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McGregor Fan Poses As Mayweather Guard, Gets Ringside Seat

Thu, 08/31/2017 - 5:54am

Oliver Regis was so disappointed in his view — his seat was up in the nosebleed section — that he snuck down into an empty chair in the third row. He posed as part of Mayweather's security detail.

Indiana Couple Visits Every Cracker Barrel In The U.S. All 645 Locations

Thu, 08/31/2017 - 5:30am

Their journey ended in Tualatin, Ore. They were greeted with a slew of Cracker Barrel gifts, including two embroidered, 4-star aprons — the company's highest honor.

Trump Calls For Major Rewite Of The Tax Code During Stop In Missouri

Thu, 08/31/2017 - 4:12am

Rachel Martin talks to Stephen Moore of the Heritage Foundation about President Trump's push to overhaul the nation's tax system. The plan was largely short on specifics.

Poor Houston Residents Face More Challenges From Harvey

Thu, 08/31/2017 - 4:12am

Many of the tens of thousands of evacuees in the Houston area are lower income. They can't easily afford to miss work for long periods or pay for a motel for weeks on end.

Google Finds Itself In Another Free Speech Controversy

Thu, 08/31/2017 - 4:12am

Ailsa Chang talks to NPR tech reporter Aarti Shahani about the issues that this standoff raises.

Google-Funded Think Tank Fires Scholar Who Criticized Tech Giant

Thu, 08/31/2017 - 4:12am

Google has spent millions funding the New America think tank. So when one of its scholars, Barry Lynn, criticized Google, he was fired. Ailsa Chang talks to Lynn about his criticism of tech giants.

In Beaumont, Texas, Harvey Remnants Still Wreaking Havoc

Thu, 08/31/2017 - 4:12am

High water rescues are still underway in Beaumont, Texas, where shelters are filled to capacity. Flooded roads have cut people off from other areas, and the city has lost its water supply due to a flooded pump station.

Tolkein's Passion For Plants Moves Botantist To Create Guide To Middle Earth

Thu, 08/31/2017 - 4:12am

Botanist Walter Judd has created a book that tests the limits of The Lord of the Rings fandom. It's an examination of the many plants and trees that J.R.R. Tolkien used in his novels.

Houston Resident Returns Home, Worried About What She'll Find

Thu, 08/31/2017 - 4:12am

After flooding in Houston stranded her for days, a woman returns to her home, not knowing how she'll find it.

Remembering Harvey Victim: Retired Teacher Ruben Jordan

Thu, 08/31/2017 - 4:12am

The death toll from the after-effects of Hurricane Harvey is expected to rise. Ailsa Chang and David Greene remember one victim: retired teacher Ruben Jordan, who everyone knew as Coach Jordan.

Monsoon Season Hits South Asia Hard

Thu, 08/31/2017 - 4:12am

While Texas and Louisiana deal with the aftermath of Harvey, India has its own troubles. Flooding has brought life to a near standstill in Mumbai, India's financial center.

Morning News Brief: Harvey Weakens, Sanctuary Cities Ruling

Thu, 08/31/2017 - 4:12am

Harvey's has been battering the Texas-Louisiana coast for nearly a week. A federal judge has temporarily blocked Texas from implementing tough measures on sanctuary cities.

Tolkien's Plant Passion Moves Botantist To Create Guide To Middle Earth

Thu, 08/31/2017 - 4:12am

Botanist Walter Judd has created a book that tests the limits of The Lord of the Rings fandom. It's an examination of the many plants and trees that J.R.R. Tolkien used in his novels.

Federal Judge Temporarily Blocks Texas Measure That Targets Sanctuary Cities

Thu, 08/31/2017 - 4:12am

Chief U.S. District Judge Orlando Garcia ruled Wednesday that Texas officials may not implement Senate Bill 4, a controversial measure designed to crack down on sanctuary cities in that state.

London Underground Calling: Buskers Audition To Play On The Tube

Thu, 08/31/2017 - 4:05am

Some famous British musicians — George Michael, Rod Stewart, Ed Sheeran — started as buskers. So it's no wonder hundreds of hopefuls are auditioning for a coveted license to play on London's tube.

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Shut Out Of Power In D.C., Democrats Try To Make Inroads In Virginia This Fall

Thu, 08/31/2017 - 4:03am

Elections in Virginia this fall are the first big test for state-level Democrats in the Trump era and whether they can use the president's unpopularity to gain ground in the state legislature.

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'This Is Surreal': Houston Dialysis Center Struggles To Treat Patients

Wed, 08/30/2017 - 11:02am

People with kidney failure typically need dialysis every other day to stay healthy. Delays in treatment can quickly become life-threatening.

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Hit Baking Show Returns To British TV With Changes

Wed, 08/30/2017 - 7:27am

The Great Britain Bake Off may have switched networks and cast members, but BuzzFeed UK's Scott Bryan tells Ailsa Chang the show's DNA remains intact.

First Responders Face Dangerous Conditions To Rescue Flood Victims

Wed, 08/30/2017 - 6:30am

Rachel Martin talks to Samuel Pena, Houston's fire chief, about conditions in the Houston area, and how first responders prioritize who gets help when the requests for assistance seem to be endless.

Flooded Streets, Full Reservoirs Capture Attention In Houston

Wed, 08/30/2017 - 6:29am

Two reservoirs and dams in the western part of the city are so filled with water that officials are worried they could breach. To move around some neighborhoods, such as Cyprus Creek, you need a boat.

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