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'The Friend' Is No Shaggy Dog Story

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 07:01:15 -0500

Sigrid Nunez's new novel follows a woman mourning the suicide of a close friend, mentor and fellow writer — and the upheaval after she reluctantly takes in his huge, bereft (and smelly) Great Dane.

Powerful Quake Strikes Off Alaska, Triggering Tsunami Warning For Coast

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 06:51:00 -0500

The magnitude 7.9 earthquake struck about 175 southeast of Kodiak, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. U.S. Tsunami Warning System has issued a tsunami warning for coastal regions.

Officials In California Town Take Down 'Bob's House' Sign

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 06:28:00 -0500

A legitimate looking road sign reading "Bob's House" with a right pointing arrow was hung up on the side of the road under a sign for the town of Coto de Caza. Bob's sign can be picked up a City Hall.

Frozen Ball Of Human Waste Falls From Sky

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 06:05:50 -0500

When scientists examined the 20 pound rock, they determine it probably was not a meteor. Officials believe it is a frozen ball of excrement and are having samples tested.

What Do Asthma, Heart Disease And Cancer Have In Common? Maybe Childhood Trauma

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 06:03:24 -0500

Toxic stress in childhood can lead to a lifetime of health problems and, ultimately, a shorter life. Here's what schools can do to help.

Hugh Masekela, Father Of South African Jazz, Dies At 78

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 05:24:00 -0500

He recorded more than 40 solo albums and performed with musicians ranging from Harry Belafonte to Paul Simon. Masekela died after a prolonged battle with prostate cancer.

Sen. Tammy Duckworth Talks About Her Trip To South Korea

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 05:03:00 -0500

Rachel Martin talks to Democratic Sen. Tammy Duckworth of Illinois, an Iraq war veteran, who recently returned from a trip to South Korea and the DMZ, about the threat of nuclear war with North Korea.

Oscar Nominations Will Be Viewed Through 'MeToo' Lens

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 05:03:00 -0500

The 90th Academy Award nominations are announced Tuesday. Issues about sexual misconduct and gender parity might play a role in how members vote, and they may come up during the ceremony in March.

Trump Signs Measure To Reopen The Federal Government

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 05:03:00 -0500

While the federal government may be reopening after the weekend shutdown, Congress has just three weeks to reach an agreement on government spending and immigration — or it could all happen again.

Plans Are Announced To Privatize Puerto Rico's Electric Utility

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 05:03:00 -0500

Gov. Ricardo Rossello announced plans Monday to privatize the island's troubled electric utility. In a speech, he said the process of selling off the public utility's assets would begin in days.

Bill Cosby Returns To Stand-Up In Philly, Ahead Of 2nd Trial

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 05:03:00 -0500

Comedian Bill Cosby made a surprise return to the stage in Philadelphia Monday evening — the same day a judge announced a jury selection date for his retrial on sex assault charges.

Did Senate Democrats Help Or Hurt Themselves During The Shutdown?

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 05:03:00 -0500

Monday's Senate vote to end the three-day government shutdown has divided the Democratic Party. David Greene talks to Georgetown University's Mo Elleithe, a former strategist for the Democratic Party.

Even In The Days Of Tinder, Old-School Matchmakers Are Needed

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 05:03:00 -0500

Los Angeles attorney Kat McClain explains why she gave up on dating sites and hired a matchmaking service. That path led her back to dating apps — and to a match she might not have met otherwise.

World's Most Influential People Gather For Davos Economic Forum

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 05:03:00 -0500

From Switzerland, Washington Post foreign affairs writer Ishaan Tharoor talks to Rachel Martin about what entrepreneurs, politicians, artists and thinkers are talking about this year.

Trump's ICE Deportations Are Up From Obama's Figures, Data Show

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 05:03:00 -0500

Year-end figures analyzed by NPR show deportations to all countries — from the Middle East to Africa to Asia — have increased sharply under President Trump compared to Obama's last year in office.