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The polls are closed in Israel and partial results will not be released until early Wednesday morning. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his Likud party faced voters for the second time in just five months in an unprecedented contest that has the potential to end his decade-long grip on power.

Opinion polls ahead of Tuesday's vote showed the race between Netanyahu's Likud and the Blue and White, led by former army chief Benjamin "Benny" Gantz, were once again a dead heat.

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"Saturday Night Live" has fired cast member Shane Gillis just four days after they announced he was hired. Gillis used racist and homophobic language on a podcast that he co-hosted. NPR's TV critic Eric Deggans is on the line with me. Hi, Eric.

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All right. In Russia, there were big protests over the summer in opposition to the Putin government, and the government responded by cracking down. Amnesty International called it an unprecedented attack on freedom of assembly and free speech.

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Shane Gillis, the comedian who has been under fire over the past few days for using racist and homophobic slurs on his podcast, has been fired from Saturday Night Live.

Gillis was one of three cast members recently added to the show, which is set to begin its 45th season. But the comedian was canned on Monday before ever making an appearance on the show.

"After talking with Shane Gillis, we have decided that he will not be joining SNL," a spokesperson said in a statement on behalf of producer Lorne Michaels.

Iran almost certainly had some role in a major attack on an oil production facility in Saudi Arabia, according to independent analysts reviewing the available evidence.

The question is how big.

The attack came on Sept. 14. Multiple drones or missiles struck Saudi Aramco's Abqaiq facility, causing massive damage and crippling the nation's oil production. The production of 5.7 million barrels of crude oil per day had to be suspended, according to the company.

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MoviePass is no more. The movie ticket subscription service is shutting down. But despite its failure as a business, NPR's Vincent Acovino reports it may have succeeded in disrupting the movie theater business model.

Miami Dolphins Flounder In NFL Play So Far

Sep 16, 2019

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U.S.-Iran Tensions Rise Over Saudi Attacks

Sep 16, 2019

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The U.S. and Saudi Arabia say evidence points to Iran after an attack this weekend on Saudi oil facilities. Iran denies involvement, although it says it's ready for, quote, "full-fledged war." When asked about that prospect earlier today, President Trump said this.

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In 2016, Amitav Ghosh was working on his novel Gun Island, and imagined a scene in which a wildfire was advancing toward a Los Angeles museum. About six months later, that scenario played out in real life, as the Skirball fire burned near The Getty Center in December 2017. Ghosh says he felt "completely shaken."

Remembering Tony Winner Phyllis Newman

Sep 16, 2019

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We are happy to say that about Phyllis Newman. She was an avid performer on Broadway, movies and on TV.

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Several Democratic presidential candidates are calling for the impeachment of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh after The New York Times published an essay Sept. 14 describing alleged sexual misconduct that occurred during his college years at Yale.

Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel's longest-serving prime minister, faces his toughest political battle for survival in years, as the country holds unprecedented repeat elections Tuesday.

This is the second time Israelis are going to the polls in less than six months. Netanyahu, 69, forced the do-over in a last-minute move, just weeks after April elections, because he secured a narrow win but failed to build a parliament majority.

The Cars Band Leader Ric Ocasek Dies

Sep 16, 2019

Ric Ocasek, the lead singer of the rock band The Cars, is dead. Here & Now’s Robin Young speaks with music critic Jim Sullivan (@jimsullivanink) about his career and legacy.

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Every year, thousands of Americans choose adoption among the many paths to parenthood. 

But when Nefertiti Austin, a single black woman, chose to adopt, she ran into a myriad of both systemic and cultural barriers. Though she was able to adopt a son, who she named August, she says she faced continual questions about her ability to raise him. 

The 1A Movie Club Sees 'Hustlers'

Sep 16, 2019

“These Wall Street guys, you see what they did to this country? They stole from everybody. Hardworking people lost everything. And not one of those d—bags went to jail.”

That’s Ramona, a veteran stripper in the new movie “Hustlers.”

Inspired by a viral New York Magazine article, it tells the true story of former strip club employees who join forces to swindle their Wall Street clients during the 2008 financial crisis.

President Trump has said he’s authorized the release of oil from U.S. reserves if needed, following an attack in Saudi Arabia. Brent Crude, the global gauge of oil prices, was up 8.7% in early European trading on Monday, after initially soaring nearly 20%. The attack on the facilities in Saudi territory showed the vulnerability of both the kingdom and the global oil economy to tensions in the region.

This story is part of “Covering Climate Now,” a week-long global initiative of over 250 news outlets.

Climate change is a leading issue of concern for many Americans.

A 2018 poll found 72% of Americans say global warming is “personally important” to them.

Leaders of the National Rifle Association met over the weekend near the nation’s capital. The board meeting was originally scheduled to be held in Alaska, but a spokesman said it was moved because of Second Amendment-related business in Congress.

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