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From The Ashes Of Some Coal Plants, New Energy Rises

Wed, 02/17/2016 - 3:57am

For decades, coal was king of electricity generation in the U.S., but that's changing. Across the country coal power plants are being replaced with generators that run on cleaner burning natural gas.

British Man Escapes Jail Time But Not Embarassment

Tue, 02/16/2016 - 5:33am

Joshua Hughes got caught trying to grow marijuana. Gazette Live reports his lawyer argued Hughes was so bad at growing pot, the plants never produced anything. His client got a suspended sentence.

Computer Glitch Spurs Gas Price War In Ohio

Tue, 02/16/2016 - 5:23am

The glitch caused one Toledo station to drop its price to historic lows. The station across the street responded by lowering its prices. For three hours drivers filled up their tanks for pennies.

U.S. Cuba To Sign Commercial Air Traffic Deal

Tue, 02/16/2016 - 5:07am

Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx is in Cuba to sign a bi-lateral agreement that will allow commercial airline service between the two countries for the first time in decades.

'New Yorker' Examines TMZ's Strategy

Tue, 02/16/2016 - 4:09am

Celebrity news website TMZ operates a lot like an intelligence agency, according to a piece in The New Yorker. Mary Louise Kelly talks to Nicholas Schmidle about TMZ's reporting tactics.

Overholt Is First Female Editor-In-Chief Of Major U.S. Sports Magazine

Tue, 02/16/2016 - 4:09am

Mary Louise Kelly talks to Alison Overholt the new editor-in-chief of "ESPN The Magazine" on becoming the first woman to edit a major U.S. sports magazine.

George W. Bush Campaigns For Jeb; Aims To Revive Brother's Presidential Bid

Tue, 02/16/2016 - 4:09am

Jeb Bush is looking to make a comeback in South Carolina, and Monday night he brought out his brother George W. Bush onto the campaign trail for the first time.

At Guantanamo, Another Step In The Process Post Sept. 11 Attacks

Tue, 02/16/2016 - 4:09am

Putting the five men accused of plotting the attacks on trial is a long process. On Tuesday, at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, another round of seemingly endless pre-trial war court hearings gets underway.

Watching The 58th Annual Grammy Awards With A Critical Eye

Tue, 02/16/2016 - 4:09am

Record of the Year went to Mark Ronson's "Uptown Funk," featuring Bruno Mars. Ed Sheeran and Amy Wadge won Song of the Year for "Thinking Out Loud." And Taylor Swift's 1989 won for Album of the Year.

Sudden Supreme Court Vacancy Dominates Political Spectrum

Tue, 02/16/2016 - 4:09am

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia's death uprooted the presidential election and jogged memories that Barack Obama is a lame-duck president. Republicans are vowing to block any Obama nominee.

'Breaking Wild' Explores Dark Spaces In Nature And In Ourselves

Tue, 02/16/2016 - 4:09am

David Greene talks to author Diane Les Becquets about her new novel Breaking Wild which vividly evokes Colorado's rugged backcountry.

2 Strategists Reflect On Presidential Campaigns' War Rooms

Tue, 02/16/2016 - 4:09am

Mary Louise Kelly talks to Stephanie Cutter, deputy campaign manager for President Obama's 2012 re-election, and Katie Packer who held the same job for the Republicans and Mitt Romney.

Analysts Parse Differences Between San Bernardino, Paris Attacks

Tue, 02/16/2016 - 4:09am

For months, the San Bernardino, Calif., and Paris attacks have been reported together. Analysts say the two could not be more different, and ISIS' actions since those attacks has made that clear.

Hatch: It's Not The Time To Have A Battle Over A Supreme Court Nominee

Tue, 02/16/2016 - 4:09am

As the fight over naming Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia's replacement begins, Sen. Orrin Hatch talks to David Greene about what it would take for a nominee to be confirmed by the Senate.

The Curious Case Of The Man In The U.S. Illegally And His Stolen Car

Tue, 02/16/2016 - 3:46am

Immigration advocates say Pedro Figueroa's detainment violates the sanctuary city law, which has been under scrutiny since July when Kate Steinle was killed by another man in the states illegally.

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.

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