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Here's What You Need To Know About Germany's Election

Thu, 09/21/2017 - 6:01am

Chancellor Angela Merkel looks set to return for a fourth term as Germans head to the polls Sunday. But who her coalition partners will be, and how influential a far-right party will be, are unclear.

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In 'The Twelve-Mile Straight,' Characters Are Symbols First, People Second

Thu, 09/21/2017 - 6:01am

Eleanor Henderson's novel, set in 1930s Georgia, seeks to portray a time when "slavery was over, but not past," says our reviewer. But a lack of nuance keeps its characters from emerging as individuals.

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At Duke University, A Bizarre Tour Through American History And Palates

Thu, 09/21/2017 - 6:00am

Through the Rubenstein Test Kitchen project, librarians and staff re-create historical recipes from thousands of cookbooks in the collections. Some dishes are culturally telling ... and comical.

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Portugal Has a Pigeon Population Problem

Thu, 09/21/2017 - 5:43am

Officials there reportedly are trying to be as nice as they can about reducing their numbers. They've built a hotel for birds. The plan: lure the pigeons there to nest, and then steal their eggs.

NFL Lineman Says He Was Losing Too Much Weight

Thu, 09/21/2017 - 5:34am

Offensive lineman Trent Williams likes his playing weight to be around 320 pounds. When he went vegan, he kept losing weight. Williams says as a lineman, you have to have "some type of girth to you."

Oklahoma City Police Fatally Shoot Deaf Man Despite Yells Of 'He Can't Hear You'

Thu, 09/21/2017 - 4:31am

The police department's spokesperson said he didn't know if officers heard witnesses yelling that the man was deaf and couldn't hear the officers' commands.

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Researchers Examine Links Between Academic Performance And Food Stamps

Thu, 09/21/2017 - 4:04am

South Carolina researchers have drawn a connection between low-income students' poor performance on math tests and the time of month when their families run low on food stamps.

At the U.N., Secretary Tillerson Meets His Iranian Counterpart

Thu, 09/21/2017 - 4:04am

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and the Iranian foreign minister met for the first time on Wednesday. The U.N. is focused on posturing from the two sides over the two-year-old nuclear deal.

Parents Wait To Hear About Their Child's Fate After School Collapse In Mexico

Thu, 09/21/2017 - 4:04am

Rescuer workers are working around the clock searching for survivors under crushed buildings in Mexico. Tuesday's earthquake claimed more than 200 lives and injured more than a thousand people.

Democratic Voters Are Skeptical Of Any Immigration Deal With Trump

Thu, 09/21/2017 - 4:04am

Negotiations between Democratic congressional leaders and President Trump over the fate of the DACA program is being met with skepticism by democratic voters and immigration activists in New York. Some say Democrats should be wary of any agreement reached with a president whose own rhetoric often vilifies immigrants.

Putting Afghan President Ghani's Comments In Context

Thu, 09/21/2017 - 4:04am

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani laid out a specific goal — having his security forces control 80 percent of the country in four years. Is that doable?

Afghan President Is In Favor Of Trump's Strategy To End The War

Thu, 09/21/2017 - 4:04am

President Trump announced that his administration will take a new approach toward U.S. military engagement in Afghanistan. Mary Louise Kelly talks to Afghan President Ashraf Ghani about the plan.

After 'Little Miss Sunshine,' 'Battle Of The Sexes' Takes Center Court

Thu, 09/21/2017 - 4:04am

Directors Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris had a hit with the quirky comedy Little Miss Sunshine. David Greene talks to the husband and wife team about their new movie: Battle of the Sexes.

Earthquake Hits Mexican State Of Morelos Hard

Thu, 09/21/2017 - 4:04am

A large number of those killed are in central Morelos state. Unlike the capital city where thousands of volunteers are helping to rescue survivors, there is far less help in Morelos and far more dead.

SEC Reveals It Was Hacked Last Year

Thu, 09/21/2017 - 4:04am

The Securities and Exchange Commission says someone breached a major data base last year. And they say information accessed in the hacking may have been used for illicit stock trades.

After Inflicting Major Damage, Maria Moves Away From Puerto Rico

Thu, 09/21/2017 - 4:04am

David Greene talks to Jenniffer González-Colón, Puerto Rico's resident commissioner — the island's representative in Congress, about the problems Hurricane Maria created.

Manafort Offered 'Private Briefings' To Putin Ally, 'Washington Post' Reports

Thu, 09/21/2017 - 4:04am

Mary Louise Kelly talks to Carol Leonnig, one of paper's reporters, who broke a story about ex-Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort offering insider details about the presidential race to a Russian.

Morning News Brief: Natural Disasters Strike Mexico And Puerto Rico

Thu, 09/21/2017 - 4:04am

Assessments of the damage and deaths caused by Mexico's earthquake and Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. A vote on the GOP's latest attempt to gut the Affordable Care Act could come soon. And, President Trump will meet with his Afghan counterpart.

Equifax Breach Puts Credit Bureaus' Oversight In Question

Thu, 09/21/2017 - 4:02am

The day that Equifax said millions of Americans' personal information had been exposed, lawmakers were considering legislation the industry favored. Now, some are calling for tougher regulation.

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Women With Opioid Addiction Live With Daily Fear Of Assault, Rape

Thu, 09/21/2017 - 4:01am

Such attacks among women and some men with an opioid addiction often go unreported because the victims fear retaliation from drug dealers or charges from police.

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