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Top Stories: Apple Told To Pay Irish Back Taxes; Deaths Of Kremlin Critics

Tue, 08/30/2016 - 7:41am

Also: The status of the trade talks between the U.S. and the E.U. are unclear; there are primary elections in Arizona and Florida today; and somebody mysteriously stole 500 cows in New Zealand.

European Commission: Apple Owes Ireland $14.5 Billion In Taxes

Tue, 08/30/2016 - 6:43am

The ruling says Ireland gave the tech giant tax breaks that are illegal under European law. Ireland must recover that money, with interest, the commissioner says. Ireland and Apple say they'll appeal.

9 Senior Civil Servants Fired In Dubai After Sheikh's Spot Check

Tue, 08/30/2016 - 6:03am

Sheikh Mohammed was photographed standing beside empty desks which should have been occupied by high-ranking officials. The sheik is known for spot checks so they only have themselves to blame.

Apple Owes Ireland $14.5 Billion In Taxes, European Commission Says

Tue, 08/30/2016 - 6:02am

The EU Competition Commissioner says Ireland gave the tech giant tax breaks that are illegal under European law. Now Ireland must recover that money, with interest, the commissioner says.

Is Trump Flip-Flopping On Immigration? Yes Or No, It's Sure Been Confusing

Tue, 08/30/2016 - 6:00am

Ahead of a major immigration speech, it's not entirely clear what Trump's policies are. But maybe his voters just don't care.

Man Retrieves Friend's Cellphone From Portable Toilet

Tue, 08/30/2016 - 5:19am

In Norway, a guy climbed inside a portable toilet to rescue a friend's cellphone. He got stuck down there and firefighters had to use a saw to rescue him — but he got the phone.

Researchers Test The Effects Of Background Music On People

Tue, 08/30/2016 - 4:02am

Despite being aware that the background music on a documentary about sharks was manipulating them, viewers found they were unable to keep the music from producing a sense of upliftment or of menace.

How President Trump Or President Clinton Might Deal With ISIS

Tue, 08/30/2016 - 4:02am

NPR and member stations are examining how presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump view America's role in the world. The project is called A Nation Engaged. David Greene talks to Pulitzer Prize-winning author Joby Warrick about what the candidates will face when it comes to ISIS, and as president, what they might do.

Opioid Epidemic Moves Police To Help Rather Than Arrest Drug Users

Tue, 08/30/2016 - 4:02am

Many police departments are trying various strategies to help people get into drug treatment rather than arrest them. Over the past year, police in Gloucester, Mass., started an Angel Program.

Gene Wilder Dies From Complications Of Alzheimer's At Age 83

Tue, 08/30/2016 - 4:02am

Wilder played neurotic, funny and emotional characters in some of the classic movies of the 1960s, 70s and 80s — including The Producers, Blazing Saddles, Young Frankenstein and Silver Streak.

Piano Waiting To Be Played Creates A Good Vibe

Tue, 08/30/2016 - 4:02am

A piano ready for the scrap heap gets one last chance to entertain people in Columbia, Mo. As part of our summer series "The World's a Stage," we find out who's playing it.

New FAA Rules Allow More Commercial Drones In The Air

Tue, 08/30/2016 - 4:02am

Federal officials implemented rules to allow for commercial operations of the small, unmanned aircraft. The rules will also impact on how the media can use drones in news and documentary coverage.

Reporting From Egypt On The Day 'There Was A Rip In The Fabric Of Society'

Tue, 08/30/2016 - 4:02am

NPR's Leila Fadel has been reporting from Cairo for more than five years. She looks back on that time — from the optimism she arrived with to the massacre that tore Egyptian society apart.

Baby Simulator Doesn't Deter Teenage Pregnancies, Study Indicates

Tue, 08/30/2016 - 4:02am

A study in "The Lancet" medical journal shows a teenage pregnancy prevention program involving a baby simulator did not appear to have any long-term effect on reducing the risk of teenage pregnancy. Renee Montagne talks to Sally Brinkman, lead author of the decade-long study that followed 2,800 teens.

When A Screening Test For Colon Cancer Leads To A Pricey Follow-Up

Tue, 08/30/2016 - 4:00am

Most screening tests for colon cancer are covered by insurance. But if the results are positive, patients may require a diagnostic colonoscopy that may not be fully paid for by insurance.

Incumbents Poised For Big Wins Despite All The Attention On Outsiders

Tue, 08/30/2016 - 4:00am

Republican Sens. John McCain of Arizona and Marco Rubio of Florida are favored to win their GOP primaries on Tuesday. So is Democrat Debbie Wasserman Schultz despite angry opposition.

A Museum With Nearly 300 Brass Horns: You've Gotta See It Tuba-lieve It

Tue, 08/30/2016 - 3:58am

Vincent Simonetti started playing tuba in high school in the 1950s. It was love at first puff. Now he and his wife, Ethel, have filled a house in Durham, N.C., with tubas for the public to tour.

Surfers And Scientists Team Up To Create The 'Perfect Wave'

Tue, 08/30/2016 - 3:50am

Surfers once deemed man-made waves weak and mushy compared to the best that break along the coast. Then engineers and an 11-time world champion surfer showed just how good an artificial wave can be.

Groups Worry About Impact Of Police Moves To Block Social Media

Tue, 08/30/2016 - 3:47am

As police find themselves in encounters that are posted live — including video — they sometimes want to pull the social media plug. But activists say this threatens to censor an electronic witness.

The Curious Deaths Of Kremlin Critics

Tue, 08/30/2016 - 3:46am

Opponents of Russian President Vladimir Putin and former colleagues who have fallen from favor seem to be dying at an unusual rate. Russia-watchers believe the deaths are not random.




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