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FEMA Chief Vraig Fugate Tours Louisiana Flooding

Fri, 08/19/2016 - 4:06am

The Federal Emergency Management Agency is working to accommodate more than 6,000 people who have been forced out of their homes by flooding. Renee Montagne talks to FEMA administrator Craig Fugate.

Bolt Wins 8th Gold Medal; Eaton Repeats As Olympic Decathlon Winner

Fri, 08/19/2016 - 4:06am

Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt won gold again at Rio's Summer Olympics in the 200-meter race. And, Ashton Eaton became one of the few men in Olympic history to repeat as a decathlon champion.

Doctor In Battle-Ravaged Aleppo Reveals How Civilians Endure

Fri, 08/19/2016 - 4:06am

Omran Daqneesh, 5, is the new symbol of Syria's civil war. A video of the boy recorded just moments after he was pulled out of a bombed out building in the besieged city of Aleppo has gone viral.

Research Examines If Surgery Delays Affect Patients' Health Outcome

Fri, 08/19/2016 - 4:06am

Researchers find that long waiting times for surgery are not associated with worse health outcomes for patients. The study involved patients waiting for surgery in England.

U.S. Swimmers Confirm Rio Robbery Story Was A Fabrication

Fri, 08/19/2016 - 4:06am

International attention is focused on American Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte and three of his teammates. Brazilian police now say the men lied about being robbed at gunpoint in Rio over the weekend.

Justice Department To Move Away From Using Private Prisons

Fri, 08/19/2016 - 4:06am

The Justice Department says it will, over time, stop housing federal prisoners in private prisons. The department says private prisons aren't as safe or effective as their federally run counterparts.

Trump Apologizes For Not Always Using The Right Words

Fri, 08/19/2016 - 4:06am

Donald Trump, amid a campaign shake-up, expressed "regret" to his supporters Thursday night in Charlotte, North Carolina, for some of the more unscripted moments throughout his presidential run.

In Leak Of Democratic Emails, Questions About Russia's Role

Fri, 08/19/2016 - 3:38am

What's behind Russia's apparent hacking into the Democratic National Committee — and what could it gain by meddling in the U.S. election? "It's all about Hillary Clinton," says a Russian journalist.

Amy Schumer Bares Her Soul In 'The Girl With The Lower Back Tattoo'

Fri, 08/19/2016 - 3:38am

Schumer's new essay collection is revealing, packed with personal diary entries going back to her pre-teen years — and funny. But she doesn't shy away from difficult topics like her sexual assault.

Deaf And Blind, Her Father Still Knows How To Speak His Love

Fri, 08/19/2016 - 3:31am

Through a TeleBraille machine, Melva Washington Toomer talked with her dad, John Carter Washington, for StoryCorps. "If I could help some person," he tells her, "then my living will not be in vain."

Man Banned From Ordering Pizza; Texas Cowboy Bypasses Drive-Thru

Thu, 08/18/2016 - 6:29am

A Florida judge ordered a man to never call for pizza again — he'd been pranking restaurants. In Texas, a professional cowboy rode his horse into a Taco Bell. He said his horse Hollywood was hungry.

Host Of 2020 Summer Olympic Games Has Plans To Beat The Heat

Thu, 08/18/2016 - 6:15am

Tokyo is super hot and humid in the summer, and the government is installing heat detectors and a heatstroke warning system for athletes and spectators. Plus, they're considering installing misters.

As November Approaches, Trump Overhauls Campaign Staff

Thu, 08/18/2016 - 4:05am

Donald Trump named a conservative media provocateur to lead his campaign — in the third major shakeup during the election season. David Greene talks to senior Trump adviser Boris Epshteyn.

As College Costs Soar, Critics Question Open Curriculum Courses

Thu, 08/18/2016 - 4:05am

College students heading back to campus may find some obscure course offerings such as: Zombies in Popular Media. Some argue every class has its merit; others worry they are a waste of time and money.

Louisianan's Lieutenant Governor Is Familiar With Disaster Responses

Thu, 08/18/2016 - 4:05am

Renee Montagne talks to Louisiana Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser about the relentless floods that have displaced tens of thousands of people across his state.

Tribal Activists Push White House To Make Gold Butte A National Monument

Thu, 08/18/2016 - 4:05am

In the late hour of the Obama administration, Native American tribes are ramping up pressure on the president to designate several national monuments on western lands that they consider sacred.

Russia Begins Using An Air Base In Iran To Strike Syrian Targets

Thu, 08/18/2016 - 4:05am

David Greene speaks with Retired Admiral James Stavridis about Russia's use of an airbase in Iran to carry out air strikes in Syria.

Rival Mexican Cartel Kidnaps 'El Chapo' Guzman's Son, Authorities Say

Thu, 08/18/2016 - 4:05am

Imprison drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman's son was confirmed as one of the six men kidnapped by rival cartel members. The move by cartel rivals could unleash a wave of violence in the state.

'68 Olympian: If You're Famous And You're Black, You Have To Be An Activist

Thu, 08/18/2016 - 4:05am

John Carlos won the bronze medal for the 200 meter run in the 1968 Olympics. He's remembered for a political gesture he made back then during the medal ceremony. Renee Montagne talks to him about whether athletes can influence public opinion.

Norweigan Woman's Olympic Hand Ball Team Favored To Win Gold

Thu, 08/18/2016 - 4:05am

Norway isn't terribly renowned for its prowess in summer sports. One exception: team handball. The sport is huge in Norway, and the Norwegian women hope to snag their third consecutive gold medal.

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