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'Highly Intoxicated' Driver Plows Into Mardi Gras Crowd, Injuring At Least 28

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 09:22:20 -0500

An apparent drunk driver careened into spectators at one of Mardi Gras' biggest parades Saturday. "We are grateful that none of the injuries appear to be life-threatening," New Orleans' mayor said.

If You've Got Any Compound Interest, Solving This Puzzle Will Surely Pay Off

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 08:12:40 -0500

Every five-letter answer in this week's puzzle must complete a compound word or a familiar two-word phrase.

A Night At Red's Juke Joint In The Mississippi Delta Is A True Blues Experience

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 08:12:40 -0500

A visit to a classic, hole-in-the-wall blues bar in Clarksdale, Miss., where owner Red Paden enlightens us about the blues and the Delta.

North Carolina Law Makes Facebook A Felony For Former Sex Offenders

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 07:11:00 -0500

North Carolina has a law banning sex offenders from social media. The state says sex offenders use sites to find future child victims. The court will decide if this is constitutional.

What Makes Mira Rai Run?

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 07:00:13 -0500

She dreamed of a better life outside her village in Nepal. But she was broke and had run out of hope. Then she tried a 31-mile trail race.

Dentists Work To Ease Patients' Pain With Fewer Opioids

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 06:37:00 -0500

After minor surgeries, many dentists used to reflexively prescribe quick-acting opioids to relieve a patient's pain. Now they're learning to counsel patients about better, less addictive alternatives.

Which Colleges Might Give You The Best Bang For Your Buck?

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 06:21:00 -0500

A recent study looked at colleges across the country and which ones were able to graduate low-income students into high earning jobs.

For Black College Prospects, Belonging And Safety Often Top Ivy Prestige

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 06:05:00 -0500

Over the past three years, nearly a third of HBCUs have seen at least a 20 percent increase in applications, which correlates with protests over high-profile racial-violence incidents.

Ethics Watchdog Has Big Impact On Federal Workers, But Not On Trump

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 06:04:00 -0500

The Office of Government Ethics has been in the spotlight since President Trump ignored its call to divest his businesses. It has no enforcement power, but still has a big impact on federal workers.

LGBTQ Advocates Fear 'Religious Freedom' Bills Moving Forward In States

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 05:46:00 -0500

The Trump administration hasn't taken action on its promises to protect religious liberties, which some see as opposing LGBTQ people. But some state legislatures are taking this as support.

Lots Of People Donate Their Cars, But This Owner Donated His Auto Repair Shop

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 04:43:00 -0500

An auto mechanic in Baltimore wanted to unload his car repair shop after decades of work. But instead of selling it, he donated it to a nonprofit that will use the shop to teach budding mechanics.

Trump Will Be First President In 36 Years To Skip White House Correspondents Dinner

Sat, 25 Feb 2017 20:01:00 -0500

The president tweeted that he will not attend this year's dinner. He'll be the first president to do so since Reagan missed it in 1981, after he was shot.

'The Americans' Showrunners On Writing Cold War-Era Drama Amid New Russian Relations

Sat, 25 Feb 2017 18:20:00 -0500

Joe Weisberg and Joel Fields, co-showrunners of the acclaimed series "The Americans," about Russian spies in the Washington, D.C., area, look ahead a season amid newly tense times with Russia.

Doctor Takes Death Education To High School Classrooms

Sat, 25 Feb 2017 18:20:00 -0500

NPR's Michel Martin talks with Dr. Jessica Zitter about preparing high-school students to deal with end-of-life care. Zitter is a critical care and palliative medical doctor in Oakland, Calif.

Tattoo Artist Covers Up Racist Insignia For Free: 'Enough Hate In This World'

Sat, 25 Feb 2017 18:20:00 -0500

NPR's Michel Martin speaks with tattoo shop owner, Dave Cutlip of Brooklyn Park, Md., who has offered to cover up any racist or gang affiliated tattoos at no cost. Cutlip says sometimes people change.