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Michael Parks, TV And Movie Character Actor, Dies At 77

Thu, 05/11/2017 - 4:00am

Parks had more than a hundred film and TV credits as villains and antiheroes in a career lasting more than 50 years. He was a favorite of directors Quentin Tarantino, Kevin Smith and David Lynch.

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Dissident Rebels In Colombia Ignore Peace Treaty And Continue Extortion

Thu, 05/11/2017 - 4:00am

A peace treaty in 2016 largely ended a half-century war waged by the guerrilla group FARC against Colombia's government. But a handful of FARC dissidents extort business owners and refuse to disarm.

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In 'Music Of The Ghosts,' A Khmer Rouge Survivor Faces 'The Reality Of Cambodia'

Thu, 05/11/2017 - 4:00am

Novelist Vaddey Ratner, herself a Khmer Rouge survivor, tells the story of a Cambodian-American woman looking for answers about her father's disappearance under the regime.

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New Hampshire State Lawmaker Accused Of Online Misogyny Faces Expulsion

Thu, 05/11/2017 - 3:57am

Rep. Robert Fisher has been linked to an online alias that posted comments like "every woman wants to be attractive enough to be raped."

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Senate Leaders Weigh In On Comey Firing

Wed, 05/10/2017 - 10:22am

On Wednesday, Sen. Mitch McConnell rejected calls for a special prosecutor or independent Russia investigation given the firing of FBI Director James Comey, NPR's Geoff Bennett tells David Greene.

Rep. Stewart On Comey Firing: 'It Was Probably Appropriate To Make A Change'

Wed, 05/10/2017 - 9:32am

The president fired FBI Director James Comey Tuesday. NPR's Steve Inskeep talks to NPR's Domenico Montanaro and GOP Rep. Chris Stewart, member of the House Intelligence Committee, about the decision.

Former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales On Comey's Firing And The FBI

Wed, 05/10/2017 - 6:24am

Alberto Gonzales served as the attorney general during the George W. Bush administration. He says former FBI Director James Comey was more public than usual in speaking about FBI investigations.

Why Trump Says Comey Was Fired

Wed, 05/10/2017 - 6:06am

President Trump once called James Comey "gutsy" for taking on Hillary Clinton. Then, yesterday, President Trump announced Comey was fired.

How Illegal Gold Mining Relates To The Spread Of Malaria

Wed, 05/10/2017 - 3:54am

New social science research shows that there is a correlation between illegal gold mining and the spread of malaria. We explore why this might be the case.

Sen. Tim Kaine Blames Comey Firing On Russia Investigation

Wed, 05/10/2017 - 3:54am

NPR's Steve Inskeep speaks with Democratic Sen. Tim Kaine about the firing of FBI director James Comey. Kaine says it's related to the FBI investigation into Russian election meddling.

Like Champagne And France, Vermont Beer Is Only From Vermont

Wed, 05/10/2017 - 3:54am

The Vermont Brewers Association is objecting to out-of-state brewers using the word "Vermont" in the names of beers. A brewer in California made "Vermont Farmhouse Ale."

New South Korean President Takes Office

Wed, 05/10/2017 - 3:54am

After victory celebrations in central Seoul, South Korea's new president gets down to work. He promises new jobs, talks with Pyongyang, and a rethink of the historic alliance with the U.S.

Trump To Meet With Russian Foreign Minister

Wed, 05/10/2017 - 3:54am

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov will meet with President Trump and Secretary of State Tillerson on Wednesday in Washington. Lavrov is the highest-ranking Russian official to meet with Trump.

DeVos Commencement Speech Draws Protests

Wed, 05/10/2017 - 3:54am

There is an outcry over the secretary of education's invitation to speak at the commencement of a private, Christian, historically black college in Florida.

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The Political Implications Of Comey's Firing

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

President Trump fired FBI Director James Comey on Tuesday. We look at what preceded the decision, how Congress is reacting and what's likely to come next.

Chuck Wepner, The Boxer Who Inspired 'Rocky'

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

Chuck Wepner fought the biggest boxer of the time — Muhammad Ali. He didn't win, but went 15 rounds, becoming the inspiration for the movie Rocky. Now he's got his own biopic coming out called Chuck.

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.

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