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Democrat Doug Jones Defeats Republican Roy Moore In Alabama Senate Race

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 20:00:05 -0500

The special election was upended in November as multiple women came forward to say Roy Moore had pursued them romantically or assaulted them as teenagers, when he was in his 30s.

Tillerson Says He Would Meet With North Koreans, Even Without Denuclearization Talks

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 18:43:00 -0500

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says the U.S. would negotiate with North Korea without demanding that the country first agree to nuclear disarmament.

Are $40 Toll Roads The Future?

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 18:25:40 -0500

In Virginia, officials hope a shift to toll pricing based on demand and traffic flow will change commuter behavior and reduce congestion on Interstate 66. Critics say the cost is too high.

Tillerson Wants To Start Talks With North Korea With No Conditions

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 18:17:52 -0500

The secretary of state said Tuesday the U.S. would be willing to open negotiations without requiring North Korea to agree beforehand to give up its nuclear weapons program.

Giant Prehistoric Penguins Once Swam Off The Coast Of New Zealand

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 17:24:00 -0500

Scientists have uncovered the fossil of an ancestral penguin off the east coast of New Zealand. It was one of the earliest known species of penguin and also one of the largest.

Astronomers Want To Know: Does This Interstellar Visitor Have A Message For Us?

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 17:08:20 -0500

'Oumuamua is the first of its kind: an object from outside our solar system, observed by astronomers. Now, a group of researchers is trying to find out if it is transmitting any signs of life.

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee Dies At 65

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 16:33:35 -0500

NPR's Kelly McEvers speaks with retired Judge Lillian Sing about the life of San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee, who died on Tuesday. Sing knew him as an activist since he graduated from law school.

Voters In Alabama Split As They Go To Polls To Decide State's Next U.S. Senator

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 16:33:34 -0500

Voters in the Alabama are split between Republican candidate Roy Moore and Democrat Doug Jones in the state's special U.S. Senate election. During this election cycle, Moore has been accused of sexual assault against teenage girls years ago, while Jones is up against a historically red state.

Secretary Of State Tillerson Holds Town Hall At State Department

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 16:33:00 -0500

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who has been trying to push back against reports that he's gutting the State Department, addressed his employees in a rare town hall on Tuesday. Tillerson spoke about foreign policy changes and department reform plans, including a promise to streamline security clearances.

How Scientists Are Growing Mini Brains In Petri Dishes For Experiments

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 16:33:00 -0500

All week, All Things Considered is offering Highly Specific Superlatives in honor of the year that was. On Tuesday, we look at the weirdest leap forward in brain science. Researchers can now grow mini brains in a petri dish and then experiment on them.

'Village Movement' Allows Elderly To Age In Their Homes

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 16:33:00 -0500

The so-called "village movement" coordinates crucial services for the elderly, allowing many to age in their homes. It's now expanded to 200 spots around the U.S., as advocates adapt the model to different communities.

Iraqi Prime Minister Celebrates Defeat Of ISIS, But Still Faces Pressure

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 16:33:00 -0500

Iraq is celebrating the defeat of ISIS as Prime Minister Haider al Abadi declared Dec. 10 the country's newest national holiday. The prime minister has also won a face-off with Kurds, but still faces pressures from inside and outside his country.

California Firefighter On Battling The Thomas Wildfire

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 16:33:00 -0500

The Thomas Fire is now the fifth-largest fire in modern California history. NPR's Robert Siegel speaks with battalion chief Fred Burris about what battling this wildfire is like.

Federal Terrorism Charges Filed Against Manhattan Subway Bombing Suspect

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 16:33:00 -0500

The U.S. Attorney's Office in New York has filed federal and local terrorism charges against Akayed Ullah. He was arrested on Monday for detonating a homemade bomb in a busy pedestrian tunnel in New York City as part of an attempted suicide bombing.

What's At Stake With Alabama's Special Election?

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 16:33:00 -0500

The closely watched U.S. Senate race in Alabama could have national implications for both the Republican and Democratic parties in Washington. Republican Roy Moore, the former chief justice of the state supreme court, is vying for Attorney General Jeff Sessions' old Senate seat against Democrat and former prosecutor Doug Jones.