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Despite international calls for a humanitarian pause to Israel's military operation against Gaza, Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says he will not agree to a cease-fire. Israel has been bombing Gaza for 24 consecutive days in response to Hamas's attacks on Oct. 7 that killed 1,400 people in Israel. More than 8,300 people in Gaza have been killed, according to the Palestinian Health Ministry. More than a third of the victims are women and children.
Check out npr.org/mideastupdates for more coverage, differing views and analysis of this conflict.
Google began its defense in a complex monopoly trial yesterday in D.C. District Court. CEO Sundar Pichai was the first to take the stand to defend deals where Google pays billions of dollars yearly to companies to ensure its search engine is the default on devices like computers and phones.
The block button is a valuable tool to battle online harassment. But should public officials be able to block their critics on social media? The Supreme Court is expected to weigh in on this question today as they evaluate several lawsuits.
Americans with sickle cell disease are one step closer to accessing a revolutionary treatment that uses a gene-editing technique called CRISPR. A committee of advisers to the FDA is expected to meet today to examine the scientific evidence for the treatment and the research into its long-term safety. The disease disproportionately affects people of African, Middle Eastern and Indian descent. If the FDA approves the therapy, it would be the first clinical use of gene editing.
Most of us are familiar with our five senses: sight, taste, touch, smell and hearing. Interoception, a lesser-known sense, involves noticing and responding to how our bodies are feeling — often subconsciously.
Zomorodi speaks with neuroscientist Sahib Khalsa to learn how unplugging can help us better tune into our body's signals. Plus, she explores what we can learn about the mind-body-tech connection from the "TikTok tics" outbreak — when thousands of teens developed Tourette-like symptoms after watching TikTok videos in 2021.
The Exorcist is celebrating its 50th birthday this year. The film regularly tops "scariest movie" lists. But its director has always insisted it's not a horror movie but one about faith.
Gabrielle Thomas, an ordained priest and Emory University professor speaks with NPR's Neda Ulaby about what The Exorcist can teach us about evil.
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