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Qatar Given More Time To Meet Demands Of Arab Neighbors

Mon, 07/03/2017 - 6:27am

Qatar is accused of supporting terrorism. Steve Inskeep talks to Qatar's Ambassador to the U.S. Sheikh Meshal bin Hamad Al Thani, who says the demands are impossible to meet.

Would-Be Robber Has Second Thoughts, Apologizes To Clerk

Mon, 07/03/2017 - 6:10am

The Sun News reports a man walked into a South Carolina convenience store, showed a knife and demanded money. The clerk refused. The would-be robber had a knife but apparently knew his limits.

Low Tire Pressure Leads To A Lucky Lottery Win

Mon, 07/03/2017 - 5:58am

A New York man noticed the air in his tires were pretty low. While he was at the convenience store filling the tires, he went inside and bought a $10 scratch-off ticket. He won a million dollars.

Trump's Request For Voters' Personal Information Draws States' Ire

Mon, 07/03/2017 - 4:04am

The voter fraud commission has hit bipartisan opposition, as state secretaries refuse to comply with requests. Rachel Martin talks to Myrna Perez of New York University's Brennan Center for Justice.

In Some Places, Germany's Bike Autobahn Is Faster Than The Car Version

Mon, 07/03/2017 - 4:04am

Germany is building Europe's biggest bicycle autobahn to connect 10 cities — and hopefully remove thousands of cars from German roads.

China's President Begins A 2-Day Trip To Russia

Mon, 07/03/2017 - 4:04am

China's President Xi Jinping is expected to hold talks with Russian leader Vladimir Putin. The visit comes days before the G20 summit in Germany, where both will meet with President Trump.

New Jersey Starts Holiday Weekend With A Government Shutdown

Mon, 07/03/2017 - 4:04am

Eleven states failed to pass a new fiscal year budget by last Friday's deadline. In New Jersey, that led to a government shutdown. The legislature will meet on Monday to try to work out a compromise.

Why Weak Productivity Growth Matters To The Economy

Mon, 07/03/2017 - 4:04am

Steve Inskeep talks to David Wessel, director of the Hutchins Center at the Brookings Institution, about productivity. Productivity growth is a reason living standards go up. Lately, it's been weak.

This Week In Politics: Presidential Tweet Firestorm

Mon, 07/03/2017 - 4:04am

President Trump tweeted a video of himself from an old appearance on WrestleMania — he throws a man to the ground and beats him up. In a new version, the CNN logo is superimposed on the man's head.

Why Migrants In Libya Take To The Mediterranean To Escape

Mon, 07/03/2017 - 4:04am

There is a surge of migrants making the dangerous Libya-to-Italy crossing. Reuters' reporter Steve Scherer tells Rachel Martin that many are escaping their kidnappers and fleeing forced labor camps.

Cardinal To Defend Himself Against Sexual Abuse Charges In Australia

Mon, 07/03/2017 - 4:04am

A close aide to Pope Francis has been charged with sexually abusing children. Steve Inskeep talks to Thomas Doyle, a former Catholic priest and now a columnist for the National Catholic Reporter.

News Brief: Trump CNN Tweet Is Criticized, Latest Vatican Shake-Up

Mon, 07/03/2017 - 4:04am

It seems President Trump's frustration with his party and the news media is growing. At the Vatican over the weekend, the cardinal who headed the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith was ousted.

Want To Teach Your Kids Self-Control? Ask A Cameroonian Farmer

Mon, 07/03/2017 - 4:01am

The "marshmallow test" is a famous experiment for studying kids' self-control. For the first time, a psychologist gave the test to kids outside Western culture. And they crushed it.

Without Medical Support, DIY Detox Often Fails

Mon, 07/03/2017 - 4:01am

Treatment for opioid addiction can be expensive and difficult to coordinate. That might make some people tempted to think they can overcome the addiction on their own. This rarely works.

(Image credit: Maria Fabrizio for NPR)

Writer Elin Hilderbrand, 'Queen Of Summer,' Wears Her Crown Proudly

Mon, 07/03/2017 - 4:00am

Hilderbrand reigns over the summer book market with her breezy novels, mostly set in Nantucket. Even if you're in a drab office, she says, if you're reading one of her books, you're at the beach.

(Image credit: Nina Subin)

Video: Japan's 'Purikura' Photo Booths Offer Snapchat-Like Filters

Mon, 07/03/2017 - 4:00am

In NPR's Elise Tries series, correspondent Elise Hu tries out new experiences in East Asia. In Tokyo, she checks out Japanese purikura photo booths, which produce selfies to decorate and print out.

(Image credit: Illustration by CJ Riculan/NPR)

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