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Russian Prison Official Accused Of Stealing Pavement

Thu, 01/14/2016 - 6:16am

Why did part of a road in Russia's Komi Republic keep disappearing? The acting deputy chief of the federal prison service is accused of stealing pavement from a 30-mile stretch of road.

Seattle Attorney Gets Sir Mix-A-Lot's Old Cell Number

Thu, 01/14/2016 - 5:59am

Reached by the Seattle Times, Sir Mix-A-Lot advised Jonathan Nichols, who got his old cell number, "Don't check any text messages in front of your wife."

Low Oil Prices Interfere With What Recyclers Are Paid For Plastic

Thu, 01/14/2016 - 4:07am

The price of oil has been on a downward dive for a couple of years now. This has been great for some businesses and not so great for others. One industry hit especially hard by low oil prices is the recycling business.

The Official Implementation Of Iran's Nuclear Deal Is Days Away

Thu, 01/14/2016 - 4:07am

A rare diplomatic victory appears to be rolling ahead: Iran says it's on the verge of fulfilling everything it needs to do to implement the nuclear deal it struck with world powers last July. "Implementation Day," as it's called, could be just days away.

Number Of Republicans On Main Debate Stage Grows Smaller

Thu, 01/14/2016 - 4:07am

Just seven GOP candidates will be on stage for a debate Thursday night, the fewest of the campaign so far. With just a couple of weeks until the Iowa caucuses, attacks between candidates are getting sharper.

After Attack In Marseilles, Jews Urged To Stop Wearing Yarmulkes

Thu, 01/14/2016 - 4:07am

The head of the Jewish community in the southern French city of Marseilles has sparked controversy after suggesting Jews temporarily quit wearing yarmulkes for a while after a teacher was the victim of a an anti-Semitic attack

Amnesty International: Progress In Tunisia To Protect Human Rights Is Being Reversed

Thu, 01/14/2016 - 4:07am

It's been five years since the ouster of an authoritarian regime in the North African nation of Tunisia. Protests there sparked regional demonstrations known as the Arab spring. Amnesty International's new report indicates that progress made to protect human rights in Tunisia are being reversed.

Super Bowl Commercial Inspires Maraniss To Write About Detroit's Better Times

Thu, 01/14/2016 - 4:07am

David Greene talks to Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist David Maraniss about a key moment, some 40 years ago, when the city of Detroit seemed to rule the world. Maraniss has written a new history of Detroit's commerce and culture called "Once in a Great City: A Detroit Story."

After Istanbul Bombing, German Tourists Warned To Avoid Crowds, Tourist Sites

Thu, 01/14/2016 - 4:07am

Most of those killed and wounded by this week's suicide bombing in Turkey were German tourists. After at least 10 German nationals were killed, the German government warned travelers going Istanbul to avoid crowds and tourist sites. Last year, about five million Germans went to Turkey, making them the country's best tourist customers.

Indonesia's Capital Struck By Suicide Bombers, Gunmen

Thu, 01/14/2016 - 4:07am

At least three suicide bombers exploded themselves in a Starbucks cafe in downtown Jakarta on Thursday while two gunmen attacked a police post nearby. David Greene speaks with International New York Times reporter Joe Cochrane in Jakarta.

Fiorina Is Undettered By Dropping Poll Numbers

Thu, 01/14/2016 - 4:07am

David Greene talks to Republican Presidential candidate Carly Fiorina about her prospects as she is dropped from the main GOP debate to the undercard.

West Africa Is Ebola Free But Caution Remains

Thu, 01/14/2016 - 4:07am

The World Health Organization is set to declare West Africa officially Ebola-free on Thursday. It's inevitable, however, that the disease will re-appear there.

After Attack, An Uproar Over A Call For French Jews To Quit Wearing Yarmulkes

Thu, 01/14/2016 - 4:07am

A Jewish community leader in the southern city of Marseille has sparked controversy by calling on Jews to quit wearing skullcaps after a teacher was the victim of an anti-Semitic attack.

Haley's State Of The Union Response Reinforces Divide In The Republic Party

Thu, 01/14/2016 - 4:07am

Many in the GOP have criticized Governor Nikki Haley's response to President Obama's State of the Union address. David Greene talks to Robert Costa of "The Washington Post" about the divisions inside the GOP ahead of Thursday night's Republican presidential debate.

Oscar Nominations To Be Announced Thursday

Thu, 01/14/2016 - 4:07am

Nominations for the Academy Awards are announced this morning. We examine the films and performances that have Hollywood buzzing this year.

Researchers Probe Stereotype: Christians And Science Don't Get A Long

Thu, 01/14/2016 - 4:07am

New research explores whether stereotypes about religious people undermines their performance in certain tests. Studies have found that Christians tend to underperform non-Christians when it comes to tests of reasoning and logical ability.

Plan For Cuba Ferry Terminal Reveals Shift In Miami Politics

Thu, 01/14/2016 - 4:01am

Miami-Dade County is considering building a ferry terminal that would serve carriers offering regular service to Cuba. It's a sign that in a city that's home to Cuban exiles, times have changed.

The Farmer And Fisherman Who Lost His Sight To River Blindness

Thu, 01/14/2016 - 4:01am

He lost his sight in his youth. So he never married. But he's lived an independent life for decades — despite the best efforts of goats to raid his crops.




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