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What's Your 'Public Credit Score'? The Shanghai Government Can Tell You

Tue, 01/03/2017 - 4:09am

The app gathers personal data and gives residents a rating. A good score ensures discounts. A bad score may lead to problems. It's part of China's effort to create nationwide social credit system.

(Image credit: Johannes Eisele/AFP/Getty Images)

The Water Supply To Damascus Is Disrupted By Syria's Civil War

Tue, 01/03/2017 - 4:09am

A cease-fire is still technically in place but some fighting continues. The government is pressing an offensive on the valley of the Barada River and Damascus' water supply is badly affected.

Rep. Adam Schiff Weighs In On Russian Hacking Evidence

Tue, 01/03/2017 - 4:09am

Rachel Martin talks to Rep. Adam Schiff, ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Community, about Russia's alleged role in hacking the DNC, and Trump's doubts about U.S. intelligence findings.

Indian Farmers Hit Hard By Government's Currency Restrictions

Tue, 01/03/2017 - 4:09am

Millions of farmers in India are struggling after the government removed two currency notes from circulation. The government stripped the economy of cash to expose tax cheats.

Obamacare Architect: Compromise Is Possible With GOP Foes

Tue, 01/03/2017 - 4:09am

On Wednesday, President Obama will meet with Democrats to discuss how to prevent Republicans from repealing the Affordable Care Act. David Greene talks to Zeke Emanuel, an architects of the law.

Dreamworks' Movie 'Captain Underpants' Comes Out In 2017

Tue, 01/03/2017 - 4:09am

The blockbuster kids' book Captain Underpants is coming to the big screen. Dreamworks hopes the film's got the same caliber of pranks and potty humor that turned the books into best-sellers.

How To Make New Friends In Rio: 'Go And Sit On The Little Wall'

Tue, 01/03/2017 - 4:09am

When new to a big, international city, what's the best way to meet people? In Rio de Janeiro, it involves sitting on a low-slung wall.

'Celebrity Apprentice' Returns With Schwarzenegger In Charge

Tue, 01/03/2017 - 4:09am

After Donald Trump starred on NBC's The Celebrity Apprentice, a new host takes over the boardroom. Arnold Schwarzenegger stars as the show shifts from Trump Tower to sunny Los Angeles.

Rush Is On To Get Cleared Guantanamo Detainees Out Before Trump Takes Over

Tue, 01/03/2017 - 4:09am

The White House is pushing to get the 23 cleared detainees out of the Guantanamo Bay prison camp before Donald Trump is sworn in. Rachel Martin talks to reporter Carol Rosenberg of the Miami Herald.

Hundreds Of Veterans Courts See Success; But More Are Needed

Tue, 01/03/2017 - 4:09am

Veterans Courts are alternatives to the traditional justice system — an approach built around treatment and counseling rather than punishment. Vets who've gotten into trouble can get back on track.

Turkish Authorities Are On The Hunt For Istanbul Nightclub Gunman

Tue, 01/03/2017 - 4:09am

Thirty-nine people were killed in the shooting. A Turkish news channel says a passport belonging to a man from Kyrgyzstan matches a man identified by officials as the suspect in Sunday's attack.

Government's 'Honest Shanghai' App Raises Privacy Concerns

Tue, 01/03/2017 - 4:09am

The app was created by the Shanghai government as part of a broader "social credit system" that will allow China's government to use Big Data to grade the behavior of each of its citizens.

Refugees Resettled In Chicago Help Make Its Most Famous Cheesecake

Tue, 01/03/2017 - 3:42am

Refugees from Africa, the Middle East and Asia are a sought-after talent pool at Eli's Cheesecake in Chicago, where they manage the complex assembly line and rise through the ranks.

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5 Education Stories To Watch In 2017

Tue, 01/03/2017 - 3:42am

The election of Donald Trump has changed the landscape for K-12 and higher education. In his annual New Year's predictions, NPR's Claudio Sanchez tells us what he thinks it all means.

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Facebook Apologizes For Challenging Santa Claus's Identity

Mon, 01/02/2017 - 5:27am

A resident of North Pole, Alaska, whose legal name is Santa Claus, recently got a notice from Facebook saying he needed to prove his identity. Mr. Claus provided his passport and driver's license.

Pranksters Alter Iconic Hollywood Sign

Mon, 01/02/2017 - 5:09am

The Hollywood sign in Los Angeles, Calif., read "Hollyweed" for a few hours on Sunday morning — thanks to a New Year's prank. Police said they were investigating the vandalism.

Without Any Family, Aging Adults Rely On Friends For Help

Mon, 01/02/2017 - 4:04am

Some older people don't have children or other family members to fall back on when they need care. Instead, they find that networks of friends can take up the slack.

Russia Denies U.S. Findings That It Tried To Influence U.S. Election

Mon, 01/02/2017 - 4:04am

Rachel Martin talks to veteran Russian journalist Vladimir Pozner about how the story of a possible Russian computer hack designed to influence the U.S. election is playing out inside Russia.

In Turkey, Gunman Remains On The Loose After Deadly Nightclub Shooting

Mon, 01/02/2017 - 4:04am

Rachel Martin talks to Sinan Ülgen, head of Istanbul-based Center for Economics and Foreign Policy Studies, about the attack in Istanbul, and why Turkey spent much of 2016 struggling with terrorism.

Trump Continues To Question Evidence That Russia Meddled In U.S. Election

Mon, 01/02/2017 - 4:04am

Donald Trump has said he is not convinced that Russia was behind the hacking. This week, he'll meet with representatives of the intelligence community to discuss their findings about Russian hacking.




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