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British Prime Minister Calls For Snap Parliamentary Elections

Tue, 04/18/2017 - 7:25am

David Greene talks to British journalist Michael White, who writes for the New European magazine, about what Theresa May has to gain from early elections, which are now scheduled for June 8.

U.K. Prime Minister Calls For Early Election, U.S. Special Election In Georgia

Tue, 04/18/2017 - 6:29am

Steve Inskeep talks to the BBC's Jonny Dymond about Theresa May calling for an early general election in June. Domenico Montanaro of NPR's Politics team discusses the House election in Georgia.

Its Survival In Doubt, Sears Struggles To Transform Once Again

Tue, 04/18/2017 - 6:29am

More than a century ago, Sears was the Amazon of its time — a dominant name in retail. Sears has been in a long and painful decline, but executives say they have a plan to turn the company around.

(Image credit: Cheryl Corley/NPR)

Supporters Back Down From California Independence Bid

Tue, 04/18/2017 - 5:21am

Some talked of a "Calexit" from the U.S. after President Trump's victory. But a leader of the movement gave up on a ballot initiative. Louis Marinelli says he intends to make Russia his new home.

Hey You Kids, Keep Your Soccer Balls Out Of My Yard

Tue, 04/18/2017 - 4:47am

Kids kicked soccer balls into Penny Freeman's garden. Scared to retrieve them, she held onto the balls. The Telegraph in London reports police told her to give the balls back or be charged with theft.

Egypt Clears Aid Worker Of Abuse And Trafficking Allegations

Tue, 04/18/2017 - 4:04am

After three years in detention, Egypt has cleared an Egyptian-American aid worker accused of child abuse and human trafficking. The case was emblematic of Egypt's crackdown on aid groups.

Korean War Soldier Receives Proper Burial In Mass. Hometown

Tue, 04/18/2017 - 4:04am

An Army medic killed in Korea in 1954 was brought back to Hawaii after the war as an unknown soldier. New tests have been able to identify him, and he was returned to his home town for burial.

After South Korea, Pence Visits Japan

Tue, 04/18/2017 - 4:04am

Vice President Mike Pence is in Tokyo, to meet with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

Anxious Nations React Fearfully To Rapid Influx Of Migrants, Hamid Says

Tue, 04/18/2017 - 4:04am

Amid the rise of nationalism, David Greene talks to Pakistani novelist Mohsin Hamid, who sees migration as an inalienable human right. His new novel is called, "Exit West."

Thousands Of Migrants Trying To Reach Italy Rescued From Mediterranean

Tue, 04/18/2017 - 4:04am

David Greene talks to American philanthropist Christopher Catrambone, who describes the dramatic rescue of 8,000 migrants, including a two-week old baby, from the Mediterranean over the weekend.

Russian Republic Of Chechnya Accused Of Targeting Gay People

Tue, 04/18/2017 - 4:04am

Police in the Russian republic of Chechnya have reportedly detained more than 100 gay men. Some have been tortured. Steve Inskeep to Shaun Walker, a reporter with "The Guardian" in Moscow, about the detainments.

Researchers Examine The Psychology Of Protest Movements

Tue, 04/18/2017 - 4:04am

Social science researchers examine whether extreme protest tactics are an effective way for recruiting popular support.

Ohio Murder Posted On Facebook Causes Others To Relive Similar Pain

Tue, 04/18/2017 - 4:04am

Video of a murder of an elderly man uploaded onto Facebook brought back painful memories for former news anchor Chris Hurst, whose girlfriend, was shot dead on live TV. Hurst talks to Steve Inskeep.

Democrats Target Rep. Issa's Seat As One They Could Take From Republicans

Tue, 04/18/2017 - 4:04am

Rep. Darrell Issa won his Southern California seat by less than a point last year. With Issa trying to distance himself from President Trump, Democrats feel confident about unseating Issa next year.

Morning News Brief: 2 Trump Executive Orders, Pence In Japan

Tue, 04/18/2017 - 4:04am

President Trump plans to sign 2 orders on "Hire American" and "Buy American." Vice President Pence meets with Japan's prime minister after Trump targeted Japan for its huge trade surplus with the U.S.

In Portugal, Drug Use Is Treated As A Medical Issue, Not A Crime

Tue, 04/18/2017 - 3:55am

Since 2001, possession or use of any drug has been treated as a health issue in Portugal. The country's drug-induced death rate has plummeted to five times lower than the European Union average.

(Image credit: Lauren Frayer for NPR)

In The Rockies, Climate Change Spells Trouble For Cutthroat Trout

Tue, 04/18/2017 - 3:55am

Native cutthroat trout, an iconic part of the mountain West, thrive in cold streams. But warmer weather has allowed invaders to move in — and it's killing off the cutthroats.

(Image credit: Jonny Armstrong/USGS)

Once Routine, ICE Check-Ins Now Fill Immigrants In U.S. Illegally With Anxiety

Tue, 04/18/2017 - 3:45am

Thousands of immigrants across the country are unsure what to expect when they report for required check-ins with ICE. Some have been detained on the spot, leading to widespread fear and stress.

(Image credit: Marisa Penaloza/NPR)

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Mon, 04/17/2017 - 9:34am

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Big Business Pushes Coal-Friendly Kentucky To Embrace Renewables

Mon, 04/17/2017 - 6:40am

Nearly 90 percent of Kentucky's electricity is from coal — the cheap energy source that helped build its manufacturing economy. Now it's struggling to respond as more businesses want clean energy.

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