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U.S. Lifts Decades-Old Ban On Arm Sales To Vietnam

Mon, 05/23/2016 - 4:01am

President Obama is in Vietnam as part of a 10-day trip to Asia. At a news conference in Hanoi, Obama announced he was lifting the arms export embargo. The president will be in Vietnam for three days.

CEO Uses Company's Clout To Get Involved In Controversial State Measures

Mon, 05/23/2016 - 4:01am

It is not just lawmakers hashing it out over a N.C. law which limits civil rights protections for the LGBT community. David Greene talks to Marc Benioff, CEO of Salesforce, a cloud computing company.

Communities Lack All The Funds Needed For Transit Repairs

Mon, 05/23/2016 - 4:01am

Renee Montagne talks to transit expert Robert Puentes about infrastructure problems affecting rail systems across the country. Some of the repairs require entire lines of systems to be shut down.

Transportation Milestone: Last Leg Of LA's Metro Expo Line Completed

Mon, 05/23/2016 - 4:01am

After more than 30 years of planning, legal battles and cost overruns, passenger rail is once again connecting downtown Los Angeles to the ocean.

Obama Lifts Arms Export Embargo On Vietnam

Mon, 05/23/2016 - 4:01am

Obama is in Vietnam to support its resistance to China's aggressive aims in the Western Pacific. He lifted the U.S. embargo on selling weapons to Vietnam, something former POW Sen. McCain supports.

Evolution Or Expediency? Clinton's Changing Positions Over A Long Career

Mon, 05/23/2016 - 3:31am

Clinton's positions on issues from trade to same-sex marriage have changed. Critics say it's often because of political expediency, while supporters insist she learns and adapts to new circumstances.

Sherman Alexie On His New Kids' Book And The Angst Of Being A 'Jr.'

Mon, 05/23/2016 - 3:30am

Alexie says he always struggled with being named after his dad — so he decided to write a book about it. Thunder Boy Jr. is about a little boy who is eager to have his own name and be his own person.

Funeral Home Billboad Urges Motorists To Text And Drive

Fri, 05/20/2016 - 6:32am

When irate motorists went to the Internet to check out the funeral home, they discovered it didn't exist. The billboard was a cleverly disguised PSA which warns against texting and driving.

Lucky Winner Will Get To Stay At Eiffel Tower Apartment

Fri, 05/20/2016 - 5:25am

A vacation home rental company is running a competition. To win, answer this question: What would you do if an Eiffel Tower apartment was all yours for the night?

Russia Hires PR Firm To Help It Spin Doping Scandal

Fri, 05/20/2016 - 4:05am

Russia's track and field program is banned from international competition because of a doping scandal. Russia has hired the PR giant Burston-Marsteller to help advance its cause. Mary Louise Kelly talks to Gene Grabowski, a former partner with Burson-Marsteller, about what strategies might work.

Movie Director Shane Black Calls On His Paperbacks For Inspiration

Fri, 05/20/2016 - 4:05am

Screenwriter Shane Black perfected the buddy, comedy-action genre with Lethal Weapon movies and transitioned to being a director. His new movie, The Nice Guys, stars Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe.

Search Resumes For Debris From Missing EgyptAir Flight

Fri, 05/20/2016 - 4:05am

France has sent warships, aircraft and aviation investigators to help find the cause of Thursday's crash of EgyptAir flight 804. The flight vanished from radar screens over the eastern Mediterranean.

Taiwan Inaugurates First Female President

Fri, 05/20/2016 - 4:05am

Taiwan's first female president took office on Friday. She has indicated she will not move toward formal independence. Pressure from Beijing could seriously hamper her goals of economic growth and better diplomatic ties.

Donald Trump Raises Funds To Pay Off Christie Campaign Debts

Fri, 05/20/2016 - 4:05am

When the N.J. governor dropped out of the GOP presidential race, he endorsed Donald Trump. Thursday night, Trump returned the favor by raising money to pay off the Christie campaign's remaining debt.

CBS News Icon Morley Safer Dies At 84

Fri, 05/20/2016 - 4:05am

CBS TV journalist Morley Safer died on Thursday after retiring earlier this month from the network. For a look back on Safer's career, Renee Montagne talks to 60 Minutes Executive Producer Jeff Fager.

Does Old-School Political Advertising Work Anymore?

Fri, 05/20/2016 - 4:05am

Donald Trump says he's rewritten the rules of media coverage and political advertising — he points to his primary victories. We examine whether that might be the case in the general election as well.

Ballpark Vendors Need Hustle And A Clear Strategy

Fri, 05/20/2016 - 4:05am

Selling hot dogs at a baseball game isn't just about having legs that can run stairs fast, and a loud yell. There's a lot of strategy involved.

Russia's Involvement In Syria Is Worsening Migration Crisis, Zannier Says

Fri, 05/20/2016 - 4:05am

Tensions are rising inside the E.U. over issues of migration and Russia. Renee Montagne talks to Lamberto Zannier, secretary general of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe.

Ravens Tackle Monroe Lobbies The NFL To Approve Medical Marijuana

Fri, 05/20/2016 - 4:05am

Eugene Monroe tells Mary Louise Kelly that the NFL should stop testing players for marijuana. He reasons that players should be allowed to use the drug for medical purposes to treat chronic pain.

Unfished Lighthouse Leaves The Philippines Feeling Vulnerable

Fri, 05/20/2016 - 4:05am

After intelligence reports that China may build an airfield on Scarborough in the South China Sea, U.S. warplanes flew sorties near the disputed shoal — a not so subtle warning.

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