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'Camp Cruz' Houses Volunteers Supporting Texas Senator's Presidential Bid

Wed, 01/20/2016 - 4:10am

Camp Cruz is a surplus college dorm in Iowa filled with volunteers for GOP presidential candidate Ted Cruz, complete with a camp counselor and daily cheers for the Texas senator.

China's Economy Grew At Its Slowest Rate In25 Years

Wed, 01/20/2016 - 4:10am

China's growth dipped to 6.8 percent in the last quarter of 2015, dragging down annual growth to 6.9 percent. Not since China faced international sanctions over the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre has its economy grown at such a slow pace. Investors had expected the results, and are looking to Chinese policymakers to enact a stimulus plan.

Pamela Anderson Lends Star Power To Fight Against Foie Gras In France

Wed, 01/20/2016 - 4:10am

The former Baywatch actress showed up in Parliament to promote animal rights. She is supporting a congresswoman who wants to end force-feeding of animals to produce a cherished culinary delicacy.

European Pirate Radio Network Broadcasts Alternative To Syria's State Media

Wed, 01/20/2016 - 4:10am

Syria's government used to be the only source of news for the Syrian people, but exiled opposition journalists have a way to broadcast an alternative view of what's happening in the war-torn country. A non-profit organization in Berlin, Germany, has invented a small, portable transmitter that can download satellite signals and rebroadcast them on FM for Syrians to listen to on their car or household radios.

Michigan Governor Vows To Fix Flint's Drinking Water Emergency

Wed, 01/20/2016 - 4:10am

Gov. Rick Snyder delivered his State of the State address, and apologized for the drinking water disaster in Flint. he said he will release his emails on the lead-contaminated tap water in Flint.

Amnesty International Report: Child Labor Used To Gather Minerals For Gadget Batteries

Wed, 01/20/2016 - 4:10am

Amnesty International says that Apple, Samsun and Sony are failing to do basic checks to make sure that minerals in their products are not mined by children in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

VW Fix Should Be Less Emotional Than His Previous Cases, Feinberg Says

Wed, 01/20/2016 - 4:10am

Volkswagen recall administrator Kenneth Feinberg talks to Renee Montagne about the status of the recall process, and what VW needs to do to satisfy state and federal regulators. He oversaw the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund, BP's settlement over its oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico and GM's settlement over ignition problems.

Palin Endorses Trump; Her Choice Is A Blow To Ted Cruz

Wed, 01/20/2016 - 4:10am

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump received the endorsement of former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin in Iowa on Tuesday. The 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee — a Tea Party favorite — has been largely absent from the 2016 race so far. Sen. Ted Cruz had been hoping Palin would endorse him.

Democratic Presidential Candidates Build On Best Parts Of Obama's Term

Wed, 01/20/2016 - 4:10am

It's not a surprise that Republican presidential candidates are running against President Obama. What is surprising is that for a guy whose poll numbers have been underwater, the Democratic presidential candidates are hugging him awfully tight. Why are Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders heaping on the praise?

In France, Pamela Anderson Takes On Foie Gras Debate

Wed, 01/20/2016 - 4:10am

French rules about the welfare of most farm animals are usually much stricter than in the U.S. But they seem to have a blind spot about geese, and the process used to create their beloved foie gras.

Syrians Trapped By Fighting Desperately Need More Assistance

Wed, 01/20/2016 - 4:10am

Thousands of Syrians have been trapped by fighting for months. Steve Inskeep talks to Elizabeth Hoff, a World Health Organization representative, about the ongoing health crisis in besieged cities.

In Russia, Epiphany Comes With A Shockingly Cold Swim

Wed, 01/20/2016 - 4:09am

To celebrate the feast of Epiphany marking the baptism of Jesus in the River Jordan, thousands of Russian Orthodox faithful take a dip in icy waters. How does it feel? "Absolutely good," one man says.

Zika Virus Likely Affected Her Baby, And She Feels Brazil Doesn't Care

Wed, 01/20/2016 - 4:03am

The government is trying to wipe out Zika virus, which has been linked to a severe birth defect. But is it doing enough to help families whose children have been affected?

Immigration Relief Possible In Return For Crime Victims' Cooperation

Wed, 01/20/2016 - 4:02am

The road to a U visa is long, and difficult to navigate. Proposed rule changes in New York City may streamline the process, and provide a model for other law enforcement agencies around the country.

Santorum Struggles To Regain 2012 Momentum

Wed, 01/20/2016 - 4:01am

The onetime Iowa caucus winner now sits dead last in the state's polls. But Santorum says he's still hoping for another last-minute surge.

Belgian Astronomers Honor David Bowie With A Constellation

Tue, 01/19/2016 - 6:52am

It's a tribute to the man who brought us "Space Oddity," "Starman" and "Life on Mars." Bowie may now be in the great unknown but his constellation shines on.

Becca Pizzi To Attempt Female Marathon Record

Tue, 01/19/2016 - 6:46am

She plans to run seven marathons on seven days in seven continents. She'll start with an "easy" one: 26.2 miles in Antarctica.

Area Satiric Publication The Onion Sold To Univision (Seriously)

Tue, 01/19/2016 - 5:23am

The Spanish-language network gets a 40 percent, controlling stake in The Onion and related sites, including the AV Club and Clickhole. The move comes as Univision tries to reach more millennials.

Sanctions Against Iran Were Lifted; Iranian Reaction Was Lukewarm

Tue, 01/19/2016 - 4:18am

The U.S. and European nations lifted sanctions against Iran over the weekend as part of the nuclear deal. Renee Montagne talks to economist Djavad Salehi-Isfahani about the impact in Iran.

Alaska Faces Budget Deficit As Crude Oil Prices Slide

Tue, 01/19/2016 - 4:18am

Alaska may overhaul the way it spends its oil wealth. That's significant because while it has a lot of oil, the price of oil has dropped so much, the state now has a $3 billion deficit in a $5 billion state budget.

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