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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.

Louisiana Flood Victims Worry They Won't Have The Funds To Rebuild

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

Baton Rouge residents are starting to cleanup from historic floods that devastated parts of South Louisiana. They are also starting to try to figure out how to pay for rebuilding.

2 U.S. Swimmers Pulled Off Flight Home As Police Probe Robbery Claim

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

Two U.S. Olympic swimmers were removed from their return flight by Brazilian authorities, as differences emerged in their accounts of an armed robbery last weekend.

Blue Cut Fire Claims Unknown Number Of Structures

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

Firefighters in Southern California are struggling to battle the Blue Cut wildfire near San Bernardino. It's now burnt more than 25,000 acres.

Norwegian Women's Olympic Handball Team Favored To Win Gold

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

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

U.S. Women's Basketball Teams Dominate Olympic Competition

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

The U.S. Women haven't lost a game at the Olympics since 1992. They have medaled in all nine of the Olympics they've competed in, and they're hoping their next medal is another gold one.

YouTube Videos Lead 'Morris From America' Director To Markees Christmas

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

Morris From America debuted at this year's Sundance Film Festival. The buzzed-about movie stars actor Markees Christmas as a 13-year-old hip-hop loving American who moves to Germany with his father.

A Mew-seum? Civil War Stories, Told With Tiny Tails

Thu, 08/18/2016 - 3:46am

The stars of the exhibits at Civil War Tails are the nearly 2,000 tiny clay soldiers. Their blue and gray uniforms are meticulously detailed, down to piping and patches. Look closely: They are cats.

Bringing Back Manufacturing Jobs Would Be Harder Than It Sounds

Thu, 08/18/2016 - 3:45am

On the campaign trail, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump frequently promises to bring manufacturing jobs back to the U.S. But how realistic is it to think he could do that, if elected?

Playboy Mansion Sold; Hugh Hefner To Pay Rent To Live There

Wed, 08/17/2016 - 6:12am

Hefner's home went for $100 million — that's a hundred times the amount paid for the digs in 1971. The 90-year-old playboy can live there as long as he wants — as long as he pays $1 million a year.

French Mayor Moves To Ban Pokemon Characters From His Community

Wed, 08/17/2016 - 6:02am

Fabrice Beauvois, the mayor of a French village near Lyon, sent a decree to The Pokemon Company, saying their creatures have created an "anarchical settlement."

'New Yorker': The Detectives Who Never Forget A Face

Wed, 08/17/2016 - 4:06am

Scotland Yard has detectives considered "super-recognizers." Renee Montagne talks to Patrick Radden-Keefe, who writes in The New Yorker, on how they use facial recognition abilities to solve crimes.

China Celebrates Bronze-Winning Olympian Swimmer's Spirit

Wed, 08/17/2016 - 4:06am

A Chinese Olympic swimmer with goofy facial expressions has captured the world's attention — if not the gold — and changed how Chinese think about the Olympics, and how athletes should speak and act.

Pregnant Women In Miami Take Extra Precautions Against Zika

Wed, 08/17/2016 - 4:06am

There's only one place in the continental United States where mosquitoes are known to be transmitting the Zika virus — that's the trendy Wynwood neighborhood in Miami.

Pa. Attorney General Kathleen Kane To Step Down After Perjury Conviction

Wed, 08/17/2016 - 4:06am

She was convicted of leaking grand jury material to embarrass a political rival, and then lying about it under oath. Kane, a Democrat, will be succeeded by Republican Bruce Castor.

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