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Why The Calendar Plays A Role In The GOP Nominating Contest

Thu, 01/21/2016 - 4:11am

This election season is more frenzied than those in recent memory, says a top GOP lawyer. Renee Montagne talks to Benjamin Ginsberg, about why the nominating contest won't be over until July.

Clinton Responds To Sanders Criticism That Her Experience Isn't Enough

Thu, 01/21/2016 - 4:11am

Hillary Clinton has long been considered the frontrunner for the Democratic presidential nomination. She's feeling the heat from her Democratic challengers. Senator Bernie Sanders this week criticized Clinton — saying she may have experience but doesn't have the right judgment.

Chicago Ministers Boycott Mayor's King Day Breakfast

Thu, 01/21/2016 - 4:11am

Dozens of black religious leaders boycotted Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel's Martin Luther King Jr. breakfast. David Greene talks to Chicago pastor Corey Brooks about the mayor's handling of police violence. Brooks runs New Beginnings Church on Chicago's Southside.

Report To Be Released On Russian Dissident's Death

Thu, 01/21/2016 - 4:11am

The report into the killing of Alexander Litvinenko will be published in London. Before his death the Russian dissident said he had been poisoned by Russian agents working for President Putin.

Hawaii Couple Lured To Iowa For A Front-Row Seat To Parade Of Presidential Candidates

Thu, 01/21/2016 - 4:11am

Every campaign has volunteers who passionately support their candidate for president. And some of them have unique stories — like the couple who moved from Hawaii to Iowa to participate in the caucuses. This is the latest in our series Snapshot 2016.

North African Residents In German City Fight Migrant Stigmatism

Thu, 01/21/2016 - 4:11am

North Africans are blamed for attacks on German women. Police are raiding their communities — including the largest one in Dusseldorf. Some long-time Moroccan residents are fighting back.

Creative Director Of American 'Vogue' Steps Down

Thu, 01/21/2016 - 4:11am

Fashion icon Grace Coddington is the longtime creative director of American Vogue. We learn more about her legacy, and what the change could mean for one of the most famous fashion magazines.

'Act Of God' Blamed By Energy Company For Decade-Old Oil Spill

Thu, 01/21/2016 - 4:11am

An oil and gas company spoke publicly this week for the first time on a decade-long oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico. Damage from Hurricane Ivan in 2004 toppled a production platform off the Louisiana coast. It's created chronic oil slicks ever since. Environmentalists sued to force Taylor Energy to show what it's doing to clean up the leak, and just how much pollution it has caused.

Uproar Grows Louder Over Lead Contamination Of Flint's Water

Thu, 01/21/2016 - 4:11am

The water contamination crisis in Flint, Michigan, became more political Wednesday when President Obama met with Mayor Karen Weaver.

German Anger Toward Migrants Is Directed At North Africans

Thu, 01/21/2016 - 4:11am

North Africans are blamed for recent attacks on German women. Police are raiding their communities — including the largest one in Dusseldorf. Some long-time Moroccan residents are fighting back.

Can A $9 Computer Spark A New Wave Of Tinkering And Innovation?

Thu, 01/21/2016 - 3:56am

It fits in your hand, can connect to Wi-Fi and has Bluetooth. The $9 CHIP promises to be a teaching tool that's also fun to play with. It's just one of several low-cost computers hitting the market.

Women's Hockey Takes Stage As New Pro Sports League

Thu, 01/21/2016 - 3:55am

Founder Dani Rylan launched the league in October with teams in Boston, Buffalo, Connecticut and New York City. For girls who want to play pro, she says, the NWHL can turn dreams into reality.

When 'Your Heart Is A Muscle,' Empathy Is A Revolutionary Act

Thu, 01/21/2016 - 3:54am

Writer Sunil Yapa says his father taught him to have a global perspective from a very young age. Yapa's new novel was inspired by explosive global trade protests that took place in Seattle in 1999.

Federal Workplace Law Fails To Protect Employees Left Out Of Workers' Compensation

Thu, 01/21/2016 - 3:53am

Companies that opt out of state workers' comp laws say the Employee Retirement Income Security Act will ensure injured workers get justice. But an NPR investigation found that may not be true.

Pakistani Forces Gain Control Of University After Gunmen Attack

Wed, 01/20/2016 - 6:39am

Gunmen attacked a university in Charsadda, Pakistan, killing at least 20 people. Steve Inskeep talks to Jonathan Boone, a reporter with The Guardian. Charsadda has been the scene of previous attacks.

Connecticut School Changes Colors Of Graduation Gowns

Wed, 01/20/2016 - 6:25am

At Glastonbury High School, boys used to wear blue gowns; girls wore pink. The school's Gay Straight Alliance Club requested the change. Now everybody will wear a blue gown with a white sash.

North Korean Scientists Come Up With 'Amazing' Breakthroughs

Wed, 01/20/2016 - 6:19am

Last year the scientists came up with a vaccine that could cure AIDS, drug addition and Ebola. This year, according to the Pyongyang Times, they've discovered hangover-free alcohol.

Pakistan University Attack

Wed, 01/20/2016 - 4:10am

A major battle is going on in the northwest region of Pakistan. Gunmen stormed a university campus, killing at least 19 people. The attack triggered a gunbattle with police and army troops.

'Camp Cruz' Houses Volunteers Supporting Texas Senator's Presidential Bid

Wed, 01/20/2016 - 4:10am

Camp Cruz is a surplus college dorm in Iowa filled with volunteers for GOP presidential candidate Ted Cruz, complete with a camp counselor and daily cheers for the Texas senator.

China's Economy Grew At Its Slowest Rate In25 Years

Wed, 01/20/2016 - 4:10am

China's growth dipped to 6.8 percent in the last quarter of 2015, dragging down annual growth to 6.9 percent. Not since China faced international sanctions over the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre has its economy grown at such a slow pace. Investors had expected the results, and are looking to Chinese policymakers to enact a stimulus plan.




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