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Week In Congress: Tax Bill And Sexual Misconduct Allegations

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 6:16am

The House passed its tax bill while the Senate Finance Committee approved its version of the Republican tax plan. Also, Sen. Al Franken faced new allegations.

Police In New Zealand Pull Over Driver Playing A Bagpipe

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 5:45am

Officers swore they saw the driver moving his fingers around on an instrument. The driver said no, that he was actually playing air bagpipe. He got off with a warning.

Election Tie In Bolton, Connecticut, Decided By Coin Toss

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 5:25am

Two candidates running for a seat on the city council got the exact same number of votes in last week's election. Under the town charter, ties can be decided by a coin toss.

Climate Change Ripens Prospects For German Winemakers

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 4:00am

While Spanish and Italian growers worry heat will dry out vines, in Germany, warming has made for better Rieslings. And one scientist says they couldn't be making red wine so good otherwise.

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New Raymond Chandler Story Takes On Health Care Industry

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 4:00am

A magazine editor recently discovered a never-published Raymond Chandler story that had gone missing some 60 years ago.

House Tax Plan Would Eliminate Medical Expense Deduction

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 4:00am

The House passed its bill to overhaul the tax code. It would eliminates many popular deductions — including the one for medical expenses. The provision isn't included in the current Senate version.

Zimbabweans Wonder What's Ahead For Mugabe And Their Country

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 4:00am

David Greene talks to journalist Jeffrey Barbee about President Robert Mugabe, who has outwitted his political opponents to stay power for 37 years. The military took over the government on Wednesday.

Tourists Can Now Experience Northern Ireland's Violent Political History

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 4:00am

One of the most remarkable tours in Belfast is a walk along the walls that still divide Catholic and Protestant neighborhoods, guided by former paramilitary soldiers who fought on either side of the conflict. Relatives of victims say the tours could perpetuate the conflict, but the tour guides, who served prison terms, make recent history come alive.

Sexual Misconduct Allegations Mount Against Roy Moore

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 4:00am

Rachel Martin talks to Steven Law, head of the Senate Leadership Fund, which backs establishment Republican candidates in Senate races. Moore denies the allegations and plans to stay in the race.

Movie Reviews: 'Justice League' And 'Mudbound'

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 4:00am

Rachel Martin talks to Angelica Jade Bastien, a staff write for the entertainment site Vulture, about a couple of movies out this week: Justice League and Mudbound.

Protestor Takes Police Officer's Suggestion, Runs For Council And Wins

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 4:00am

Last September, Braxton Winston was protesting the death of Keith Lamont Scott on the streets of Charlotte, N.C. He's turned that protest into politics — as one of the city's new council members.

News Brief: Accusations Against Franken, House Tax Overhaul Win

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 4:00am

A Los Angeles radio host says now-Sen. Al Franken forced himself on her while the two were on a USO tour in 2006. And, the House has passed its massive 1.4 trillion dollar tax overhaul.

Climate Change Unlocks Possibilities In German Wine Country

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 4:00am

Germany is hosting U.N. climate talks this week. Germany is already feeling the results of climate change — particularly in its wine country.

Pentagon Says It's Staying In Syria, Even Though ISIS Appears Defeated

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 3:51am

The U.S. is keeping its troops in Syria and continues to press for a political settlement to that country's civil war. It's far from clear the U.S. has sufficient leverage to achieve that.

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The Largest Digital Camera In The World Takes Shape

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 3:51am

A two-story tall, digital camera is taking shape in California. It will ultimately go on a telescope in Chile where it will survey the sky, looking for things that appear suddenly or change over time.

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Mama Stamberg's Cranberry Relish Takes Heat From One Of The Family's Own

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 3:50am

It's the Friday before Thanksgiving. That means it's time for NPR's Susan Stamberg's traditional recipe that "sounds terrible but tastes terrific" — though her granddaughter begs to differ.

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After He Died From An Opioid Overdose, She Got A New Chance At Life

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 3:49am

When Marlene Shay lost her son Adam to an opioid overdose, his organs went to Karen Goodwin, who was in treatment for drug addiction. If it wasn't for him, Goodwin tells Shay, "I wouldn't be here."

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Oops, We Lost Your DACA Application

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 9:19pm

Immigrants' rights groups say thousands of DACA renewal applications may have been wrongly rejected for being late. The Trump administration now says it will reconsider some of those applications.

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Woman Alleges Sen. Al Franken Groped Her Without Her Consent

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 11:26am

A woman has come forward with an account of alleged sexual assault by Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., in 2006. Franken is not denying the incident and apologized to the woman in a statement.

Trump To Visit Capitol Hill To Rally Support For House Tax Bill

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 6:37am

Rachel Martin talks to Rep. Ron Estes of Kansas about the plan which would lower the cap on mortgage interest deductions and cut the corporate tax rate. There's a competing measure in the Senate.




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