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Justice Department Sues To Block AT&T's Merger With Time Warner

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 17:18:27 -0500

DOJ's case against the merger argues that the companies would control so much of both what people watch and how they watch it, that it could mean higher prices for both consumers and competitors.

Yellen Resigns From Fed Board After Being Passed Over To Keep Top Post

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 17:15:25 -0500

Janet Yellen says she'll step down from the Federal Reserve Board when her successor as chair is sworn in. Earlier this month, President Trump named Jerome Powell to be the next Fed chairman.

Baby Animal Profile: Whetu, The Kiwi Chick

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 17:10:00 -0500

Whetu, an almost 4-month-old brown kiwi at the Smithsonian Conservation Biological Institute, is the first female born to her parents. She enjoys staying up all night, eating worms and burrowing.

Scientists Glimpse Houston's Flooded Future In Updated Rainfall Data

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 16:55:00 -0500

Hurricane Harvey's deluge left some homeowners and politicians wondering whether the whole system for predicting floods is any good. Scientists are hoping better data can lead to better flood maps.

Beloved Singer And Songwriter Mel Tillis Dies At 85

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 16:27:48 -0500

Fans and fellow musicians are mourning the death of entertainer Mel Tillis. Tillis died yesterday after a long illness at the age of 85. He had three dozen Top Ten country hits of his own and wrote dozens more for others, including a monster hit for Kenny Rogers and the First Edition: "Ruby, Don't Take Your Love To Town."

The Keystone XL Oil Pipeline Is One Step Closer To Construction

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 16:27:48 -0500

The Nebraska Public Service Commission voted to approve a route for the pipeline, giving TransCanada the permission it needs to build. But there are still big obstacles ahead, both economic and challenges from environmentalists and landowners.

How Charles Manson Left His Mark On Pop Culture

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 16:27:48 -0500

The death of Charles Manson yesterday doesn't end his place in pop culture where he's practically immortal. Manson, despite being in prison for horrific crimes, had a large following and inspired different books and movies.

Kenya's Supreme Court Upholds Presidential Election Results

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 16:27:48 -0500

Kenya's supreme court dismissed challenges to last month's rerun of the presidential election, meaning incumbent Uhuru Kenyatta will be sworn in as president for a second term. This prompted a violent reaction from opposition supporters.

Zimbabwe Is In A Stalemate After Military Takeover

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 16:27:48 -0500

Zimbabwe is at a watershed moment — a slow-motion process to oust Robert Mugabe, the only ruler the nation has known. But will the 75-year-old war veteran, who is known as the Crocodile and is slated to succeed Mugabe bring change to the impoverished nation?

Current And Former Guantanamo Bay Detainees Create 'Ode To The Sea' Art Exhibit

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 16:27:00 -0500

Artwork by current and former detainees of Guantanamo Bay is on display at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice in Manhattan. But what does the art represent and why did the college choose to display it?

In Germany, Chancellor Angela Merkel's Coalition Talks Have Failed

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 16:27:00 -0500

Attempts by German chancellor Angela Merkel to form a coalition government have collapsed — earning a rebuke from the German President, who called on politicians to put aside their party interests for the sake of the country.

Alabama Media Group Condemns Senate Candidate Roy Moore

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 16:27:00 -0500

The Alabama Media Group came out with strong condemnation of Roy Moore, prompting a legal threat from the U.S. Senate candidate. NPR's Ari Shapiro speaks with Alabama Media Group's Vice President of Content Michelle Holmes about that decision.

Democrats Lack Votes To Block Trump's Federal Judge Nominees

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 16:27:00 -0500

Two more of President Trump's nominees for important federal judge spots will have hearings this week. This comes as Republicans are putting the American Bar Association rating process under scrutiny.

Trumps Puts North Korea On List Of Countries Identified As State Sponsors Of Terror

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 16:27:00 -0500

President Trump has added North Korea to the list of nations designated by the U.S. government as state sponsors of terror — joining Sudan, Syria and Iran. North Korea was previously on the list, but taken off in 2008 by the Bush administration during an attempted denuclearization deal.

New Online Store Is One More Way For Trump To Profit From Presidency, Critics Say

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 15:49:22 -0500

The Trump Organization has a new website that sells merchandise with the Trump name on it. Ethics watchdogs say it's the latest example of Donald Trump's businesses cashing in on his office.