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The Great Peanut Butter Escape Of 2017

Tue, 08/01/2017 - 4:51am

Inmates in Alabama used peanut butter to alter the numbers over a jail door, tricking a guard into thinking a door to the outside was a door to a cell. They rushed out, but most were later captured.

This Doctor Was Ready To Have Her Baby When She Delivered Another

Tue, 08/01/2017 - 4:29am

Dr. Amanda Hess was about to give birth when she heard a woman wailing in pain. The on-call doctor was on break, so Hess delivered the woman's baby. Her own contractions started a few moments later.

Actor Ed Harris Says Sam Shepard Was 'Iconically American'

Tue, 08/01/2017 - 4:16am

Playwright/actor Sam Shepard died Thursday at the age of 73. Actor Ed Harris worked with him on many different project on the stage and screen; he offers his memories.

Gauging The Potential Effects Of U.S. Sanctions Against Venezuela's Leader

Tue, 08/01/2017 - 4:16am

The White House will be imposing targeted sanctions on Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, in response to his efforts to rewrite his country's constitution. This is only the fourth time the U.S. has sanctioned a head of state.

The View From Moscow On U.S.-Russia Diplomatic Tensions

Tue, 08/01/2017 - 4:16am

Russian International Affairs Council director Andrey Kortunov discusses the consequences of Vladimir Putin expelling U.S. diplomats. The move was in response to new U.S. sanctions approved by Congress.

Remembering The I-35W Bridge Collapse 10 Years Later

Tue, 08/01/2017 - 4:16am

The I-35W bridge was one of Minnesota's busiest, carrying 140,000 cars a day over the Mississippi River. It collapsed during rush hour on Aug. 1, 2007. Ten years later, the disaster still looms large.

A Conservative's Take On Scaramucci's Quick Ouster

Tue, 08/01/2017 - 4:16am

Christopher Ruddy, CEO of conservative media company Newsmax, talks about President Trump's decision to remove Anthony Scaramucci as White House communications director less than 2 weeks after being named to the job.

Kevin Hart's New Online Comedy Service Joins Crowded Streaming Market

Tue, 08/01/2017 - 4:16am

Kevin Hart is launching a streaming comedy service. The actor's Laugh Out Loud Network, which rolls out this week, enters an already crowded market. LANGUAGE ADVISORY: There are two bleeps in actualities in this piece at :14 and :44 in.

Sen. Sanders Urges A Medicare-For-All Health Plan

Tue, 08/01/2017 - 4:16am

NPR's Steve Inskeep talks with Sen. Bernie Sanders on his plans to push forward with a bill for a single-payer health insurance system, in the wake of Republican failures to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.

Trump's Threat To Cut U.S. Payments Raises Uncertainty In Health Insurance Market

Tue, 08/01/2017 - 4:16am

The U.S. government is scheduled to make large payments to health insurance companies to help offset discounts required by the Affordable Care Act. President Trump has threatened to stop the payments.

Morning News Brief: Kelly's Power At The White House, U.S. Sanctions Venezuela's Maduro

Tue, 08/01/2017 - 4:16am

Will Chief of Staff John Kelly take control of the White House? Are U.S. sanctions on Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro tough enough? And Los Angeles gets to host the summer Olympics in 2028, but what will that mean for the city?

The Olympics Return To LA

Tue, 08/01/2017 - 4:16am

The Olympics are coming back to Los Angeles, but not in 2024 as organizers had first hoped. In a deal with the International Olympic Committee, the summer games return in 2028 instead.

Police Agreements To Work With Federal Agents Highlight Immigration Debate

Tue, 08/01/2017 - 4:16am

Nineteen Texas law enforcement agencies signed agreements to work with U.S. immigration agents. Immigrant advocates say the effort will ramp up racial profiling by officers and fear among immigrants.

Even In 'The War To End All Wars,' There Was Art Coming From The Trenches

Tue, 08/01/2017 - 3:55am

An exhibit at the National Air and Space Museum features art and artifacts from World War I. It includes paintings by combat artists and images of carvings found on the walls of underground quarries.

(Image credit: Hugh Talman/National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution)

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