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Federal Judge Blocks New Texas Anti-Abortion Law

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 20:56:39 -0500

Texas sought to ban a common procedure for ending second-term pregnancies. Courts in four other states have blocked similar laws.



After Default, Venezuela's Fiscal Woes Spiral While Prosecutors Focus On Corruption

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 17:44:34 -0500

After months of popular unrest, President Nicolas Maduro appears to have cemented his grip on power. But the towering economic troubles that helped inspire that unrest are only getting worse.



Retailers To Online Shoppers: Be Patient With Delivery, Get Perks

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 17:34:26 -0500

In reaction to a recent decision by UPS to add a peak holiday delivery surcharge, some retailers are adding rewards and discounts for customers who choose "no hurry" slower delivery options.



Trump Organization Cuts Ties To Controversial SoHo Hotel

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 16:54:00 -0500

The part hotel, part condo building, from which the president had continued to profit as president, potentially linked him to murky financing arrangements and allegations of fraud.



Video Shows North Korean Soldier's Dramatic Sprint Across Border

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 16:50:00 -0500

Newly-released CCTV footage shows a jeep speeding through the countryside near the DMZ. Inside is a North Korean soldier making a desperate escape.



Remembering The 'Monstrous' Legacy Of Ratko Mladic

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 16:46:00 -0500

Mladic's conviction "serves as a reminder of the evil one man can do with an army at his command," writes NPR's Tom Gjelten, who covered the war in Bosnia in the 1990s.



Bosnian Journalist Says Conviction Of Ratko Mladic Doesn't Mean Closure

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 16:44:19 -0500

NPR's Ari Shapiro speaks with Bosnian journalist Nidzara Ahmetasevic about the conviction of Ratko Mladic for war crimes and committing genocide during a conflict in the former Yugoslavia in the 1990s.



Secretary Of State Tillerson Considering Action In Response To Rohingya Attacks

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 16:44:00 -0500

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says he believes the attacks on Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar amounts to ethnic cleansing. He's considering targeted sanctions in response.



Local Opposition To The American Presence In Okinawa Is Growing

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 16:44:00 -0500

On Sunday, a U.S. Marine stationed in Okinawa, Japan, drunkenly crashed his truck into another vehicle, killing the driver. NPR's Elise Hu talks with Anna Fifield, Tokyo Bureau Chief for The Washington Post about what the incident means for the American military presence in Okinawa.



Former U.S. Olympic Gymnastics Doctor Pleads Guilty To Sexual Abuse

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 16:44:00 -0500

A former U.S. Olympic gymnastics team doctor pleaded guilty today to child sexual abuse. Larry Nassar admitted to abusing young girls under the guise of medical treatment. It was a surreal, emotional moment – especially for survivors who say they reported the abuse years ago.



Companies Are Trying To Get Shoppers Back In The Stores With Doorbusters

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 16:44:00 -0500

Stores are bringing back doorbuster deals that are available in-store only — a gambit to get more people physically shopping on the Thanksgiving weekend. One of the best discounts this year is 4K televisions.



What The End To Net Neutrality Means For Internet Streaming

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 16:44:00 -0500

NPR's Elise Hu talks to former Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler about what the FCC decision to end so-called net neutrality means and what it will mean to consumers of internet streaming.



How To Survive Uncomfortable Holiday Dinner Conversations

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 16:44:00 -0500

Family dynamics during Thanksgiving can be hard to navigate when political opinions collide. Advice columnist Heather Havrilesky shares her tips for how to avoid, diffuse, or otherwise deal with blow-ups during the holidays.



Trump Administration Has More Than 250 Unfilled Jobs

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 16:44:00 -0500

Hundreds of jobs remain unfilled in the Trump administration, and many are being held by temporary appointees. But a federal law limits how long those temps can serve, and many are bumping up against the end of their terms.



Zimbabwe Has A New Leader After President Robert Mugabe Resigned

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 16:44:00 -0500

Zimbabwe's new leader Emmerson Mnangagwa arrived back in the country and addressed the people about how he'll replace longtime ruler Robert Mugabe. Mnangagwa returned from a self-imposed exile after Mugabe fired him from his vice president role.