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Augustin Mawangu, Bandleader Of Konono No. 1, Dies At 56

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 09:13:42 -0400

Mawangu became Konono No. 1's leader after the 2015 death of his father, who founded the long-running Congolese band the late 1960s.

30-Foot Border Wall Prototypes Erected In San Diego Borderlands

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 08:33:00 -0400

While the mockups are massive, it's anybody's guess whether they'll ever get built.

Xi Jinping's War On Poverty Moves Millions Of Chinese Off The Farm

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 07:54:24 -0400

Remote mountain villages where residents lived in poverty are being cleared, with villagers being given new apartments in the city. But finding work may be a challenge for some of the former farmers.

President Of Rio's 2016 Olympic Bid Is Charged With Corruption

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 07:49:00 -0400

Former Brazilian Olympic Committee President Carlos Nuzman is charged with helping to run a criminal organization. The evidence includes undeclared assets in the form of 16 gold bars.

U.S. Prisons Hope Card Games Will Lead To Clues In Unsolved Cases

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 07:46:00 -0400

Oklahoma is replacing the playing cards sold in the prison canteens with new decks featuring the faces of victims from unsolved homicides. Other states have similar programs and the idea is working.

Puerto Rico's Governor Is In Washington To Meet With Trump

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 07:45:00 -0400

Parts of Puerto Rico look as if the hurricane struck yesterday, not last month. Gov. Ricardo Rossello is in Washington to speak with members of Congress. He'll also meet with President Trump.

Details Of Bipartisan Health Insurance Plan Come Into Focus

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 07:44:00 -0400

Text of legislation, obtained by NPR, offers ways to fix the Affordable Care Act that some Republicans and Democrats favor. Whether it ever becomes law, is a different question.

Iditarod Sled Dogs Test Positive For Banned Substance

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 07:32:50 -0400

At the end of this year's annual run to Nome, Alaska, several dogs from a single team tested positive for a banned pain killer, the race board says.

How Composer Daniel Hart Brought 'A Ghost Story' To Life

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 07:00:15 -0400

Hart talks about the inspiration and challenges behind his stunning score for the deeply existential film A Ghost Story.

Canadian Man Sues Low-Cost Sunwing Airlines Over Beverage Service

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 06:54:00 -0400

He says the champagne service on his flight to Cuba was sparkling wine — not champagne. The airline says champagne service means a certain class of service — not what beverage would be in the glass.

Top Stories: Health Care Waiver Uncertainty; Catalonia's Autonomy Jeopardized

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 06:10:27 -0400

Also: A study shows more young kids get small screen time; a suspect in shootings in 2 states is arrested; and there's a report that some Iditarod dogs tested positive for a banned drug.

Pirate Party Parliament Member In Iceland Wears Eye Patch

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 06:08:24 -0400

Eva Pandora Baldursdottir says it's not an old sea injury, just a bizarre accident when her one-year-old scratched her eye. She had to wear the eye patch for a TV debate.

Tom Hanks Considers The Cosmos, Nora Ephron, And A Man Dressed As A Shrimp

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 06:01:15 -0400

Tom Hanks has written a short story collection called Uncommon Type. Here, he talks about stories, characters, the film goddess Pelicula, and what happened to the suit he wore as David S. Pumpkins.

Having Changed America, The League Of POW/MIA Families Fades

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 06:00:15 -0400

Almost 50 years ago, a small group of families started a movement to demand an accounting of the nation's POW/MIAs. They changed the way America thinks about its servicemen and women lost at war.

Ousted Pakistani Premier Nawaz Sharif Indicted On Corruption Charges

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 05:45:00 -0400

The former prime minister, who resigned after being disqualified from office in July, has pleaded not guilty along with his daughter and son-in-law in connection with the so-called Panama Papers.