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Top Stories: Deadly Quake In Italy; La. Flooding Recovery Effort

Wed, 08/24/2016 - 8:08am

Also: Turkey sends troops into northern Syria; North Korea test fires a new ballistic missile; and deadly monsoons drench central India.

Songs We Love: Shovels & Rope, 'St. Anne's Parade'

Wed, 08/24/2016 - 8:00am

Cary Ann Hearst and Michael Trent embrace a glorious muddle of joy and grief in a song named for an annual Mardi Gras ritual. In the video, the duo and a masked wedding party join the procession.

Voice Recognition Software Finally Beats Humans At Typing, Study Finds

Wed, 08/24/2016 - 7:00am

In a face-off between voice entry and typing on a mobile device, voice recognition software performed significantly better. The results held true in both English and Mandarin Chinese.

Magnitude 6.2 Earthquake In Central Italy Kills Dozens

Wed, 08/24/2016 - 6:43am

A strong quake struck central Italy Wednesday morning. Renee Montagne talks to Emma Tucker, deputy editor of The Times of London, who's in the quake zone. She was vacationing at the time of the quake.

Magnitude-6.2 Earthquake In Central Italy Reportedly Kills Dozens

Wed, 08/24/2016 - 6:08am

The earthquake struck overnight, devastating a number of picturesque small towns packed with vacationers. Survivors are being pulled from the rubble as a series of aftershocks shake the region.

Newly American 'Dreamers' Are Torn Between Love And Disappointment

Wed, 08/24/2016 - 6:00am

Imbolo Mbue's debut novel is one of the best books to deal with the financial crisis of 2007-2008. It's the story of a Cameroonian immigrant couple and the rich, troubled Americans they work for.

Smartphones To Blame For Limp Handshakes

Wed, 08/24/2016 - 6:00am

A new study in the Journal of Hand Therapy finds that millennials constant texting, snapping, scrolling and gaming are causing the muscles in their hands to weaken — especially the guys.

When 'The Talk' Is In Sign Language, There Is Clarity And Confusion

Wed, 08/24/2016 - 6:00am

Talking about sex is awkward, but it can be especially difficult for instructors of deaf students. They're trying to turn that cringe-worthy conversation into something more comfortable.

Giant Russian Nesting Doll Delays Plane's Take Off

Wed, 08/24/2016 - 5:56am

Russia's Olympic team was delayed leaving Brazil for hours because their giant Matryoshka doll was too giant. It had gotten stuck at the airport.

Lady Sings The Bros

Wed, 08/24/2016 - 5:00am

EDM stars The Chainsmokers own the No. 1 and No. 8 songs on the Billboard Hot 100 right now, thanks in large part to the women singing their songs.

Insurance Assessors Spread Out Across Flooded Louisiana

Wed, 08/24/2016 - 4:02am

Insurance assessors are on the ground in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, counting the material cost of the flooding. Renee Montagne talks to Mark Cockerham an assessor with State Farm.

Banned Burkini Highlights Tensions Over French Terrorist Attacks

Wed, 08/24/2016 - 4:02am

In France, a number of mayors in beach towns have banned the body and head-covering bathing suit worn by Muslim women known as the burkini. Muslims call it Islamophobia.

Clinton Foundation To Adjust Its Model If Hillary Is Elected President

Wed, 08/24/2016 - 4:02am

The Clinton Foundation, a big organization that has led to big political headaches for Bill and Hillary Clinton, plans to spin off its international work if Hillary is elected president.

Trump Courts Black Voters; Appears To Scale Back Immigration Plans

Wed, 08/24/2016 - 4:02am

Donald Trump has been changing his tone toward African-Americans and Latinos in recent days. He's been speaking in mostly white communities, but on Wednesday he'll speak in mostly black Jackson, Miss.

Save The Children Ex-Employee Leaks Details About Refugee Abuse On Nauru

Wed, 08/24/2016 - 4:02am

Steve Inskeep talks with Viktoria Vibhakar, formerly of Save the Children Australia, about why she disclosed documents detailing alleged abuse toward refugee children on the island nation of Nauru.

New All-Boys School Opens In Washington, D.C.

Wed, 08/24/2016 - 4:02am

An all-boys high school in the nation's capitol opened its doors for the first time Monday to much fanfare and some criticism. Critics such as the ACLU say that the school is discriminatory. Its champions, including Mayor Muriel Bowser, say it isn't so simple.

Strong Earthquake Strikes Central Italy While Residents Slept

Wed, 08/24/2016 - 4:02am

A magnitude 6.2 earthquake struck central Italy early Wednesday morning. It set off tremors in Rome nearly 100 miles away. David Greene talks to Nicole Winfield, an AP correspondent in Rome.

NBA All-Star Game's Change Of Venue Reminds Our Commentator Of 1965

Wed, 08/24/2016 - 4:02am

The NBA has officially moved the 2017 NBA All-Star game to New Orleans because of the controversy surrounding North Carolina's transgender bathroom law. For historical reasons, the change is fitting.

U.S. Panel Clears Chinese Company's Takeover Of Syngenta

Wed, 08/24/2016 - 4:02am

A U.S. national security regulator has approved state-owned China National Chemical Corp's planned $43 billion takeover of Swiss pesticide and seed giant Syngenta.

Atlanta Paper Investigates Doctors Who Sexually Abuse Patients

Wed, 08/24/2016 - 4:02am

The Atlanta Journal Constitution reports that the medical profession is plagued by sexual misconduct by doctors, who are often allowed to carry on practicing.

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