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Would-Be Robber Has Second Thoughts, Apologizes To Clerk

Mon, 07/03/2017 - 6:10am

The Sun News reports a man walked into a South Carolina convenience store, showed a knife and demanded money. The clerk refused. The would-be robber had a knife but apparently knew his limits.

This Land Is Our Land: Young Immigrant Musicians Reinvent A Classic

Mon, 07/03/2017 - 6:00am

Six classically-trained musicians, rooted in six different countries, come together to perform a new composition inspired by Woody Guthrie's "This Land Is Your Land."

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Low Tire Pressure Leads To A Lucky Lottery Win

Mon, 07/03/2017 - 5:58am

A New York man noticed the air in his tires were pretty low. While he was at the convenience store filling the tires, he went inside and bought a $10 scratch-off ticket. He won a million dollars.

You're A Firework (Scientifically Speaking)

Mon, 07/03/2017 - 5:52am

You have more in common with pyrotechnics that you might think. The same basic process that makes fireworks explode is happening inside your cells (in a slow-motion, controlled way) right now.

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Tesla's Long-Awaited, Lower-Priced Model 3 To Arrive Friday

Mon, 07/03/2017 - 5:50am

The first of Tesla's significantly more affordable Model 3 cars should finish production by next weekend, CEO Elon Musk announced late Sunday.

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Test Your Fake News Judgement: Play This Game

Mon, 07/03/2017 - 5:15am

The journalist who thought up this fake news game says she saw the need before 'fake news' was even in the vernacular.

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Trump's Request For Voters' Personal Information Draws States' Ire

Mon, 07/03/2017 - 4:04am

The voter fraud commission has hit bipartisan opposition, as state secretaries refuse to comply with requests. Rachel Martin talks to Myrna Perez of New York University's Brennan Center for Justice.

In Some Places, Germany's Bike Autobahn Is Faster Than The Car Version

Mon, 07/03/2017 - 4:04am

Germany is building Europe's biggest bicycle autobahn to connect 10 cities — and hopefully remove thousands of cars from German roads.

China's President Begins A 2-Day Trip To Russia

Mon, 07/03/2017 - 4:04am

China's President Xi Jinping is expected to hold talks with Russian leader Vladimir Putin. The visit comes days before the G20 summit in Germany, where both will meet with President Trump.

New Jersey Starts Holiday Weekend With A Government Shutdown

Mon, 07/03/2017 - 4:04am

Eleven states failed to pass a new fiscal year budget by last Friday's deadline. In New Jersey, that led to a government shutdown. The legislature will meet on Monday to try to work out a compromise.

Why Weak Productivity Growth Matters To The Economy

Mon, 07/03/2017 - 4:04am

Steve Inskeep talks to David Wessel, director of the Hutchins Center at the Brookings Institution, about productivity. Productivity growth is a reason living standards go up. Lately, it's been weak.

This Week In Politics: Presidential Tweet Firestorm

Mon, 07/03/2017 - 4:04am

President Trump tweeted a video of himself from an old appearance on WrestleMania — he throws a man to the ground and beats him up. In a new version, the CNN logo is superimposed on the man's head.

Why Migrants In Libya Take To The Mediterranean To Escape

Mon, 07/03/2017 - 4:04am

There is a surge of migrants making the dangerous Libya-to-Italy crossing. Reuters' reporter Steve Scherer tells Rachel Martin that many are escaping their kidnappers and fleeing forced labor camps.

Cardinal To Defend Himself Against Sexual Abuse Charges In Australia

Mon, 07/03/2017 - 4:04am

A close aide to Pope Francis has been charged with sexually abusing children. Steve Inskeep talks to Thomas Doyle, a former Catholic priest and now a columnist for the National Catholic Reporter.

News Brief: Trump CNN Tweet Is Criticized, Latest Vatican Shake-Up

Mon, 07/03/2017 - 4:04am

It seems President Trump's frustration with his party and the news media is growing. At the Vatican over the weekend, the cardinal who headed the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith was ousted.

Want To Teach Your Kids Self-Control? Ask A Cameroonian Farmer

Mon, 07/03/2017 - 4:01am

The "marshmallow test" is a famous experiment for studying kids' self-control. For the first time, a psychologist gave the test to kids outside Western culture. And they crushed it.

Without Medical Support, DIY Detox Often Fails

Mon, 07/03/2017 - 4:01am

Treatment for opioid addiction can be expensive and difficult to coordinate. That might make some people tempted to think they can overcome the addiction on their own. This rarely works.

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Americans Say Civility Has Worsened Under Trump; Trust In Institutions Down

Mon, 07/03/2017 - 4:00am

Ahead of July Fourth celebrations, a new NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll finds an overwhelming majority of Americans believe civility between the two parties has gotten worse since November 2016.

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First Listen: Broken Social Scene, 'Hug Of Thunder'

Mon, 07/03/2017 - 4:00am

The Toronto-based collective returns after seven years with a collection of ethereal anthems.

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Writer Elin Hilderbrand, 'Queen Of Summer,' Wears Her Crown Proudly

Mon, 07/03/2017 - 4:00am

Hilderbrand reigns over the summer book market with her breezy novels, mostly set in Nantucket. Even if you're in a drab office, she says, if you're reading one of her books, you're at the beach.

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