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Trump's National Security Team Meets To Discuss Way Forward In Afghanistan

Fri, 08/18/2017 - 16:31

President Trump's national security team has been trying — and failing — for months to come up with a new plan for Afghanistan. On Friday, they will meet again at Camp David to plot a way forward in the longest war in U.S. history. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis says all options are on the table. What are they, and what's the country's goal at this point?

How What Happened 25 Years Ago At Ruby Ridge Still Matters Today

Fri, 08/18/2017 - 16:31

In August of 1992, a standoff between right-wing fundamentalists and the federal government turned deadly at Ruby Ridge in Idaho. Twenty-five years later, the event still looms large in the imaginations of far-right sympathizers and militia members.

Gov. Asa Hutchinson Reacts To President Trump's Response To Charlottesville

Fri, 08/18/2017 - 16:31

NPR has been checking in with the Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson of Arkansas since primary season. Following backlash over President Trump's comments following white nationalist protests in Charlottesville, Va., NPR's Robert Siegel checks in with Hutchinson to ask how he thinks the president is handling the situation.

The Role Of Solar Eclipses In Religion

Fri, 08/18/2017 - 16:31

Throughout human history, solar eclipses have been seen as having great religious significance, often as omens or signs of divine warning or punishment. Major and minor religions alike have their own understandings.

What's The Reasoning Behind Terrorist Groups Using Low-Tech Tactics To Carry Out Attacks?

Fri, 08/18/2017 - 16:31

ISIS terror attacks are increasingly low-tech — rather than firearms and explosives the weapons of choice are knives and vehicles. What could these choices say about the organization?

Oklahoma Senator James Lankford Reacts To Steve Bannon's White House Departure

Fri, 08/18/2017 - 16:31

NPR's Kelly McEvers speaks with Republican Sen. James Lankford of Oklahoma about Steve Bannon's departure from the White House.

Virginia Communities Remember Police Officers Who Died After Charlottesville Protests

Fri, 08/18/2017 - 16:31

Two Virginia State Police officers died in a helicopter crash after the Charlottesville, Va., protests on Saturday. Today a funeral was held in Richmond for Trooper-Pilot Berke M. M. Bates. Pilot Lt. H. Jay Cullen will be remembered tomorrow.

Arrests Of Undocumented Parents Sparks Debate Between Federal Officials And Immigration Advocates

Fri, 08/18/2017 - 16:31

Immigration and Customs Enforcement has arrested hundreds of undocumented parents who are suspected of paying smugglers to bring their children to the U.S. Federal officials say those parents are supporting criminal smuggling rings, but immigrant advocates complain the crackdown is criminalizing family reunification.

Trump Administration Reverses Bottled Water Ban In National Parks

Fri, 08/18/2017 - 16:13

The move reverses an Obama-era policy put in place to encourage national parks to end the sale of bottled water. The aim was to cut back on plastic litter.

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Did A Bail Reform Algorithm Contribute To This San Francisco Man's Murder?

Fri, 08/18/2017 - 14:00

The July murder of photographer Ed French, is raising questions and concerns about a pretrial risk assessment computer tool used by a growing number of county and city courts.

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Two Dead In Stabbing Attack In Turku, Finland

Fri, 08/18/2017 - 13:53

Police say they have apprehended a suspect after shooting him in the leg, and it's not clear what his motivations were. Six other people were injured in the attack about 100 miles from the capital.

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Steve Bannon Out As Chief White House Strategist

Fri, 08/18/2017 - 13:07

Earlier this week, President Trump offered only half-hearted support for the man considered instrumental in getting him to the Oval Office.

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Charlottesville Victim's Mother Says She Will Not Take Trump's Calls

Fri, 08/18/2017 - 12:53

"You can't wash this one away by shaking my hand and saying I'm sorry," Susan Bro told Good Morning America. Her daughter Heather Heyer was killed as she was protesting against white supremacists.

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Barcelona's Victims Hailed From All Over The World, Including U.S.

Fri, 08/18/2017 - 12:42

The State Department said Friday an American was one of at least 14 people killed in the attacks, and the more than 100 injured came from at least 34 countries. Here's a glimpse of the lives lost.

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From Israel, Quiet Efforts Are Underway To Aid Civilians In Syria

Fri, 08/18/2017 - 12:03

The two countries have fought each other in the past and technically remain in a state of war. But both the Israeli military and private organizations are quietly delivering humanitarian aid.

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Who Are The Confederate Men Memorialized With Statues?

Fri, 08/18/2017 - 11:54

Confederate statues and monuments are coming down all over the country.

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Maryland State House Removes Statue Of Judge Who Wrote Dred Scott Decision

Fri, 08/18/2017 - 11:21

The infamous 1857 decision upheld slavery and declared that blacks were not citizens. Maryland's State House Trust voted Wednesday to remove the statue from its grounds, where it stood for 145 years.

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What We Know: Multiple Terrorist Attacks Hit Spain

Fri, 08/18/2017 - 10:20

Police believe the attacks that killed 14 people are the work of an organized group of terrorists — and that they acted after an accidental explosion earlier this week.

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Do Laptops Help Learning? A Look At The Only Statewide School Laptop Program

Fri, 08/18/2017 - 09:15

It was 15 years ago that Maine began the first, and still the only, statewide school laptop program. Experts worry that an attempt to bridge the digital divide might have widened it.

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USS Fitzgerald Leaders Punished; Crew Is Praised After Collision With Cargo Ship

Fri, 08/18/2017 - 07:33

"Through their swift and in many cases heroic actions, members of the crew saved lives," the Navy said. It also blamed an avoidable crash on inadequate leadership and flawed teamwork.

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