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For NYC Firefighters Learning Mandarin, Service Starts With 'Ni Hao'

Tue, 02/16/2016 - 3:45am

Some New York City first responders are now taking Mandarin classes as a way to better serve the country's largest Chinese immigrant community during emergencies.

Spanish Government Official Fined For 6-Year Absence

Mon, 02/15/2016 - 6:37am

Officials in Cadiz wanted to give Joaquin Garcia an award for service but no one could find him. According to reports, he'd largely stopped coming to work. He is contesting the $30,000 fine.

Love Was In The Air On Valentine's Day

Mon, 02/15/2016 - 6:28am

Fifty couples in Latvia got married at what's known as the Love Cup Festival. They were trying to set a Guinness World Record for most simultaneous weddings while floating in hot air balloons.

Politics In The News: Scalia's Unexpected Death

Mon, 02/15/2016 - 4:08am

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia's death has thrown the presidential campaign into turmoil. David Greene talks to NPR's Cokie Roberts and Amy Walter, national editor of the Cook Political Report.

Fighting Escalates In Syria As Cease-Fire Is Planned For This Week

Mon, 02/15/2016 - 4:08am

David Greene talks to James Jeffrey, former U.S. ambassador to Iraq and Turkey, about the potential for a lasting ceasefire between the Syrian government and rebels. He also discusses the fight against ISIS.

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia Was know For His Acerbic Dissidents

Mon, 02/15/2016 - 4:08am

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, perhaps the leading voice of uncompromising conservatism on the nation's highest court, was found dead over the weekend at a ranch in West Texas. He was 79 years old. In his 29 years on the court, Scalia achieved almost a cult following for his acerbic dissents, which in many ways shaped the ongoing legal debate over how courts should interpret the Constitution.

Television Review: Stephen King's '11.22.63'

Mon, 02/15/2016 - 4:08am

The TV mini-series "11.22.63" is based on a Stephen King novel in which a man goes back in time to stop the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. It premieres on Hulu on President's Day. Our critic tells us whether the time travel is worth the time.

Obama To Nominate A Candidate To Fill Scalia's Empty Chair

Mon, 02/15/2016 - 4:08am

The Supreme Court has been closely divided, 5-4, on major social issues for years. With Justice Scalia's death, the White House has a chance to shift the balance of power with a Democratic appointee.

Pope Dishes Out Tough Love To Mexico's Rich, Political Elite

Mon, 02/15/2016 - 4:08am

Pope Francis didn't shy away from criticizing his Mexican hosts. He called on the church hierarchy and the country's politicians to work harder for the good of the many and not just the privileged.

Rapper Kendrick Lamar Predicted To Be Big Grammy Winner

Mon, 02/15/2016 - 4:08am

Kendrick Lamar's album To Pimp A Butterfly is a favorite for Album of the Year. And his song "Alright," is favored to win Song of the Year. David Greene talks to Kendrick Lamar about his music.

Soldiers In Brazil Battle Mosquitoes That Could Be Spreading Zika

Mon, 02/15/2016 - 4:08am

Brazil is fanning out 200,000 troops to battle mosquitoes. This is part of the larger effort to combat the transmission of the Zika virus. Zika normally produces mild effects but in Brazil. it has been linked to brain abnormalities in infants, in particular — tiny heads.

Pentagon Makes Changes To Be More Family Friendly

Mon, 02/15/2016 - 4:08am

Mary Louise Kelly talks to Brad Carson, who is with the Defense Department's Personnel and Readiness Program, about a new program that will pay for active-duty troops to freeze their eggs and sperm.

Ordinary Turks Quietly Volunteer to Help Syrian Refugees

Mon, 02/15/2016 - 4:08am

While the government in Turkey is under fire for not letting more Syrians in, many Turks take it upon themselves to bring aid to refugees. Turkish volunteers recently met a Syrian family stuck in Turkey after their sick child made it impossible to get on a boat to Europe.

Popular Heartburn Pills Can Be Hard To Stop, And May Be Risky

Mon, 02/15/2016 - 3:41am

Millions of people take proton pump inhibitors. But the drugs can increase the risk of infections, bone fractures and kidney problems. And trying to stop the drugs can make symptoms much worse.

Why Are There So Many Tough Guys Who Sound Like Ladies On The Radio?

Mon, 02/15/2016 - 3:33am

Right now, men singing in high voices are really popular: think Usher, Adam Levine, Jason Derulo or The Weeknd, who is up for seven Grammys this year. NPR's Neda Ulaby tries to understand why.

A Cluttered Kitchen Can Nudge Us To Overeat, Study Finds

Mon, 02/15/2016 - 3:29am

Earlier research found that people in a messy work area were less likely to choose healthy snacks. Now a study hints that a cluttered kitchen might make those who feel out of control eat more sweets.

On The Docket, In Limbo: Scalia's Death Casts Uncertainty On Key Cases

Sun, 02/14/2016 - 10:00pm

The president says he intends to fill Antonin Scalia's vacancy, but it's unlikely the Senate will make it easy. Cases on immigration, religious liberty and abortion access may hang in the balance.

Presidential Candidates Pledge To Undo Citizens United. But Can They?

Sun, 02/14/2016 - 5:00am

It was a point of agreement between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders at their last debate. It's also supported by some Republican contenders. But that doesn't mean it'll happen easily.

What Would A Cease-Fire In Syria Mean For Russian Airstrikes?

Fri, 02/12/2016 - 6:52am

A plan has been announced for a cessation of fighting in Syria in one week's time. Mary Louise Kelly talks to Staffan de Mistura, the U.N. special envoy for Syria, about what the pause would mean.

Swedish Police Officer Docked For Slacking Off On Friday

Fri, 02/12/2016 - 6:11am

A Swedish cop chose not to arrest a driver suspected of smuggling alcohol across the border. "It's Friday afternoon," he told his superiors "and we have not intended to work late."

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