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Right Won Over Wrong In Alabama, Perez Says

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 7:34am

Steve Inskeep talks to Chairman of the Democratic National Committee Tom Perez about Democrat Doug Jones' victory over Republican Roy Moore in Tuesday's special Senate election in Alabama.

Categories: Syndicated

Fossils In New Zealand Reveal Penguins Used To Be Bigger

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 6:42am

The largest emperor penguins today stand less than 4 feet. Fossils show a prehistoric penguin weighed about 220 pounds and was a bit shorter than 6 feet in height.

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Tillerson Makes A N. Korea Overture, But It Highlights His Credibility Problem

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 6:23am

The secretary of state says the U.S. would be willing to engage North Korea "without preconditions." But he's signaled support for talks before, only to be publicly rebuked by the president.

(Image credit: Susan Walsh/AP)

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2-Year-Old Twins Are Big Philadelphia Eagles Fans

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 6:05am

Like most sports teams, the Eagles have a fight song. Listening to a baby monitor, parents of the twins were surprised to hear them singing the song from their cribs.

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Japan's Babe Ruth Is The Latest Japanese Player To Sign With MLB Team

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 5:04am

NPR's Mary Louise Kelly talks to Gemma Kaneko, a writer and editor with MLB.com's Cut Four, about the history of Japanese baseball players in Major League Baseball.

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Alabama Upset: Democrat Doug Jones Beats Roy Moore In Senate Race

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 5:04am

The Republican Senate majority shrinks to one seat after a race tainted by sexual assault allegations. President Trump, who backed Moore, congratulated Jones. Moore has not yet conceded the race.

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Kansas' 2012 Tax Cut Experiment Could Serve As A Cautionary Tale

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 5:04am

People in Kansas are struggling to recover from the state's experiment with deep tax cuts. What happened in Kansas is similar in many ways to what Congress is attempting to do on a national level.

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Remarkable Win Sends Democratic Candidate To U.S. Senate

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 5:04am

Democrat Doug Jones overcame tough odds to win the special election in the very red state of Alabama. He beat Republican Roy Moore to fill the Senate seat vacated by Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

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Firefighters Battle The 5th Largest Blaze In California's History

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 5:04am

Firefighters in California are making progress containing the enormous Thomas fire near Santa Barbara, but fear even one flying ember could send them back to where they were.

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Alabama Sends The First Democrat To The U.S. Senate In 25 Years

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 5:04am

Rachel Martin talks to John Archibald, a columnist for the Alabama Media Group, about Doug Jones' win and a possible recount called for by Republican Roy Moore.

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Europe Complicit In Libyan Migrant Abuses, Human Rights Group Says

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 5:04am

Amnesty International says European governments are complicit in the abuse of tens of thousands of refugees and migrants it says are detained in bad conditions by Libya's immigration authorities.

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Ask Cokie: Questions On U.S. Recognizing Jerusalem As Israel's Capital

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 5:04am

Commentator and columnist Cokie Roberts takes listener questions on the history of U.S. policy regarding the status of Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

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News Brief: Democrat Doug Jones Wins Alabama's Special Election

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 5:04am

Doug Jones beat Republican Roy Moore, who faced sexual misconduct allegations, to become the next U.S. senator from Alabama. Jones is the first Democrat elected to the Senate from Alabama since 1992.

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Down Syndrome Families Divided Over Abortion Ban

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 5:03am

An Ohio bill would ban abortions after a Down syndrome diagnosis. It's become a divisive issue in the community, much like it is everywhere else.

(Image credit: Sarah McCammon/NPR)

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Showstopping Holiday Desserts For Home Cooks Of All Skill Levels

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 5:02am

Want to take your homemade treats to the next level? We've got three recipes to put warmth, color and a little wow on your holiday table from chef Yotam Ottolenghi.

(Image credit: Peden + Munk)

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Amber-Trapped Tick Suggests Ancient Bloodsuckers Feasted On Feathered Dinosaurs

Tue, 12/12/2017 - 11:01am

The tick was with a feather from a dinosaur that lived in the Cretaceous Period. Modern ticks love to bite mammals, and scientists have long wondered what the tiny vampires ate millions of years ago.

(Image credit: Peñalver et al/Nature Communications)

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Edwin Lee, San Francisco's First Asian-American Mayor, Dies At 65

Tue, 12/12/2017 - 7:37am

Mayor Edwin Lee was not known to be ill; he reportedly died at a San Francisco hospital in the early hours of Tuesday morning. Lee had been in office since 2012.

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Investigators Probe Explosion In New York City Pedestrian Tunnel

Tue, 12/12/2017 - 7:28am

Several people were injured when a man detonated what's being called a "low-tech" explosive device. Police are calling it an attempted terror attack, and the alleged bomber is in custody.

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Voters Will Decide Closely Watched Alabama Senate Race

Tue, 12/12/2017 - 7:27am

GOP nominee Roy Moore, who defeated incumbent GOP Sen. Luther Strange in the primary, faces off against Democrat Doug Jones. The seat was vacated by Sen. Jeff Sessions who became attorney general.

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Australian Town Misses Its Sesquicentennial By 3 Years

Tue, 12/12/2017 - 6:37am

Charleville was preparing to celebrate its 150th anniversary next year. Researchers wanted to know which day the town was founded in 1868. The answer? It was not 1868. It was in 1865.

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