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Paul Simon On 'Stranger To Stranger' And Why You Can Call Him Al (Again)

Fri, 06/03/2016 - 3:39am

On his new album, Simon remains clever and biting, even when touching on difficult topics — some of them close to home.

Navigating Life, And Relationships, After A Jail Sentence

Fri, 06/03/2016 - 3:16am

Jamal Faison spent eight months in New York City's Rikers Island jail complex. Now, he struggles to rebuild his life and his view of himself.

Kids Use Water Guns To Save South Dakota Man From Fire

Thu, 06/02/2016 - 5:38am

Kids were playing with water guns near an apartment building when they smelled smoke. Flames were crawling up the deck belonging to a homebound man on oxygen. Flames were out before firemen arrived.

Shaquille O'Neal Goes Undercover As A Lyft Driver

Thu, 06/02/2016 - 5:22am

In Atlanta, former Los Angeles Lakers star Shaq disguised himself so it would be hard to recognize him as a Lyft driver. It's been a slam dunk of a promotion for the ride-sharing company.

National Park Enlists Predator Beetle To Stop Hemlock-Killing Insect

Thu, 06/02/2016 - 4:04am

The forests at Great Smoky Mountains National Park are sick, infected by invasive bugs and plants. The park's vegetation crew is like the nursing staff, protecting native plants and treating trees.

After 'Fargo' Noah Hawley Writes 'Before The Fall'

Thu, 06/02/2016 - 4:04am

David Greene talks with Noah Hawley, the creator of TV's Fargo, about his novel Before the Fall. It's rooted in what Hawley views as a very real human desire to create narratives to explain tragedies.

After Decades In The Senate, McConnell Learns To Play 'The Long Game'

Thu, 06/02/2016 - 4:04am

Mitch McConnell has been a U.S. senator since 1984. The Long Game is the behind-the-scenes memoir of a man famous for his discretion. Steve Inskeep talks to McConnell about the Senate and his book.

Hoping To Put Negative Press Behind Him, Trump Hits Campaign Trail

Thu, 06/02/2016 - 4:04am

Under fire for his delayed donations to veterans' groups and recently exposed practices at Trump University, Donald Trump was on the campaign trail in Sacramento, Calif., Wednesday night.

New Jerseyans Chew Over What To Call Their Favorite Pork Product

Thu, 06/02/2016 - 4:04am

In North Jersey, it's called Taylor Ham and in South Jersey, it's pork roll. The governor and legislature are taking sides. Even President Obama brought it up during a visit to the Garden State.

Authorities Find 40 Dead Tiger Cubs In Freezer At Thai Buddhist Temple

Thu, 06/02/2016 - 4:04am

Authorities are removing the last of more than 100 live tigers from a temple west of Bangkok. The day before, they made a grisly discovery of 40 tiger cub carcasses in a freezer there.

Trump Takes On Media For Questioning His Fundraising Efforts For Veterans

Thu, 06/02/2016 - 4:04am

What raised Trump's hackles this time was questions from The Washington Post about whether he had actually raised — and distributed — $6 million for veterans' causes, as he'd been claiming for months.

Supporters Encourage David French To Run In A Third-Party Campaign

Thu, 06/02/2016 - 4:04am

Republicans disgruntled with Donald Trump have been talking about a third-party candidate. Lawyer and Iraq war veteran David French could be their guy. He is a staff writer at the National Review.

After 4 Years, Aid Convoy Reaches Besieged Damascus Suburb Of Daraya

Thu, 06/02/2016 - 4:04am

After Daraya was taken over by rebels, Syrian government forces blocked off the city — bombing it regularly. Ailsa Chang talks to Pawel Krzysiek, of the International Committee of the Red Cross.

Clinton To Tout Her Foreign Policy Experience In California Speech

Thu, 06/02/2016 - 4:04am

David Greene talks to Michele Flournoy, a former undersecretary of Defense in the Obama administration, about the themes Hillary Clinton may address in her speech.

In Egypt's Broad Crackdown, Prominent Journalists Are Now Facing Trial

Thu, 06/02/2016 - 3:41am

The journalists' union has battled the government for decades. But journalists say the current period is the worst they can recall, with three top members of the union facing trial on Saturday.

Under U.S. Air Cover, Afghan Commandos Chase The Elusive Taliban

Thu, 06/02/2016 - 3:39am

Afghan commandos, supported by U.S. special operations forces, launched a raid into a village contested by the Taliban. The raid permitted an aid convoy to make progress after nearly a month.

New Rules To Ban Payday Lending 'Debt Traps'

Wed, 06/01/2016 - 11:01pm

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau on Thursday is announcing proposed regulations which aim to stop some predatory lending practices.

Abandoned Flinstone-Style Car Gets A New Owner

Wed, 06/01/2016 - 6:07am

The prop from a past festival in Key West, Fla., had been illegally parked for six months, and was set to be destroyed. A women's club has agreed to take ownership and use it for fundraisers.

Dallas Construction Signs Display Unusual Messages

Wed, 06/01/2016 - 5:18am

Hackers apparently took over the portable electric signs being used on Interstate 30. Which is why commuters saw messages declaring: "Work is canceled. Go back home" and "Party Hardy."

Trump Calls A Press Conference — To Bash The Press

Wed, 06/01/2016 - 4:07am

Challenged about his fundraising for veterans, Donald Trump detailed $5.6 million he says he's delivered. But the larger message was his ongoing assault on the media, which resonates with his base.

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