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Global Ransomware Attack Wreaks Havoc On 150 Countries

Mon, 05/15/2017 - 4:00am

The head of Europol calls the cyber attack that began Friday "unprecedented in its scale." The malware infects Microsoft operating systems, locks up files and then demands users pay to regain access.

North Korea's Actions Make It A Pressing Foreign Policy Concern For Trump

Mon, 05/15/2017 - 4:00am

North Korea is believed to have tested a mid-to-long range missile on Sunday. Rachel Martin talks to former U.S. diplomat Joel Wit about North Korea's weapons capabilities.

Mexico's Economic Secretary Says NAFTA Needs To Be Modernized

Mon, 05/15/2017 - 4:00am

Mexico's secretary of the economy tells Rachel Martin that the North American Free Trade Agreement needs to be updated, but that tariffs and insisting that Mexico fund a border wall will poison renegotiations.

How Billionaire Investor Carl Icahn Has Unprecedented Access To Trump

Mon, 05/15/2017 - 4:00am

President Trump named Icahn as an unpaid special adviser on regulatory changes. But no one has defined what a special adviser is, or how much power Trump has given to his longtime rival and friend.

China Outlines Plans For A New Silk Road

Mon, 05/15/2017 - 4:00am

China hosted a conference on President Xi Jinping's signature policy initiative - the "Belt and Road." 29 heads of state attended.

Logic Is Ready To Tell The World Who He Is

Mon, 05/15/2017 - 3:38am

The son of a black father and a white mother, Logic says he was "born to make" his new album, Everybody. On it, he confronts issues of identity he says he's been scared to rap about in the past.

(Image credit: Ryan Jay/Courtesy of the artist)

Stressed-Out High Schoolers Advised To Take A Nap Pod

Mon, 05/15/2017 - 3:38am

A high school in New Mexico is experimenting with nap pods — womb-like retreats where frazzled students can rest. Research suggests it leads to calmer, less anxious teens who do better in school.

(Image credit: Joe Suarez for NPR)

Yawning May Promote Social Bonding Even Between Dogs And Humans

Mon, 05/15/2017 - 3:37am

Bears do it, bats do it. So do dogs and humans. They all yawn. It's a common behavior, but why is a bit of a mystery. Researchers think yawning may perk up the brain and help with social bonding.

(Image credit: iStockphoto)

Arctic Council Pressures Tillerson To Take Action On Climate Change

Fri, 05/12/2017 - 6:37am

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson got an earful from other countries over U.S. climate policy. At a meeting of the Arctic Council, they pressured him not to pull out of the Paris climate agreement.

Tiny And Defiant, Texas Town Plunges Headfirst Into 'Show Me Your Papers' Debate

Fri, 05/12/2017 - 6:36am

El Cenizo, Texas is suing to overturn the new state law that allows local police officers to ask anyone they detain if they're in the country illegally. The city has a "safe haven" ordinance.

(Image credit: John Burnett/NPR)

El Cenizo Joins Opposition Against Texas Law Banning Sanctuary Cities

Fri, 05/12/2017 - 6:36am

The small Texas city near the Mexican border is suing to overturn the new state law that ensures local police officers ask anyone they detain if they're in the country illegally.

Trump Reveals Reasons For Firing FBI Director In News Interview

Fri, 05/12/2017 - 6:35am

President Trump Told NBC News that he had planned to fire James Comey for a while — that he was a "showboat" and a "grandstander." But critics say the whole truth hasn't been revealed yet.

Lost Bet 36 Years Ago Comes Back To Haunt Man In China

Fri, 05/12/2017 - 5:41am

A 50-year-old man was having some X-rays done, and two ballpoint pens showed up on his lower right side. After surgery, the man reportedly remembered that he had lost a bet and had to swallow pens.

1945 Love Letter Found Under Staircase During N.J. Home Restoration

Fri, 05/12/2017 - 5:26am

The homeowner tracked down the family, and Rolf Christoffersen's son read the letter from his late mother Virginia to his 96-year-old dad. Virginia died six years ago this weekend.

Sen. Sasse: Comey Firing 'Troubling' Amid 'Crisis Of Public Trust'

Fri, 05/12/2017 - 4:07am

Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Neb., tells NPR's Steve Inskeep he will not yet call for an independent Russia investigation because it would be a "vote of no confidence" for the Senate panel's current probe.

(Image credit: Eric Thayer/Getty Images)

Tensions Between Russia And Ukraine Blend Into Eurovision Contest

Fri, 05/12/2017 - 4:04am

The finals of the Eurovision Song Contest are being held on Saturday in Kiev. This year's event is in Ukraine, but tensions with neighboring Russia threaten to overshadow the festivities.

Tear Gas Doesn't Stop Venezuelan Protester From Playing The Violin

Fri, 05/12/2017 - 4:04am

An eerie video shows a young man playing the violin while protesting in the streets of Caracas, Venezuela. He continues to play despite tear gas going off around him.

Second Confederate Monument Removed In New Orleans

Fri, 05/12/2017 - 4:04am

Efforts by the city of New Orleans to remove four Confederate monuments is moving along — despite some protests and even death threats. The city has taken down two in the middle of the night.

After Comey Firing, Are Supporters Still Backing Trump?

Fri, 05/12/2017 - 4:04am

Reverberations from President Trump's decision to fire FBI director James Comey continue to reverberate. David Greene talks to Chris Burskirk, editor and publisher of the website American Greatness.

Kurd Flag Raising Adds To Tensions In The Iraqi City Of Kirkuk

Fri, 05/12/2017 - 4:04am

The war on ISIS has emboldened Iraq's Kurds to take a provocative step — raising their flag above the disputed, multi-ethnic city of Kirkuk.

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