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After 2 Years, Illinois Passes A Budget

Fri, 07/07/2017 - 4:08am

For the first time in two years, the state of Illinois passed a budget, after lawmakers overrode the governor's veto. But it doesn't mean the state has solved its budget woes.

What To Expect When Trump Meets Putin

Fri, 07/07/2017 - 4:08am

President Trump is meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin Friday. Mary Louise Kelly asks Tom Graham, a Russia adviser for the George W. Bush administration, about what Trump should discuss.

How Fast Can You Read This Headline?

Fri, 07/07/2017 - 4:08am

A driver in Seattle got a $234 ticket for speeding in a school zone. He argued that the sign saying: "School speed limit 20 when children are present or when flashing" was too long. A judge agreed.

As Many As 100,000 Civilians Trapped In Raqqa, U.N. Says

Fri, 07/07/2017 - 4:08am

NPR's Rachel Martin asks the U.N.'s Matthias Behnke about civilians trapped in Raqqa, the former ISIS stronghold in Syria. The U.N. says up to 100,000 people are trapped there by anti-ISIS strikes.

While He Was In Prison, His Son Grew Up; Now, 'They're Getting To Know Each Other'

Fri, 07/07/2017 - 4:08am

By the time Five Mualimm-ak completed a sentence for weapons charges in 2012, he had served nearly a dozen years in prison. When he was released, his son Omar was already a senior in high school.

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Morning News Brief: Trump Meets Putin, Russia Probe Update, New Tesla Car

Fri, 07/07/2017 - 4:08am

President Trump meets with Vladimir Putin at the G-20 summit. Also, an update on Robert Mueller's Russia probe, and a look at electric carmaker Tesla's new lower-priced car.

Cirque Du Soleil Buys Blue Man Group

Fri, 07/07/2017 - 4:08am

Two of the most successful live performance franchises are joining forces. Cirque du Soleil announced that it is buying Blue Man Group.

The Controversy Over The 'Motor Voter' Law

Fri, 07/07/2017 - 4:08am

Voting rights groups fear that the Trump administration's look into voter fraud is really aimed at weakening a 24-year-old law meant to expand opportunities for people to register to vote.

A Look At Trump's Day At The G-20

Fri, 07/07/2017 - 4:08am

President Trump will have his first meeting as president with Russian President Putin. It will take place Friday at the G-20 summit in Germany.

The Story Of Dr. Dre And Jimmy Iovine's Partnership In 'The Defiant Ones'

Fri, 07/07/2017 - 4:08am

The Defiant Ones on HBO tells the story of two unlikely friends and business partners: Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre. It's also the history of rock and rap in the '80s and '90s.

Movie Review: 'Spider-Man: Homecoming'

Fri, 07/07/2017 - 4:08am

In the newest Spider-Man movie, the studio is aiming young and trying to leverage that Marvel Comics magic.

An Update On Robert Mueller's Russia Investigation

Fri, 07/07/2017 - 4:08am

Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who's leading the Russia probe, has assembled a high-powered team of investigators and lawyers.

The Office Where Mutilated Money Gets Repaired

Fri, 07/07/2017 - 4:08am

When paper money gets mangled, ripped or ruined it is still money, backed by the U.S. government. We visit the room where mutilated money is painstakingly put back together.

Thousands Protest G-20 In Hamburg

Fri, 07/07/2017 - 4:08am

Clashes erupted between police and protesters who took to the streets of Hamburg, Germany on Thursday to protest against the G-20 summit being held in the city.

92-Year-Old Flower Girl Takes The Spotlight

Fri, 07/07/2017 - 4:08am

A grandmother was the one getting all the attention at her granddaughter's wedding in Minnesota: at age 92, she was the flower girl.

'King Macron': French President Earns Comparisons To Napoleon

Thu, 07/06/2017 - 6:46am

With his careful appearances and staging of events, critics say French President Emmanuel Macron appears to believe his role is to be France's elected monarch.

Survey Examines How Americans View The U.S./Russia Relationship

Thu, 07/06/2017 - 6:45am

President Trump is expected to meet with Russian President Putin this week. A new NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll also touches on the probe into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.

China Needs To Step Up On North Korea Crisis, Rep. Meeks Says

Thu, 07/06/2017 - 6:43am

Sanctions have been imposed on North Korea to little affect. Rachel Martin talks to Democratic Rep. Gregory Meeks of New York, who believes the Trump administration and China need to do more.

His Pancakes Look Too Good To Eat

Thu, 07/06/2017 - 6:00am

Nathan Shields doesn't just make regular pancakes. For his kids, he makes flapjacks that really look like Prince or Justin Beiber. He says he uses the pancake art to teach his kids life lessons.

'Wayne's World' Anniversary Brings Out The Headbangers

Thu, 07/06/2017 - 5:27am

In Aurora, Ill., residents celebrated the 25th anniversary of Wayne's World by trying to break the Guinness World Record for headbanging. A thousand people showed up. Party on Aurora.

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