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Scientists At The Smithsonian Institution's Ant Lab Name New Species

Tue, 04/25/2017 - 5:31am

Scientists named a silky ant species from Venezuela: Sericomyrmex Radioheadi. The website Phys.org reports the scientists wanted to honor members of the band Radiohead for their conservation work.

2 Inmates Executed In Arkansas, First U.S. Double Execution Since 2000

Tue, 04/25/2017 - 4:01am

The state of Arkansas executed two men Monday night in the nation's first double execution since 2000. They are the second and third of six inmates still slated to get the death penalty in the state in an 11-day span.

Morning News Brief: North Korea Anniversary

Tue, 04/25/2017 - 4:01am

Tuesday is the 85th anniversary of the founding of the North Korean military. Will the Trump administration's strategy of escalating tensions and threatening a military strike succeed in making North Korea surrender its nuclear weapons? Plus, House Speaker Paul Ryan and other GOP leaders hold a conference meeting Tuesday.

Robert Pirsig Dies At 88; Motorcycle Trip Inspired Popular 'Zen' Book

Tue, 04/25/2017 - 4:01am

Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance has been described as one of the most influential books of popular philosophy. Author Robert Pirsig died Monday "after a period of failing health."

Wells Fargo Fake Bank Accounts Scandal Haunts Shareholder Elections

Tue, 04/25/2017 - 4:01am

On Tuesday, Wells Fargo shareholders will vote on whether to fire the vast majority of the bank's board members. That would be an extremely rare event in corporate America.

Trump's First 100 Days: Policy Priorities

Tue, 04/25/2017 - 4:01am

During the campaign and the transition period, President Trump outlined an ambitious agenda for his first 100 days in office. How's he doing, as that milestone approaches?

North Korea Marks The Founding Of Its Military

Tue, 04/25/2017 - 4:01am

North Korea will mark the 85th anniversary of the Korean People's Army on Tuesday. That has the U.S. and North Korea's neighbors on high alert for a possible nuclear test.

3 Years After Lead Crisis, Flint Residents Still Need Water Filters

Tue, 04/25/2017 - 4:01am

Flint, Mich., switched drinking water sources 3 years ago. It'll be 3 more years before the city can replace 18,000 underground water pipes. Residents must use filters to reduce lead exposure.

White Supremacist Tries To Make Amends

Tue, 04/25/2017 - 4:01am

We ask writers, thinkers and political leaders to define how the world is changing. David Greene talks to Christian Picciolini, who spent his adolescence spreading hate as a white supremacist.

Robert Persig Dies At 88, Motorcycle Trip Inspired Popular 'Zen' Book

Tue, 04/25/2017 - 4:01am

"Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance" has been described as one of the most influential books of popular philosophy. Author Robert Persig died Monday at the age of 88.

Trump's First 100 Days: China Policy

Tue, 04/25/2017 - 4:01am

As part of this week's examination of President Trump's first 100 days in office, Rachel Martin talks to China expert Michael Pillsbury about the administration's early dealings with China.

Early Hardship Couldn't Muffle Ella Fitzgerald's Joy

Tue, 04/25/2017 - 3:53am

Before she became First Lady of Song, Fitzgerald navigated childhood loss, poverty and homelessness — always with music as her refuge.

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Mexico Worries That A New Border Wall Will Worsen Flooding

Tue, 04/25/2017 - 3:52am

The 1970 Boundary Treaty requires U.S. and Mexican officials on the International Boundary and Water Commission be in agreement before building structures that might affect the flow of the Rio Grande.

(Image credit: Walt Frerck/AP)

A New Generation Of Kashmir Rappers Vents Its Rage In The Valley

Tue, 04/25/2017 - 3:51am

Rappers like Aamir Ame and MC Kash make music that channels political protest and alienation from the Indian state.

(Image credit: Syed Shahriyar)

Spending Bill To Keep The Government Open Becomes Contentious

Mon, 04/24/2017 - 7:01am

Congress is back in session in a week that will also mark President Trump's first 100 days in office. But that moment could be overshadowed by a bill to keep the government open.

Democrats Question Trump About Adviser Sebastian Gorka

Mon, 04/24/2017 - 6:54am

Steve Inskeep talks to Rep. Nita Lowey of New York about why Democrats wrote President Trump a letter asking him to fire Sebastian Gorka — they question his ties to anti-Semitic groups in Hungary.

In France, Voters Swept Away Mainstream Presidential Candidates

Mon, 04/24/2017 - 6:48am

Voters replaced candidates from the left and right parties which have dominated French politics for decades with outside candidates. There will be a runoff to determine who leads France in two weeks.

McCain Foods Recalls Frozen Hash Browns In 9 States

Mon, 04/24/2017 - 6:15am

Some packages of hash browns have pieces of golf balls in them. McCain says the golf balls were "inadvertently harvested" with potatoes. The company doesn't say how that happened.

Photographers Name New Night Sky Lights

Mon, 04/24/2017 - 5:32am

Canadian photographers discovered a new kind of northern light. They describe it as a ribbon of purple light in the night sky. They chose to name this marvel of the natural world: Steve.

Senate To Vote On Sonny Perdue As Trump's Agriculture Secretary

Mon, 04/24/2017 - 4:00am

Three months into President Trump's term, the Agriculture Department is still without a boss. Critics claims the department responsible for food policy and many rural initiatives is at a big disadvantage. Farmers are left wondering about the government programs they rely on.

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