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Beaver Knocks Over Holiday Decorations At Maryland Dollar General

Fri, 12/02/2016 - 6:08am

The sheriff's office in St. Mary's County says a beaver walked into the store, wandered into the Christmas section and knocked a few items over before being safely removed by animal control.

Chinese Company Begins Construction On Titanic Replica

Fri, 12/02/2016 - 5:23am

It's a full-sized copy of the ship that sank in 1912. Tourists can stay in reproduced first-class cabins and eat in the dining hall. This Titanic will be permanently docked in a landlocked province.

College Football Fans Soon Find Out Which Teams Made The Playoffs

Fri, 12/02/2016 - 4:20am

This is the conference championship weekend. The top teams will find out if they made the final-four playoff. The college playoff system is now in its third year.

Trump Takes A Victory Lap In Ohio; Names His Defense Secretary

Fri, 12/02/2016 - 4:20am

President-elect Donald Trump held his first rally since winning the election. In a boisterous speech, Trump announced his Defense secretary pick, and pledged to keep many of his campaign promises.

Austrians To Vote Again After May's Presidential Runoff Was Disallowed

Fri, 12/02/2016 - 4:20am

The race between a left-leaning independent and far-right populist is reverberating across the Europe, where many officials worry the outcome will further weaken their already fractured union.

Gen. James 'Mad Dog' Mattis Picked By Trump To Be Defense Secretary

Fri, 12/02/2016 - 4:20am

Steve Inskeep talks to retired Army Colonel Peter Mansoor about Donald Trump's pick of retired Marine Gen. James Mattis to head Defense. Mansoor says Mattis is a "Marines' Marine."

Movie Review: 'Jackie' Stars Natalie Portman As Jacqueline Kennedy

Fri, 12/02/2016 - 4:20am

A biopic about Jacqueline Kennedy opens on Friday, and centers on the aftermath of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Our reviewer says Jackie is a transporting and transfixing biopic.

Fidel Castro's Tightly Orchestrated Journey Draws Huge Crowds

Fri, 12/02/2016 - 4:20am

Fidel Castro's remains continue a cross-country, four-day tour of Cuba through a radically changed countryside. A military convoy is escorting the ex-leader's ashes through towns and cities.

Veterans Offer Relief To Protesters Of Dakota Access Pipeline

Fri, 12/02/2016 - 4:20am

Thousands of military veterans will descend on the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation this weekend to provide relief and supplies for demonstrators protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline.

State Department Keeps Up Effort To Win Information War Against ISIS

Fri, 12/02/2016 - 4:20am

Steve Inskeep talks to Under Secretary for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs Richard Stengel about the State Department's efforts to counter ISIS messaging and future challenges.

San Bernardino Attack: The Police View 1 Year Later

Fri, 12/02/2016 - 4:20am

Steve Inskeep talks to police chief Jarrod Burguan one year after a husband and wife team killed 14 people and injured 22 in a terrorist attack at the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino.

Trump Picks Retired Marine Corps Gen. Mattis As Defense Secretary

Fri, 12/02/2016 - 4:20am

At a rally in Cincinnati on Thursday night, Donald Trump said he would select retired Marine Corps Gen. James Mattis to lead the Defense Department, filling a key role in the incoming administration.

Jeff Koons Gives France A Giant Bouquet Of Flowers, But It Comes With A Price

Fri, 12/02/2016 - 4:20am

The work of art is meant to honor the victims of the November 2015 terrorist attacks. Construction is already underway on Bouquet of Tulips -- but not all Parisians are pleased with the gift.

Is Trump's Deal With Carrier A Form Of Crony Capitalism?

Fri, 12/02/2016 - 3:53am

Steve Inskeep talks with former Commerce Secretary Donald Evans and libertarian economist Tyler Cowen about the problems that arise when a president pressures individual companies to do his bidding.

Quran Exhibition Shines A Light On The Holy Books' Dedicated Artists

Fri, 12/02/2016 - 3:49am

The Smithsonian show isn't about the words of the Quran so much as the people who laboriously copied it, letter by letter. When they made a mistake, they fixed it with flourish — and sometimes gold.

New York Yankees Great Derek Jeter Finds Golf 'Frustrating'

Thu, 12/01/2016 - 6:17am

Retired baseball star Derek Jeter says he's addicted to the game of golf, and played the other day with Tiger Woods. Jeter says it is "probably the most frustrating thing" he's ever done.

In Make-A-Wish Request, Leukemia Patient Asks To Blow Stuff Up

Thu, 12/01/2016 - 5:23am

Luckily for the 12-year-old boy from Australia, the federal police like to blow things up. His two-day extravaganza included a mock-hostage crisis, and he got to blast through doors and brick walls.

Colombia Plane Ran Out Of Fuel Before It Crashed Near Medellin

Thu, 12/01/2016 - 4:09am

Authorities also released audio of the conversation between the pilot and the airport's communications tower during the doomed plane's final moments on Monday. Only six of 77 people aboard survived.

Ex-Defense Secretary Cohen On Foreign Policy Challenges Facing Trump

Thu, 12/01/2016 - 4:09am

Steve Inskeep talks to William Cohen, former Defense secretary under President Clinton, about the various security challenges the president-elect and his yet to be named Defense secretary might face.

S.C. Jury Deliberates Case Of Ex-Police Officer Who Killed Motorist

Thu, 12/01/2016 - 4:09am

Jurors in Charleston, S.C. are deliberating the fate of former police officer Michael Slager. He's accused of murder after shooting Walter Scott, an unarmed black man, as he fled after a traffic stop.

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