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Massive Space Telescope Is Finally Coming Together

Mon, 01/25/2016 - 3:56am

In a NASA facility just outside of Washington, D.C., workers are building the largest space telescope ever.

Danes Say Zoo Dissections Fit With Country's 'Very Honest' Parenting

Fri, 01/22/2016 - 6:21am

Last weekend at an event in Denmark called "Animals Inside Out," a college biology student publicly dissected a lion. Attendees — including young children — were given a close-up, gory view.

Crime-Fighting Sheep To The Rescue In New Zealand

Fri, 01/22/2016 - 6:12am

Police were pursuing a car that was caught speeding, and had no plates. A flock of sheep, being herded along the road, blocked the runaway car.

Students In Chattanooga, Tenn., Get A Snow Day After All

Fri, 01/22/2016 - 5:57am

Earlier this week, students pretended to be school officials and proclaimed classes canceled. The media didn't buy it. As a giant storm intensified days later, real administrators canceled classes.

North Korea Claims It Has U.S. Student In Custody

Fri, 01/22/2016 - 5:02am

State media reported that the isolated nation has detained a student from the University of Virginia for "committing anti-republic activities."

Clinton Sharpens Her Criticisms Of Main Challenger Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders

Fri, 01/22/2016 - 4:13am

As the Iowa caucuses approach, Hillary Clinton is more aggressively challenging the experience and policy goals of her chief competitor, Sen. Bernie Sanders. And in those attacks, there is an echo of the 2008 race she ultimately lost to President Obama.

Islamic State Destroys 1,400-Year-Old Christian Monastery In Iraq

Fri, 01/22/2016 - 4:13am

Renee Montagne talks to Archbishop Bahshar Warda, a leader of Iraq's Chaldean Christians, about the destruction of one of the oldest Christian monasteries in Iraq. St. Elijah's Monastery was destroyed more than a year ago by the Islamic State.

With Sanctions Eased, What Kind Of Trade Can Companies Do With Iran?

Fri, 01/22/2016 - 4:13am

In the wake of the Iran nuclear deal, one sanctions lawyer is deluged with calls from U.S. businesses asking if they can enter the huge Iranian market. But the limits are tight and the risks steep.

As Skilled Workers Abandon Greece, Rebuilding Its Economy Gets Harder

Fri, 01/22/2016 - 4:13am

If Greece isn't a good place to do business anymore, then businesses will leave. When solid businesses close up or leave, then Greece becomes even worse for the remaining firms.

Residents Ask Oregon Officials To Help End Occupation Of Wildlife Refuge

Fri, 01/22/2016 - 4:13am

It's been nearly 3 weeks since armed men seized the headquarters of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Harney County, Ore. Renee Montagne talks to Les Zaitz of The Oregonian about the tension.

Support for Sen. Marco Rubio's Presidential Campaign Grows On Capitol Hill

Fri, 01/22/2016 - 4:13am

In the alternate universe of Capitol Hill, Marco Rubio is doing well among his GOP colleagues, while frontrunner Donald Trump has zero endorsements. A look at why Rubio is doing so well on Capitol Hill.

Taliban Makes Good On A Promise To Target Afghan Media Networks

Fri, 01/22/2016 - 4:13am

A suicide bomb attack killed six journalists from Afghanistan's independent television station, Tolo TV. Renee Montagne talks to Saad Mohseni, CEO Of Moby Group, the media company that owns Tolo TV.

In Oklahoma, Ex-Police Officer To Spend Rest Of His Life In Prison For Sexual Assaults

Fri, 01/22/2016 - 4:13am

In Oklahoma City, a judge has sentenced Daniel Holtzclaw to 263 years in prison. The former police officer was convicted of raping and sexually assaulting women when he was on the job. He chose victims who had arrest warrants or drug problems who were not likely to report him to the police. After one woman did report him, a dozen more came forward.

Review: X-Files Returns To Television

Fri, 01/22/2016 - 4:13am

After more than a decade, the conspiracy-theory-laden cult series X-Files returns to television. How does it stand up to the original?

Truck Sale Profits Help Automakers Develop Future Technologies

Fri, 01/22/2016 - 4:13am

Consumers bought a historic number of trucks and SUVs last year. With gas prices at record lows, consumers are gobbling up increasingly bigger and faster trucks. What does that mean for the future?

Lead Poisoning Dates Back To Roman Times

Fri, 01/22/2016 - 4:13am

Lead was found in Flint's water supply in 2014. Renee Montagne talks to Dr. Howard Markel, director of the Center for the History of Medicine at the University of Michigan about lead's long history.

China Captures The Attention Of Davos Economic Forum Participants

Fri, 01/22/2016 - 4:13am

China concerns are part of the reason global stock markets have been so troubled. Renee Montagne talks to Amy Wilkinson, author and a lecturer at the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Encore: In Wake Of War, Formerless Homeless Vet Found Hope In Treatment

Fri, 01/22/2016 - 4:08am

When Marine Cpl. Zach Stiles returned from Iraq, he couldn't sleep, hold down a job or pay rent. Earlier this year, he and his father sat down to talk for the first time about his life after the war.

After The Trip Seen 'Round The World, Syrian Refugee Builds A New Life

Fri, 01/22/2016 - 4:06am

The Syrian refugee who was tripped by a kick from a Hungarian camerawoman is now rebuilding his life in Spain. He's learning Spanish, working at a soccer academy — and trying to reunite his family.

California Cops Frustrated With 'Catch-And-Release' Crime-Fighting

Fri, 01/22/2016 - 4:05am

Prosecutors and some police departments in the state say reducing prison sentences is having an undesired outcome: more property crime. But reform advocates say police are jumping to conclusions.




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