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Panama Papers Shed Light On Tax Havens, Shell Corporations And Corruption

Wed, 04/06/2016 - 4:08am

There's been more ripple effects from the release of a Panamanian law firm's records dating back to the 1970s. On Tuesday, the prime minister of Iceland resigned after his name turned up in the files. Experts who follow money laundering and tax evasion point to laws that allow shell corporations as a fundamental problem.

Pope Francis May Travel To Greek Island To Highlight Plight Of Refugees

Wed, 04/06/2016 - 4:08am

The Vatican confirmed it is discussing a visit by Pope Francis to the Greek Island of Lesbos, to draw attention to the plight of asylum seekers trying to reach Europe. The Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople would join Francis on the island. Lesbos is at the center of a controversial EU plan to send migrants back to Turkey.

Wedding Cake Baker Finds Fault With Mississippi's Religious Objections Law

Wed, 04/06/2016 - 4:08am

Mississippi's governor signed into law a bill that lets religious organizations, individuals and private companies refuse services to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, if they feel offering such services violates their religious beliefs. Renee Montagne talks to Mitchell Moore, who owns two bakeries in Mississippi, and who opposes the new law.

Tween Reporter Breaks News Stories, Stands Up To Critics

Wed, 04/06/2016 - 4:08am

Hilde Kate Lysiak (HILL-dee kate LEE zyack) of Selinsgrove (SELL-inz-grove>>, Pennsylvania, is nine years old, and for the last two years, she' been the editor and publisher of "The Orange Street News." Not everyone is fan of Hilde's reporting on the neighborhood murder, but Renee Montagne reports she's standing up to critics.

She's Lost Two Daughters To ISIS. Will Her Younger Girls Be Next?

Wed, 04/06/2016 - 4:08am

A Tunisian mother blames poverty, lack of education and opportunity for her two older daughters' decision to join ISIS. Without help, she fears that her younger girls will become "two little bombs."

WhatsApp Adds End-To-End Encryption To Its Communication Services

Wed, 04/06/2016 - 4:08am

That means only the sender and recipient of a message can view it. The people who run the popular messaging service cannot, and they cannot hand data over to law enforcement.

Wis. Voters Deviate From Front-Runner Tradition; Elect Underdogs

Wed, 04/06/2016 - 4:08am

Tamara Keith has the Democrats perspective; Sarah McCammon the Republicans. Democratic pollster Margie Omero of Purple Strategies and GOP pollster Neil Newhouse of Public Opinion Strategies weigh in.

Big Seed: Consolidation Is Shrinking The Industry Even Further

Wed, 04/06/2016 - 4:07am

Over the past century, small-town seed businesses have given way to global enterprises. The story of one small seed company in Nebraska helps explain what drove the transformation.

New York Lawmaker Opposed To Gun That Resembles iPhone

Tue, 04/05/2016 - 5:47am

Sen. Charles Schumer objects to a smartphone weapon. It's not an app for an iPhone — it's an acutal pistol that folds up to resemble an iPhonoe

Actor Who Voiced: 'It's A Trap,' Famous 'Star Wars' Line, Dies

Tue, 04/05/2016 - 4:50am

Admiral Ackbar, the fish looking creature with a domed head from Return of the Jedi endeared himself to fans with a single line: "It's a trap." Voice actor Erik Bauersfeld died Sunday at age 93.

Despite Protests, Princeton to Keep Woodrow Wilson's Name On School Buildings

Tue, 04/05/2016 - 4:04am

Princeton University has decided to keep former President Woodrow Wilson's name on its school of Foreign Policy despite protests on campus demanding its removal due to his segregationist views.

Predicting How Wisconsin's Democrats Will Vote In The Primary

Tue, 04/05/2016 - 4:04am

Both Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders hold bragging rights. Steve Inskeep talks to Sachin Chheda, a Wisconsin Democratic consultant and former head of the Milwaukee County Democratic party.

French-Moroccan Activist Encourages Disillusioned Youth Not To Lose Their Dreams

Tue, 04/05/2016 - 4:04am

Steve Inskeep talks to Latifa Ibn Ziaten, a recipients of the State Department's international women of courage award. She works with youth in France, hoping to steer them away from extremism.

Government's Secrecy Contributes To Zeka Outbreak In Venezuela, Critics Say

Tue, 04/05/2016 - 4:04am

As the Zika virus spreads through South America and beyond, many fear Venezuela is downplaying the number of cases there. But given the secrecy and politics that shroud most government-run institutions in the country, it's hard to know for sure.

Polls Show Wisconsin Voters To Buck Trends; Vote For Sanders, Cruz

Tue, 04/05/2016 - 4:04am

Barry Burden, director of the Elections Research Center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, talks to Steve Inskeep about which Republican and Democratic presidential contenders have support among students, unions, rural and urban voters, and why the Wisconsin primary marks such a significant point in the election season.

Buzzer-Beating Shot Capped Villanova's Victory Over UNC 77-74

Tue, 04/05/2016 - 4:04am

College basketball fans still are buzzing after Monday night's thrilling end to the Division 1 men's tournament. Villanova beat North Carolina 77-to-74 at the buzzer, in a game many believe rescued a tournament that had gone flat. Tuesday night, the women hope to match the excitement in their title game.

Sanders Aims To Use Wisconsin Primary To Edge Out Clinton

Tue, 04/05/2016 - 4:04am

Voters in Wisconsin go to the polls on Tuesday in the state's presidential primary. Traditionally the state has gone with the front-runner, but recent Democratic polls show Bernie Sanders has a good chance of beating Hillary Clinton.

Wisconsin Primary Could Clarify The Direction Of GOP, Democratic Races

Tue, 04/05/2016 - 4:04am

Renee Montagne talks to Van Mobley, a history professor and village president, the equivalent of mayor, of a Milwaukee suburb, about why he intends to vote for Donald Trump in the Wisconsin primary.

Wisconsin May End Up Playing A Pivitol Role In The GOP Presidential Race

Tue, 04/05/2016 - 4:04am

Ted Cruz is looking to upset Republican front-runner Donald Trump in Tuesday's Wisconsin primary. The stakes are getting higher as the number of contests left grows smaller.

NATO Must Be Ready To Deploy Forces If Needed, Secretary-General Stoltenberg Says

Tue, 04/05/2016 - 4:04am

NATO's Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg is in Washington this week talking about what he considers the gravest security threat since the Cold War. He talks to Steve Inskeep about NATO's relevancy and the future for Libya and Syria.

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