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Republicans Blame Medicaid For Contributing To Opioid Epidemic

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 4:07am

Times-Picayune reporter Julia O'Donoghue talks with Rachel Martin about the rationale behind the Republican argument that expanding Medicaid contributes to the country's opioid epidemic.

Pet Blessing In Spain

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 4:07am

Catholics are celebrating the Feast of San Anton this week. He's known as the patron saint of animals, and in Spain the fiesta ends with people bringing their pets to be blessed in church.

HHS To Protect Health Workers With Religious Objections

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 4:07am

The Department of Health and Human Services is expected to announce the creation of a new division to protect health workers who object to procedures like abortions for religious reasons.

Andrew W.K. Takes Responsibility For Causing Speeding With 'Sonic Party Power'

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 4:07am

A U.K. man was pulled over for speeding while listening to an Andrew W.K. song. On Twitter, the musician offered to pay his speeding ticket because of "the sonic party power that caused you to speed."

Apple Says It Will Create 20,000 Jobs In The U.S.

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 4:07am

Apple says that it's bringing billions of dollars back to the U.S. and using it to create a new campus and create 20,000 jobs. Analysts say the announcement is a mix of politics and economics.

Tillerson Says U.S. To Stay In Syria Indefinitely

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 4:07am

Secretary of State Tillerson says the U.S. will keep a military presence in Syria for the foreseeable future. Cleveland State University's Milena Sterio tells David Greene about the legal issues.

News Brief: HHS To Protect Religious Objectors, Trump's First Year Poll, Apple Jobs

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 4:07am

The Department of Health and Human Services is expected to announce the creation of a new division to protect health workers who object to procedures for religious reasons.

Wes Studi On His Cherokee Nation Childhood And How He Discovered Acting

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 4:07am

Studi says he was a Vietnam veteran looking for a rush when he got into community theater and "rediscovered that huge wall of fear." He plays a Cheyenne chief in the new film Hostiles.

(Image credit: Charley Gallay/Getty Images for Disney)

Majority Of Americans See Trump's First Year As A Failure

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 4:00am

A new NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist survey finds Americans believe Trump has divided the nation in his first year as president. But people who backed him in 2016 continue to be firmly behind him.

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From The Frontlines Of A Sexual Assault Epidemic: Two Therapists Share Stories

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 4:00am

Two psychologists both have a rare specialty: counseling sexual assault survivors who have intellectual disabilities. The stories of sexual violence in their clients' lives have striking similarities.

(Image credit: Cornelia Li for NPR)

Aetna Agrees To Pay $17 Million In HIV Privacy Breach

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 4:15pm

Health insurer Aetna has reached a settlement with people whose privacy was compromised when their HIV status was visible through the clear address windows on envelopes sent to them.

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North And South Korea Find Common Ground For Pyeongchang Winter Olympics

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 9:02am

North and South Korea will form a unified woman's hockey team and will march together in the opening ceremony at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics.

Do You Have The Right To Plead Not Guilty When Your Lawyer Disagrees?

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 6:24am

The Supreme Court hears arguments in a case in which the defendant's lawyer told the jury he was guilty over the defendant's explicit objection.

Sen. Flake To Counter Trump's Fake News Claims In Senate Speech

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 6:23am

Steve Inskeep talks to Republican Rep. Jeff Flake of Arizona who says the president's use of the phrase "fake news" has consequences. Flake says authoritarian leaders are now using the phrase.

New Jersey Has A New Law Against Droning While Intoxicated

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 5:33am

On his last day in office, Gov. Chris Christie signed a law Monday making it illegal to fly an unmanned drone after too many drinks.

Klingon Tourist Center Opens Next Month In Stockholm

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 5:16am

The center will introduce visitors to the culture and customs of the Star Trek warrior race. Fans will also get to tour a replica of the Klingon capital city.

Morning News Brief

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 4:03am

House Republicans have proposed a temporary measure that keeps the government funded. And, the Navy says the commanding officers of two vessels involved in separate collisions in the Pacific Ocean will face court-martial proceedings and possible criminal charges. A total of 17 crew members were killed.

Trump Raises Possibility Of Bringing Back Earmarks

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 4:03am

Commentator and columnist Cokie Roberts answers listener questions about the history in Congress of attaching spending for pet projects onto major pieces of legislation — a practice known as earmarks.

Trump Comments Ignite Immigrants In Philly To Unite

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 4:03am

African and Caribbean immigrants in Philadelphia are organizing following disparaging comments attributed to President Trump that he made about their homelands.

Bill Changes How Congressional Sexual Harassment Claims Are Handled

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 4:03am

Lawmakers in the House are set to consider a bipartisan bill that would overhaul how Congress handles allegations of sexual misconduct. Rachel Martin talks to Republican Rep. Bradley Byrne of Alabama.

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