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Former FBI Profiler Weighs In On How Bureau Can Help In Austin Bombings Case

Tue, 03/20/2018 - 16:21

NPR's Ailsa Chang speaks with former FBI profiler Mary Ellen O'Toole, who is now head of George Mason University's Forensic Science Department, about how FBI profilers could aid the investigation of the bombings happening in Austin, Texas.

Austin Mayor Steve Adler Discusses Series Of Bombings Happening Throughout City

Tue, 03/20/2018 - 16:21

NPR's Michel Martin speaks with Austin, Texas Mayor Steve Adler about the series of bombings that have been happening in city.

WH Threatening To Veto Spending Bill If It Includes Money For Northeast Rail Tunnel

Tue, 03/20/2018 - 16:21

If the century-old rail tunnel into New York City fails, the economic pain will be felt up and down the East Coast. That's why a multi-billion-dollar plan to replace it has been called the most important infrastructure project in the country.

Texas Law Enforcement Working To Find Motive Behind Austin Bombings

Tue, 03/20/2018 - 16:21

In Austin, Texas, investigators are trying to figure out why someone is targeting the city with a series of bombs. A fifth package exploded Tuesday morning at a FedEx distribution center.

Former Facebook Insider Says Company Cannot Be Trusted To Regulate Itself

Tue, 03/20/2018 - 16:21

NPR's Ailsa Chang speaks with Sandy Parakilas, who worked as an operations manager on the platform team at Facebook in 2011 and 2012. In the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal, Parakilas says Facebook cannot be trusted to regulate itself.

What Trump Needs To Know Before Talks With North Korea

Tue, 03/20/2018 - 16:00

If President Trump winds up across the table from Kim Jong Un, he should study the lessons from previous attempts to denuclearize North Korea, writes Scott Snyder.

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Unable To Prove They Own Their Homes, Puerto Ricans Denied FEMA Help

Tue, 03/20/2018 - 15:47

Six months after Hurricane Maria devastated this island commonwealth, many families are unable to get crucial federal repair grants because they've been unable to prove they own their homes.

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Civil Rights Chief At HHS Defends The Right To Refuse Care On Religious Grounds

Tue, 03/20/2018 - 15:39

Roger Severino created a new division in the Department of Health And Human Services to guard the religious rights of health care workers. That worries some advocates for women and LGBTQ people.

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Robots Are Trying To Pick Strawberries. So Far, They're Not Very Good At It

Tue, 03/20/2018 - 15:27

Strawberry growers are so worried about the farmworker shortage that they're testing a strawberry-picking robot. But while picking strawberries is easy for humans, machines struggle with the task.

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Small City Moves To Opt Out Of California Sanctuary Law

Tue, 03/20/2018 - 15:15

Los Alamitos, an Orange County city of fewer than 12,000, is aligning itself with a harder line on immigration than the more liberal policies adopted elsewhere in the state.

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President Trump Congratulates Putin On Re-Election

Tue, 03/20/2018 - 15:09

President Trump placed a congratulatory call to Russian President Vladimir Putin Tuesday, two days after an election marred by ballot-box stuffing and forced voting.

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23 Russian Diplomats Fly Home, Expelled From U.K. Amid Poisoning Dispute

Tue, 03/20/2018 - 14:59

The move is intended to punish Moscow for an alleged nerve agent attack on a former Russian spy and his daughter on British soil. Moscow has responded by expelling 23 British diplomats in turn.

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Reporter's Notebook: Theranos And The Mysterious Walgreens Fire Alarm

Tue, 03/20/2018 - 14:58

When a health care reporter asked patients about their experience getting blood tests at a Walgreens in Palo Alto, Calif., the interactions with Theranos representatives became strained.

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Republican Lawmakers Say Mueller Needs No Protection

Tue, 03/20/2018 - 13:46

Top Republicans on Capitol Hill say they are confident that President Trump will not try to fire special counsel Robert Mueller.

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Kiss Off, You're Irish: In Experiment, Detroit Pub Bans St. Patrick's Day Revelers

Tue, 03/20/2018 - 13:43

To help humanize and bring historical perspective to the issue of immigration, the "No Irish Pub" turned away people based on two criteria: being Irish or wearing green to celebrate St. Paddy's Day.

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Author Traces Christianity's Path From 'Forbidden Religion' To A 'Triumph'

Tue, 03/20/2018 - 13:04

Religious scholar Bart Ehrman says that the early spread of Christianity transformed the entire history of the West — for better or worse. His new book is The Triumph Of Christianity.

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A Chinese Space Lab Will Soon Fall From The Sky. Where It Lands, No One Knows

Tue, 03/20/2018 - 12:51

Most of the Chinese space lab, the size of a city bus, will burn up in the atmosphere, but some debris may survive re-entry.

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Spending Bill Caught In Partisan Fight Ahead Of Friday Deadline

Tue, 03/20/2018 - 12:46

A long-term spending bill has been delayed over partisan squabbling about unrelated measures, including health care, immigration and gun control.

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Senate Intel Committee Urges More Funding, IT Upgrades To Secure 2018 Election

Tue, 03/20/2018 - 12:25

Senators released a list of recommendations Tuesday that included an urgent call to give states more money and information to improve their elections.

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Washington Man Charged In Case Involving 'Gingerbread House' Full Of Child Porn

Tue, 03/20/2018 - 12:23

Investigators spent months searching for the owner of the elaborate treehouse hidden in a national forest near Seattle.

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