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Vice President Pence Visits DMZ Amid Tensions With North Korea

Mon, 04/17/2017 - 6:38am

Vice President Mike Pence is in South Korea. David Greene talks to Joel Wit, senior fellow at the U.S.-Korea Institute at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, about North Korea.

Vice President Pence Visits DMZ Amid Tenions With North Korea

Mon, 04/17/2017 - 6:38am

Vice President Mike Pence is in South Korea. David Greene talks to Joel Wit, senior fellow at the U.S.-Korea Institute at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, about North Korea.

Police Impersonator In Florida Pulls Over Actual Detective

Mon, 04/17/2017 - 6:16am

After pulling over a Miami police detective, Marcos Pacheco-Bustamante was arrested. The Miami Herald reported he had no malicious intent — he pulled people over who were texting while driving.

Russia To Send Gun-Toting Humanoid Into Space

Mon, 04/17/2017 - 5:32am

Russia's space-bound robot FEDOR, Final Experimental Demonstration Object Research, is being trained to shoot guns from both of its hands. An official says the robot is not a real-life Terminator.

Cleveland Police Search For Suspect Who Posted Murder Video On Facebook

Mon, 04/17/2017 - 3:57am

Authorities in Cleveland are looking for a man they say committed a murder on Sunday and posted the video on Facebook. A warrant for aggravated murder has been issued for 37-year-old Steve Stephens.

Democrats Perez And Sanders Aim To Put Party Back Together Again

Mon, 04/17/2017 - 3:57am

Democrats are closely watching bellwether elections this spring. Steve Inskeep talks to Tom Perez — chairman of the Democratic National Committee — as he begins the "Come Together and Fight Back" tour with Senator Bernie Sanders.

'LA Times' Journalist Was Granted Rare Access To Pyongyang Celebration

Mon, 04/17/2017 - 3:57am

David Greene talk to Jonathan Kaiman of the "Los Angeles Times," who was invited by the North Korean government to cover the 105th birthday celebration of the country's founder.

Portugal Treats Drug Possession As A Health Issue, Not A Crime

Mon, 04/17/2017 - 3:57am

In the 1980s and '90s, Portugal had one of the worst heroin epidemics in the world. Now, drug use is at an all-time low, after Portugal decriminalized all drugs. If you're caught with drugs, you get mandatory medical treatment, not prison.

Turkey's President Is Granted Broad New Powers By Referendum Voters

Mon, 04/17/2017 - 3:57am

Turkey's president has declared victory in Sunday's referendum to give him more powers — though the vote was close and indicates a country divided about the future of its troubled democracy.

Morning News Brief: North Korea's Missile Test, Turkey's Presidential Powers

Mon, 04/17/2017 - 3:57am

North Korea launched a failed missile test over the weekend. Vice President Mike Pence, who's in South Korea, called it a "provocation." And Turkey voted to grant the president sweeping new powers in a close election that the opposition says it will contest.

Voters Back Home Don't Mind If Mark Meadows Bucks Authority

Mon, 04/17/2017 - 3:57am

Rather than resent Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C, for rebellious moves like torpedoing the GOP's replacement for Obamacare, voters outside Asheville are showing support for the legislator.

(Image credit: Bill Clark/CQ-Roll Call, Inc.)

Brash Leftist Candidate Shakes Up France's Presidential Election

Mon, 04/17/2017 - 3:57am

Jean-Luc Melenchon is surging in polls less then two weeks before France's election. He's using fiery populist speeches, a fight-the-rich video game and holograms to appeal to disaffected voters

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Brash Leftist Candidate Shakes Up France's Presidential Election

Mon, 04/17/2017 - 3:57am

Jean-Luc Melenchon is surging in polls less then two weeks before France's election. He's using fiery populist speeches, a fight-the-rich video game and holograms to appeal to disaffected voters

Turkish Voters Grant More Power To The President In Historic Referendum

Mon, 04/17/2017 - 3:57am

Turkey's president has won a referendum granting him sweeping new powers. Steve Inskeep talks to Soner Cagaptay of the Washington Institute about what this means for U.S. relations with Turkey.

Untangling The Mystery Of Why Shoelaces Come Untied

Mon, 04/17/2017 - 3:46am

Scientists at the University of California, Berkeley have figured out why shoelaces seem to come untied at the worst moments, like when you're running.

(Image credit: Meredith Rizzo/NPR)

'Powwow Sweat' Promotes Fitness Through Traditional Dance

Mon, 04/17/2017 - 3:46am

Native Americans are 60 percent more likely to be obese than non-Hispanic whites. The Coeur D'Alene Tribe in Idaho is using traditional dance to get fit and lose weight. They call it "Powwow Sweat."

(Image credit: Screengrab by NPR/The StyleHorse Collective)

Tax Filings Seen Dipping Amid Trump Crackdown On Illegal Immigration

Mon, 04/17/2017 - 3:45am

Last year nearly 4.5 million people without Social Security numbers filed federal tax returns. Many were in the U.S. illegally. But there are signs that fewer such immigrants are filing this year.

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In The 1920s, A Community Conspired To Kill Native Americans For Their Oil Money

Mon, 04/17/2017 - 3:44am

The Osage tribe in Oklahoma became spectacularly wealthy in the early 1900s — and then members started turning up dead. David Grann's Killers of the Flower Moon describes the dark plot against them.

(Image credit: The Osage National Museum/Courtesy of Doubleday)

At Intel, A Retirement Perk That Can Kick Off A New Career As A Paid Fellow

Mon, 04/17/2017 - 3:42am

The tech company pays retirement-age employees a stipend to transition to jobs with mission-driven nonprofits. And for some, the fellowship can turn into a second act.

(Image credit: Ina Jaffe/NPR)

From Moonscape To Lush: Photographs Capture California Drought's Story

Mon, 04/17/2017 - 3:41am

Getty Images photographer Justin Sullivan's "before-and-after" images show how recent rains in California swelled formerly dry reservoirs and turned brown landscapes green.

(Image credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

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