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Top Stories: New Taliban Leader Named; Clashes At Trump Rally

Wed, 05/25/2016 - 7:09am

Also: Kansas tornadoes injure two; Greece gets promises of additional debt relief; and Dubai builders create an office building out of 3-D printed material.

Taliban Name New Leader, Confirm Death Of Mullah Mansour

Wed, 05/25/2016 - 6:36am

The Afghan Taliban confirmed that a U.S. drone strike killed their leader last week, and they announced his successor: Mullah Haibatullah Akhundzada, an extremist scholar without military experience.

Feeling Foggy? Japanese Raisin Is Good For What 'Ales' You

Wed, 05/25/2016 - 6:12am

A Bay Area distillery has created a vodka mixed with fog. And in South Korea, there's now special hangover ice cream. It uses fruit from the Japanese raisin tree, long used as a hangover cure.

'City Of Mirrors' Brings The Passage Trilogy To An Epic End

Wed, 05/25/2016 - 6:00am

Justin Cronin's blood-and-thunder tale of a viral vampire apocalypse began in 2010 with The Passage. He brings it to a rousing conclusion in his new book, hitting all the beats fans have waited for.

Charity Football Game With Firefighters Gets Heated

Wed, 05/25/2016 - 5:58am

A brawl broke out when police officers played against firefighters. A police statement read, "football is a competitive sport whether it is the NFL Super Bowl or the annual NYPD-FDNY Challenge."

Angela Duckworth Responds To A New Critique Of Grit

Wed, 05/25/2016 - 5:55am

The author of a new meta-analysis says the importance of grit — a concept that has gained wide traction in education circles — has been exaggerated.

My 'Oriental' Father: On The Words We Use To Describe Ourselves

Wed, 05/25/2016 - 5:00am

President Obama recently signed a bill striking the term "Oriental" from federal law. It was a reminder for NPR's Kat Chow of the fact that her father still uses the word — to describe himself.

Violence Erupts At New Mexico Trump Rally

Wed, 05/25/2016 - 4:30am

Police officers were hit by rocks as anti-Trump demonstrators charged barriers and threw various items. The police responded with smoke grenades and pepper spray.

Chinese Billionaire Takes On Disney With His Own Theme Parks

Wed, 05/25/2016 - 4:03am

Disney will soon open a $5 billion theme park in Shanghai, its second in China. A Chinese real estate mogul predicts he will leave Disney in the dust, as he builds the world's largest tourism company.

Pa. Judge Rules Sexual Assault Case Against Bill Cosby May Go To Trial

Wed, 05/25/2016 - 4:03am

Cosby, accused by dozens of women of sexual assault, is charged with 3 counts of aggravated indecent assault in a case involving an ex-Temple University employee, who says Cosby assaulted her in 2004.

Bernie Sanders Requests A Recanvass Of Voting In Kentucky's Primary

Wed, 05/25/2016 - 4:03am

Sanders hopes to pick up one more delegate. Currently, results show Hillary Clinton beat Sanders by half of a percentage point. Renee Montagne talks to Sanders' supporter Sen. Jeff Merkley of Oregon.

Greece Moves Thousands Of Asylum-Seekers From Border Camp

Wed, 05/25/2016 - 4:03am

Greek police are evacuating thousands of asylum-seekers, who were hoping to make it to northern Europe, from a makeshift border camp. They will be bused to army-run camps across the country.

Israelis Hope Subsidies Will Help To Counter Skyrocketing Housing Prices

Wed, 05/25/2016 - 4:03am

Data show housing prices have climbed around 80 percent over the past eight years. The trend is upsetting Israelis and alarming politicians as they deal with policies that helped cause the high costs.

Obama Wraps Up Vietnam Visit; Heads To Japan

Wed, 05/25/2016 - 4:03am

Obama's last stop of his Asia visit is Japan. David Greene talks to Evan Medeiros, former chief adviser for Asia on the National Security Council. He now heads Asia research at the Eurasia Group.

Sports Commentary: Russia Clinches Gold Medal For Cheating

Wed, 05/25/2016 - 4:03am

If Russian athletes are allowed to compete in Rio without proper vetting of doping allegations, it'll be history repeating itself when Soviet athletes were suspected of doping in the 1970s and '80s.

Behind The Mystique: Tour Interpol Washington

Wed, 05/25/2016 - 4:03am

The international law enforcement agency holds a rare open house in Washington, D.C. 190 countries belong to Interpol, which issues global alerts on fugitives and collects info on stolen ID documents.

N.M.'s Primary Could Predict How Latinos Vote In November

Wed, 05/25/2016 - 4:03am

Renee Montagne talks to Gabriel Sanchez of the University of New Mexico for a preview the June 7 primaries and the way the Latino voting bloc is expected to influence campaign strategies.

Aviation Authorities Examine Evidence From EgyptAir Flight 804

Wed, 05/25/2016 - 4:03am

David Greene talks to aviation analyst Alex Macheras about the crash of EgyptAir flight 804. The plane plunged into the Mediterranean Sea last Thursday, while en route from Paris to Cairo.

The Pitfalls Of Creating A Disaster Recovery Program From Scratch

Wed, 05/25/2016 - 4:03am

We have the second report in a probe into who profits when disaster strikes. NPR and the PBS show Frontline examine the millions wasted when state disaster recovery programs aren't up to the job.

In A Lawsuit, New York Accuses Domino's Pizza Of Wage Theft

Wed, 05/25/2016 - 4:02am

It's the latest chapter in a long campaign against wage theft by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. His office has already recovered millions of dollars in wages for low-income workers.

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