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Expected Justice Nominee Will Be Met With Resistance

Wed, 03/16/2016 - 6:53am

There's little doubt the president's choice nominee will face a tough fight in the appointment process, as Republicans have said they won't even consider his pick.

President Obama To Name New Supreme Court Justice

Wed, 03/16/2016 - 6:08am

President Obama will announce his choice of a successor to late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia at 11 a.m. ET.

Texas Congressman Declares Magic A 'National Treasure'

Wed, 03/16/2016 - 5:32am

Conservative Texas Congressman Pete Sessions introduced a bill before Congress on Tuesday that would recognize magic as an "art form with unique power to impact the lives of all people."

Washington D.C. Parks In Second Place For Worst Traffic

Wed, 03/16/2016 - 4:47am

NPR's Renee Montagne leaving her West Coast post to host in D.C. this week. That means she's hopping from the worst commute in the country to the second worst.

Obama Prepares To Nominate New Supreme Court Justice

Wed, 03/16/2016 - 4:11am

Who's in the running to fill the vacant seat on the Supreme Court? An announcement could come this week.

Sanders Looks Ahead As Clinton Wins 4 More; GOP Race Winnows Down To 3 Candidates

Wed, 03/16/2016 - 4:11am

Hillary Clinton beat Bernie Sanders in Ohio, Florida, North Carolina and Illinois. Missouri is too close to call. Sanders was campaigning in Arizona which has a primary next week. Donald Trump won all the delegates in Florida - as did Governor John Kasich in Ohio. Karen Beckwith of Case Western Reserve University of Ohio and Susan MacManus of the University of South Florida weigh in on the races.

Washington D.C. Metro Shuts Down For System-Wide Safety Inspection

Wed, 03/16/2016 - 4:11am

The Washington, D.C., Metro rail system will be out of service for 29 hours because of potential faults in the electrical system. The subway is key for many commuters, including those who staff the federal government, which has announced it will stay open.

Clinton Wins 4 States; Rubio Bows Out; Kasich Still In With Ohio Win

Wed, 03/16/2016 - 4:11am

Democratic Hillary Clinton won Ohio, Florida, North Carolina and Illinois. Missouri is too close to call for both the Democrats and Republicans.

Trump Leads With 3 Wins, Kasich Wins Ohio

Wed, 03/16/2016 - 4:11am

Republican Donald Trump won big again last night, but Marco Rubio dropped out after losing Florida. John Kasich kept his bid alive by winning Ohio. On the Democratic side, Hillary Clinton held onto Ohio.

Rubio Suspends Campaign After Trump's Win; Kasich Takes Ohio

Wed, 03/16/2016 - 4:11am

Sen. Marco Rubio announced an end to his campaign following a loss in his home state of Florida to Donald Trump. Sitting Ohio Gov. John Kasich dealt Trump his only loss on Tuesday on his home turf.

Low Graduation Rates Among Black Athletes

Wed, 03/16/2016 - 4:11am

A new study shows black male athletes are completing college at significantly lower rates. Renee Montagne speaks to Kevin Blackistone, a "Washington Post" sport columnist, to examine this pervasive problem.

Pastor Supports Trump After Confronting Him About Racism

Wed, 03/16/2016 - 4:11am

An African American pastor from Ohio shares why he's been a long-time supporter of Donald Trump after a one-time meeting with the businessman. David Greene talks to Cleveland pastor Darrell Scott, who first met Trump six years ago.

Midlife Friendship Key To A Longer, Healthier Life

Wed, 03/16/2016 - 4:11am

People between 45 and 65 may be the loneliest segment in the U.S. And researchers are using brain scans to show that friendships are vital to staying healthy and engaged in your middle years.

Clinton Beats Out Sanders In Tuesday Primaries

Wed, 03/16/2016 - 4:11am

With David Greene in Ohio and Steve Inskeep in Florida, some Democrat voters say Bernie Sanders pushed Hillary Clinton to be a better candidate. Don Gonyea also has the latest for the Republican side.

Before Flint, Lead-Contaminated Water Plagued Schools Across U.S.

Wed, 03/16/2016 - 4:08am

Michigan isn't the only place dealing with lead-contaminated water. Schools all over the country have struggled to eliminate lead from water fountains and cafeterias — some for more than a decade.

NFL Official Acknowledges Link Between Football And Brain Disease

Tue, 03/15/2016 - 8:24am

Renee Montagne talks with ESPN reporter Steve Fainaru about a startling statement by the NFL's executive vice president for health and safety about chronic traumatic encephalopathy.

Ninjas Wanted: Japan Looks To Kick-Start Tourism

Tue, 03/15/2016 - 6:06am

Japan wants to increase tourism and it's drawing from its feudal history to do it. The job posting emphasizes candidates with acrobatic skills.

College Golfer Plays Like A Pro On PGA Tour, Paid Like An Amateur

Tue, 03/15/2016 - 6:02am

Lee McCoy, a top college golfer at the University of Georgia played among the pros on Sunday. Unfortunately, having entered as an amateur, he had to leave the big prize money on the table.

Insurance Industry Is Hiring But Millennials Don't Seem To Be Interested

Tue, 03/15/2016 - 5:12am

The insurance industry has a lot of open positions, and it's scrambling to fill them. It's targeting millennials, but many simply don't consider insurance as a potential career — or think it's boring.

Michigan Win Fuels Sanders' Campaign; He's Counting On Ohio, Illinois And Missouri

Tue, 03/15/2016 - 4:21am

Bernie Sanders is a man running like everything is on the line. On Monday alone, the Vermont senator made five stops in four states. After Sanders' surprise win in Michigan last week, he's hoping to change the story of the Democratic race by winning in Missouri, Illinois and Ohio. Then it won't matter that Hillary Clinton has a massive delegate lead — Sanders Midwestern mojo will be the headline Wednesday morning. And Steve talks to the Mayor of Tampa, Bob Buckhorn, in a state that Clinton is expected to win today ... Florida.

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