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5 Things To Know About Obama's Enforcement Of Immigration Laws

Wed, 08/31/2016 - 4:00am

As Donald Trump prepares to flesh out his immigration platform in a speech Wednesday, here are five things to know about how President Obama has gone about enforcing current immigration laws.

Trump To Meet With Mexican President Ahead Of Immigration Speech

Tue, 08/30/2016 - 9:56pm

Donald Trump tweeted that he will meet with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto just hours before he intends to give a major policy speech on immigration in Phoenix, Ariz., on Wednesday.

Key Florida Senate Race Is Set: It's Rubio Vs. Murphy

Tue, 08/30/2016 - 7:11pm

Incumbent Sen. Marco Rubio easily dispatched his primary opponent and now faces Democratic Rep. Patrick Murphy in what will be one of the most closely watched contests of the year.

California Lawmakers Approve Mandatory Sentencing For Rape

Tue, 08/30/2016 - 4:48pm

State sexual assault law is tightened in response to the six-month sentence imposed on former Stanford student Brock Turner. He was convicted of sexually assaulting an unconscious woman.

Former Inmate Gives Advice To Prisoners With Commuted Sentences

Tue, 08/30/2016 - 4:30pm

Former inmate Norman Brown gives advice to inmates who had their sentences commuted Tuesday by President Obama.

With A Little Magic, Small Budget Horror Films Pack A Big Punch

Tue, 08/30/2016 - 4:30pm

NPR's Ari Shapiro talks with Jason Blum, founder and CEO of Blumhouse Productions, about the magic of micro-budget horror films.

U.N. Health Officials Warn Gonorrhea Is Becoming Untreatable

Tue, 08/30/2016 - 4:08pm

The World Health Organization released new treatment guidelines that acknowledge an entire class of antibiotics is now all but useless against the sexually transmitted disease.

Spanish Parliament Debates No Confidence Vote On Caretaker Government

Tue, 08/30/2016 - 3:28pm

Spain could be facing its third election in a year if parliament passes a no-confidence motion in the country's caretaker government this week. Many Spaniards say they have already lost confidence in the country's entire political class.

Facebook Faces Trending News Problems After Firing Curators

Tue, 08/30/2016 - 3:28pm

On Friday, news site Quartz reported that Facebook fired its "news curators" and replaced them with algorithms to compile the news that ends up on Facebook's "Trending" news section. Many users took note when a fake article about Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly was trending.

European Commission Orders Apple To Pay $14.5 Billion In Taxes

Tue, 08/30/2016 - 3:28pm

European Union regulators on Tuesday said Apple must pay a tax bill of $14.5 billion on its European profits earned in Ireland. Lots of people are reacting, including the Irish finance minister, the White House and stock analysts.

Clemency Project Races To Prepare Thousands Of Applications For Review

Tue, 08/30/2016 - 3:28pm

NPR's Robert Siegel interviews Cynthia Roseberry, staff director of Clemency Project 2014, on the group's efforts to prepare thousands of clemency applications for review before President Obama leaves the White House.

Cannabis Growers Seek Blue Ribbons For Their Buds At Oregon's State Fair

Tue, 08/30/2016 - 3:28pm

This year, Oregon's legislature designated marijuana, which is legal there for recreational use, as a farm crop. It debuted among funnel cakes, livestock and zucchini this summer at the State Fair.

Italian Coast Guard Rescues More Than 6,000 Migrants In Mediterranean

Tue, 08/30/2016 - 3:28pm

Italy's coast guard rescued more than 6,000 migrants from scores of boats in the Mediterranean off the coast of Libya Tuesday. It was one of the largest rescues in a single day this year.

Apple Tax Ruling Presents Broader Implications For U.S. Companies

Tue, 08/30/2016 - 3:28pm

NPR's Ari Shapiro talks to Edward Kleinbard, professor of business and law at the University of Southern California, about the implications of the Apple tax ruling for U.S. companies in Europe.

Hotel Shortage Prompts Cubans To Host Tourists

Tue, 08/30/2016 - 3:28pm

As Cuba's once staunchly socialist government loosens state controls and American tourists pour into the island, the need for hotel rooms will skyrocket. Some Cubans are already taking advantage of opportunities for private enterprise.

Republicans Consider Lasting Impression Of Trump On Their Party

Tue, 08/30/2016 - 3:28pm

Republicans are debating whether — win or lose — Donald Trump has already altered the DNA of the Republican Party.

Mark And The Giant Peach: Orchard Owner Enters Guinness World Records

Tue, 08/30/2016 - 3:28pm

Last week, Mark Angermayer of Tubby Fruits Peach Orchard in Kansas City picked a "Lady Nancy" peach so big, he submitted it to Guinness World Records for the title of heaviest peach.

Economists Point Out Abnormalities As Housing Market Appears To Heal

Tue, 08/30/2016 - 3:28pm

It's been almost a decade since the worse housing crash since the Great Depression. And while the housing market has healed in some ways, in others it's far from normal. Single family home construction is rebounding from the trough, but still far below historical norms and the homeownership rate just keeps falling.

Air Force Chief Of Staff Describes Major Role In Fight Against ISIS

Tue, 08/30/2016 - 3:28pm

Gen. David Goldfein was sworn in about two months ago as the 21st Air Force chief of staff. NPR's Robert Siegel talks with Gen. Goldfein about the challenges faced by the Air Force in the fight against ISIS in Iraq and Syria.

In This 2005 Interview, Gene Wilder Explains How He Learned To Get Laughs

Tue, 08/30/2016 - 2:13pm

When he was 8, Wilder's mother had a heart attack and he took it upon himself to cheer her up. We'll listen back to a Fresh Air interview with the comic actor, who died Monday at age 83.

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