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South China Sea Dispute Dominates Obama's Asia Visit

Thu, 09/08/2016 - 4:07am

President Obama is wrapping up his trip to Asia. One issue that has gotten attention during his visit is the dispute over the South China Sea. China has been increasingly laying claim to reefs and rocks there, building airstrips and hangers on them.

Analysts Keep An Eye On Mmusi Maimane, A Political Star In South Africa

Thu, 09/08/2016 - 4:07am

The African National Congress, long South Africa's ruling party, seems to be losing some of its grip on the nation. And there's a new political star rising on the national stage.

Forum Presses Trump And Clinton On Voters' Key Concerns

Thu, 09/08/2016 - 4:07am

The first presidential debate is still more than two weeks away, but the candidates took questions in a forum focused on issues that would come before the commander-in-chief.

Coming To The App Store: Nintendo's New Game 'Super Mario Run'

Thu, 09/08/2016 - 4:07am

Super Mario is coming to the App Store. Apple CEO Tim Cook made the announcement at a product event Wednesday, and shares of Nintendo soared on the news.

Meat Industry Turns Florida's Feral Hogs Into Prime Pork

Thu, 09/08/2016 - 4:07am

Wild pigs are a problem in Florida. Hundreds of thousands are roaming the state and destroying scores of acres of fields and crops. There's an effort now to turn the pest into a profit.

How Florida's Changing Hispanic Population Will Effect The Election

Thu, 09/08/2016 - 4:07am

Florida is one of the most hotly contested battleground states this year, and one of the most diverse. Demographic changes in there reveal much of why it is such a big prize in the presidential race.

Mystery Running Mate Questions Inundate Independent Candidate

Thu, 09/08/2016 - 4:07am

There's confusion surrounding the vice presidential pick of independent candidate Evan McMullin. It appears the name he used as a placeholder will appear on ballots in some states.

Racial Slur In Air China Magazine Sparks Anger

Thu, 09/08/2016 - 4:07am

The inflight magazine for Air China has warned visitors to London to take precaution in neighborhoods with a lot of Pakistanis, Indians and blacks. British politicians are calling the travel tip deeply racist and demanding an apology.

Trump Doesn't Understand The Black Community, Strategist Says

Thu, 09/08/2016 - 4:07am

Renee Montagne talks to Ron Christie, former special assistant to President George W. Bush and chief executive of Christie Strategies, about Donald Trump's attempt to gain African-American votes

Much More Than A Five-Year Mission: 'Star Trek' Turns 50

Thu, 09/08/2016 - 3:58am

Star Trek debuted on TV in 1966, and Starship Enterprise is still seeking strange new worlds. Co-star George Takei credits creator Gene Roddenberry's inclusive vision for Trek's enduring popularity.

How A Dog In An MRI Scanner Is Like Your Grandma At A Disco

Thu, 09/08/2016 - 3:58am

To study dogs' brain activity, scientists had to train canines to hold absolutely still for eight minutes without restraint. But how do you get a dog to freeze that long inside a clanging MRI scanner?

NASA Mission To Retrieve Ancient Asteroid Dust Is Ready For Launch

Thu, 09/08/2016 - 3:57am

The mission aims to circle a hill-sized asteroid for two years, then skim its surface and bring a hearty sample of 4.5 billion-year-old dirt back to Earth.

Asteriod Named For Queen's Freddie Mercury

Wed, 09/07/2016 - 6:09am

The asteroid was spotted in 1999, the same year Mercury died at age 45. It was dedicated in honor of what would have been Mercury's 70th birthday. Official designation: Asteroid 17473 Freddiemercury.

Londoners Reenact Great Fire Of 1666

Wed, 09/07/2016 - 6:00am

For the 350th anniversary of the fire, participants torched a wooden replica of historic buildings. People recovered from the Great Fire — rebuilding St. Paul's Cathedral as it stands today.

Syrian Government Accused Of Using Chlorine Gas On Civilians

Wed, 09/07/2016 - 4:07am

The bombs were dropped on a rebel-held neighborhood of Aleppo. It is the second chlorine attack in the past month. Weaponized chlorine is banned under international treaties.

88 Former Military Leaders Come Out In Support Of Donald Trump

Wed, 09/07/2016 - 4:07am

In an open letter, they said they believed America needs a leader who has not been deeply involved with the hollowing out of our military. Steve Inskeep talk to retired Rear Admiral Philip Anselmo.

Retitred Gen. Lloyd Newton Endorses Hillary Clinton For President

Wed, 09/07/2016 - 4:07am

Retired Air Force Gen. Lloyd Newton is a registered independent who is announcing his endorsement of Clinton on Morning Edition. He weighs in on the national security speech she delivered in Tampa.

Trump's Campaign Message Focuses On Clinton's Private Email Server

Wed, 09/07/2016 - 4:07am

Donald Trump campaigned in Greensboro, North Carolina, Tuesday night and discussed the latest revelations involving Hillary Clinton's private email system from her time as secretary of State.

Clinton Pushes Beyond Sound Bites To Get Her Message Out

Wed, 09/07/2016 - 4:07am

Aside from attacking Donald Trump while campaigning, Hillary Clinton is making her pitch to be president with a relatively large volume of policy plans that don't make for snappy sound bites.

Beach Season Winds Down, But Burkini Debate Rages On In France

Wed, 09/07/2016 - 4:07am

Controversy in France over bans on the full body covering swim suit, dubbed the burkini, has moved from the beaches and into the French presidential campaign.

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