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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.

New York Wants To Know: Have You Been Texting And Driving?

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

A bill in New York would allow police to examine drivers' phones to see if they were using the device at the time of an accident. But critics are worried about privacy implications.

With The Nomination All But Decided, Clinton's And Sanders' Goals Change

Wed, 04/27/2016 - 4:12am

Now that Tuesday's wins virtually assure Hillary Clinton's nomination, she is doing her best to win over Bernie Sanders' supporters. Sanders is intent on keeping his progressive politics relevant.

A Tiny Nevada Town Hits The Market For $8 Million — Casino Included

Wed, 04/27/2016 - 4:12am

Nancy Kidwell pioneered Cal-Nev-Ari 51 years ago. She built around an abandoned airstrip and opened a casino. Now at 78, she's ready to hand over the keys while her town of 350 awaits a new owner.

She Told Her Husband She Didn't Want Him To Leave For Europe

Wed, 04/27/2016 - 3:49am

But he wouldn't listen. Disaster struck. And now she's one of a growing number of migrant widows in Africa.

Whoops! Comedian's CD Cover Gets Mixed Up With Death Metal Band

Tue, 04/26/2016 - 5:50am

Entertainer Bernie Clifton, 80, was set to release an album, and then he got a look at the cover. Listed instead of tunes like "Lady In Red," were cuts from the death metal band Abhorrent Decimation.

Scientists Experiment With 'Headprints'

Tue, 04/26/2016 - 5:11am

German scientists are researching how an ultrasound technique would bounce off a person's head — noting the special way a skull vibrates in response. It would be as unique as a fingerprint.

How Being Busy Affects Our Motivation

Tue, 04/26/2016 - 4:06am

There's an old saying: If you want to get something done, ask a busy person. Researchers find that busy people are more motivated to complete tasks after missing a deadline than their non-busy peers.

In Full Trump Style, Front-Runner Blasts Rivals Cruz, Kasich

Tue, 04/26/2016 - 4:06am

As Donald Trump moves closer to the GOP nomination, there's been a lot of talk that he'll tone down his image. But that wasn't evident on Monday, the day before five Northeast states hold primaries.

Why Merkley Supports Sanders When A Majority Of Senators Back Clinton

Tue, 04/26/2016 - 4:06am

Sen. Jeff Merkley is the only senator to publicly support Bernie Sanders for the Democratic nomination. He talks to Steve Inskeep about his support for Sanders over Hillary Clinton.

Ex-House Speaker Hastert Sued By Sex Abuse Victim Over Hush Money

Tue, 04/26/2016 - 4:06am

A man who says former House Speaker Dennis Hastert sexually molested him decades ago has sued Hastert. He says he wants the rest of a multi-million dollar payoff Hastert promised him.

Like In 2008, Ex-Pa. Governor Says Clinton Will Win State's Democratic Primary

Tue, 04/26/2016 - 4:06am

Five states hold primaries on Tuesday and Pennsylvania has the biggest delegate prize. Lourdes Garcia-Navarro talks to former Governor Ed Rendell for some insight into that swing state's politics.

Ahead Of Rio Games, Olympic Historian Says Terror Attacks Are A Concern

Tue, 04/26/2016 - 4:06am

Lourdes Garcia-Navarro talks to Olympics historian David Wallechinsky about the preparations, and worries, 100 days before the Olympic Games start in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Spending On Democratic Congressional Primary In Maryland Breaks Records

Tue, 04/26/2016 - 4:06am

In the suburbs of Washington, D.C., wealthy businessman David Trone has injected more than $12 million of his own money to try to win the Democratic primary in Maryland's 8th congressional district.

Police In Cairo Use Teargas To Break Up Protests Against Egypt's Government

Tue, 04/26/2016 - 4:06am

Police were out in Cairo in large numbers on Monday to quell anti-government protests that signal unusual dissatisfaction with the Egyptian president.

2 Female Marines At Camp Pendleton Strive To Join Combat Units

Tue, 04/26/2016 - 4:06am

The first female Marines are beginning to apply for front-line combat jobs following the Pentagon's decision to admit women for the first time. We meet two female Marines at Camp Pendleton, California, who are leading the way as they try to move into artillery and amphibious vehicle units.

In GOP Primary, Former Pa. Gov. Ridge Picks Substance Over Celebrity

Tue, 04/26/2016 - 4:06am

Ex-Gov. Tom Ridge, also the former head of the Department of Homeland Security, talks to Steve Inskeep about why he has endorsed Ohio Governor John Kasich for president.

In Baltimore, Hopes Of Turning Abandoned Properties Into Affordable Homes

Tue, 04/26/2016 - 4:04am

The city has long suffered a dearth of decent housing. The recent collapse of vacant buildings — there are 17,000 in the city — including one death, have increased the urgency of finding a solution.




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