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Russia Sanctions Headed To Trump's Desk. Will He Sign?

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 19:01:00 -0400

The Senate voted overwhelmingly Thursday to impose new sanctions on Russia, North Korea and Iran — over threats from the White House to veto the measure.

Michiko Kakutani, Chief 'Times' Book Critic, Steps Down After Nearly 4 Decades

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 18:42:00 -0400

For 38 years the Pulitzer Prize winner was one of the most influential voices in the world of books. During her tenure, she lauded — or lambasted — just about all of this generation's great writers.

'An Inconvenient Sequel' Is An Effective, Cautiously Optimistic, 'I Told You So'

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 18:25:00 -0400

In 2006, Al Gore issued a forceful warning about the threat of climate change in An Inconvenient Truth. He's followed it up with a sequel that shows how far we've come — but with plenty of caveats.

Repeal-And-Replace Effort In Senate Still Dominated By Confusion

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 18:09:00 -0400

Four Republican senators say they will vote yes on a so-called "skinny repeal" bill only with the assurance that the bill will go to a House-Senate conference. The bill is not yet finalized.

Top Trump Aide Says Ethics Filings Discourage Potential Government Employees

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 18:03:22 -0400

In an interview on Fox & Friends, White House counselor Kellyanne Conway called federal disclosure rules "disincentivising" for qualified people who might otherwise want to join the administration.

Prime Spot On The Billionaire List: Jeff Bezos Was (Briefly) World's Richest Man

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 17:29:00 -0400

A surge in Amazon stock made Bezos worth more than $90 billion on Thursday, putting the company's founder and CEO ahead of Microsoft founder Bill Gates. Gates, however, has given billions to charity.

Venezuela Bans Protests Nationwide As Constitutional Referendum Approaches

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 17:10:00 -0400

All demonstrations that "might disturb the electoral process" have been outlawed ahead of President Nicolas Maduro's vote on delegates to rewrite the constitution. But protesters remain undeterred.

Tribal Council Orders 'Revenge Rape' In Pakistan

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 17:03:48 -0400

A 12-year-old girl was raped in a field. Then, on the orders of the tribal council, the girl's brother sexually violated the sister of the first rapist.

'Menashe': A Hasid Grows In Brooklyn

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 17:00:54 -0400

This sweetly funny tale of a recently widowed Orthodox Jew struggling to care for his son offers a humane and sympathetic view of life in a Hasidic enclave.

'Brigsby Bear': Do Not Adjust Your (Mind) Set

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 17:00:24 -0400

A gawky young man (SNL's Kyle Mooney) raised in isolation re-enters the world — but can't let go of his obsession with his favorite TV show in this quirky, imaginative little film.

Love, Lust And Languor In 'From The Land Of The Moon'

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 17:00:24 -0400

Marion Cotillard stars as a woman infatuated with infatuation in this "shadowy and sensuous" tale that undercuts its power with an unearned third-act revelation.

'Atomic Blonde' Is A Blast

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 17:00:24 -0400

"It may be style over substance," says critic Scott Tobias of this spy thriller starring a butt-kicking Charlize Theron, "but wow what style!"

Mapping Coastal Flood Risk Lags Behind Sea Level Rise

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 16:53:00 -0400

Federal maps help determine who on the coast must buy flood insurance, but many don't include the latest data. Maryland is now making its own flood maps, so homeowners can see if they're at risk.

In Russia's Shadow, U.S. Military Bulks Up European Presence

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 16:34:29 -0400

Thousands of troops from 20 nations led by the U.S. have been carrying out essentially one-sided warfare for most of the past month in southeast Europe.

What You Need To Know About Foxconn

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 16:30:59 -0400

Foxconn hasn't had much presence in the U.S., but it's the largest corporate employer in China. NPR's Kelly McEvers talks with Brian Merchant, a tech reporter for Vice, about the company.