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Top Stories: Federal Funding Rule And Abortion; Black Gubernatorial Candidates

Fri, 05/18/2018 - 5:14am

Also: The U.S. is worried about an American jailed in Venezuela; the W.H.O. considers whether ebola is an international emergency; and a decades old message in a bottle is found in Mississippi.

California Winemakers Nervous About U.S.-China Trade Talks

Fri, 05/18/2018 - 4:57am

China is one of the top exports for U.S. wine, but last month in retaliation to U.S. tariffs on steel and aluminum, China imposed a tariff on U.S. wine, and other food and agricultural exports.

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State Dept. Has 'Serious Concerns' For Safety Of Utah Man Imprisoned In Venezuela

Fri, 05/18/2018 - 4:23am

Earlier this week, 26-year-old Joshua Holt, who has been jailed in the South American country since 2016, uploaded a video to Facebook expressing fear that fellow inmates were trying to kill him.

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50 States And No Black Governors, But That Could Change In 2018

Fri, 05/18/2018 - 4:01am

Only two black governors have ever been elected in the United States. But in 2018, more than half a dozen African-Americans are running in gubernatorial races.

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Businesses In Saudi Arabia Struggle With Changing Regulations

Fri, 05/18/2018 - 4:00am

The country is imposing new rules in an attempt to diversify the economy. In a Riyadh mall, shop owners scramble to adjust to new ways — like hiring more Saudi workers in place of foreigners.

WHO And Congolese Officials Scramble To Contain Ebola Outbreak

Fri, 05/18/2018 - 4:00am

The World Health Organization says an Ebola outbreak in Democratic Republic of the Congo has reached a new, more worrying phase after a case turned up in a port city on the Congo River.

Morning News Brief: North Korea, Royal Wedding

Fri, 05/18/2018 - 4:00am

President Trump assured North Korea it would benefit from any deal it reaches with the U.S. regarding its nuclear program. Royal watchers have 1 day to go before Prince Harry marries Meghan Markle.

New Music Friday: 6 Albums You Need To Hear Today

Fri, 05/18/2018 - 4:00am

Notable May 18 releases include Courtney Barnett's raging rock, the K-pop band BTS, rapper Nick Grant and the psych-folk of Ray LaMontagne.

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HBO's 'Fahrenheit 451' Is Halting, Never Catches Fire

Fri, 05/18/2018 - 4:00am

Director/co-writer Ramin Bahrani makes changes big and small to Ray Bradbury's dystopian tale. They help it resonate with our current moment — but make it even more bluntly polemical.

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The Outrage, Angst And Optimism Of Parquet Courts' 'Wide Awake!' Track By Track

Fri, 05/18/2018 - 4:00am

A. Savage and Austin Brown of Parquet Courts talk white privilege, violence in America and the need for love as they breakdown the band's new album Wide Awake!

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President Maduro Asks Venezuelan Voters To Give Him Another Term

Fri, 05/18/2018 - 4:00am

Venezuelans head to the polls this weekend for a presidential election some call a sham. The opposition is boycotting the vote, and President Nicolas Maduro is expected to win.

Administration To Ban Funds For Clinics That Discuss Abortion With Patients

Fri, 05/18/2018 - 4:00am

Steve Inskeep talks to Cecile Richards, former president of Planned Parenthood, about new rules that are expected to restrict groups that receive federal funds from discussing abortion with patients.

Britain's Royal Wedding Is 1 Day Away

Fri, 05/18/2018 - 4:00am

Saturday is the big day. Britain's Prince Harry will marry former American actress Meghan Markle at Windsor Castle outside of London. Millions are expected to tune in to the royal wedding.

Malaysian Police Seize Cash, Jewels, Designer Bags From Ousted Premier's Residence

Fri, 05/18/2018 - 3:05am

The pre-dawn raid on a condominium belonging to former Prime Minister Najib Razak, who was defeated in last week's elections, comes in connection with a long-running corruption scandal.

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White House To Ban Federal Funds For Clinics That Discuss Abortion With Patients

Fri, 05/18/2018 - 1:27am

The Department of Health and Human Services is expected to announce that it is reviving a Reagan-era rule that bars groups that receive federal funding from discussing abortion with patients.

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Puerto Rico Officials Say They're Ready for Hurricane Season, But Worries Mount

Thu, 05/17/2018 - 9:31pm

The head of the island's emergency management agency admits the government did not take hurricane preparation seriously before Hurricane Maria, but says all that's changed.

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Sessions Moves To Curb Immigration Judges' Authority

Thu, 05/17/2018 - 9:21pm

The attorney general orders an end to a legal procedure used by judges to delay decisions in certain immigration cases, which he says has no legal basis. Critics say the move will impede due process.

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Judge To Decide Fate Of Civil Lawsuit Alleging Trump Campaign Colluded With Russia

Thu, 05/17/2018 - 8:20pm

A federal judge heard arguments from three plaintiffs, who are suing the Trump campaign and Trump ally Roger Stone, about the alleged conspiracy. Stone and the campaign have denied any wrongdoing.

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New York's Spring Art Auctions Have Seen Some Yawns and Some Records

Thu, 05/17/2018 - 7:36pm

Christie's and Sotheby's auction houses in New York have been holding their spring auctions and such well-known names as Monet have set records. There have also been surprises.

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On 'Tell Me How You Really Feel,' Humanity Is Courtney Barnett's Superpower

Thu, 05/17/2018 - 7:30pm

The Australian songwriter's new album charts an internal landscape that holds anger and compassion in equally stunning measure.

(Image credit: Pooneh Ghana/Courtesy of the artist)

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