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After Jaw-Dropping Testimony, Baltimore Police Corruption Trial Heads To Jury

Thu, 02/08/2018 - 18:58

The case centers on the Gun Trace Task Force, an elite unit that was supposed to be recovering illegal guns. But witnesses say it sold guns and drugs it seized right back onto the streets.

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How To Watch The 2018 Winter Olympics

Thu, 02/08/2018 - 18:45

It's time to take stock of your technology: Do you have a digital TV antenna? How about a cable or satellite subscription? We also have a use for your virtual reality headset.

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Major Psychiatric Disorders Have More In Common Than We Thought, Study Finds

Thu, 02/08/2018 - 17:34

Understanding the molecular basis of major disorders such as autism, schizophrenia and bipolar is hopeful, because it could help in developing better treatments for them.

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Champion Of The Internet And Grateful Dead Lyricist John Perry Barlow Dies At 70

Thu, 02/08/2018 - 16:28

John Perry Barlow has died at 70. Barlow was the co-founder of the digital rights group Electronic Frontier Foundation. He was also a lyricist for the Grateful Dead.

Comparing Republican And Democratic Theories About The 2018 Midterm Elections

Thu, 02/08/2018 - 16:28

Positive attitudes about the economy have been making the GOP more optimistic that they can limit losses in the midterm elections. But market volatility this week showed that to be a risky proposition.

White House Is Reviewing Democratic Memo That Responds To GOP Allegations

Thu, 02/08/2018 - 16:28

The White House is reviewing a Democratic memo that responds to Republicans allegations of purported FBI abuses of surveillance powers.

Putin's Most Prominent Opponent Says There's No Doubt Kremlin Interfered In 2016 Election

Thu, 02/08/2018 - 16:28

The leading opposition politician in Russia says he doesn't have the slightest doubt that the Kremlin interfered in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

After Rob Porter Resigns, Former WH Secretary Lisa Brown Discusses Position's Importance

Thu, 02/08/2018 - 16:28

White House staff secretary Rob Porter has resigned after accusations that he abused his ex-wives. NPR's Ari Shapiro speaks with former staff secretary Lisa Brown about the importance of the job in a presidential administration.

Chief Of Staff John Kelly Faces Questions On Immigration Comments, Handling Of Staff

Thu, 02/08/2018 - 16:28

White House Chief of Staff John Kelly is facing questions about his handling of abuse allegations against a senior White House staffer, but this is not the first time Kelly has come under fire.

North Korea Holds Military Parade, Shows Off Weapons Ahead Of Olympic Opening

Thu, 02/08/2018 - 16:28

On the eve of the opening ceremony for the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics in South Korea, North Korea staged a giant military parade in its capital. Its showing of military force might justify its playing nice in the South, where a joint North-South orchestra performed together in one of the cities hosting the games.

How The Launch Of SpaceX's Falcon Heavy Fits Into The Company's Other-Wordly Plans

Thu, 02/08/2018 - 16:28

This week SpaceX successfully launched the world's most powerful rocket in decades. NPR's Ari Shapiro speaks with writer Tim Urban about what this rocket will do near term, and how it takes Elon Musk one step closer to his grand vision of a million-person colony on Mars.

FBI Says They Have No Evidence That Border Patrol Agent's Death Was A Homicide

Thu, 02/08/2018 - 16:28

There has been a big development in the mysterious death of a Border Patrol agent beside a remote highway in West Texas last year. The case received national attention because President Trump speculated it was a brutal murder committed by smugglers. The FBI now says, after an exhaustive investigation, that they have found no evidence the officer's death was a homicide.

Democratic Rep. Joe Crowley Says He Won't Vote For Senate Spending Proposal

Thu, 02/08/2018 - 16:28

NPR's Mary Louise Kelly speaks with Congressman Joe Crowley of New York, who is chair of the Democratic Caucus, about the Senate budget deal which doesn't include anything on immigration, and what it would mean for House Democrats.

A Young Rohingya Mom: Pregnant, Stateless, Living In Limbo

Thu, 02/08/2018 - 16:28

Sanura Begum fled Myanmar and now lives in the world's largest refugee camp in Bangladesh. Could she ever return to the wooden farmhouse she left behind? Only God knows, she says.

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Pentagon Audit Shows Logistical Arm Of Military Can't Explain Where $800 Million Went

Thu, 02/08/2018 - 16:28

NPR's Mary Louise Kelly talks with Politico's Bryan Bender about a story he broke earlier this week on troubling results from an internal audit at the Pentagon. The audit finds that the Defense Logistics Agency has no paper trail for more than $800 million in construction projects.

Eagles Continue To Fly And Soar As Philadelphians Celebrate Super Bowl Win

Thu, 02/08/2018 - 16:28

Philadelphians lined a parade route through the city's downtown, hoping to catch a glimpse of their beloved Eagles. Some businesses closed and kids had the day off from school, all to celebrate the team's Super Bowl win over the New England Patriots.

Republican Rep. Mo Brooks Says Americans Can't Afford Latest Spending Bill

Thu, 02/08/2018 - 16:28

NPR's Ari Shapiro talks with Rep. Mo Brooks, R-Ala., a member of the House Freedom Caucus, about the spending bill currently in front of Congress that would increase spending and add to the national deficit.

Seattle Moves to Dismiss Marijuana Misdemeanors

Thu, 02/08/2018 - 16:20

Mayor Jenny Durkan says getting the criminal convictions wiped from personal records is "a necessary step to right the wrongs of what was a failed 'War on Drugs.'"

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Indian Couples Navigate A 'Shifting Sea' Of Love And Marriage

Thu, 02/08/2018 - 14:57

PBS Newshour reporter Elizabeth Flock spent nearly a decade following the lives of three couples in Mumbai. She chronicles their stories in The Heart Is a Shifting Sea: Love and Marriage in Mumbai.

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With Closed-Circuit TV, Satellites And Phones, Millions Of Cameras Are Watching

Thu, 02/08/2018 - 14:27

Journalist Robert Draper writes in National Geographic that the proliferation of cameras focused on the public has led "to the point where we're expecting to be voyeur and exhibitionist 24/7."