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An Employee Mistakenly Steps Into Politics; Can The Government Retaliate?

Tue, 01/19/2016 - 4:00am

The Supreme Court will ponder an unusual question Tuesday concerning free speech rights. It started when a police detective picked up a replacement campaign sign for his bedridden mother.

Feathers Fly Over Turkey Who Was A Passenger On A Delta Flight

Mon, 01/18/2016 - 7:08am

A photo shows a turkey peering through the seats with an arm around it. Presumably that of the human who needed a therapy pet. USA Today reports there are many questions surrounding the flying turkey.

Store Discovers Water-Filled Bottles Passed Off As Vodka

Mon, 01/18/2016 - 6:00am

A Toronto man reported his Smirnoff vodka bottle contained mostly water. It appears someone brought in a bottle, filled with water, trying to return it and switched it out for one on the shelf.

It's Down To 4 Teams In The NFL Playoffs

Mon, 01/18/2016 - 4:09am

David Greene talks to Kevin Blackistone, a columnist with The Washington Post and a professor of journalism at the University of Maryland, about the NFL playoffs.

Ted Cruz To Make 17 Stops During New Hampshire Bus Tour

Mon, 01/18/2016 - 4:09am

Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz is in a tough battle with Donald Trump to win Iowa. But this week, he's barnstorming New Hampshire in an effort to beat expectations in the state's primary.

Iran Frees 'Washington Post' Reporter Held Captive For 545 Days

Mon, 01/18/2016 - 4:09am

After 545 days in captivity in Iran, Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian was freed, along with four other prisoners. Renee Montagne talks to Post editor Marty Baron, who is in Germany with Rezaian.

Sounds Of Illegal Drag Races Interrupt Islamabad Pre-Dawn Quiet

Mon, 01/18/2016 - 4:09am

At night, the Pakistani capital of Islamabad is generally tranquil. There are occasions when loud noises interrupt people's slumber. Our reporter went out to investigate what woke him up.

Politics In The News

Mon, 01/18/2016 - 4:09am

We look at whether the gloves came off, as promised, between Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton during Sunday's Democratic presidential debate. David Greene talks to Cokie Roberts and Margie Omero, a Democratic pollster from the firm Purple Strategies. (Stations note: Margie Omero's husband is working for Bernie Sanders, but she says she is not backing any candidate.)

Iran Hostage Exchange Was Long In The Making

Mon, 01/18/2016 - 4:09am

Tehran and Washington swapped long-held prisoners over the weekend as the U.S. and Europe lifted oil and financial sanctions on Iran. Renee Montagne talks to Wendy Sherman, former lead Iran negotiator who long urged Iran to release American hostages held in that country.

Missing Booksellers Raise Doubts About The Future Of Free Speech In Hong Kong

Mon, 01/18/2016 - 4:09am

A missing Hong Kong bookseller appeared on Chinese state-run media saying he turned himself into mainland authorities after leaving China following a 2003 conviction. The arrest has led to speculation about whether the man was abducted by Chinese authorities and brought back to the mainland.

Greece Cracks Down On Volunteers Aiding Migrants

Mon, 01/18/2016 - 4:09am

The Greek coast guard has arrested 5 foreign members of volunteer rescue teams trying to help migrants crossing between Turkey and the Greek islands. The volunteers, three Spaniards and two Danes, may be charged with aiding human trafficking.

Administration Announces Temporary Freeze On Federal Land Mining Leases

Mon, 01/18/2016 - 4:09am

In his State of the Union address, President Obama signaled that he was going to "change the way we manage our oil and coal resources, so that they better reflect the costs they impose on taxpayers and our planet." On Friday, Interior Secretary Sally Jewell announced a moratorium on new coal leases on federal land while the department considers comprehensive reforms to the U.S. coal program.

With Sanctions Lifted, Iran Plans To Export More Oil. What Will That Do To The Market?

Mon, 01/18/2016 - 4:09am

Now that international sanctions have been lifted on Iran, the country's deputy oil minister says the country hopes to export as much as 500,000 more barrels of oil a day. But this comes while global oil prices are falling and revenues are plunging. What impact will Iran's re-entry into the world oil market have?

Clashes Intensify During Democratic Presidential Debate

Mon, 01/18/2016 - 4:09am

Democratic presidential candidates Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders and Martin O'Malley took the stage in Sunday's debate in Charleston, S.C. In the final debate before the Iowa caucuses, the candidates tangled on policy — ranging from their stances on financial regulation to foreign policy.

How Do Iranians Feel About The Thaw In Relations With The West?

Mon, 01/18/2016 - 4:09am

Sanctions were lifted against Iran even as more limited ones were imposed on those violating resolutions against ballistic missile tests. David Greene talks to Thomas Erdbrink of The New York Times.

At the U.S. Border, Cubans Are Welcomed, Salvadorans Deported

Mon, 01/18/2016 - 4:09am

The inconsistencies of U.S. immigration policy is in focus in El Salvador. Two groups of migrants — Cubans and El Salvadorans — receive very different receptiond at the U.S. border.

'Washington Post' Reporter Held Captive In Iran Is Freed

Mon, 01/18/2016 - 4:09am

After more than 500 days in prison, Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian was freed, along with 4 others. Renee Montagne talks to Washington Post editor Marty Baron, who is in Germany with Rezaian.

Sounds Of Illegal Drag Races Interrupt Islamabad's Pre-Dawn Quiet

Mon, 01/18/2016 - 4:09am

At night, the Pakistani capital of Islamabad is generally tranquil. There are occasions when loud noises interrupt people's slumber. Our reporter went out to investigate what woke him up.

Chef Trades Toque For Amish Beard, Opens Off-The-Grid Deli In Maine

Mon, 01/18/2016 - 3:40am

A Chicago chef tired of the kitchen grind moved his family off the grid to join an Amish community in Maine. He's now selling charcuterie and cheese from a cabin in the woods.

Can't Focus? It Might Be Undiagnosed Adult ADHD

Mon, 01/18/2016 - 3:25am

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder is most commonly diagnosed in children. But older adults may find that what they worried was early dementia is actually ADHD.

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