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Russian Track Team May Be Banned From Rio Olympics

Fri, 06/17/2016 - 4:09am

The leaders of the international body that regulates track-and-field will decide whether Russian athletes will be allowed in the Rio Olympics. This comes in the middle of a doping scandal in which Russia has been accused of wide-spread, state-sponsored cheating with performance-enhancing drugs.

Investigators Hope Voice Recorder Will Give Clues To EgyptAir Crash

Fri, 06/17/2016 - 4:09am

EgyptAir flight 804 crashed into the Mediterranean last month while traveling from Paris to Cairo — killing all 66 people on board. The cockpit audio recorder has been recovered.

Sen. Johnson Looks To Facebook For Information On Orlando Shooter

Fri, 06/17/2016 - 4:09am

Chairman of the Senate Homeland Security Committee, Sen. Ron Johnson, R-WI, is lobbying Facebook to provide more information about Orlando shooter Omar Mateen's social media habits.

Sanders To Work To Defeat Trump And Transform Democratic Party

Fri, 06/17/2016 - 4:09am

Senator Bernie Sanders signaled Thursday night during a livestream web event, that he is winding down his bid for the Democratic presidential nomination. He did not explicitly endorse Hillary Clinton.

British MP Jo Cox Shot And Killed; Suspect Is In Custody

Fri, 06/17/2016 - 4:09am

British police are investigating the motives of a man who fatally shot Labour Party MP Jo Cox on Thursday. She was an advocate for Syrian refugees and a campaigner against Britain leaving the EU.

Chord Change Shifts 'Morning Edition' Theme To Passionate Tango Music

Fri, 06/17/2016 - 4:09am

Steve Inskeep and Renee Montagne share a version of the Morning Edition theme with a tango flavor, arranged by a classical composer and local public radio host.

A Million-Mom Army And A Billionaire Take On The NRA

Fri, 06/17/2016 - 3:38am

What happens when a billionaire businessman and politician teams up with a moms-against-gun-violence group with millions of supporters?

Ohio Woman Foils Kidnapping With Perfume

Thu, 06/16/2016 - 6:56am

Joyce Kenney says a masked man kidnapped her in Middletown, Ohio. The Journal-News says he forced her to drive through the city. She didn't have pepper spray but sprayed him in the eyes with perfume.

Former 'Tonight Show' Host Drops By To Tell Some Jokes

Thu, 06/16/2016 - 6:03am

Jay Leno returned to The Tonight Show Wednesday night. Current host Jimmy Fallon turned over the monologue to the former host, who took the chance to comment on the presidential campaign.

2,000-Year-Old Butter Discovered In Ireland

Thu, 06/16/2016 - 5:57am

The butter was preserved in a bog. Curators of the "bog butter" told The Irish Times that "theoretically the stuff is edible." All they need to do now is to uncover some ancient jam.

Brutal Murder In India's Kerala Spotlights Underlying Maladies

Thu, 06/16/2016 - 5:50am

The Indian state of Kerala has been a model for the country, with near universal literacy and long life expectancy. But hiding underneath are problems, highlighted by the murder of a law student.

Private Equity Firm Buys 'Ebony' And 'Jet' Magazines

Thu, 06/16/2016 - 4:07am

"Ebony" and "Jet" magazines were once recognized worldwide as chroniclers of the black American experience — especially black achievement. Earlier this week, Johnson Publishing announced it had sold the magazines to black venture capitalists.

DNC Network Is Hacked; Trump Research Revealed

Thu, 06/16/2016 - 4:07am

The computer network at the Democratic National Committee has been breached by Russian hackers. Renee Montagne talks to Dmitri Alperovitch, CrowdStrike co-founder and chief technology officer, about Russia's hack of the DNC network.

Port Authority Aims To Empty Hangar Of World Trade Center Debris Soon

Thu, 06/16/2016 - 4:07am

There's a hangar at New York's John F. Kennedy International airport that has been storing debris from the World Trade Center attacks since 2002. Many of the items ended up in the 9/11 museum, but many things — like pieces of steel from the towers — have been sent across the world.

Valencia College Mourns 7 Students Killed In Orlando Nightclub Shooting

Thu, 06/16/2016 - 4:07am

Seven of the 49 victims of the shooting in Orlando were students at Valencia College. Steve Inskeep talks to Joseph Torres, the president of the student government association of Valencia's east campus.

Shooting Victim Angel Candelario-Padro Had Recently Moved To Orlando

Thu, 06/16/2016 - 4:07am

Funeral services have begun for victims of Sunday's mass shooting in Orlando. Some of the victims are being flown to Puerto Rico for burial including Angel Candelario-Padro.

Movie Review: 'Finding Dory'

Thu, 06/16/2016 - 4:07am

Pixar's sequel to "Finding Nemo," "Finding Dory," opens this week. In it, Nemo's friend Dory, voiced by Ellen DeGeneres, goes on a quest to find her parents.

Rep. Quigley: Orlando Tragedy Highlights Discriminatory Blood Donation Rule

Thu, 06/16/2016 - 4:07am

Renee Montagne talks to Rep. Mike Quigley, D-IL, about his push to end the FDA's blood deferral policy. Gay and bisexual men are required to remain celibate for a year before donating blood.

Trump Favors Returning To The Gold Standard, Few Economists Agree

Thu, 06/16/2016 - 4:07am

Returning to the gold standard is an idea that's popular with a small segment of voters — many of them Republicans. Presumptive nominee Donald Trump suggested in an interview with the website thescene.com that gold may be the answer to what ails the U.S. economy.

AMA Declares Gun Violence 'A Public Health Crisis'

Thu, 06/16/2016 - 4:07am

Following the mass shooting at an Orlando nightclub on Sunday, the American Medical Association has declared that gun violence is a public health crisis. Steve Inskeep speaks with AMA president Dr. Steven Stack, an emergency physician.

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