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In Russia's Tech Center, Scientists Face Rewarding But Unpredictable Life

Mon, 07/03/2017 - 5:09pm

Research institutes in Novosibirsk were built as innovation centers in the USSR. Despite the brain drain, scientists and techies remain, but life for successful entrepreneurs can be unpredictable.

Florida Governor Schedules An Execution After Year And A Half Hiatus

Mon, 07/03/2017 - 4:21pm

Executions have been on hold in Florida since the Supreme Court deemed parts of the state's sentencing procedure unconstitutional in January 2016. Mark Asay is scheduled to be executed on Aug. 24.

(Image credit: Wilfredo Lee/AP)

Biologists Divided Over How To Save Endangered Pangolin

Mon, 07/03/2017 - 3:28pm

The pangolin is a tiny snake-like creature. It's in great demand for its meat and scales, and it is in danger of extinction. Biologists can't agree on whether zoos should play a role in saving it.

Fighting Among Drug Traffickers Leads To Surge Of Murders In Mexico

Mon, 07/03/2017 - 3:28pm

There's been a surge of murders in Mexico. Forty-five people were killed over the weekend in violence largely attributed to fighting among narco-traffickers. Among the victims, authorities found a suitcase filled with human remains in Los Cabos.

Chief Justice John Roberts Bucks Tradition In Graduation Speech

Mon, 07/03/2017 - 3:28pm

A commencement speech delivered last month by Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts is gaining attention. Roberts didn't talk about the Constitution or the Supreme Court, but instead bucked tradition and wished the graduates some hardship.

White House Veteran David Simas Helps Forge Obama's Legacy As Foundation CEO

Mon, 07/03/2017 - 3:28pm

NPR's Ari Shapiro interviews David Simas, CEO of the Obama Foundation, about the mission of the foundation and the vision for the Obama Presidential Center in Chicago.

Disney Announces Changes To Pirates Of The Caribbean Ride

Mon, 07/03/2017 - 3:28pm

Disney announced it will be making some changes to its "Pirates of the Caribbean" ride. The most significant of those changes will be doing away with the "bride auction" that appears partway through the ride.

New Jersey Marks Day 3 Of Government Shutdown Over Budget Impasse

Mon, 07/03/2017 - 3:28pm

State offices were closed and employees were furloughed as New Jersey marked day three of its government shutdown. Gov. Chris Christie and state legislators are at an impasse over the state's $35 million budget. The governor remained defiant, despite taking heat for spending the weekend with his family at a state beach that was off-limits to the public.

In Reno, Nev., Homegrown Startups Fuel Tech Transformation

Mon, 07/03/2017 - 3:28pm

Reno, Nev., is enjoying a tech boom. Giants like Apple, Google and Tesla are all there. The transformation is also being driven by some homegrown start-ups, but some worry Reno will become unaffordable.

Deadly War On Drugs Overshadows Philippine President's First Year In Office

Mon, 07/03/2017 - 3:28pm

Critics say Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's war on drugs has targeted the poor disproportionately while high level drug kingpins go free. More than 7,000 people have died in encounters with police or in so-called vigilante killings, mostly in poorer neighborhoods where getting by is already a struggle.

Maine's Government Remains Closed After Gov. LePage Refuses To Sign Budget Bill

Mon, 07/03/2017 - 3:28pm

State government offices in Maine remain closed Monday after members of the legislature and the governor failed to resolve their differences over the state budget.

In Turkey, Anti-Government Protesters March From Ankara To Istanbul

Mon, 07/03/2017 - 3:28pm

NPR's Robert Siegel speaks with Patrick Kingsley, a reporter for The New York Times in Turkey, about the anti-government protest march from Ankara to Istanbul.

Damaged Goods: How A Truck Accident Leads To Cheap Cheese

Mon, 07/03/2017 - 3:28pm

When a truck overturns or a warehouse catches fire, the result can be millions of dollars worth of slightly damaged goods. Mike Mentuck's job is to get those goods back into the marketplace and save insurance companies' money in the process.

Reddit User Claims Credit For Trump's CNN Bodyslam Tweet

Mon, 07/03/2017 - 3:28pm

NPR's Ari Shapiro talks with Sophie Bjork-James, a post-doctoral fellow at Vanderbilt University who has been following white supremacist groups online for nearly a decade. They discuss the origins of Trump's tweet, a GIF of Trump pummeling CNN. Someone by a vulgar username posted what is believed to be the original GIF on Reddit, five days ago. The user has a history of writing hatefully about African-Americans, women and Muslims.

Trump's Tweet Of Him Bodyslamming CNN Heightens Controversy

Mon, 07/03/2017 - 3:28pm

President Trump's weekend tweet depicting him body slamming a CNN avatar prompted condemnation. It also prompted questions about whether his ongoing focus on media bashing could hurt the GOP agenda.

Another July 4th Anniversary: Pathfinder's Landing On Mars

Mon, 07/03/2017 - 3:23pm

In 1997, the spacecraft's mission paved the way for the more sophisticated rovers operating on the Red Planet today.

(Image credit: NASA/JPL)




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