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Strong Earthquake Strikes Central Italy While Residents Slept

Wed, 08/24/2016 - 4:02am

A magnitude 6.2 earthquake struck central Italy early Wednesday morning. It set off tremors in Rome nearly 100 miles away. David Greene talks to Nicole Winfield, an AP correspondent in Rome.

NBA All-Star Game's Change Of Venue Reminds Our Commentator Of 1965

Wed, 08/24/2016 - 4:02am

The NBA has officially moved the 2017 NBA All-Star game to New Orleans because of the controversy surrounding North Carolina's transgender bathroom law. For historical reasons, the change is fitting.

U.S. Panel Clears Chinese Company's Takeover Of Syngenta

Wed, 08/24/2016 - 4:02am

A U.S. national security regulator has approved state-owned China National Chemical Corp's planned $43 billion takeover of Swiss pesticide and seed giant Syngenta.

Atlanta Paper Investigates Doctors Who Sexually Abuse Patients

Wed, 08/24/2016 - 4:02am

The Atlanta Journal Constitution reports that the medical profession is plagued by sexual misconduct by doctors, who are often allowed to carry on practicing.

Egyptian Prisons Blamed For Young Men Becoming Radicalized

Wed, 08/24/2016 - 4:02am

The unprecedented numbers of political prisoners in Egyptian jails could lead to a super-sized version of an old Egyptian problem: prisoners being radicalized behind bars.

Biden To Try To Smooth U.S. Relations With Turkey

Wed, 08/24/2016 - 4:02am

Vice President Joe Biden is in Turkey for meetings with the country's president. It's the highest level U.S. visit to Turkey since a failed coup attempt there that led to a crisis in U.S. relations.

Louisiana Residents Stunned By Flood Losses

Wed, 08/24/2016 - 3:44am

The emergency food stamp process is only on surnames from A to D. Rachel Moriarty must try to hold out. Al McGee is grateful for his son-in-law's clean-up labor: "It's meant the world to me."

Great Lakes Waters Take A Savage Toll Of Swimmers

Wed, 08/24/2016 - 3:41am

High winds and dangerous rip currents make swimming in the Great Lakes unpredictable, and sometimes deadly — most beaches have no lifeguards, and hundreds drown in the lakes each year.

Minor League Baseball Player Hits Grand Slam; Shatters His Windshield

Tue, 08/23/2016 - 5:51am

Brandon Thomas, an outfielder for the Gateway Grizzlies in Illinois, told the St Louis Post Dispatch that he had to drive his pickup truck home with his head out the window so he could see.

Michigan Couple Gets Married Despite Tornado Warnings

Tue, 08/23/2016 - 5:27am

About the time the couple was to walk down the aisle, tornado sirens began to sound. Unfazed, the couple went on with the wedding. The tornado touched down just 3 miles from the church.

Pharmacy Museum In Tucson Offers A Peek Into Drugstore History

Tue, 08/23/2016 - 4:06am

Our series on Unsung Museums continues with a visit to the Pharmacy Museum in Tucson, Arizona.

Judge To Decide If This Painting Is By Peter Doig (Doig Says It's Not)

Tue, 08/23/2016 - 4:06am

A retired corrections officer says he bought the painting from Doig in 1976, but Doig (now a famous artist) says that wasn't him. So the retiree lawyered up and went to court.

NBC Declares Rio A 'Media' Success, Though TV Ratings Were Down

Tue, 08/23/2016 - 4:06am

NBC broadcast more than 6,000 hours from the Summer Olympics on various platforms and hailed it as a big triumph, even though TV ratings dropped off substantially from London in 2012.

Do You Read Terms Of Service Contracts? Not Many Do, Research Shows

Tue, 08/23/2016 - 4:06am

During an experiment, people consented to sharing their private information with the NSA, and to surrendering their first-born as payment for access to a fictitious social networking site.

Some Clinton Supporters Complain Only Wealthy Backers Have Candidate's Ear

Tue, 08/23/2016 - 4:06am

With 76 days to go before the election, Hillary Clinton is busy doing closed-door fundraisers. David Greene talks to Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-OH, about whether Clinton needs more contact with voters.

Federal Judge To Rule On Whether Peter Doig Painted Desert Landscape

Tue, 08/23/2016 - 4:06am

While artists may get involved in legal battles, this one is a bit different. In a Chicago case involving mistaken identity, LSD and jail time, Peter Doig has to prove he didn't paint a landscape.

Obama Transgender Bathroom Directive Blocked Temporarily By Judge

Tue, 08/23/2016 - 4:06am

Renee Montagne talks to Attorney General Scott Pruitt of Oklahoma, one of the states granted an injunction which keeps guidance from the administration on transgender students from going into effect.

Louisiana Flooding Puts A Lot Of Rep. Grave's District Under Water

Tue, 08/23/2016 - 4:06am

Almost two weeks after severe flooding in Louisiana, President Obama will visit the state. David Greene talks to Republican Rep. Garret Graves about how his district is doing.

Transgender Teens Travel To N.C. Gender Clinic, The Only One In The South

Tue, 08/23/2016 - 4:06am

While a heated debate continues about North Carolina's "bathroom bill," a clinic in the state is helping transgender teenagers transition. It's the only gender clinic in the South for teens.

Olympics Failed To Deliver Ratings In The Way NBC Needed, Data Show

Tue, 08/23/2016 - 4:06am

The TV ratings are in for the Rio Olympics and NBC has seen declines over previous summer games. The Rio ratings were the first time the TV audience declined from the previous summer Olympics since the 2000 games in Sydney, Australia.

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