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Watch Out For 'Lizardmen'

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 4:04am

In what was likely a joke, South Carolina officials sent a tweet warning residents to watch out for "Lizardmen" during the eclipse. The Lizard Man is a mythical creature like Bigfoot.

MS-13 Creates Fear From Central America To The U.S.

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 4:04am

The Trump administration blames illegal immigration, like the wave of migrant children, for fueling gang violence. But those migrant children are more likely to be the gang's victims than its members.

Morning News Brief: Trump Blames 'Both Sides,' NAFTA, Sierra Leone Mudslide

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 4:04am

President Trump on Tuesday again refused to single out white supremacists for violence in Charlottesville. Also, Robbie Whelan of The Wall Street Journal discusses plans to renegotiate NAFTA.

Charlottesville Businesses Worry Violent Rally Will Scare Tourists Away

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 4:04am

Businesses in Charlottesville, Va., suffered an economic blow after a white nationalist rally turned deadly over the weekend. The violence prompted some to rethink who to welcome through their doors.

(Image credit: Debbie Elliott/NPR)

Trump Didn't Get First Charlottesville Remarks Right, Rep. Cole Says

Tue, 08/15/2017 - 6:34am

David Greene talks to Republican Rep. Tom Cole of Oklahoma about why the three CEOs who resigned from President Trump's business advisory council might not want to work with the president.

3 Prominent CEOs Distance Themselves From President Trump

Tue, 08/15/2017 - 6:34am

By the end of the day Monday, three CEOs had announced they were leaving Trump's American Manufacturing Council: Merck CEO Kenneth Frazier, Under Armour's Kevin Plank and Intel's Brian Krzanich.

Even A Bad Day Could End With A Lottery Win

Tue, 08/15/2017 - 6:03am

Paul Kuharevicz was in Chicago for work and trying to get home to Michigan. His flight was canceled so he rented a car and drove. Along the way he bought a lottery ticket, and won a million dollars.

U.K. Cheese Festival Organizers Failed To Meet Demand

Tue, 08/15/2017 - 4:48am

When people bought tickets to CheeseFest Brighton, they anticipated piles of cheese. Instead, they found barely any cheese. Organizers tweeted that the "demand for cheese" was not "anticipated."

Taylor Swift Wins Groping Suit Against Ex-Radio Host

Tue, 08/15/2017 - 4:01am

A jury in Denver found fully in pop singer Taylor Swift's favor Monday, delivering a unanimous verdict in a trial over whether she was groped by a former radio host during a Denver meet-and-greet.

Gen. Dunford Visits China Amid Heightened U.S. Tensions With North Korea

Tue, 08/15/2017 - 4:01am

The U.S.'s highest ranking military officer is in China. On Monday, while he was in South Korea, Gen. Dunford said U.S. military might is aimed at enabling and supporting diplomacy, not replacing it.

Hate Groups Core Has Changed Little Over The Years, Ex-FBI Agent Says

Tue, 08/15/2017 - 4:01am

David Greene talks to former special agent Michael German about how law enforcement and the federal government are countering the current white supremacist movement following the violence in Virginia.

Activists Topple Confederate Monument In North Carolina

Tue, 08/15/2017 - 4:01am

A crowd in Durham Monday night, pulled down a statue of a confederate soldier outside the courthouse. Over the weekend in Virginia, protests over removing a confederate statue turned deadly.

White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon's Job May Be In Jeopardy

Tue, 08/15/2017 - 4:01am

Ailsa Chang talks to Chris Buskirk, who has close ties inside the White House. He's a conservative talk radio host in Scottsdale, Arizona, and he runs the American Greatness blog.

Pantone Honors Prince With A New Purple Shade

Tue, 08/15/2017 - 4:01am

Color-cataloguing company Pantone is paying a unique tribute to the late singer Prince: a unique shade of purple called "Love Symbol #2."

Charlottesville Mourns Deaths Of Counterprotester, 2 State Police Officers

Tue, 08/15/2017 - 4:01am

The state of Virginia is rethinking how it issues permits for demonstrations following the deadly violence in Charlottesville over the weekend. And, local police are defending their response.

Ala. Senate Primary Pits Establishment Republicans Against Trump Loyalists

Tue, 08/15/2017 - 4:01am

There's a primary election in Alabama in the race to fill the Senate seat vacated by Attorney General Jeff Sessions. The GOP candidates represent warring factions within the Republican party.

Millions Of Lives Were Changed Immediately With The Partition Of India

Tue, 08/15/2017 - 4:01am

Seventy years ago, India won its freedom from the British empire. But it came at a price: the partition of India. Survivors reflect back at that time.

Morning News Break: Political Fallout From White Nationalist Rally

Tue, 08/15/2017 - 4:01am

President Trump on Monday delivered a statement from the White House directly calling out the hate groups behind the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia. And, three CEOs resigned from the president's advisory council on manufacturing — criticizing Trump's initial response to the violence.

Trump's NAFTA Makeover Not So Extreme

Tue, 08/15/2017 - 4:01am

The Trump administration begins renegotiating NAFTA this month. Despite the rhetoric of the campaign and talk of tearing it up, the administration's actual plans appear less dramatic than expected.

(Image credit: Evan Vucci/AP)

6,000-Year-Old Knee Joints Suggest Osteoarthritis Isn't Just Wear And Tear

Tue, 08/15/2017 - 4:00am

Even after a Harvard team took into account differences in age and weight among ancient specimens and knee joints today, they found that modern humans tend to have more osteoarthritis.

(Image credit: Philippe Sellem/Paul Demri/ Voisin/Science Source)

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