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Longtime Brooklyn Bartender Who Inspired 'Sunny's Nights' Has Died

Fri, 03/11/2016 - 4:39pm

Sunny Balzano was the genial and eccentric proprietor of a beloved bar in Red Hook, Brooklyn. He died Thursday at 81, just weeks after the publication of a new book about his life and times.

LA's Famous Mountain Lion Suspected In Koala Killing

Fri, 03/11/2016 - 3:45pm

A koala in the LA Zoo was mauled to death last week. Zookeepers have named a possible culprit: P-22, a mountain lion living in Griffith Park, was caught on zoo surveillance cameras the night before.

Former Vladimir Putin Ally Died From 'Blunt Force Trauma,' Police Say

Fri, 03/11/2016 - 3:29pm

Police say a one-time ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin, found dead in a Washington, D.C., hotel last fall, was killed by "blunt force trauma." Who was Mikhail Lesin, founder of the pro-Kremlin RT network, and what could his death mean in the context of today's muscular conduct by Moscow around the world?

Migrants Stranded In Greece Are Left With Few Options

Fri, 03/11/2016 - 3:29pm

The closing of borders in the Balkans and the European Union's plan to send asylum-seekers back to Turkey has left the tens of thousands of migrants stranded in Greece unsure what to do next.

Politicians And Hollywood Stars Gather For Nancy Reagan Funeral

Fri, 03/11/2016 - 3:29pm

Former First Lady Nancy Reagan was buried Friday next to her husband at the Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, Calif.

Marco Rubio Stakes Presidential Ambitions In Home State Of Florida

Fri, 03/11/2016 - 3:29pm

Republican Sen. Marco Rubio has staked his presidential ambitions on a win in his home state of Florida. His rivals Donald Trump and Ted Cruz are working just as hard to make sure that Rubio's uphill battle there will be even harder.

Music Review: 'Final Wild Songs,' The Long Ryders

Fri, 03/11/2016 - 3:29pm

The Long Ryders are an '80s band. Smart lyrics mix with garage rock, psychedelic sounds and country. After five years of recording and touring, they called it quits in 1987. Now, almost 20 years after their separation, the band is back together and heading on tour. Reviewer Meredith Ochs says the newly released album of their classic songs cements their legacy.

Week In Politics: Presidential Primaries, Canadian Prime Minister Visits U.S.

Fri, 03/11/2016 - 3:29pm

NPR's Ari Shapiro discusses the politics of the week with New York Times columnist David Brooks, and Washington Post columnist and Brookings Institution fellow E.J. Dionne. They discuss the presidential primaries and President Obama's meeting with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

Why Fastest U.S. College Mile Runner Won't Be Vying To Be NCAA Champ

Fri, 03/11/2016 - 3:29pm

The University of Washington's Izaic Yorks ran a mile in 3:53, setting a new mark for an American collegian. But loyalty to his team means he won't be running the mile at this weekend's championship.

After Tsunami And Quake, A U.S.-Japan Partnership To 'Give Hope'

Fri, 03/11/2016 - 3:29pm

When the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear crisis hit Japan in 2011, U.S. troops delivered aid in Operation Tomodachi, Japanese for "friends." Another Tomodachi program brings Japanese kids to the U.S.

At Calif. Campuses, A Test For Free Speech, Privacy And Cybersecurity

Fri, 03/11/2016 - 3:29pm

The University of California president, former Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, secretly ordered data monitoring across the system after hackers broke into the UCLA medical center.

U.N. Report Documents Systemic Rape By Government Troops In South Sudan

Fri, 03/11/2016 - 3:29pm

A United Nations report out Friday documents systematic rape and other war crimes by government troops in South Sudan. NPR takes a look at the report and others documenting violence in the world's newest country.

Wounded Warrior Project Fires Top Executives Over Lavish Spending

Fri, 03/11/2016 - 3:29pm

The Wounded Warrior Project, a non-profit veterans organization, has fired two top executives. The shakeup follows accusations that the executives improperly spent money, and dedicated resources to expensive staff meetings. NPR's Kelly McEvers speaks with David Philipps, a New York Times reporter who investigated the organization.

New Electoral Maps Throw North Carolina's Congressional Primary Into Chaos

Fri, 03/11/2016 - 3:29pm

North Carolina's congressional primaries are in chaos after a panel of federal judges threw out the state's electoral maps.

Nevada Solar Power Business Struggles To Keep The Lights On

Fri, 03/11/2016 - 3:29pm

Since Nevada regulators began phasing out incentives, the solar power business has been in turmoil and many workers have been laid off. Now some worry what happened there will spread to other states.

Donald Trump Plays Defense Over Handling Of Violence At Campaign Events

Fri, 03/11/2016 - 3:12pm

Donald Trump's campaign is defending itself from accusations that it is stoking violence at campaign events.

Dallas Kindergarteners Get An Early Start On Money Management

Fri, 03/11/2016 - 3:01pm

Financial planners say it's important to start saving for retirement at a young age. You won't believe how young one group of investors is starting in Texas.

First Ladies Pay Their Respects At Funeral For Nancy Reagan

Fri, 03/11/2016 - 1:43pm

Nancy Reagan died last week at age 94. The invitation-only ceremony is being held at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, Calif., where she will be buried alongside her husband.




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