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Lollygagging Swan Ties Up Commuter Train Tracks For 2 Miles

Mon, 01/16/2017 - 5:54am

Outside London, the train had slowed to a crawl behind the bird. The British news site Metro said one guy got on the tracks and frantically waved his laptop at the swan, who was finally captured.

San Diego Chargers' Fans Look To Erase Bolt Tattoos

Mon, 01/16/2017 - 5:04am

The Chargers announced the NFL team is moving to Los Angeles for the 2017 season. Fans know now their relationship with the team wasn't forever. Fans that got tattoos want them off.

Obama Adviser Susan Rice Cites Syrian War As Biggest Disappointment

Mon, 01/16/2017 - 3:58am

Rice has dealt with many crises as President Obama's national security adviser and his United Nations ambassador. As she prepares to depart, she tells NPR that Syria stands out as the most difficult.

(Image credit: Carolyn Kaster/AP)

After 15 Inaugurations, Why Brotman's Voice Won't Be Heard This Year

Mon, 01/16/2017 - 3:58am

Announcer Charlie Brotman has been the voice of every inaugural parade for six decades. He reflects on how he got the job from a chance encounter with President Dwight Eisenhower.

Democrats Have Lost Focus, A Candidate To Lead The DNC Says

Mon, 01/16/2017 - 3:58am

Rachel Martin talks to Sally Boynton Brown, the executive director of the Idaho Democratic Party, who is running for the chair of the Democratic National Committee.

Something's Fishy At Manaus Airport In Brazil

Mon, 01/16/2017 - 3:58am

If you like to travel and need a unique gift, try Manaus international airport, which is in the middle of the Amazon Rain Forest. It has what may be the world's only airport fish shop.

News From The Big Top: 'The Greatest Show On Earth' Is Shutting Down

Mon, 01/16/2017 - 3:58am

After 146 years, Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus is packing up for good. Morning Edition visits a show in Florida to get reaction from fans.

After Slow Going Against ISIS, Battle Picks Up In The Iraqi City Of Mosul

Mon, 01/16/2017 - 3:58am

Iraqi forces with U.S. help have pressed deep into the ISIS-held city of Mosul but progress is still slow and dangerous. The scene may soon shift to an area where ISIS has more support.

Researchers Unravel Strange And Contradictory Feelings About Power

Mon, 01/16/2017 - 3:58am

It's inauguration season in Washington, D.C. Many of us revel in the pomp and circumstance — yet we have another side to our psychology that enjoys seeing the powerful fall from grace.

After The Brexit Vote, Why Has The U.K. Economy Proved So Resilient?

Mon, 01/16/2017 - 3:58am

British politicians warned a vote for Brexit would damage the economy of the United Kingdom. Six months after the referendum, its economy is doing much better than predicted. Why?

Can The Iran Nuclear Deal Survive Its 2nd Anniversary?

Mon, 01/16/2017 - 3:58am

Analysts are looking back on the Iran nuclear deal. It was a year ago that sanctions were lifted, prisoners exchanged and the inspections of Iran's nuclear program came under full operation.

Number Of Female Directors Is On The Decline, Study Says

Mon, 01/16/2017 - 3:58am

No woman made the list of nominations for the Director's Guild of America's top prize. A report from San Diego State University shows not much progress has been made for female directors in Hollywood.

National Security Adviser Rice Evaluates Administration's Wins And Losses

Mon, 01/16/2017 - 3:58am

Rachel Martin talks to Susan Rice, who reflects on the security challenges the Obama administration faced, and looks ahead to those the Trump administration may be called on to handle.

For Female Inmates In New York City, Prison Is A Crowded, Windowless Room

Mon, 01/16/2017 - 3:43am

More than a hundred female federal inmates, sentenced to long-term prison, have instead been stuck for years in a New York detention center where conditions violate international standards.

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When The Brain Scrambles Names, It's Because You Love Them

Mon, 01/16/2017 - 3:42am

If your mom had to run though the name of everyone in the family, including the dog, before hitting yours, it's probably because you're all in a mental folder labeled "loved ones."

(Image credit: Alex Reynolds/NPR)

An Ice Shelf Is Cracking In Antarctica, But Not For The Reason You Think

Mon, 01/16/2017 - 3:41am

Antarctica's Larsen C ice shelf is about to lose an iceberg the size of Delaware. Scientists gathering in the U.K. are scratching their heads about why it's cracking off.

(Image credit: John Sonntag/NASA)

The Rewards Of House Cleaning: Finding A Winning Lottery Ticket

Fri, 01/13/2017 - 5:04am

Joemel Panisa was cleaning out his house and found an envelope with a lottery ticket he had forgotten about. It turned out to be a winner — he claimed a $1 million prize eight days before it expired.

'Indianians' No More: 'Hoosier' Gets Official Status

Fri, 01/13/2017 - 4:56am

The government style book has officially designated people from Indiana what they've long called themselves: Hoosiers.

Female Wrestlers Are Unlikely Heroines Of Bollywood's Biggest Smash

Fri, 01/13/2017 - 4:02am

Disney and Bollywood teamed up to make the movie 'Dangal,' based on a real-life wrestling success story.

Bollywood Takes On Bias Against Girls

Fri, 01/13/2017 - 4:02am

A blockbuster Bollywood movie is raking in millions and trying to change entrenched gender roles in India. It's set in Haryana state, where the sex ratio of newborns skews heavily toward boys.




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