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British Member Of Parliament Insists On Keeping Pet Tarantula

Thu, 11/24/2016 - 6:04am

Defying a pet ban, Gavin Williamson keeps the spider at his desk, where it apparently intimidates people. He says he won't consider removing it until somebody removes all the mice in the old building.

If You're Catholic And You've Sinned, There's An App For That

Thu, 11/24/2016 - 5:53am

A Scottish archbishop designed the app. It helps you find the closest spot to go to confession and Mass. The head of the Vatican's Secretariat for Communication called the app "imaginative."

A Paris Exhibition Of Black Artists Unearths Unknown Treasures

Thu, 11/24/2016 - 4:09am

The exhibit of artists such as Jacob Lawrence, Romare Bearden and Faith Ringgold gives Americans a chance to discover the work of exiled artists largely ignored in their homeland.

After Disorder Threatens Honey Bees, Wild Bees Get More Pollinating Jobs

Thu, 11/24/2016 - 4:09am

Beekeepers are still losing honey bees to colony collapse disorder, though the crisis isn't as bad as a few years ago. Scientists are looking at other kinds of bees to pollinate crops: wild ones.

Trump's Hotels In China Could Be A Conflict For The President-Elect

Thu, 11/24/2016 - 4:09am

Donald Trump has business interests around the globe. There's talk about whether foreign powers will distinguish between President Trump and businessman Trump. We examine the case of China.

Obama Championed The Fight Against Sexual Assaults. Will Trump?

Thu, 11/24/2016 - 4:09am

There are fears the Trump administration will derail efforts to combat campus sexual assault. Some Republicans criticized the government crackdown on the issue, and say policies favor victims.

Conflict Over Immigration Brews Between U.S. Cities And Feds

Thu, 11/24/2016 - 4:09am

Many big city mayors have said that they will not comply with federal immigration orders that could lead to deportation. Steve Inskeep talks to LA Mayor Eric Garcetti about being a sanctuary city.

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade Welcomes Back Felix The Cat

Thu, 11/24/2016 - 4:09am

After 85 years, the Felix the Cat balloon is returning to the parade in New York. In the 1920s, Felix was a huge star in comics and animated movies.

What Will Presidential Relations Be Like Between Trump And Putin?

Thu, 11/24/2016 - 4:09am

David Greene talks to former Georgia President Mikheil Saakashvili about Western relations with Vladimir Putin in the Trump era. Saakashvili recently resigned as governor of Ukraine's Odessa region.

Makers of High-End Sports Sedans Climb On The SUV Bandwagon

Thu, 11/24/2016 - 4:09am

Automakers sell more SUVs and trucks than cars. Lower gas prices and high profits make SUVs popular with consumers and carmakers. Brands such as Lamborghini and Jaguar are getting into the SUV game.

Donald Trump Picks A Republican Activist As Education Secretary

Thu, 11/24/2016 - 4:09am

The choice of Betsy DeVos signals intentions to make school choice a major piece of Trump's education agenda, which could include a voucher plan to help send children to private and parochial schools.

After Trump's Election, Uncertainty For Syrian Refugees In The U.S.

Thu, 11/24/2016 - 3:46am

Donald Trump has vowed to block new Syrian refugees and send current refugees back. A family of Syrian refugees in New Jersey and the volunteers supporting them are not sure what to expect.

Support Pours In For N.Y. Immigrant After Post-Election Harassment

Thu, 11/24/2016 - 3:46am

Bhutan-born Tenzin Dorjee has experienced an uptick in racial slurs recently in the rural, upstate town he has lived in for years. Now, his community is rallying behind him, publicly and powerfully.

Ivory Ban Hurts Native Alaskans Who Legally Carve Walrus Tusks

Thu, 11/24/2016 - 3:45am

Strict bans on ivory trade are aimed at preventing elephant poaching. But the measures are causing unintended consequences for Alaska Natives who hunt walruses and carve their tusks for a living.

Upstream From Standing Rock, Tribes Balance Benefits, Risks Of Oil Industry

Thu, 11/24/2016 - 3:44am

Hours from Standing Rock, N.D., is another reservation, in the the Bakken oilfield's sweet spot. Drilling has brought in millions of dollars, but the tribes have environmental worries, too.

Trump Picks S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley As U.N. Ambassador

Wed, 11/23/2016 - 6:42am

Haley has accepted an offer from President-elect Donald Trump to lead the U.S. delegation to the United Nations. During the presidential campaign, she had been very critical of Trump.

Museum's 1770s Artifact Smells Of Rum

Wed, 11/23/2016 - 5:55am

Philadelphia's Museum of the American Revolution opens next year. It has an earthenware mug from the 1770s which still smells of rum poured by some Revolutionary-era drinker.

Bicycle-Riding Chicago Alderman Injured In Squirrel Attack

Wed, 11/23/2016 - 5:19am

Howard Brookins had raised the alarm about "aggressive squirrels" wreaking damage on trash cans in his community. The Chicago Tribune reports that two weeks later he was jumped by a kamikaze squirrel.

Conflict Of Interest Possibilities Attract Watchful Eyes To Trump's Dealings

Wed, 11/23/2016 - 4:06am

Steve Inskeep talks to former ethics counselors — Richard Painter who advised President Bush and Norman Eisen who advised President Obama — about Trump's business holdings and possible conflicts.

Senior Citizens Study: How Money Makes For Better Brain Functioning

Wed, 11/23/2016 - 4:06am

Research indicates that people who got more in social security payments — as a result of a congressional formula glitch in the 1970s — appear to have lower risks of developing Alzheimer's disease.

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