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China Hunts For Author Of Anonymous Letter Critical Of Xi Jinping

Mon, 03/28/2016 - 1:04pm

The letter that claimed to speak for "loyal party members" called for President Xi Jinping to step down. The incident is the latest chapter in a heated debate about the limits of free speech in China.

184-Year-Old Tortoise Gets His First Bath

Mon, 03/28/2016 - 6:11am

The bath has been a long time coming for Jonathan the tortoise. Born shortly before the reign of Queen Victoria, he was first photographed in 1902 at the tender age of 70.

Romania's Soccer Team Tries To Get Children Excited About Math

Mon, 03/28/2016 - 6:01am

During a match with Spain, Romanian players had math equations on the backs of their training jerseys. The correct answers revealed the players' numbers.

Listeners' Questions About Unlocking Phone Battle Answered

Mon, 03/28/2016 - 3:57am

A day before they were expected to face off in front of a judge, the FBI said there may be another way to get inside one of the San Bernardino shooter's phone that doesn't require Apple's help.

Brussels Investigation Far From Over

Mon, 03/28/2016 - 3:57am

In Belgium, the investigation continues into twin terror attacks that struck the city of Brussels last Tuesday.

Photographer Who Vowed To Stay, Flees Violence In Syria

Mon, 03/28/2016 - 3:57am

Morning Edition has spoken often to Saeed al-Batal, a Syrian photographer and filmmaker, who is from the besieged town of Douma. Renee Montagne talks to him about what he's doing these days.

Politics In The News

Mon, 03/28/2016 - 3:57am

Senator Bernie Sanders won the Democratic contests in Alaska, Hawaii and Washington state over the weekend. We examine his current momentum and the fight between Republicans Donald Trump and Ted Cruz. Rachel Martin talks to commentator and columnist Cokie Roberts and Ben Domenech, the co-founder of "The Federalist."

Multiple Reasons Attributed To Lower Ear Infection Rates In Babies

Mon, 03/28/2016 - 3:57am

A new study from the University of Texas has some good news for infants and their parents: ear infections in babies are on the decline.

ISIS Recruiters Feed On Molenbeek, The Jihadi Capital Of Europe

Mon, 03/28/2016 - 3:57am

The Molenbeek district of Brussels is the home to many of the terrorists behind last year's attacks in Paris and last week's Brussels bombing. We find out why it's fertile ground for radical Islam.

Will Women Sign Up? Marines Prepare For Women In Combat

Mon, 03/28/2016 - 3:57am

Marine officials say women can now sign up for ground combat, and training female recruits for those jobs will begin in June. Not one recruit has stepped forward. Several hundred current female Marines have gone through preliminary combat training but not one has decided to shift their jobs and go into infantry, armor or artillery positions. We hear from Marine Captain Ray Kaster, who had both men and women training in his company, about the way ahead for women in ground combat.

Group Claims Responsibility For Pakistan Attack; Targeted Christians

Mon, 03/28/2016 - 3:57am

In Lahore, at least 70 people were killed by a suicide bomber on Sunday. A faction of the Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility. It says its target was Christians, but Muslims were also killed.

The Show-Stopping Singing Of Javier Camarena

Mon, 03/28/2016 - 3:57am

The Mexican tenor has, for the third time, commanded such a tremendous response from the Metropolitan Opera audience that an encore had to be sung during a production.

Pregnant And Addicted: The Tough Road To Family Health

Mon, 03/28/2016 - 3:57am

Guilt still haunts a new mother who was addicted to opioids when she got pregnant. Once she was ready to ask for help, treatment programs that could handle her complicated pregnancy were hard to find.

Ready For A Road Trip? RVs Are Rolling Back Into Fashion

Mon, 03/28/2016 - 3:57am

More Americans are looking for a second home — on wheels. After crashing hard in the recession, RV sales have rebounded and are on track to approach record levels this year.

Before You Judge Lazy Workers, Consider They Might Serve A Purpose

Mon, 03/28/2016 - 3:57am

A recent Japanese study shows the lazy ants play a critical role in colonies. They contribute when others die or drop out. The researcher says the same is true for humans. But is it?

Marines Gear Up For Women In Combat, But Will They Sign Up?

Mon, 03/28/2016 - 3:57am

Women can now apply for ground combat positions in the Marines, and training female recruits for those jobs will begin in June. But so far, no women have signed up.

ISIS Recruiters Feed On Working-Class, Heavily Muslim Molenbeek

Mon, 03/28/2016 - 3:57am

The Molenbeek district of Brussels is the home to many of the terrorists behind last year's attacks in Paris and last week's Brussels bombing. We find out why it's fertile ground for radical Islam.

Why Garland's Judicial Record Slips Through Critics' Fingers

Sun, 03/27/2016 - 2:07pm

Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland has a long list of past opinions, but the court he's sat on for nearly two decades has rarely weighed in on big controversial issues.

Why Sen. Patrick Leahy Takes Batman's Side

Fri, 03/25/2016 - 5:01am

The senator from Vermont has a cameo in Batman V. Superman playing a lawmaker in a congressional hearing on whether Superman is a tyrant or a hero. The Batman fan frequently trades D.C. for DC Comics.

Tourists May Be Unable To Resist Urge To Stop At South Pacific Village

Fri, 03/25/2016 - 4:46am

Tourists buses just drive on by Paunangisu, an island village in the South Pacific. But the village hopes its new, "Best public toilet in the South Pacific," will make it a place people have to go.

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