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Tillerson Travels To U.N. To Discuss Issues Involving North Korea

Fri, 12/15/2017 - 6:36am

The secretary of state goes to the U.N. on Friday, just days after he offered to talk to North Korea with no preconditions. That would represent a change in approach for the Trump administration.

Rubio Will Vote No On Senate Tax Plan Unless Change Is Made

Fri, 12/15/2017 - 6:35am

Florida Senator Marco Rubio says he can't support a tax bill that doesn't contain the child tax credit. That could complicate Republican efforts to pass a tax overhaul plan before Christmas.

Rep. Ross Says Florida Needs More Funds For Disaster Relief

Fri, 12/15/2017 - 6:35am

David Greene talks to GOP Rep. Dennis Ross of Florida who says he won't support a bill to keep the government open through the holidays unless Congress approves more disaster relief for his state.

Cow In Live Nativity Scene Makes A Break For It

Fri, 12/15/2017 - 5:36am

Maybe Stormy the cow had stage fright — just couldn't take the pressure — who knows — but she took off not once but twice. The second time she was found on the 4th floor of a parking garage.

Latest 'Star Wars' Movie Is Out Of This World

Fri, 12/15/2017 - 4:52am

NASA plans to screen Star Wars: The Last Jedi to the International Space Station astronauts. The movie marks the return of actors Mark Hamill, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver and the late Carrie Fisher.

Trade Talks Are A Pivotal Moment In Brexit Process

Fri, 12/15/2017 - 4:00am

The tortuous process of Britain leaving the European Union reaches a crucial stage on Friday when EU leaders decide if they are ready to talk about the future relationship of the two sides.

Court Decision Could Force Changes To ATF's Undercover Operations

Fri, 12/15/2017 - 4:00am

In U.S. District Court in Chicago, nine federal judges continue a first-of-its kind hearing to determine if phony drug stash house stings run by federal agents are racially biased.

'The Atlantic': What Putin Really Wants

Fri, 12/15/2017 - 4:00am

Rachel Martin talks to journalist Julia Ioffe, who has written a piece for "The Atlantic" title: "What Putin Really Wants." Iofffe says Putin has many Americans convinced of his manipulative genius, but he's really just a gambler who won big.

More Women Accuse Russell Simmons Of Rape, Sexual Assault

Fri, 12/15/2017 - 4:00am

Music mogul Russell Simmons has been accused of sexual misconduct and rape by several women. His case may have unique cultural impact because of his role as one of the founding fathers of hip hop.

Facebook's Partnership With Fact-Checkers Gets Off To A Rocky Start

Fri, 12/15/2017 - 4:00am

A year ago, Facebook said it was bringing in fact-checkers from leading news organizations to combat fake news. It appears the fact-checkers have been left in the dark about the impact of their work.

Alabama Senate Race Presents More Evidence Of A Deep GOP Divide

Fri, 12/15/2017 - 4:00am

David Greene talks to conservative radio talk show host Chris Buskirk, in Phoenix, Arizona, who says the party needs to coalesce around its candidates, or its war of ideas will tear it apart.

'Last Jedi' Is Only The Beginning For The New 'Star Wars' Team

Fri, 12/15/2017 - 4:00am

Director Rian Johnson and producer Ram Bergman have worked together for 15 years. Their new film, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, will kick off the first of four Star Wars movies they'll work on together.

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Remembering What Makes The Holidays Special

Fri, 12/15/2017 - 4:00am

Newbery Medal-winning author Kwame Alexander joins NPR's Rachel Martin to discuss poetry about the holidays, and to ask listeners for their help writing a poem about the season.

Morning News Brief

Fri, 12/15/2017 - 4:00am

Republicans in Congress are trying to muster the votes they need to pass a tax bill by Christmas. This would be a major legislative victory for the GOP, but they can only afford to loose two Republican votes in the Senate. And, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson heads to the U.N. Security Council on Friday. The topic: North Korea's nuclear and missile programs.

U.S. Army Green Berets Accused From Within Of Lowering Standards

Fri, 12/15/2017 - 4:00am

The Green Berets community is in a bitter internal debate over whether standards have been lowered for the U.S. Army elite force.

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For 'Last Jedi' Director, The Journey To 'Star Wars' Began With Action Figures

Fri, 12/15/2017 - 4:00am

Rian Johnson remembers playing with the toys as a kid. "Those were the first movies I was making in my head," he says. The Last Jedi is the first of four Star Wars movies he's slated to work on.

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On Christmas Eve, A Stolen Bicycle And A Lesson In Giving

Fri, 12/15/2017 - 3:54am

William Weaver planned to confront the boy who stole his younger brother's bicycle on Christmas Eve. Instead, his parents showed him the power of kindness and what it means to help those in need.

(Image credit: Courtesy of the Weaver family )

How The House Tax Overhaul Bill Could Hurt Affordable Housing

Fri, 12/15/2017 - 3:54am

Builders of affordable housing say the House Republican tax plan has a poison pill inside it that removes a tax incentive crucial for about half of the affordable housing units that get built.

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Catholic Church Singled Out In Australian Sex Abuse Report

Fri, 12/15/2017 - 1:52am

A royal commission recommends that the Australian Catholic Church ask the Vatican to lift its celibacy requirement for clergy and require that evidence of abuse revealed in confession be reported.

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Smoke Blankets Santa Barbara County, Not Everyone Can Evacuate

Thu, 12/14/2017 - 6:41am

Wildfires have scorched hundreds of thousands of acres of Southern California. Residents who resisted calls to evacuate talk about living through the fires, and what "the new normal" looks like.




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