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Bacteria-Infected Mosquitoes Tested As A Way To Control Its Population

Thu, 04/20/2017 - 4:01am

Authorities in the Florida Keys are testing a new way to control the mosquitoes that carry Zika, dengue and other diseases. They're releasing male mosquitoes infected with a bacterium.

After 6-Month Manhunt, Ex-Mexican Governor Nabbed In Guatemala

Thu, 04/20/2017 - 4:01am

More than half a dozen Mexican governors are either under investigation or on the run from corruption investigations. The power of governors and misuse of that power is on the rise

White House Shouldn't Try To Reverse Iran Nuclear Deal, Parsi Says

Thu, 04/20/2017 - 4:01am

The Trump administration says Iran is complying with the nuclear accord, but they will review the Obama administration's pledge to ease sanctions against Tehran. Steve Inskeep talks to Trita Parsi, an Iran scholar who warns of dire consequences if Trump officials renege on the deal.

U.S. Missile Defense System To Under Go More Tests

Thu, 04/20/2017 - 4:01am

The U.S. is planning tests of its missile defense system as the world deals with a slow-motion crisis over North Korea's aspirations to put a nuclear weapon on a ballistic missile.

TV Movie Review: 'The Immortal Life Of Henrietta Lacks'

Thu, 04/20/2017 - 4:01am

"The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks" was a best-selling nonfiction book that's been adapted into an HBO movie. Oprah Winfrey executive produced and stars as the daughter who, with help from a reporter, finds out that her mother's cells are being used as the basis for medical research.

Arkansas Faces More Legal Roadblocks To Planned Executions

Thu, 04/20/2017 - 4:01am

Arkansas suffered more legal setbacks in its bid to execute prisoners this month. The state Supreme Court spared one inmate, and a judge ruled against the use of one of the drugs for a lethal injection.

News Brief: Russian Election Influence, Democrats Focus On Ga. Race, O'Reilly Out At Fox

Thu, 04/20/2017 - 4:01am

A think tank, backed by Russia, reportedly devised a plan to swing the U.S. presidential election. DNC chairman Tom Perez will speak at a state party dinner, as Democrats try to capitalize on gains made in Georgia's 6th district. And, Bill O'Reilly is forced out at Fox News.

This Islamic School Teaches How To Be Muslim, And American

Thu, 04/20/2017 - 4:00am

The Al Fatih Academy in Virginia is one of about 270 Islamic schools in the U.S. The staff aim to give their students a well-rounded education and promote civic awareness.

(Image credit: Neha Rashid /NPR)

George Clinton And Killer Mike: Talking (Barber) Shop

Thu, 04/20/2017 - 4:00am

One founded a funk empire, the other sells out shows as half of Run the Jewels — and both have owned barbershops. They sit down together to discuss music, mentorship and the philosophy of barbering.

(Image credit: NPR)

Some Tax-Cut Backers Urge Trump To Drop Full Overhaul, Go For Quick Win

Thu, 04/20/2017 - 3:59am

Nearly 100 days into Trump's presidency there are still big questions about what his proposed tax overhaul will include — and whether the large changes he had envisioned are even possible.

(Image credit: Jacquelyn Martin/AP)

Remembering Sylvia Moy, Pioneering Motown Songwriter And Producer

Wed, 04/19/2017 - 12:25pm

You might not know her name, but you know her music: Moy co-wrote hits for Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye and The Isley Brothers. She died Saturday at age 78.

(Image credit: L. Busacca/WireImage for Songwriter's Hall )

Ex-Patriots Star Aaron Hernandez Commits Suicide In Prison

Wed, 04/19/2017 - 6:45am

The former New England tight end was found hanged in his cell by corrections officers Wednesday. He was serving a life sentence for a 2013 murder. He was recently acquitted of separate murder charges.

June Runoff Will Decide Winner Of Georgia Congressional Seat

Wed, 04/19/2017 - 6:22am

Democrat Jon Ossoff came close to winning a district that has been in GOP hands since the 1970s. It was Tom Price's district before he became HHS secretary. It was also Newt Gingrich's district.

Police Chief Writes Himself A Speeding Ticket

Wed, 04/19/2017 - 5:07am

The police chief in Sperry, Okla. wrote himself a speeding ticket after a traffic camera caught him speeding. He says he's going to pay the more than $300 ticket he wrote himself.

No More Politics On Balconies

Wed, 04/19/2017 - 4:07am

In an apartment building near Washington, D.C.'s baseball stadium, people have hung up banners supporting the Nationals. Then things got political. Now the building says no more signs.

Morning News Brief: Venezuelan Protests, Georgia Runoff, Egypt

Wed, 04/19/2017 - 4:07am

Venezuelan activists are calling for mass protests on Wednesday. Also, Sabrina Siddiqui of The Guardian talks about Georgia's runoff election, and an Egyptian-American aid worker has been released.

Mattis Travels To Saudi Arabia

Wed, 04/19/2017 - 4:07am

Defense Secretary James Mattis is traveling to Saudi Arabia at the start of a trip to several countries in the Middle East. We look at what the trip means for U.S. foreign relations.

It's National Garlic Day. Who Is Making Up These Weird Holidays?

Wed, 04/19/2017 - 4:07am

Why is it National Deep-Dish Pizza Day or National Splurge Day, or maybe National Watermelon Day? Our Planet Money podcast tries to find out who or what is behind all the new strange holidays.

Venezuelan Opposition Groups Call For Day Of Protest

Wed, 04/19/2017 - 4:07am

Opposition groups in Venezuela are calling for massive demonstrations on Wednesday. The country is mired in economic crisis.

Mike Pesca Makes The Case For James Harden As MVP

Wed, 04/19/2017 - 4:07am

Mike Pesca, host of The Gist podcast, says James Harden of the Houston Rockets should get basketball's MVP trophy this year.

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