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Data Initiative Aims To Help With Police Force Transparency

Thu, 04/28/2016 - 4:08am

The White House is pushing the initiative as a way to overhaul police practices by tracking them. But police departments can choose whether to participate, and even which kinds of data to release.

Ted Cruz Names His Pick For Vice President: Carly Fiorina

Thu, 04/28/2016 - 4:08am

Ted Cruz announced Wednesday that he is picking former rival Carly Fiorina as his running mate. It's a last-ditch move designed to shake up the GOP primary race in which he badly trails Donald Trump.

Syrian Peace Talks Falter; Violence Intensifies

Thu, 04/28/2016 - 4:08am

The United Nation's special envoy to Syria Staffan de Mistura is due to give the Security Council an update on the civil war in Syria. The opposition has walked away from peace talks, and there's been an uptick in the violence. Lourdes Garcia Navarro talks to de Mistura, who's in Geneva.

Expert Doubts Trump's Pledge Of A More Consistent Foreign Policy

Thu, 04/28/2016 - 4:08am

GOP front-runner Donald Trump delivered his first formal foreign policy speech on Wednesday. Richard Fontaine, a former adviser to Senator John McCain, talks to Steve Inskeep about Trump's speech.

Is There Evidence Of Saudi Deception In The Sept. 11 Report?

Thu, 04/28/2016 - 4:08am

What do we know concerning Saudi Arabia's involvement in the Sept. 11 attacks, and when may the report's 28 classified pages be made public?

In Bangladesh, Editor OF LGBT Magazine Is Hacked To Death

Thu, 04/28/2016 - 4:08am

The founder of a LGBT magazine was killed on Monday. His death is the latest in a string of murders of bloggers and activists in the country. Steve Inskeep talks to journalist Saad Hammadi.

How A Cheating Husband Gave Rise To Nashville's Hot Chicken Craze

Thu, 04/28/2016 - 3:30am

The story goes that a woman decided to punish her cheating husband by heaping hot pepper on his chicken. It ended up tasting really good, and now the popularity of Nashville Hot Chicken is spreading.

Chinese Investors Left Reeling After Wealth Management Firm's Collapse

Thu, 04/28/2016 - 3:29am

The $5 billion Shanghai company was the third financial firm to collapse in China since December. "Every time I take a bite of food," says an investor who lost everything, "I feel I am wasting money."

Suspect On The Run Jumps The White House Fence

Wed, 04/27/2016 - 6:06am

An unidentified suspect was was fleeing a robbery and climbed over the fence protecting the White House. Ironically, he fled the robbery into a massively guarded compound. He was taken into custody.

Trio Performs 'Lost' Song From The Middle Ages

Wed, 04/27/2016 - 5:58am

About a thousand years ago, a crucial page of a musical notation was stolen. It took decades to reconstruct the piece after the missing page was recovered. Call it a medieval miracle.

New Mexico's Ski Lift Pitch Matches Entrepreneurs With Investors

Wed, 04/27/2016 - 4:14am

The elevator pitch is one way to quickly promote your business. In New Mexico, where elevations reach 13,000 feet, they have a different method: the ski lift pitch. A competition there matches entrepreneurs with potential investors on the slopes.

Intel Layoffs Are 'Significant' In Oregon, The State's Largest Private Employer

Wed, 04/27/2016 - 4:14am

Intel is reducing its workforce by 12,000 people as it pivots away from chips for personal computers and towards other business lines such as cloud computing. So far, many of the job cuts are showing up in the Pacific Northwest.

Republican Presidential Candidates Court Indiana, The Next State To Hold A Primary

Wed, 04/27/2016 - 4:14am

After Donald Trump won all five Republican primaries Tuesday night, Ted Cruz and John Kasich are looking ahead to next week's contest in Indiana. They are mathematically eliminated from getting the GOP nomination unless they can force Donald Trump into a contested convention.

How A Media Metaphor Took Root In GOP Political Circles

Wed, 04/27/2016 - 4:14am

For much of the primary season, the conventional wisdom relied on lane theory — that candidates had to win their "lanes." With 17 Republican candidates there were so many people in play that they had to be assigned lanes — such as one for party insiders and the candidates had to prove they were best in those different lanes. We investigate where lane theory metaphor came from and why it stuck around.

Apple Reports First Revenue Decline Since 2003

Wed, 04/27/2016 - 4:14am

As expected, Apple on Tuesday announced its first quarterly decline in revenue in 13 years, driven by falling iPhone sales. The company's quarterly profit dropped 22.5 percent.

Name Game: Freedom, Liberty And Political Affiliation

Wed, 04/27/2016 - 4:14am

The online votes have been counted and the eaglets hatched at the National Arboretum in Washington, D.C., have been named: Freedom and Liberty. And speaking of names, Verdant Labs has researched the correlation between names and political affiliation. Steve Inskeep and Lourdes Garcia-Navarro report.

Even Though It's April, Sports Headlines Scream Football

Wed, 04/27/2016 - 4:14am

With the NFL draft and 2 quarterbacks in court, football proves it can make news year round, and not always for the right reasons. Our commentator says football, not baseball, is our national pastime.

U.S. Special Forces Going To Syria Will Assist Arab Troops

Wed, 04/27/2016 - 4:14am

President Obama announced this week that the U.S. will increase the number of military personnel, including special forces, in Syria to fight members of the Islamic State. Lourdes Garcia-Navarro talks to Scott Mann, a retired lieutenant colonel who spent 18 years in Army special operations.

Donald Trump Wins 5 Primaries; Hillary Clinton Wins 4, Loses Rhode Island

Wed, 04/27/2016 - 4:14am

Trump calls himself the presumptive nominee; Clinton solidifies her lead. In addition to Mara Liasson's roundup, Steve Inskeep talks to Democratic strategist Margie Omero and GOP strategist Jim Hobart

Supreme Court To Hear Arguments In McDonnell Corruption Case

Wed, 04/27/2016 - 4:13am

Former Virginia Gov. McDonnell and his wife were charged with 11 counts of conspiracy to commit fraud under federal law. Now, the nation's top court will decide whether to uphold the conviction.

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