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Texas Governor Gives Culturally Offensive Gift To Taiwan's President

Tue, 01/10/2017 - 5:52am

Clocks are a taboo gift in many parts of Asia because in Chinese, the phrase for "giving a clock" sounds the same as the phrase used to say goodbye to the deceased.

Snowplow Driver Gets Pregnant Mom To The Hospital In Time

Tue, 01/10/2017 - 5:29am

Stephanie and Hugh Dawson were racing to the hospital in Chesapeake, Va., over the weekend. She was in labor when their truck broke down. They got to the hospital by snowplow in the nick of time.

Clemson Beats Alabama For College Football Title

Tue, 01/10/2017 - 4:16am

In a near replay of the 2015 national title game, the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Clemson Tigers traded blows — with some of the same big names delivering. But this time, Clemson was victorious.

Humans Worry About Self-Driving Cars. Maybe It Should Be The Reverse

Tue, 01/10/2017 - 4:16am

Self-driving cars will perform rationally. For example: stop when someone is in their way. Research suggests humans will take advantage, and step into an intersection when they know they shouldn't.

Trump Names Son-In-Law As A Senior Adviser Raising More Ethics Issues

Tue, 01/10/2017 - 4:16am

President-elect Donald Trump has named Jared Kushner, daughter Ivanka Trump's husband, as a senior adviser to the president — raising questions about both nepotism and conflicts of interest.

Ghana's President Fires Communications Director Over Plagiarized Speech

Tue, 01/10/2017 - 4:16am

Ghana's new president made quite a stir with his inaugural address. Not only were his comments moving, but parts were lifted from speeches by U.S. Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush.

Heads Of 4 U.S. Spy Agencies To Appear Before Senate Panel On Russia

Tue, 01/10/2017 - 4:16am

There are a total of 17 U.S. spy agencies. The four that consistently make headlines will be back in the news on Tuesday. They are testifying about Russia before the Senate Intelligence Committee.

Leahy Has Concerns About Trump's Pick For Attorney General, Jeff Sessions

Tue, 01/10/2017 - 4:16am

Sen. Sessions' confirmation hearing begins on Tuesday. Steve Inskeep talks to Vermont Sen. Patrick Leahy, the ranking Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, who served on the panel with Sessions.

Veterans Fight Misconception: Wartime Service Is Linked To Violent Crime

Tue, 01/10/2017 - 4:16am

Veterans say the public jumps to inaccurate conclusions about combat veterans when vets are involved in mass shootings. Statistics show veterans are less likely to be involved in crime than civilians.

Former Presidential Adviser Previews Obama's Farewell Address

Tue, 01/10/2017 - 4:16am

President Obama delivers his valedictory speech from Chicago Tuesday night. Steve Inskeep talks to former Obama senior adviser Austan Goolsbee for an idea of what he expects from the speech.

Castaneda Reminds The U.S. Of The Benefits Of A Friendly Southern Neighbor

Tue, 01/10/2017 - 4:16am

Former Mexican Foreign Minister Jorge Castañeda says Mexico has the leverage to push back against President-elect Donald Trump's plans regarding Mexican trade, immigration and a border wall.

Sen. Sessions Has The Experience To Be Attorney General, Gonzales Says

Tue, 01/10/2017 - 4:16am

Sen. Jeff Sessions, Trump's pick for attorney general, testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee Tuesday. Steve Inskeep talks to former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, who supports Sessions.

Obama's Farewell Address: How Presidents Use This Moment Of Reflection

Tue, 01/10/2017 - 4:15am

On Tuesday, President Obama will follow a tradition dating back to George Washington. Over the years, presidents have offered warnings about partisanship, praised balance of power and shared regrets.

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Amid Political Change, A World Music Festival Reaffirms Its Mission

Tue, 01/10/2017 - 4:14am

A one-night festival in New York called globalFEST is a passport to explore compelling artists from five continents. But this year's event came at a moment particularly fraught by politics.

(Image credit: Kevin Yatarola/globalFEST)

5 Things To Watch For In Jeff Sessions' Attorney General Hearings

Tue, 01/10/2017 - 4:00am

The Alabama Republican senator counted himself as one of Donald Trump's earliest supporters on Capitol Hill. Now, he's in line to become the next U.S. Attorney General.

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At First Glance, It Appears Chuck Finley Is A Voracious Reader

Mon, 01/09/2017 - 6:25am

The East Lake County Library in Florida reports Chuck Finley checked out 2,361 books. But the library made Finley up, and recorded him checking out books so they wouldn't be purged from the shelves.

Thousands Of Toys Wash Ashore On German Island

Mon, 01/09/2017 - 5:25am

The toy eggs washed up on the German island of Langeoog. Much to the delight of children, the eggs contained toys. They also contained notes written in Russian but the children couldn't read them.

'Be Persistent And Keep Trying' To Talk To North Korea, Expert Says

Mon, 01/09/2017 - 4:01am

Steve Inskeep talks to Joel Wit, senior fellow at the U.S.-Korea Institute at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, about how to stop North Korea's nuclear ambitions.

U.S. Tanks Return To Germany To Help NATO Monitor Russian Aggression

Mon, 01/09/2017 - 4:01am

The tanks are part of NATO's efforts to support Poland and the Baltic States as they face a resurgent Russia — following Moscow's annexation of Crimea and its intervention in Eastern Ukraine.

Trump Has Yet To Acknowledge Intelligence Reports On Russian Hacking

Mon, 01/09/2017 - 4:01am

Donald Trump called the accusations that Russia hacked the DNC a "political witch hunt." Steve Inskeep talks to Jonah Goldberg of the National Review about the implications for the Republican Party.

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