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Number Of Republicans On Main Debate Stage Grows Smaller

Thu, 01/14/2016 - 4:07am

Just seven GOP candidates will be on stage for a debate Thursday night, the fewest of the campaign so far. With just a couple of weeks until the Iowa caucuses, attacks between candidates are getting sharper.

After Attack In Marseilles, Jews Urged To Stop Wearing Yarmulkes

Thu, 01/14/2016 - 4:07am

The head of the Jewish community in the southern French city of Marseilles has sparked controversy after suggesting Jews temporarily quit wearing yarmulkes for a while after a teacher was the victim of a an anti-Semitic attack

Amnesty International: Progress In Tunisia To Protect Human Rights Is Being Reversed

Thu, 01/14/2016 - 4:07am

It's been five years since the ouster of an authoritarian regime in the North African nation of Tunisia. Protests there sparked regional demonstrations known as the Arab spring. Amnesty International's new report indicates that progress made to protect human rights in Tunisia are being reversed.

Super Bowl Commercial Inspires Maraniss To Write About Detroit's Better Times

Thu, 01/14/2016 - 4:07am

David Greene talks to Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist David Maraniss about a key moment, some 40 years ago, when the city of Detroit seemed to rule the world. Maraniss has written a new history of Detroit's commerce and culture called "Once in a Great City: A Detroit Story."

After Istanbul Bombing, German Tourists Warned To Avoid Crowds, Tourist Sites

Thu, 01/14/2016 - 4:07am

Most of those killed and wounded by this week's suicide bombing in Turkey were German tourists. After at least 10 German nationals were killed, the German government warned travelers going Istanbul to avoid crowds and tourist sites. Last year, about five million Germans went to Turkey, making them the country's best tourist customers.

Indonesia's Capital Struck By Suicide Bombers, Gunmen

Thu, 01/14/2016 - 4:07am

At least three suicide bombers exploded themselves in a Starbucks cafe in downtown Jakarta on Thursday while two gunmen attacked a police post nearby. David Greene speaks with International New York Times reporter Joe Cochrane in Jakarta.

Fiorina Is Undettered By Dropping Poll Numbers

Thu, 01/14/2016 - 4:07am

David Greene talks to Republican Presidential candidate Carly Fiorina about her prospects as she is dropped from the main GOP debate to the undercard.

West Africa Is Ebola Free But Caution Remains

Thu, 01/14/2016 - 4:07am

The World Health Organization is set to declare West Africa officially Ebola-free on Thursday. It's inevitable, however, that the disease will re-appear there.

After Attack, An Uproar Over A Call For French Jews To Quit Wearing Yarmulkes

Thu, 01/14/2016 - 4:07am

A Jewish community leader in the southern city of Marseille has sparked controversy by calling on Jews to quit wearing skullcaps after a teacher was the victim of an anti-Semitic attack.

Haley's State Of The Union Response Reinforces Divide In The Republic Party

Thu, 01/14/2016 - 4:07am

Many in the GOP have criticized Governor Nikki Haley's response to President Obama's State of the Union address. David Greene talks to Robert Costa of "The Washington Post" about the divisions inside the GOP ahead of Thursday night's Republican presidential debate.

Oscar Nominations To Be Announced Thursday

Thu, 01/14/2016 - 4:07am

Nominations for the Academy Awards are announced this morning. We examine the films and performances that have Hollywood buzzing this year.

Researchers Probe Stereotype: Christians And Science Don't Get A Long

Thu, 01/14/2016 - 4:07am

New research explores whether stereotypes about religious people undermines their performance in certain tests. Studies have found that Christians tend to underperform non-Christians when it comes to tests of reasoning and logical ability.

Plan For Cuba Ferry Terminal Reveals Shift In Miami Politics

Thu, 01/14/2016 - 4:01am

Miami-Dade County is considering building a ferry terminal that would serve carriers offering regular service to Cuba. It's a sign that in a city that's home to Cuban exiles, times have changed.

The Farmer And Fisherman Who Lost His Sight To River Blindness

Thu, 01/14/2016 - 4:01am

He lost his sight in his youth. So he never married. But he's lived an independent life for decades — despite the best efforts of goats to raid his crops.

Dress First Lady Wore To State Of The Union Sells Out Online

Wed, 01/13/2016 - 6:29am

Michelle Obama was trending on Twitter. The orange/yellowish dress by designer Narciso Rodriguez was bought on sale for $628. Neiman Marcus was selling it — the dress is already sold out.

You're Never Too Wealthy To Want A Little More

Wed, 01/13/2016 - 6:20am

Alex Ovechkin is deep into a pro hockey contract that pays $124 million. That means he has a little extra cash for Powerball tickets. The $1.5 billion jackpot would be more than 10 times his contract.

VW CEO: We Didn't Lie' About Emissions

Wed, 01/13/2016 - 4:13am

Volkswagen CEO Mattias Mueller, who was in Detroit earlier this week for the auto show, told NPR that the emissions cheating scandal was a technical problem and not an ethical one.

Obama Touts U.S. Economy In His Final State Of The Union

Wed, 01/13/2016 - 4:13am

President Obama began his State of the Union Tuesday night with what he called a basic fact: The United States of America now has the strongest most durable economy in the world — citing 14 million new jobs. And he said unemployment had been cut in half since he took office. We examine some of the claims the president made.

What National Security Issues Did Obama Not Bring Up In The State Of The Union?

Wed, 01/13/2016 - 4:13am

Critics wanted President Obama to detail the next phase of his strategy for the war against ISIS in his State of the Union Address. In his Tuesday night address to the nation, the president talked about the Islamic State, Iran and the war in Syria. But what he didn't say about Iraq, Afghanistan and Syria was just as significant.

Solar Firms Stop Selling Panels In Nevada To Protest State Rule Change

Wed, 01/13/2016 - 4:13am

The latest battle over state subsidies for the solar industry is in Nevada. Regulators ruled against solar companies and now they are closing down operations in the state and laying off hundreds of employees.




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