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Why Isn't The Second Season Of 'True Detective' More Surprising?

Fri, 06/19/2015 - 4:03am

HBO's True Detective returns for its second season on Sunday. It has a new cast, setting and story. Our TV critic says the new episodes should have retained a bit more of what worked from last season.

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Justices: Governments Get More Say On License Plates, Less On Road Signs

Fri, 06/19/2015 - 4:03am

The Supreme Court has made it much more difficult for governments at every level to regulate signs. And in a separate decision, the court gave states free rein over what may be put on license plates.

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Researcher Sees Gradual Movement On Issue Of Paid Parental Leave

Fri, 06/19/2015 - 4:03am

The U.S. is the world's only developed country that doesn't mandate paid parental leave. Renee Montagne asks Jane Waldfogel of Columbia University about why the U.S. is reluctant to add the benefit.

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U.S. Diplomats To Hold Talks With Their Chinese Counterparts Next Week

Fri, 06/19/2015 - 4:03am

Steve Inskeep talks to Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Daniel Russel about the U.S. relationship with China on cybersecurity, the South China Sea and global trade.

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Remembering 3 Victims Of The Charleston Church Massacre

Fri, 06/19/2015 - 4:03am

Morning Edition remembers three of the victims of the Charleston shooting tragedy Wednesday night. One victim was Cynthia Hurd, who for 31 years worked for the Charleston County Public Library system.

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Charleston Pulls Together After Tragic Church Shooting

Fri, 06/19/2015 - 4:03am

As the South Carolina city grieves, Steve Inskeep talks to Pastor Thomas Dixon, who is a community activist and president of the Carolina Alliance for Fair Employment.

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How A Tax On Chicken Changed The Playing Field For U.S. Automakers

Fri, 06/19/2015 - 4:03am

German families in the 60s loved cheap American-raised chicken. And Americans loved cheap VW Beetles. We hear how a trade dispute over frozen chicken parts changed the American auto industry.

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Denmark Vesey And The History Of Charleston's Emanuel AME Church

Fri, 06/19/2015 - 4:03am

Renee Montagne talks to historian Douglas Egerton about Denmark Vesey, a former slave and one of the founders of Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, S.C., where 9 people were shot to death Wednesday.

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Pope Makes Climate Change An Issue For GOP Presidential Candidates

Fri, 06/19/2015 - 4:03am

Pope Francis made headlines around the world with his encyclical calling for action on climate change. In the U.S., that's put Republican presidential candidates on the defensive.

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Family Knew Slain Charleston Pastor Would Lead A Consequential Life

Fri, 06/19/2015 - 4:03am

Rev. Clementa Pinckney was devoted to public service. He was a state senator and champion of civil rights. Those who knew him say he was a natural leader, whether in politics or in the church.

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DNA Tracking Of Ivory Helps Biologists Find Poaching Hotspots

Fri, 06/19/2015 - 4:03am

To stop elephant slaughter in Africa, zoologist Sam Wasser spent years extracting DNA from elephant dung and tissue. Much of the world's poached ivory, he discovered, comes from just three places.

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What We Know About The Charleston Church Shooting

Thu, 06/18/2015 - 11:25am

Steve Inskeep and Renee Montagne offer a wrap-up of what we know, as of Thursday morning, about the church shooting in Charleston, S.C., that left 9 people dead on Wednesday night.

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Local Official: Charleston Residents Somber In Wake Of 'Unthinkable' Shooting

Thu, 06/18/2015 - 11:25am

For the latest on how Charleston, S.C., residents are reacting to the shooting at a local church, which killed nine people, Renee Montagne speaks with Charleston County Council member Henry Darby.

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Authorities Arrest Suspect in South Carolina Church Shooting

Thu, 06/18/2015 - 11:24am

Police say they have arrested Dylann Roof, the 21-year-old suspect, in Shelby, N.C. Robert Costa of The Washington Post joins Renee Montagne to offer the latest on the investigation.

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Authorities Search For Suspect Who Killed 9 At S.C. Church

Thu, 06/18/2015 - 6:40am

A manhunt is underway in Charleston, S.C., for a man police suspect opened fire and killed nine people during a prayer meeting at one of city's oldest historically black churches Wednesday evening.

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Swiss Ambassador Wants Diplomatic Immunity From Golf Balls

Thu, 06/18/2015 - 6:05am

The Swiss ambassador to Venezuela lives near a golf course. He says if a golf ball flies into the residence it could violate the Vienna Convention, which assures diplomats can work without harassment.

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University Gives Texters Their Own Slow Lane

Thu, 06/18/2015 - 5:44am

Walking and texting was creating a problem at Utah Valley University. The school came up with a fix: It marked a slow lane on one of its stairwells just for students who are glued to their screens.

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9 Die In Charleston, S.C. Church Shooting

Thu, 06/18/2015 - 4:08am

Eight people were found shot to death at Emanuel AME Church in downtown Charleston, S.C. Another person died at a hospital. Authorities are searching for the suspect.

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FCC Fines AT&T For False Data Plan Promises

Thu, 06/18/2015 - 4:08am

Wireless carrier AT&T got hit with a $100 million fine — the largest ever proposed by regulators at the FCC. The company is accused of falsely promising "unlimited" data plans, which it disputes.

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Probe Expands Into Prison Worker Charged With Helping Escapees

Thu, 06/18/2015 - 4:08am

Investigators have revealed more details in their case against Joyce Mitchell, the civilian employee accused of helping two convicted murderers escape from Clinton Correctional Facility in New York.

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