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6 Police Officers Shot In Separate Incidents In Florida, Pennsylvania

Sat, 19 Aug 2017 00:38:15 -0400

On the same night in Florida, two police officers were shot in Kissimmee, near Orlando, and two were shot in Jacksonville. One officer shot in Kissimmee has died. Two others were shot in Pennsylvania.



Oldest Kids In Class Do Better, Even Through College

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 19:30:00 -0400

Starting kindergarten later could boost kids' grades and improve their odds of attending a top college. Being the youngest kid in class can hurt their academic performance.



Charities Pull Fundraisers Planned for Trump's Mar-A-Lago

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 18:48:00 -0400

For years, major charities have been holding fundraisers at Mar-a-Lago, the Palm Beach resort owned by President Trump. Now, in the wake of his comments on Charlottesville, many are turning away.



Gun-Carrying Protesters Create 'Tricky' Question For ACLU

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 17:56:25 -0400

"We don't feel we have to represent any group – including white supremacists – seeking to demonstrate with firearms," said the organization, which has long defended groups unpopular with its members.



Be Smart: A Partial Eclipse Can Fry Your Naked Eyes

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 17:11:00 -0400

And telescopes and binoculars only amplify the risk to your eyes from looking at the sun, doctors say. So even if you're not in the "path of totality," take precautions if you plan to watch.



Venezuela's Pro-Maduro Assembly Seizes Congressional Powers

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 17:08:03 -0400

The move Friday marks a new milestone in President Nicolas Maduro's campaign to consolidate power, giving the lawmaking power of the opposition-packed congress to the legislative superbody he created.



Trump's Evangelical Advisers Stand By Their Man

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 16:50:00 -0400

Business leaders have resigned from Trump's council over his response to Charlottesville. But evangelical leaders say they see their role differently.



Former New York Yankee Derek Jeter Becomes Minority Owner Of Miami Marlins

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 16:31:00 -0400

Derek Jeter had a spectacular career playing shortstop for the New York Yankees, during which he managed to avoid scandal and embarrassment and kept his private life tastefully private. So, what might all that brilliance as a player mean for him as he now becomes an owner?



Why One Kentucky Town Wants To Keep Its Confederate Monument

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 16:31:00 -0400

When the University of Louisville took down a monument to Confederate soldiers from the Civil War, a nearby Kentucky town welcomed the statue — and residents still like that it's there.



Trump's National Security Team Meets To Discuss Way Forward In Afghanistan

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 16:31:00 -0400

President Trump's national security team has been trying — and failing — for months to come up with a new plan for Afghanistan. On Friday, they will meet again at Camp David to plot a way forward in the longest war in U.S. history. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis says all options are on the table. What are they, and what's the country's goal at this point?



Chief White House Strategist Steve Bannon Removed From White House Job

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 16:31:00 -0400

NPR's Kelly McEvers speaks with Joshua Green, author of The Devil's Bargain: Steve Bannon, Donald Trump, and the Storming of the Presidency and senior national correspondent for Bloomberg Businessweek about reports that Steve Bannon is leaving the White House.



How What Happened 25 Years Ago At Ruby Ridge Still Matters Today

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 16:31:00 -0400

NPR's Kelly McEvers talks with author Jess Walter about the significance today of the 1992 deadly standoff between right-wing fundamentalists and the federal government at Ruby Ridge in Idaho.



Terrorist Cell Responsible For Vehicle Attacks In Spain Originally Planned A Series Of Bombings

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 16:31:00 -0400

Police in Spain say the vehicle attacks that killed 14 people in Barcelona and Cambrils were carried out by a terrorist cell that had been originally planning a series of bombings.



Gov. Asa Hutchinson Reacts To President Trump's Response To Charlottesville

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 16:31:00 -0400

NPR has been checking in with the Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson of Arkansas since primary season. Following backlash over President Trump's comments following white nationalist protests in Charlottesville, Va., NPR's Robert Siegel checks in with Hutchinson to ask how he thinks the president is handling the situation.



Fathers Of Our Country: How U.S. Presidents Exercised Moral Leadership In Crisis

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 16:31:00 -0400

NPR's Audie Cornish talks to Barbara Perry, a presidential historian at the University of Virginia, about how presidents have exercised moral leadership in critical moments.