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Scientists Report The Planet Was Hotter Than Ever In The First Half Of 2016

Tue, 07/19/2016 - 4:01pm

For example, June's average was up 1.62 F. A couple of degrees may not sound like much, but it's persistent warming over decades that alters the atmosphere, the oceans, and most everything else.

When Police Come Near, BB Guns Look All Too Real

Tue, 07/19/2016 - 3:54pm

BB guns and other air pellet guns are often made to look like real guns. That's a problem for police, and it puts kids in danger.

Crane Collapses On Tappan Zee Bridge In New York, Injuring 5

Tue, 07/19/2016 - 3:43pm

No cars were hit when the crane crashed from the new, under-construction Tappan Zee Bridge onto the existing bridge. Two employees and three motorists were injured.

Pulse Nightclub Shooter Told FBI He Had Falsely Claimed Ties To Killers

Tue, 07/19/2016 - 3:41pm

According to newly released documents, Omar Mateen told investigators he had boasted about ties to mass killers and terrorist groups because co-workers had verbally abused him for being Muslim.

Why Some Diversity Thinkers Aren't Buying The Tech Industry's Excuses

Tue, 07/19/2016 - 3:34pm

Despite diversity efforts, Facebook and Google keep showing little change in the percentages of black, Latino and female workers. Facebook pins the problem on lack of talent in the education pipeline.

Stephen Colbert Revives Right-Wing Persona To Mark Start Of GOP Convention

Tue, 07/19/2016 - 3:29pm

Stephen Colbert resurrected his Colbert Report conservative buffoon character Monday night for the opening night of the Republican National Convention. The move highlights what Colbert's been missing since he took the helm of The Late Show.

Murdochs To Remove Roger Ailes Amid Sexual Harassment Claims

Tue, 07/19/2016 - 3:29pm

According to a report in New York magazine, Fox News Chairman Roger Ailes has been given until August 1 to resign or be fired for cause.

French Men Attracted To 'Anti-System Utopia' In Drive To Join ISIS

Tue, 07/19/2016 - 3:29pm

NPR's Kelly McEvers speaks with Myriam Benraad, a researcher at Sciences Po University, who has studied the recruitment of young French men by terrorist organizations. She says ISIS has a powerful message that resonates with different people for different reasons.

Despite Heightened Security, France Struggles To Cope With Terrorism

Tue, 07/19/2016 - 3:29pm

The vacation city of Nice has hundreds of police surveillance cameras posted across the city. But that didn't stop Thursday's truck attack that killed 84 people and injured more than 200. Security officials in France are struggling to find the right way to counter lone-wolf attacks and make people feel safe.

Police Face New Challenges Amid Growing Terror Threat

Tue, 07/19/2016 - 3:29pm

NPR's Audie Cornish talks with Atlanta Police Chief George Turner about how his police department has changed tactics, after eight police officers have died as a result of police-targeted assaults in Baton Rouge, La., and Dallas.

Vendors Selling Trump Merchandise Line Streets Of Cleveland

Tue, 07/19/2016 - 3:29pm

The streets of Cleveland are full of vendors selling Trump hats and t-shirts. NPR looks into whether the vendors are committed fans of the presumptive GOP nominee or just trying to make a buck.

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson To Deliver Message Of Unity At Convention

Tue, 07/19/2016 - 3:29pm

NPR's Robert Siegel talks to Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson, on the second day of the Republican National Convention.

GOP Delegates Prepare To Seal The Deal For Donald Trump

Tue, 07/19/2016 - 3:29pm

On day two of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, delegates will officially name Donald Trump as their nominee for president.

Music Review: 'In My Room,' Jacob Collier

Tue, 07/19/2016 - 3:29pm

Tom Moon reviews the debut album from Jacob Collier, In My Room.

Despite Controversy, 'Ghostbusters' Opens With $46 Million

Tue, 07/19/2016 - 3:29pm

After considerable online hubbub about its all-female leading cast, the reboot of Ghostbusters brought in $46 million in its opening weekend.

Melania Trump Echoes Michelle Obama In Convention Speech

Tue, 07/19/2016 - 3:29pm

The Trump campaign is dismissing the plagiarism controversy surrounding Melania Trump's convention speech.

Hundreds Of Endangered Toads Released Into Southeast Wyoming

Tue, 07/19/2016 - 3:29pm

More than 900 endangered toads recently hopped onto the arid plains of southeast Wyoming. It's the only place in the world this species — the Wyoming toad — exists. The release is an effort by wildlife officials to bring back one of the most endangered amphibians in North America.

Hizmet Movement Accused Of Influencing Coup Attempt In Turkey

Tue, 07/19/2016 - 3:29pm

NPR's Kelly McEvers speaks with Joshua Hendrick, professor of sociology at Loyola University and author of the book Gulen: The Ambiguous Politics of Market Islam in Turkey and the World, about Fethullah Gulen and the Hizmet movement in Turkey.

Finding A Voice: How Far Can A Public Radio Podcast Go?

Tue, 07/19/2016 - 1:24pm

As NPR embraces podcasts, reporters must decide what's "conversational" and what crosses the line.

Covered California's Health Plan Rates To Jump Sharply In 2017

Tue, 07/19/2016 - 1:22pm

After two years of moderate rate hikes, a double-digit increase in the cost of insurance premiums in California is likely to resonate across the U.S. in the debate about the benefits of Obamacare.

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