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I'll Pass On The $495 Sneakers, Pablo Torre Says

Wed, 05/10/2017 - 3:53am

Did you pay a little extra for a sports star's name on your latest pair of sneakers? Well, a budding NBA player's dad is relentlessly promoting the chance to pay even more for potential star power.

U.S. To Arm Kurdish Fighters In Syria Despite Turkey's Objection

Wed, 05/10/2017 - 3:53am

President Trump has approved the arming of Kurdish forces in Syria, as part of an effort to take the ISIS-controlled city of Raqqa. But Turkey objects and views many Kurdish fighters as terrorists.

Indian Film 'Baahubali 2' Is Breaking Box Office Records

Wed, 05/10/2017 - 3:53am

The new movie Baahubali 2: The Conclusion has broken sales records in India and is even a big hit at U.S. box offices. Shashank Bengali of the Los Angeles Times explains the phenomenon.

Democrat Rep. Jackie Speier Compares Comey's Firing To Nixon

Wed, 05/10/2017 - 3:53am

NPR's David Greene speaks with Democratic Rep. Jackie Speier, who sits on the House Intelligence Committee. She strongly criticized President Trump's firing of FBI Director James Comey.

Teenager Achieves Dream Of Year's Supply Of Chicken Nuggets

Wed, 05/10/2017 - 3:53am

Carter Wilkerson, 16, of Nevada, now has the most retweeted tweet of all time. He wanted free chicken nuggets from Wendy's, and Wendy's finally agreed.

NATO Takes Aim At Disinformation Campaigns

Wed, 05/10/2017 - 3:53am

The NATO alliance is dealing with a new perceived threat: disinformation. Steve Inskeep talks with Janis Sarts of the NATO Strategic Communications Centre of Excellence about countermeasures.

Morning News Brief: Why Trump Fired Comey, And What's Next For The FBI

Wed, 05/10/2017 - 3:53am

President Trump has fired James Comey as the FBI director. We look at where this story started and what this means for the future of the FBI investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election.

Trump Will Decide If U.S. Should Withdraw From Climate Accord

Tue, 05/09/2017 - 6:26am

The Paris accord commits nations to reduce carbon emissions. Steve Inskeep talks to Scott Segal, a lobbyist who represents a range of energy companies, who wants the U.S. to stay in the deal.

Much Like Beauty, Art Is In The Eye Of The Beholder

Tue, 05/09/2017 - 6:05am

A Scottish business student decided to find out: What is art? He got a pineapple and put it on a museum exhibition table to see if it passed for art. It did. The museum had put a glass case over it.

Neiman Marcus Sells Designer's 'Future Destroyed-High-Top Sneaker'

Tue, 05/09/2017 - 5:45am

Don't have time to break your sneakers in? The shoes being sold on Neiman Marcus' website look nearly pulled inside out — as if they got caught in a lawn mower. The cost for a pair is $1,425.

South Koreans Choose New President After Previous One Is Jailed

Tue, 05/09/2017 - 4:47am

Tuesday's election is the culmination of a frenzied two-month race set up by the scandal that toppled the country's first female president, who is jailed awaiting trial on corruption charges.

Draft Horses Are Enlisted To Help Maintain Remote Cell Towers

Tue, 05/09/2017 - 4:03am

A company in Wisconsin has found a low-tech solution to the high-tech problem of maintaining cell phone antennas in hard-to-reach areas. It hearkens back to the state's logging heritage.

Did Yates Testimony Shed Light On Flynn's Russian Contacts?

Tue, 05/09/2017 - 4:03am

David Greene talks to Senator Chris Coons, a member of the judiciary committee, about what key administration officials have said about former national security adviser Michael Flynn's Russia contacts.

Jakarta's Minority Christian Governor Convicted Of Blasphemy

Tue, 05/09/2017 - 4:03am

The Christian governor of Jakarta, which is the capital of mostly-Muslim Indonesia, has been found guilty of blasphemy. He is expected to appeal his two-year prison sentence.

Congress Needs To Address Deeper Issues Hurting Health Care, Pearl Says

Tue, 05/09/2017 - 4:03am

Rachel Martin talks to Dr. Robert Pearl who has been watching congressional efforts to overhaul health care. Pearl is CEO of health care insurer and provider, The Permanente Medical Group.

News Brief: Sally Yates Testimony, South Korea Election, 'Front Line' Probe

Tue, 05/09/2017 - 4:03am

Senate panel told ex-national security adviser Michael Flynn was compromised by the Russians. South Koreans elect a president. Probe shows why some families aren't getting government-funded housing.

There Must Be More Productive Ways To Talk About Climate Change

Tue, 05/09/2017 - 4:03am

Rachel Martin talks to climate scientist Katharine Hayhoe, who stresses how unproductive it is to label someone a "climate denier."

Economists Debate If Tax Cuts Pay For Themselves

Tue, 05/09/2017 - 4:03am

A decades-old economic theory is making a comeback. The theory: tax cuts can pay for themselves. Trump administration advisers have repeated this mantra to explain why cutting the corporate tax rate from 35 to 15 percent won't blow a hole in the budget.

Yates, Clapper Testify On Russian Attempts To Interfere In U.S. Elections

Tue, 05/09/2017 - 4:03am

Former acting Attorney General Sally Yates told a Senate panel on Monday that she repeatedly informed the White House that former national security adviser Michael Flynn was engaging in "problematic" conduct. Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper also testified.

U.S. Government Officials Play Hardball On Student Loan Defaults

Tue, 05/09/2017 - 4:03am

The federal government is ramping up an experimental program in which they hire debt-collection law firms to sue borrowers who decades ago defaulted on student loans.

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