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Sessions Interviewed By Special Counsel Robert Mueller As Part Of Russia Inquiry

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 10:41:58 -0500

The attorney general could be the first member of the cabinet talk with investigators in the special counsel's office as they investigate potential criminal conduct.



Tsunami Warning Sends Alaskans To Seek Higher Ground

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 09:43:00 -0500

The gulf coast of Alaska awakened early Tuesday morning by a tsunami warning. The warning was eventually downgraded but not before many Alaskans evacuated their communities for higher ground.



The Far Out History Of How Hippie Food Spread Across America

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 08:00:00 -0500

Finding granola, hummus, organic produce and whole grains is easy now, but it wasn't always. Jonathan Kauffman's new book, Hippie Food, explores the people and places that expanded America's palate.



Tsunami Alert Is Downgraded Along Alaska's Coast After Powerful Quake

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. The U.S. Tsunami Warning System issued a tsunami warning before downgrading to an advisory.



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.



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

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 06:03:00 -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.



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 Makes Surprise Stand-Up Appearance Ahead Of Retrial

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

Cosby spun tales about his quiet Uncle William who loved to drink and riffed on themes of aging and his struggle with blindness.



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.



Victims Of Neo-Nazi Troll Storm Find Recourse Difficult

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

When neo-Nazi trollers descended on a small Jewish community in Montana, the rabbi and others endured cyber-bullying. There is a lawsuit but it's unclear whether there is much recourse for victims.



Will Work For No Benefits: The Challenges Of Being In The New Contract Workforce

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 05:02:00 -0500

A new NPR/Marist poll shows that more than half of contract workers don't get employee benefits. "We really don't have much of a social safety net, and that's terrifying," freelancer Matt Nelson says.



Part Of Oregon's Funding Plan For Medicaid Goes Before Voters

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 05:01:00 -0500

Last summer, the Oregon legislature passed a package of state taxes to cover Medicaid's expanding rolls. But Oregon voters Tuesday could throw a wrench in that plan by refusing some of the taxes.



Tax Credit Aims To Boost Availability Of Paid Family Leave, But Will It Work?

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

Many specialists in family leave policy say the tax credits included in the new federal law are too small to persuade most employers to offer such benefits.



5 Workers Are Missing After An Explosion At Oklahoma Drilling Rig

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 03:46:00 -0500

One worker was taken to a hospital and 16 others made it out of the area safely. The fire was put out Monday night but rescue workers can't search for the missing until the site cools down.



Puerto Rico's Governor Announces Plan To Privatize Island's Troubled Electric Utility

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 03:13:00 -0500

Gov. Ricardo Rosselló says it may take 18 months to sell off the beleaguered Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority, or PREPA, which has failed to fully restore electricity months after Hurricane Maria.