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Morning News Brief: The FBI's No. 2 Official Steps Down

Tue, 01/30/2018 - 4:05am

President Trump says former Deputy Director Andrew McCabe was part of a group of anti-Trump officials in the upper ranks of the FBI. And, Trump delivers his State of the Union address Tuesday night.

Afghanistan Suffers Through More Deadly Attacks

Mon, 01/29/2018 - 6:32am

David Greene talks to Mahmoud Saikal, Afghanistan's Ambassador to the United Nations, who blames Pakistan for the violence. He says the plots for the attacks were hatched in Pakistan.

Rep. Hurd Calls For A Narrow Focus To Address Immigration

Mon, 01/29/2018 - 6:32am

Steve Inskeep talks to Republican Rep. Will Hurd of Texas about the broad framework on immigration policy recently unveiled by the White House. The DACA program expires in a matter of weeks.

A Rhode Island Lawmaker Says It's Time To Eliminate Outdated Laws

Mon, 01/29/2018 - 5:56am

For example: It's illegal in the state to test the speed of your horse on a public road. And, a driving law from 1916 says you must make an audible signal, honking or shouting if you pass someone.

Hotel Valet Hands Ferrari Key To The Wrong Man

Mon, 01/29/2018 - 5:26am

Trying to impress a girl, a guy asked the valet for his key and took a spin. Police pulled him over and said he had "difficulty" operating the Ferrari. No surprise — it didn't belong to him.

Israeli Officials React To Polish Law On The Holocaust

Mon, 01/29/2018 - 4:02am

Israeli officials are objecting to a proposed Polish law that would fine or jail people who cast blame on Poland for the Nazi atrocities committed in Poland during World War II.

Sports Arbitration Court Considers Banned Russians' Doping Cases

Mon, 01/29/2018 - 4:02am

The court is hearing appeals by Russian athletes banned from the Olympics. Steve Inskeep talks to Jim Walden, a lawyer for the whistleblower who helped expose Russia's doping program.

At 60th Annual Grammy Awards, Bruno Mars Dominates Major Categories

Mon, 01/29/2018 - 4:02am

Pop Singer Bruno Mars swept Sunday's Grammy Awards, a ceremony that many expected to be dominated by Hip Hop and Latin music. Mars took home 3 of the top prizes: Album, Song and Record of the Year.

Putin Critic Arrested In Presidential Election Protests

Mon, 01/29/2018 - 4:02am

Russia protesters demonstrated Sunday against the upcoming presidential election that they say is rigged in President Putin's favor. Police detained the opposition leader who sparked the protests.

Morning News Brief

Mon, 01/29/2018 - 4:02am

President Trump is preparing for Tuesday's State of the Union address — while the question of whether he considered firing the special counsel in the Russia probe continues to be debated.

Federal Crackdown On States' Legal Marijuana Drives Private Investors Away

Mon, 01/29/2018 - 4:02am

After U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions told prosecutors they are free to go after marijuana businesses, investors started getting worried. And that's having a ripple effect on the industry.

African Union Meeting Kicks Off In Ethiopia

Mon, 01/29/2018 - 4:02am

The 30th meeting of the African Union has kicked off in Ethiopia. Following President Trump's derogatory comments about the continent, African leaders are talking unity.

Immigration Expected To Be A Big Part Of Trump's State Of The Union

Mon, 01/29/2018 - 4:02am

As President Trump prepares to deliver his speech, immigration is expected to be a major topic. Steve Inskeep talks to Matthew Continetti of the conservative publication The Washington Free Beacon.

Bipartisan Bills Would Protect All Special Counsels, Not Just Mueller

Mon, 01/29/2018 - 4:02am

"The New York Times" reported that President Trump tried to have special counsel Robert Mueller fired. David Greene talks to Democratic Sen. Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut.

Iran Grants Iranian-American Prisoner 4 Days Of Sick Leave

Mon, 01/29/2018 - 4:02am

Businessman Baquer Namazi, held in an Iranian prison for nearly a year, was released for 4 days due to poor health. Steve Inskeep talks to his son Babak about whether his father will be forced back.

The Future Of Benefits: A New York Program Might Provide A Model

Mon, 01/29/2018 - 4:01am

The Black Car Fund provides workers' compensation and other benefits for 125,000 taxi, Lyft and other drivers. It may offer a template for establishing benefits for the growing freelance workforce.

(Image credit: Yuki Noguchi/NPR)

Military Victory But Political Defeat: The Tet Offensive 50 Years Later

Mon, 01/29/2018 - 4:00am

In 1968, when U.S. officials were claiming the Vietnam War was nearly won, North Vietnam and the Viet Cong launched a devastating attack during the Tet holiday. It was a turning point in the war.

(Image credit: AP)

Got Your Flu Shot Yet? Consider This A Reminder

Mon, 01/29/2018 - 4:00am

A research review suggests reminding people when their vaccinations are due or overdue increases the number of people who get immunized.

(Image credit: Mladen Zivkovic/Getty Images)

Is Smoking Pot While Pregnant Safe For The Baby?

Mon, 01/29/2018 - 3:59am

Adults in a growing number of states and D.C. can now legally buy marijuana without a doctor's prescription. But obstetricians worry pregnant women don't realize the drug could hurt their kids.

(Image credit: Sarah Varney/Kaiser Health News)

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