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In Disputed Iraqi Territory, Rebuilding A City Means Doing It Yourself

Wed, 01/11/2017 - 3:59am

After ISIS was forced out and no government took responsibility for rebuilding, residents repaired bridges, schools and markets. The effort is thanks to Yacub Youssef, a former sports teacher.

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2 Ethics Lawyers Plan To Listen Closely To Trump's News Conference

Wed, 01/11/2017 - 3:59am

Donald Trump is holding a long-awaited press conference on Wednesday. Rachel Martin talks 2 people waiting for what Trump has to say: former White House ethics lawyers, Norm Eisen and Richard Painter.

War Correspondent, First To Report The Start Of WW II, Dies At 105

Wed, 01/11/2017 - 3:59am

A pistol-packing reporter who snuck into Nazi territory to break the news that World War II had begun has died. Clare Hollingworth was a trail-blazer for female war correspondents. She was 105.

Auto Show Lesson: The Difference Between Driverless And Self-Driving Cars

Wed, 01/11/2017 - 3:59am

Major automakers at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit are betting big on self-driving vehicles. They all believe in a driver-less future, but they disagree on when it will arrive.

Judge To Formally Hand Down Death Sentence For S.C. Church Shooter

Wed, 01/11/2017 - 3:59am

A federal jury in Charleston, S.C., has sentenced Dylann Roof to death for the 2015 church killings. The same jury convicted him last month in the nine shootings.

Farewell Speech Highlights White House Wins Over The Last 8 Years

Wed, 01/11/2017 - 3:59am

President Obama defended his legacy in a farewell address in Chicago Tuesday night. He also underscored some of the challenges facing the country as he prepares to leave office in nine days.

Unconfirmed Reports Allege Collusion Between Russia And Trump Campaign

Wed, 01/11/2017 - 3:59am

Reports are circulating that intelligence officials briefed President Obama and President-elect Trump on a dossier that is circulating which alleges Russia has compromising information about Trump.

College Football Should Focus More On Off-Field Events, Commentator Says

Wed, 01/11/2017 - 3:59am

Sarah Spain says the case of Oklahoma running back Joe Mixon shows there is still work to do when it comes to athletes and violence against women. Spain is an ESPN sportscaster from Chicago.

At Confirmation Hearing, Sen. Sessions Links Police Morale To Crime Spike

Wed, 01/11/2017 - 3:59am

Police say protests have made them feel more threatened and less inclined to do their jobs. Sen. Jeff Sessions, Donald Trump's pick for attorney general, echoed that sentiment in his testimony.

#AskCokie: A Look Back At Presidential Press Conferences

Wed, 01/11/2017 - 3:59am

Columnist and commentator Cokie Roberts drops by Morning Edition for her latest segment of #AskCokie. She and Rachel Martin examine the history of presidential press conferences.

1 Iraqi Man Takes Rebuilding The City Of Jalawla Into His Own Hands

Wed, 01/11/2017 - 3:59am

Jalawla is rebuilding after ISIS was forced out. The man overseeing the work is having to rely on the money and help from locals since neither the central government or Kurdish leaders have helped.

Senate Panel To Evaluate Whether An Oilman Can Be A Good Statesman

Wed, 01/11/2017 - 3:59am

Trump's pick as America's top diplomat is to appear before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Senators are expected to question former ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson about his views on Russia.

Obama, In Farewell Address, Urges Americans To Engage In Government

Wed, 01/11/2017 - 3:59am

President Obama gave his farewell address Tuesday night in Chicago. He talked about the meaning of democracy in America. Rachel Martin talks to former Obama speechwriter Jon Lovett about the speech.

Trump D.C. Hotel Contractors Say They're Owed Millions

Wed, 01/11/2017 - 3:54am

Liens filed by construction firms against the Trump Organization's new luxury Washington hotel claim they're owed more than $5 million for unpaid work. The federal government holds the building lease.

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Protesters Interrupt Confirmation Hearing For Sen. Sessions As Attorney General

Tue, 01/10/2017 - 10:52am

Protesters interrupted the hearing where Jeff Sessions was being considered as Donald Trump's pick for attorney general. Groups oppose the nomination over Sessions' record on civil and voting rights.

Texas Governor Gives Culturally Offensive Gift To Taiwan's President

Tue, 01/10/2017 - 5:52am

Clocks are a taboo gift in many parts of Asia because in Chinese, the phrase for "giving a clock" sounds the same as the phrase used to say goodbye to the deceased.

Snowplow Driver Gets Pregnant Mom To The Hospital In Time

Tue, 01/10/2017 - 5:29am

Stephanie and Hugh Dawson were racing to the hospital in Chesapeake, Va., over the weekend. She was in labor when their truck broke down. They got to the hospital by snowplow in the nick of time.

Clemson Beats Alabama For College Football Title

Tue, 01/10/2017 - 4:16am

In a near replay of the 2015 national title game, the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Clemson Tigers traded blows — with some of the same big names delivering. But this time, Clemson was victorious.

Humans Worry About Self-Driving Cars. Maybe It Should Be The Reverse

Tue, 01/10/2017 - 4:16am

Self-driving cars will perform rationally. For example: stop when someone is in their way. Research suggests humans will take advantage, and step into an intersection when they know they shouldn't.

Trump Names Son-In-Law As A Senior Adviser Raising More Ethics Issues

Tue, 01/10/2017 - 4:16am

President-elect Donald Trump has named Jared Kushner, daughter Ivanka Trump's husband, as a senior adviser to the president — raising questions about both nepotism and conflicts of interest.

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