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5 Things To Know About Screen Time Right Now

Wed, 01/03/2018 - 5:03am

The latest research on kids and screens has bright spots and dark spots.

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Top Stories: Trump Taunts North Korean Leader; Key Vacancies At Justice Dept.

Wed, 01/03/2018 - 4:48am

Also: The head of the Mormon Church, Thomas Monson, dies; two Democrats will be sworn in today as U-S Senators; and the Powerball jackpot is worth $440 million.

Martins Retires From New York City Ballet Amid Misconduct Probe

Wed, 01/03/2018 - 4:03am

After accusations of sexual harassment and physical and verbal abuse, ballet leader Peter Martins has retired. Rachel Martin talks to Robin Pogrebens, who broke the story for The New York Times.

Trump Threatens To Withhold Aid To Palestinians

Wed, 01/03/2018 - 4:03am

Palestinians are facing uncertainty about whether they will receive American aid money, after President Trump suggested in a tweet that he may withhold payments.

Hatch To Retire. 'Salt Lake Tribune' Had Called On Him To Step Down

Wed, 01/03/2018 - 4:03am

Rachel Martin talks to George Pyle, editorial page editor for "The Salt Lake Tribune" about Utah Senator Orin Hatch's announcement on Tuesday that he won't seek re-election.

In Response To Protests, Iran Cuts Off Internet Access, Blocks Apps

Wed, 01/03/2018 - 4:03am

The anti-government protests are the biggest demonstrations since 2009. Ailsa Chang talks to Trita Parsi of the National Iranian American Council about the role technology is playing in the protests.

North Korea Agrees To Reopen Communications Line With South Korea

Wed, 01/03/2018 - 4:03am

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un reopened a long-closed border hotline with South Korea. North Korea wants to talk about the possibility of sending a delegation of athletes to the Olympics in Seoul.

Some Fear 'The Wire' Will Overshadow Showtime's 'The Chi'

Wed, 01/03/2018 - 4:03am

Showtime debuts a show created by Emmy-winning writer Lena Waithe, who is also an executive producer. It's a coming-of-age drama about a group of people living on Chicago's South Side.

W.Va. Officials Warn Of Increased Cases Of Human Trafficking

Wed, 01/03/2018 - 4:03am

Drug addiction in West Virginia may be causing an increase in sex trafficking. Sometimes family members traffic their children. Officials say the problem is under reported — making it tough to fight.

Congo's Catholic Cardinal: Crackdown On Protesters Is 'Barbarism'

Wed, 01/03/2018 - 4:03am

The head of the Roman Catholic Church in Congo has accused security forces of opening fire on innocent protesters. The U.N. says several people died in Sunday's demonstrations against the president.

Wave Of Unrest Spreads Across Iran

Wed, 01/03/2018 - 4:03am

As protests continue in Iran, the direction the country takes in response will be decided by the country's mix of contending leaders — with varying interests and public constituencies.

Morning News Brief

Wed, 01/03/2018 - 4:03am

Fusion GPS is calling on Congress to make its testimony public. During the 2016 election, the research firm put together what became known as the Steele dossier — a collection of unsubstantiated information about Donald Trump's ties to Russia. Plus, President Trump's tweets about North Korea and the Palestinians.

Terrell's World Marathon Challenge Raises Money For Mental Health

Wed, 01/03/2018 - 4:03am

David Greene talks to Jonathan Terrell about running seven marathons on seven continents in seven days to raise money for pediatric mental health.

Music Producer And Songwriter Rick Hall Dies At 85

Wed, 01/03/2018 - 4:03am

Rick Hall, known as the "Father of Muscle Shoals Music," died Tuesday. Hall founded FAME studios, which made Muscle Shoals, Ala., synonymous with southern sounds of soul and R&B.

2018 Administration Priority: Overhauling U.S. Trade Policy

Wed, 01/03/2018 - 4:03am

One of President Trump's top priorities for the new year is overhauling U.S. trade policy. Ailsa Chang talks to Wendy Cutler, a former deputy U.S. trade representative under President Obama.

How Germany Wins At Manufacturing — For Now

Wed, 01/03/2018 - 4:03am

Manufacturing accounts for 24 percent of the German economy. In the U.S., it's only 11 percent. What makes German manufacturing so strong and resilient?

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Senate Transforms With Arrival Of 2 New Democrats

Wed, 01/03/2018 - 4:01am

Alabama Democrat Doug Jones' win narrows the GOP's Senate majority to just 51-49, while Minnesota Democrat Tina Smith's appointment means there are a record 22 women now in the Senate.

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