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Tufts University Grads Hear From Several Commencement Speakers

Mon, 05/23/2016 - 5:01am

The graduates heard from actor Hank Azaria and some of the characters he voices on The Simpsons. Chief Wiggum, Apu and the Comic Book Guy were just a few of the voices Azaria did for the crowd.

World Bank President On Syrian Refugee Crisis

Mon, 05/23/2016 - 4:01am

World Bank President Jim Yong Kim gives remarks at Monday's World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul. Renee Montagne talks to him about efforts to support countries hosting millions of Syrian refugees.

With Mansour Dead, Taliban Must Select A New Leader

Mon, 05/23/2016 - 4:01am

U.S. drones killed Taliban leader Mullah Mohammed Akhtar Mansour in a remote area of Pakistan. The death that was confirmed by President Obama and Afghan intelligence. U.S. and Afghan officials are now asking: Will Mansour's death mean the beginning of the end of the insurgency, or will the Taliban mount more violent attacks?

Doctors Trained How To Get Proof Of Human Rights Violations

Mon, 05/23/2016 - 4:01am

Holding torturers to account depends on evidence — the kind that doctors are learning to compile from countries at war, like Syria, as well as other places where abuse is routine.

Baltimore Judge To Issue First Verdict In Connection To Freddie Gray's Death

Mon, 05/23/2016 - 4:01am

The trial of police officer Edward Nero poses one of the central questions that emerged from the riots that followed the death of Freddie Gray in Baltimore: Should officers making questionable arrests face criminal charges? After a bench trial, a judge is set to answer that question Monday.

Documenting Torture: Doctors Search For New Ways To Gather Evidence

Mon, 05/23/2016 - 4:01am

Holding torturers to account requires evidence, the kind that doctors are learning to compile from countries at war, like Syria. But there are many challenges.

Absentee Ballots Likely To Decide Austria's Presidential Election

Mon, 05/23/2016 - 4:01am

Election officials in Austria say mail-in ballots being counted on Monday will help to determine the race. The election could produce Austria's first far-right president since World War II.

Politics In The News: Sanders Presses On In Democratic Contests

Mon, 05/23/2016 - 4:01am

Tensions between Bernie Sanders' and Hillary Clinton's camps continue to simmer. David Greene talks to columnist and commentator Cokie Roberts and Jonah Goldberg, senior editor at the National Review.

U.S. Lifts Decades-Old Ban On Arm Sales To Vietnam

Mon, 05/23/2016 - 4:01am

President Obama is in Vietnam as part of a 10-day trip to Asia. At a news conference in Hanoi, Obama announced he was lifting the arms export embargo. The president will be in Vietnam for three days.

CEO Uses Company's Clout To Get Involved In Controversial State Measures

Mon, 05/23/2016 - 4:01am

It is not just lawmakers hashing it out over a N.C. law which limits civil rights protections for the LGBT community. David Greene talks to Marc Benioff, CEO of Salesforce, a cloud computing company.

Communities Lack All The Funds Needed For Transit Repairs

Mon, 05/23/2016 - 4:01am

Renee Montagne talks to transit expert Robert Puentes about infrastructure problems affecting rail systems across the country. Some of the repairs require entire lines of systems to be shut down.

Transportation Milestone: Last Leg Of LA's Metro Expo Line Completed

Mon, 05/23/2016 - 4:01am

After more than 30 years of planning, legal battles and cost overruns, passenger rail is once again connecting downtown Los Angeles to the ocean.

Obama Lifts Arms Export Embargo On Vietnam

Mon, 05/23/2016 - 4:01am

Obama is in Vietnam to support its resistance to China's aggressive aims in the Western Pacific. He lifted the U.S. embargo on selling weapons to Vietnam, something former POW Sen. McCain supports.

Evolution Or Expediency? Clinton's Changing Positions Over A Long Career

Mon, 05/23/2016 - 3:31am

Clinton's positions on issues from trade to same-sex marriage have changed. Critics say it's often because of political expediency, while supporters insist she learns and adapts to new circumstances.

Sherman Alexie On His New Kids' Book And The Angst Of Being A 'Jr.'

Mon, 05/23/2016 - 3:30am

Alexie says he always struggled with being named after his dad — so he decided to write a book about it. Thunder Boy Jr. is about a little boy who is eager to have his own name and be his own person.

Funeral Home Billboad Urges Motorists To Text And Drive

Fri, 05/20/2016 - 6:32am

When irate motorists went to the Internet to check out the funeral home, they discovered it didn't exist. The billboard was a cleverly disguised PSA which warns against texting and driving.

Lucky Winner Will Get To Stay At Eiffel Tower Apartment

Fri, 05/20/2016 - 5:25am

A vacation home rental company is running a competition. To win, answer this question: What would you do if an Eiffel Tower apartment was all yours for the night?

Russia Hires PR Firm To Help It Spin Doping Scandal

Fri, 05/20/2016 - 4:05am

Russia's track and field program is banned from international competition because of a doping scandal. Russia has hired the PR giant Burston-Marsteller to help advance its cause. Mary Louise Kelly talks to Gene Grabowski, a former partner with Burson-Marsteller, about what strategies might work.

Movie Director Shane Black Calls On His Paperbacks For Inspiration

Fri, 05/20/2016 - 4:05am

Screenwriter Shane Black perfected the buddy, comedy-action genre with Lethal Weapon movies and transitioned to being a director. His new movie, The Nice Guys, stars Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe.

Search Resumes For Debris From Missing EgyptAir Flight

Fri, 05/20/2016 - 4:05am

France has sent warships, aircraft and aviation investigators to help find the cause of Thursday's crash of EgyptAir flight 804. The flight vanished from radar screens over the eastern Mediterranean.




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