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Tens Of Thousands Of Vehicles Destroyed In Recent Louisiana Floods

Tue, 09/06/2016 - 4:02am

Most of the roads in South Louisiana are now open. Towing companies are going gangbusters because neighborhoods flooded by the recent rain storms are now littered with damaged cars and trucks.

Congress Returns From Recess But What Can Be Accomplished Before Election Day?

Tue, 09/06/2016 - 4:02am

Congress returns to Washington after a long summer recess. Lawmakers are scheduled to spend the month of September on a very short to-do list before November's general election.

Why Drunk Driving Laws Don't Translate To Driving While Stoned

Tue, 09/06/2016 - 4:02am

Five states are set to vote on legalizing recreational marijuana. Police are worried about how to monitor who is driving while high. Drivers are worried about how to know if they're too high to drive.

Police De-Escalation Techniques Validated In New Jersey County

Tue, 09/06/2016 - 4:02am

Police across the U.S. are re-thinking how they should use force. In Camden County, New Jersey, officers used so-called de-escalation tactics to disarm a man with a knife.

Obama Visits Laos; Cancels Bilateral Meeting With Philippine President

Tue, 09/06/2016 - 4:02am

President Obama made history Tuesday — as the first sitting U.S. president to visit the Southeast Asian nation of Laos. He'll use the visit to talk about U.S. foreign policy with regards to Asia.

From Homemade Weapons To Inmate Art, An Inside Look At Life Behind Bars

Tue, 09/06/2016 - 3:44am

The Texas Prison Museum displays wooden guns that look real, shanks made from spoons and a chess set carved from soap. The item that gets the most attention? An electric chair nicknamed Old Sparky.

Idea For 'Gentleman In Moscow' Came From Many Nights In Luxury Hotels

Tue, 09/06/2016 - 3:43am

During the 20 years he worked for an investment firm, Amor Towles spent a lot of time in fancy hotels. His new novel follows a Russian aristocrat sentenced to house arrest at the Metropol in Moscow.

Police Are Hot On The Trail Of Ice Cream Thieves In Manhattan

Mon, 09/05/2016 - 9:26am

An apparent ring of thieves has made off with more than 1,200 pints and ice cream bars from delis and drug stores. The New York Times reports CVS used locks to try to keep the culprits out.

Thousand Islands, Two Tales: Who Really Invented That Dressing?

Mon, 09/05/2016 - 8:06am

The dressing, a mix of ketchup, mayo and some other stuff, is the subject of rival origin stories. One features a romantic billionaire, the other a Hollywood actress and a humble fishing guide.

Special Coverage: Analysis Of U.S.-China Relations And The G-20 Summit

Mon, 09/05/2016 - 7:59am

Renee Montagne and Steve Inskeep speak with Scott Horsley and Robert Daly of the Wilson Center about President Obama's visit to China for the G-20 Summit.

Special Coverge: After The G-20 Summit, Where Do U.S.-China Relations Stand?

Mon, 09/05/2016 - 5:59am

President Obama is in China for the G-20 summit. Steve Inskeep talks to Robert Daly, director of the Kissinger Institute on China and the United States at the Woodrow Wilson Center and Scott Horsley.

Preschool Suspensions Really Happen And That's Not Okay With Connecticut

Mon, 09/05/2016 - 5:23am

Connecticut has built a safety net that will send a child-behavior expert to any daycare or pre-K in the state that's having trouble with a disruptive child.

German Chancellor's Party Has Poor Showing In Her Home State Election

Mon, 09/05/2016 - 5:08am

Angela Merkel's approval ratings are plummeting over her government's disjointed refugee policy. Voter anger over the issue led to a stinging rebuke in the state where she has her political base.

Politics In The News: Election Campaigns Kick Into High Gear On Labor Day

Mon, 09/05/2016 - 5:08am

The Hillary Clinton camp went after Donald Trump for sticking to his hard-line immigration stance. Renee Montagne talks to columnist and commentator Cokie Roberts and GOP strategist John Feehery.

Man Wanted In Florida Used Police Photo For Facebook Profile

Mon, 09/05/2016 - 4:58am

Mack Yearwood was part of the Citrus County "Wanted of the Week" series. He put the wanted poster on Facebook. His profile photo later helped police to identify him as they arrested him.

G-20 Summit Wraps Up In Hangzhou, China

Mon, 09/05/2016 - 4:03am

China pulled out all the stops to host the leaders of the world's 20 leading economies. China's government sent 2 million residents of the city of Hangzhou on vacation to ensure a flawless summit.

Bariatric Surgery Can Help People Keep Weight Off Long Term

Mon, 09/05/2016 - 4:03am

Earlier studies suggested that most people put the pounds back on, but a large study that followed people for a decade after bariatric surgery found that the vast majority avoided gaining weight.

Researchers Question Safety, Value Of Untested Stem Cell Treatments

Mon, 09/05/2016 - 4:03am

Clinics are using stem cells to treat problems ranging from arthritis and torn tendons to paralysis and stroke. But researchers say there's no evidence that the treatments work or are safe.

Our Language Has Interesting Little Wrinkles, Linguist Says

Mon, 09/05/2016 - 4:03am

Renee Montagne talks to linguist John McWhorter who emphasizes the way we use words changes contently. His book is: Words on the Move: Why English Won't — and Can't — Sit Still (Like, Literally).

Former Telenovela Actress Changed Landscape Of Spanish-Language TV

Mon, 09/05/2016 - 4:03am

Telenovelas are staples of Spanish-language TV. Telemundo was always in second place behind Univision — that is until executives figured out the way to success: telenovelas starring anti-heroes.

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