault against teenage girls years ago, while Jones is up against a historically red state.</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=570248496' />
Decorating Injuries Show That Hanging The Holly Isn't Always JollyReckless decorating is a thing, and a serious one at that. At least 240 people a day go to the emergency room after falling off ladders, getting cut, or getting burned when trying to put up holiday cheer. Two years ago, super decorator Kurt Farmer of Alexandria, Va., was one of them.Tue, 12 Dec 2017 16:33:00 -0500https://www.npr.org/2017/12/12/570248846/decorating-injuries-show-that-hanging-the-holly-isnt-always-jolly?utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=nationalhttps://www.npr.org/2017/12/12/570248846/decorating-injuries-show-that-hanging-the-holly-isnt-always-jolly?utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=national<p>Reckless decorating is a thing, and a serious one at that. At least 240 people a day go to the emergency room after falling off ladders, getting cut, or getting burned when trying to put up holiday cheer. Two years ago, super decorator Kurt Farmer of Alexandria, Va., was one of them.</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=570248846' />
Secretary Of State Tillerson Holds Town Hall At State DepartmentSecretary of State Rex Tillerson, who has been trying to push back against reports that he's gutting the State Department, addressed his employees in a rare town hall on Tuesday. Tillerson spoke about foreign policy changes and department reform plans, including a promise to streamline security clearances.Tue, 12 Dec 2017 16:33:00 -0500https://www.npr.org/2017/12/12/570248812/secretary-of-state-tillerson-holds-town-hall-at-state-department?utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=nationalhttps://www.npr.org/2017/12/12/570248812/secretary-of-state-tillerson-holds-town-hall-at-state-department?utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=national<p>Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who has been trying to push back against reports that he's gutting the State Department, addressed his employees in a rare town hall on Tuesday. Tillerson spoke about foreign policy changes and department reform plans, including a promise to streamline security clearances.</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=570248812' />Michele Kelemen