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Alexa Is Right Up There With Mom, Dad And Cat

Thu, 10/18/2018 - 5:33am

CNN business editor Samantha Murphy Kelly writes that her son's early vocabulary may be a sign of the times. He mastered "mom," "dad" and "cat." The fourth word he recognized? "Alexa."

What Do You Get A Nobel Prize Winner? It's Hard To Find A Perfect Gift

Thu, 10/18/2018 - 5:10am

The University of Missouri was deciding how to honor George Smith, who shared the 2018 Nobel in chemistry. Some schools designate parking spots but Smith bikes. He now has his own spot in a bike rack.

As Midterms Approach, Facebook Ramps Up Disinformation Fight

Thu, 10/18/2018 - 4:03am

Facebook gave journalists a tour of a new command center dedicated to fighting disinformation ahead of the 2018 midterm elections. Will it make a difference?

Trump Says A Vote For GOP Midterm Candidates Is A Vote For Him

Thu, 10/18/2018 - 4:03am

President Trump said "no" when asked if he'd bear any responsibility if the Democrats win the House in November. But on the campaign trail he's been telling voters the election is all about him.

Saudi Arabia Must Be Held Accountable, Sen. Murphy Says

Thu, 10/18/2018 - 4:03am

Noel King talks to Democratic Sen. Chris Murphy of Connecticut about his calls for the U.S. to hold the Saudi government accountable following claims it was involved in a journalist's disappearance.

FCC Chastises Cellphone Carriers Slow To Restore Service In Florida

Thu, 10/18/2018 - 4:03am

More than a week after Hurricane Michael hit the Florida panhandle, some residents still don't have cellphone service. Verizon has struggled with damage to its fiber optic cables.

Meeting In Brussels, EU and U.K. Are At A Standstill Over Brexit

Thu, 10/18/2018 - 4:03am

Noel King talks to Alexander Stubb, an ex-Finnish prime minister, who is in the running to be the next president of the European Commission, which would put him at the center of Brexit negotiations.

Melissa McCarthy Plays A Literary Forger In 'Can You Ever Forgive Me?'

Thu, 10/18/2018 - 4:03am

David Greene talks to Melissa McCarthy, who stars as celebrity biographer Lee Israel. When Israel fell out of step with her publisher and couldn't keep a job, she turned to forging celebrity letters.

Ahead Of Presidential Election, Pink Floyd's Roger Waters Divides Brazil

Thu, 10/18/2018 - 4:03am

Amid rising political tensions, veteran rocker Roger Waters is using his tour to urge Brazilians not to vote for the far-right presidential candidate — prompting confrontations between fans.

Geological Teams Try To Determine The Future Of Storm-Affected Communities

Thu, 10/18/2018 - 4:03am

Researchers from the U.S. Geological Survey are on the ground in Florida looking for the high water marks of Hurricane Michael. FEMA uses these maps to determine who is eligible for what kind of aid.

Will Kavanaugh Controversy Play A Role In Arizona Senate Race?

Thu, 10/18/2018 - 4:03am

Arizona has one of the most hard fought 2018 Senate races. Democrats need to flip the seat if they have any chance to win a majority. The GOP is energized following Justice Kavanaugh's confirmation.

European Leaders Gather In Brussels Keep To Work On A Brexit Deal

Thu, 10/18/2018 - 4:03am

Talks between Britain and the rest of the EU over Brexit appear to be at stalemate over the issue of Northern Ireland's border. There are only six months to go before the U.K. leaves the EU.

The Voice Of Big Bird And Oscar The Grouch To Retire

Thu, 10/18/2018 - 4:03am

Big Bird is retiring. More precisely — puppeteer Caroll Spinney — the voice behind and the man inside Big Bird is retiring after nearly 50 years on Sesame Street. He also voiced Oscar the Grouch.

Morning News Brief

Thu, 10/18/2018 - 4:03am

The Washington Post publishes the last column of a missing Saudi journalist. Voting is underway in 20 states ahead of midterms. Brexit talks between Britain and the EU appear to be at a stalemate.

VA Struggles To Reach Other-Than-Honorable-Discharge Vets In Need Of Help

Thu, 10/18/2018 - 4:02am

VA says 115 vets with other-than-honorable discharges received mental health care last year under a new program. Veterans advocates say it's a tiny fraction of such vets who need help.

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Why Public Service Loan Forgiveness Is So Unforgiving

Wed, 10/17/2018 - 8:27am

Ninety-nine percent of applications for Public Service Loan Forgiveness have been denied. A former student loan watchdog saw it coming.

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With Deadline Looming, Brexit Negotiations Once Again Are Stalled

Wed, 10/17/2018 - 6:24am

EU leaders are gathering in Brussels on what is supposed to be the deadline for a deal to ease the U.K. out of the bloc next March. Plans to unveil a draft declaration have been scrapped.

Trump Again Defends Saudi Government In Khashoggi's Disappearance

Wed, 10/17/2018 - 6:15am

Steve Inskeep talks to Washington Post columnist David Ignatius, who says the U.S. needs to hold Saudi Arabia accountable for the facts in the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

For A Price, Tourists Can Attend An Authentic Indian Wedding

Wed, 10/17/2018 - 5:58am

CNBC reports a company called Join My Wedding allows strangers to pay for a ticket to a wedding, and then get instructions on how to dress and what to do. Some proceeds go to the bride a groom.

3 Generations Of Liverpool Family Share Oct. 6 Birthday

Wed, 10/17/2018 - 4:55am

Over the weekend, Christopher Pavloski was born. He arrived on Oct. 6, the same date as his father and his grandfather. A BBC statistician puts the odds at 1 in 130,000.

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