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Top Stories: California Fires Spread; Stunning Alabama Senate Race Ending

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 05:36:24 -0500

Also: Vice President Pence won't meet Palestinian leader Abbas on an upcoming visit; Bitcoin futures trading surges; and President Trump's economic populism claims compared to the GOP tax plan.

Netanyahu Says Palestinians Need To 'Come To Grips With This Reality'

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 05:16:21 -0500

Israel's prime minister said that Palestinians must "come to grips" with Jerusalem as Israel's capital. President Trump's declaration last week triggered protests in the Middle East.

The Tax Bill And The Military

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 05:16:21 -0500

President Trump has promised to increase military spending. Rachel Martin talks to retired Army Col. Peter Mansoor about whether that spending is possible under the Republican tax plan.

Work Harder As Batman

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 05:16:21 -0500

An experiment with 6-year-olds found they worked harder doing a repetitive task when they pretended to be Batman or Dora the Explorer.

Evaluating Personality Tests

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 05:16:21 -0500

A drive to better understand ourselves and the people around us has led to the creation of a thriving industry built around personality testing.

Fake Snowball Fight Canceled Because Of Real Snow

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 05:16:21 -0500

A Six Flags amusement park in Georgia had planned a massive "snowball fight" but without real snow. Then it actually snowed and the park closed.

Scientists Work To Stop Violence After Losing Their Child In Newtown

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 05:16:21 -0500

After losing their child in the Newtown shooting five years ago, two scientists are working to identify the neurological roots of violence and antisocial behavior.

News Brief: Outlook For Alabama, California Fires, Honduras Election

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 05:16:21 -0500

As voters in Alabama prepare to elect a new senator, we look at the potential consequences. Also, an update on fires in California and the contested election in Honduras.

New Evacuations As California Fires Continue

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 05:16:00 -0500

California fires are spreading to the coast, threatening the suburbs of Santa Barbara. We have the latest on the high-speed winds that are fanning the flames.

The View From Birmingham

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 05:16:00 -0500

Voters in Alabama go to the polls Tuesday to elect a new senator. Kyle Whitmire, political columnist for, talks with Rachel Martin about what's at stake.

Loving And Hating Dollar General In Rural America

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 05:16:00 -0500

Dollar General stores thrive in low-income rural towns, and the deep-discount chain has opened hundreds of new shops in the past year.

Pushing For Protections For Hotel Employees

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 05:16:00 -0500

NPR's Rachel Martin talks with Miami Beach City Commissioner Kristen Rosen Gonzalez, who is proposing a bill to protect hotel employees from sexual harassment.

Could Probiotics Protect Kids From A Downside Of Antibiotics?

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 05:16:00 -0500

Many marketing claims about the potential benefits of probiotics have raced ahead of the science, say researchers who are now trying to catch up. One NIH study is investigating kids' gut microbes.

Worries Grow In Hong Kong As China Pushes Its Official Version Of History In Schools

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 05:02:00 -0500

A new proposed curriculum for Hong Kong schools is missing key parts of modern Chinese history. The struggle over education is the latest battle with China over how the city is governed.

The Crazy, Unbelievable Alabama Senate Race Careens To An End

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 05:00:22 -0500

Roy Moore was already a controversial nominee. Then sexual assault allegations roiled the Alabama special election and created a tight contest with Democrat Doug Jones for a critical Senate seat.