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Being The Philly Phanatic

Thu, 07/13/2017 - 4:03am

The Philadelphia Phillies are struggling this season, but their mascot is still second to none. We look at how one of the original mascots, the Philly Phanatic, prepares for a game.

Morning News Brief: GOP Health Care Revisions, Trump In Paris, Malala Yousafzai In Iraq

Thu, 07/13/2017 - 4:03am

Sen. Mitch McConnell is planning to release a new version of the GOP health care bill Thursday. Also, President Trump is in France for talks, and human rights activist Malala Yousafzai visits Iraq.

Mobile App Designed To Prevent Pregnancy Gets EU Approval

Thu, 07/13/2017 - 4:03am

For the first time, a medically approved birth control app has been certified as a method of contraception. It relies on math, an algorithm and a woman's body temperature to determine fertility.

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Malala Yousafzai Visits Displaced Women

Thu, 07/13/2017 - 4:03am

Nobel Peace Prize laureate Malala Yousafzai visited some women in camps for displaced people in Iraq to advocate for girls' education.

What Can Bring Jobs To Coal Country?

Thu, 07/13/2017 - 4:03am

A new coal mine opened in western Pennsylvania and is expected to employ at least 70 people. But workers and employers in Somerset County say more is needed to bring economic opportunity.

Denver Takes Steps To Shield Immigrants From ICE

Thu, 07/13/2017 - 4:03am

Federal immigration agents have refused to back off Denver's courthouses, where they are looking for immigrants in the country illegally, so city officials decided to help some immigrants avoid court.

A Director's Struggle With Anorexia In 'To The Bone'

Thu, 07/13/2017 - 4:03am

Marti Noxon first made a name for herself in Hollywood as a writer and producer on the Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Now, she makes her directorial debut with To The Bone, a film about anorexia.

A Birth Control App Gets Certified

Thu, 07/13/2017 - 4:03am

For the first time a medically approved birth control app has been certified as a method of contraception. It relies on math, an algorithm and a woman's body temperature to determine fertility.

Trump Visits Paris For Parade And Talks

Thu, 07/13/2017 - 4:03am

Donald Trump is in France and will have talks with French President Emmanuel Macron. Political correspondent Thierry Arnaud of BFMTV talks with Steve Inskeep about what the two leaders will discuss.

Anonymous Woman Covers $405 Dinner Bill For Firefighters

Thu, 07/13/2017 - 4:03am

After working to contain the La Cadena Fire in Colton, Calif., 25 firefighters were treated to dinner when an anonymous patron paid $405 to cover their bill and tip.

Student Newspaper Interviews Defense Secretary James Mattis

Thu, 07/13/2017 - 4:03am

NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with Teddy Fischer, who interviewed Defense Secretary James Mattis for his high school newspaper after finding Mattis' phone number in a photograph, and editor Jane Gormley.

Some Women's Golf Fans Are Teed Off To See Major Tourney At Trump Course

Thu, 07/13/2017 - 4:03am

The U.S. Women's Open golf tournament begins Thursday at the Trump course in New Jersey. Fans agree that it's a beautiful course, but some object to helping boost a Trump-owned business.

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White House's FBI Director Nominee Christopher Wray Testifies On Hill

Wed, 07/12/2017 - 10:10am

The White House tapped former Justice Department lawyer Christopher Wray after a drawn-out search to replace James Comey when he was fired abruptly at the beginning of May.

Donald Trump Jr. Plays Down Russian Lawyer Meeting

Wed, 07/12/2017 - 6:28am

The president's eldest son told Fox News' Sean Hannity that he didn't tell his father about a 2016 meeting with a Russian lawyer because it was "nothing ... a wasted 20 minutes."

What's Left Of Mosul After Iraqi Government Claims Victory

Wed, 07/12/2017 - 6:26am

U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. Andrew Croft tells NPR's Steve Inskeep about the battle for the Iraqi city of Mosul, which the Iraqi government says is over after ISIS was expelled.

Happy Birthday To Henry David Thoreau

Wed, 07/12/2017 - 4:51am

Writer Henry David Thoreau was born 200 years ago today. He lived quietly by a pond, except when he went to jail. He was arrested for refusing to pay taxes due to his opposition to a war.

China Less Willing To Send Dissidents Abroad Than Before

Wed, 07/12/2017 - 3:54am

Ailing Nobel laureate and dissident Liu Xiaobo would prefer not to die in China. But China is more confident of itself, and less willing to send dissidents into exile abroad than it used to be.

The FBI In Pop Culture

Wed, 07/12/2017 - 3:54am

If confirmed, Christopher Wray will take over a vast agency with more than 30,000 employees and a myriad of departments that the public has come to know through depictions in popular culture.

Donald Trump Jr. Admits To Meeting With Russian Lawyer

Wed, 07/12/2017 - 3:54am

Donald Trump Jr. acknowledges meeting with a Russian lawyer to get damaging information about Hillary Clinton, and FBI director nominee Christopher Wray prepares to answer questions from senators.

Somerset County's Declining Economy

Wed, 07/12/2017 - 3:54am

A new coal mine opened in western Pennsylvania and is expected to employ at least 70 people. We travel to Somerset County to look at what it will take to bring economic opportunity to rural America.

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