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7 Months Without A Budget, Ill. Gov. Rauner To Deliver State Address

Wed, 01/27/2016 - 4:12am

The stalemate between the Republican governor and the Democratic legislature has left Illinois without a budget. In that atmosphere, Gov. Bruce Rauner is present his State of the State address.

4 Countries Caution Women Not To Get Pregnant During Zika Virus Outbreak

Wed, 01/27/2016 - 4:12am

The Zika virus has been spreading across Latin America and it is expected to reach every country in the Americas except Canada. The virus causes birth defects. Ecuador, El Salvador, Jamaica and Colombia are asking women to delay pregnancies during the outbreak. Renee Montagne talks to Monika Roa of Women's Link Worldwide, which is a gender rights organization.

Promoting Partisan Divide May Up Candidates' Donations

Wed, 01/27/2016 - 4:12am

A field experiment into political fundraising reveals something interesting: Small donors are more likely to open their wallets for political campaigns when they are told that other donors who support a rival candidate are being generous.

Iran's President To Stop In France

Wed, 01/27/2016 - 4:12am

Iran's president is on his first trip to the West since sanctions were lifted, visiting Rome earlier in the week, and Paris on Wednesday. Some European countries were big trading partners with Iran in the past, but while their companies are eager to rebuild that trade, they're also wary of Iran's hard liners and American prosecutors.

N.J. To Take Over Atlantic City's Finances To Try To Reduce City's Debt

Wed, 01/27/2016 - 4:12am

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is endorsing a plan to put Atlantic City's finances under state control. The five-year program would allow the state to restructure debt, cancel collective bargaining agreements and sell off city assets. But after Tuesday's announcement, residents and local leaders expressed anger at the possibility of a state takeover.

Why The Indictment In The Planned Parenthood Video Case Is So Unusual

Wed, 01/27/2016 - 4:12am

A Texas Grand Jury has indicted two anti-abortion activists who targeted Planned Parenthood last year. To explain why this case is so unusual, Steve Inskeep talks to Philip Hilder, a criminal defense attorney and a former federal prosecutor in Houston.

Biopic About Nat Turner Is A Success At Sundance Film Festival

Wed, 01/27/2016 - 4:12am

The Birth of a Nation, directed, written, produced and starring Nate Parker, received an overwhelming response at the premiere. Renee Montagne talks to Justin Chang, chief film critic for Variety.

2 Reports Paint A Grim Picture Of Human Rights Worldwide

Wed, 01/27/2016 - 4:12am

A report from Freedom House says a third of the world's population lives in areas plagued by repression and rights abuses. Human Rights Watch says fear of terrorism and fear of popular uprising are combining to present the greatest threat to human rights in a generation.

Amherst College Give Unofficial Mascot 'Lord Jeff' The Boot

Wed, 01/27/2016 - 4:12am

Amherst College says it will stop using the controversial "Lord Jeff" as an unofficial mascot following complaints that the character is racist. The mascot is a caricature of Lord Jeffery Amherst, an English general who proposed giving blankets from smallpox patients to Native Americans.

Trump Won't Participate In Fox News Debate; Feud With Network Accelerates

Wed, 01/27/2016 - 4:12am

The stage is set for Thursday's Fox News Republican debate but front-runner Donald Trump won't be there. Trump's campaign confirmed he won't participate, citing unfair treatment from the network.

Several Arrests, 1 Killed In Operation Related To Oregon Refuge Occuption

Wed, 01/27/2016 - 4:12am

Ammon Bundy, leader of the group of militants that has occupied an Oregon wildlife refuge, has been arrested along with several other members of the group. An unnamed member of the group was killed.

China's Great Wall Is Crumbling In Many Places. Can It Be Saved?

Wed, 01/27/2016 - 4:11am

A third of the 12,000-mile long Great Wall of China lies in ruins. Its modern-day defenders confront what may be the world's greatest challenge in cultural preservation.

Spanish Bullfighter Takes His Daughter To Work

Tue, 01/26/2016 - 6:42am

A photo shows him waving a red cape at a bull with 1 hand, while holding his 5-month-old daughter in the other. He says it's a step for gender equality; his father took him bullfighting the same way.

Eye-Catching Airbnb Listing Looks Promising But Chilly

Tue, 01/26/2016 - 6:35am

The post from New York read: for $200, stay in Snowpocalypse's most desirable getaway. The catch? It was an Igloo — hand-built from fresh snow. Airbnb removed the post.

Zika Virus Will Spread Through The Americas, World Health Organization Says

Tue, 01/26/2016 - 4:14am

The Zika (ZEE-kuh) virus, which has been blamed for birth defects, is headed for the U.S. The World Health Organization notes that the virus is spread by a type of mosquito that is found in every country in the Western Hemisphere, except Canada where the weather is too cold.

Syrian Town Falls To Regime

Tue, 01/26/2016 - 4:14am

The latest on the war in Syria.

Sundance Favorites: 'Manchester By The Sea' And 'Eagle Huntress'

Tue, 01/26/2016 - 4:14am

Steve Inskeep talks to film critic Kenneth Turan about some of the movies we should watch for coming out of this year's Sundance Film Festival.

Chinese Teens Attend U.S. High Schools Aiming For Prestigious Universities

Tue, 01/26/2016 - 4:14am

China sends more students to the U.S. than any other country, and a growing number of them are teenagers. More than 23,000 Chinese teens have come to the U.S. for high school. We go to one of the most popular destinations, the San Gabriel Valley — a Chinese-American enclave in the Los Angeles suburbs — to learn what is drawing them to an American education.

Texas Grand Jury Indicts Anti-Abortion Activists Who Made Undercover Videos

Tue, 01/26/2016 - 4:14am

A grand jury in Texas has decided not to indict Planned Parenthood on charges of selling embryos for research — and has decided instead to indict two people who secretly recorded Planned Parenthood executives.

As Iowa Caucuses Near, Democrats Hear From Presidential Candidates

Tue, 01/26/2016 - 4:14am

The Iowa Democratic Party hosted a town hall Monday night, where the three presidential candidates talked to voters. It wasn't technically a debate and they didn't appear on stage at the same time - but voters did get to see them all back to back on their TV screens answering questions.

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