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Parrot In Florida Learns How To Command Alexa

Fri, 05/18/2018 - 5:26am

The parrot, named Petra, has learned to use a smart speaker, and she's terrorizing her owner by turning the lights on and off all day.

California Winemakers Nervous About U.S.-China Trade Talks

Fri, 05/18/2018 - 4:57am

China is one of the top exports for U.S. wine, but last month in retaliation to U.S. tariffs on steel and aluminum, China imposed a tariff on U.S. wine, and other food and agricultural exports.

(Image credit: Eric Risberg/AP)

WHO And Congolese Officials Scramble To Contain Ebola Outbreak

Fri, 05/18/2018 - 4:00am

The World Health Organization says an Ebola outbreak in Democratic Republic of the Congo has reached a new, more worrying phase after a case turned up in a port city on the Congo River.

Morning News Brief: North Korea, Royal Wedding

Fri, 05/18/2018 - 4:00am

President Trump assured North Korea it would benefit from any deal it reaches with the U.S. regarding its nuclear program. Royal watchers have 1 day to go before Prince Harry marries Meghan Markle.

President Maduro Asks Venezuelan Voters To Give Him Another Term

Fri, 05/18/2018 - 4:00am

Venezuelans head to the polls this weekend for a presidential election some call a sham. The opposition is boycotting the vote, and President Nicolas Maduro is expected to win.

Administration To Ban Funds For Clinics That Discuss Abortion With Patients

Fri, 05/18/2018 - 4:00am

Steve Inskeep talks to Cecile Richards, former president of Planned Parenthood, about new rules that are expected to restrict groups that receive federal funds from discussing abortion with patients.

Britain's Royal Wedding Is 1 Day Away

Fri, 05/18/2018 - 4:00am

Saturday is the big day. Britain's Prince Harry will marry former American actress Meghan Markle at Windsor Castle outside of London. Millions are expected to tune in to the royal wedding.

House GOP's Internal Immigration Battle Leads To Strains

Fri, 05/18/2018 - 4:00am

Nearly 20 House Republicans are breaking with leadership to force a vote on immigration legislation. Steve Inskeep talks to Republican Rep. Jeff Denham of California on why he's pushing for a vote.

Royal Wedding Fashion: What Does Meghan Markle's Dress Look Like?

Fri, 05/18/2018 - 4:00am

David Greene talks to fashion journalist Colin McDowell about this weekend's royal wedding. McDowell has written about royal style for decades.

Democrats Unlikely To Stop Any Trump Judicial Nominees

Fri, 05/18/2018 - 4:00am

Democrats may hold 49 votes in the Senate but for all practical purposes, they have been completely disarmed when it comes to opposing President Trump's judicial nominees.

Planned Trump Summit With North Korea Hits Roadblock

Fri, 05/18/2018 - 4:00am

North Korea is having second thoughts about meeting with President Trump next month. Comments by the administration's national security adviser could be to blame.

Trump To Host A Prison Overhaul Summit

Fri, 05/18/2018 - 4:00am

Evangelical leaders are expected to attend a meeting at the White House Friday on prison overhaul. It's an issue that's becoming more of a front-burner political issue for this group.

'He Was My Everything': A Farmer's Wife Reflects On Her Husband's Suicide

Fri, 05/18/2018 - 3:57am

In May 2011, Ginnie Peters' husband, Matt, took his own life. In a StoryCorps conversation, she and Trent Andrews, a family friend, talk about Matt's last day and a letter he left.

(Image credit: Courtesy of Ginnie Peters)

Small Business Owner Fears U.S.-China Trade War Will Destroy Her Company

Fri, 05/18/2018 - 3:56am

Mary Buchzeiger's auto parts company may be fighting for its life if it doesn't get relief from Trump's proposed tariffs. "They're attacks on U.S. companies that are using Chinese goods," she says.

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German Ambassador On Iran Deal

Thu, 05/17/2018 - 6:19am

NPR's David Greene interviews Germany's ambassador to the U.S., Peter Wittig, about trade, leadership and diplomacy after the U.S. pullout from the Iran nuclear deal.

MSU President On Nassar Settlement

Thu, 05/17/2018 - 6:15am

NPR's Rachel Martin talks to Michigan State University President John Engler about the $500 million settlement for victims of university athletic doctor and convicted sex abuser Larry Nassar.

Low Cut Connie And The Essence Of Rock 'N' Roll

Thu, 05/17/2018 - 4:02am

The piano-based band Low Cut Connie brings the same enthusiasm as classic rock 'n' rollers like Jerry Lee Lewis and Little Richard.

Breaking With Trump's GOP, Koch Brothers Praise Democrats On Immigration

Thu, 05/17/2018 - 4:02am

The Latino outreach arm of the billionaire libertarian Koch brothers' network is paying for ads praising some Democrats, as well as Republicans, who have worked on immigration compromises.

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Michigan State Reaches $500 Million Settlement Over Nassar Abuse

Thu, 05/17/2018 - 3:56am

Michigan State University has agreed to pay a $500 million settlement to victims of Larry Nassar.

Marking One Year Since Mueller's Appointment

Thu, 05/17/2018 - 3:56am

Thursday marks one year since the appointment of Justice Department special counsel Robert Mueller. A great deal has happened since then in the Russia investigations.

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