NPR3 min readSociety
4 Suspects Named And Face Murder Charges In Flight MH17 Shootdown
The Dutch-led investigation accused three Russians and one Ukrainian of being involved in the 2014 incident, which claimed 298 lives. Court hearings are set to begin next March.
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Revolver Likely Used By Van Gogh Sells In Paris
One of the most prolific post-impressionist artists Vincent Van Gogh shot himself in July 1890. The revolver believed to have been used by the painter sold for more than $180,000.
NPR2 min readPolitics
Iran Shoots Down U.S. Spy Drone It Says Was In Its Airspace
A U.S. official confirms that a drone was downed by a surface-to-air missile, but says that it was operating over international airspace.
NPR2 min readPolitics
Canada's Trudeau Approves Controversial Pipeline Expansion
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau first approved the project, which is opposed by many environmental groups, in 2016, but Tuesday's announcement means construction can begin later this year.
NPR3 min readPolitics
Hope Hicks Testifies On President Trump's Potential Obstruction Of Justice
The former Trump aide's appearance before the Judiciary Committee is the first time an official from the White House agreed to show up. But Democrats say she is not answering their questions.
NPR3 min readPolitics
72 Philadelphia Police Officers Placed On Desk Duty Over Offensive Social Media Posts
Police officials in Philadelphia are describing the action as the largest removal of officers from the street in recent memory.
NPR2 min readPolitics
Hong Kong Leaders Apologize For Extradition Bill As They Brace For More Protests
A day after Chief Executive Carrie Lam offered her mea culpa, two top advisers followed suit. But the apologies are unlikely to be enough to placate protesters.
NPR2 min readPolitics
Fed Ponders When To Cut Interest Rates
There's an unusual air of suspense surrounding the Federal Reserve's policy meeting, with the possibility that the central bank could cut rates for the first time in nearly 11 years.
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'Starving' Polar Bear Wanders Into Siberian Town
Residents in the town of Norilsk in northern Siberia were surprised to see the female bear, who reportedly appeared to be exhausted and looking for food.
NPR4 min readPolitics
Hong Kong's Leader Backpedaled, But Here's Why The Opposition Movement Continues
Under a "one country, two systems" policy, Hong Kong is connected to China but with its own legal protections. Protesters view the extradition bill as a threat to that arrangement.
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Pilots Criticize Boeing, Saying 737 MAX 'Should Never Have Been Approved'
Pilots criticize Boeing and the FAA, calling for simulator training, saying the 737 MAX "Was fatally flawed and should never have been approved."
NPR4 min readPolitics
From A Napkin To A White House Medal — The Path Of A Controversial Economic Idea
Art Laffer receives the Presidential Medal of Freedom Wednesday. For decades, Laffer has promoted the idea that tax cuts pay for themselves, against all evidence to the contrary.
NPR4 min readPsychology
'Reviving Ophelia,' Cultural Touchstone On Teen Girls, Updates After 25 Years
The new edition is in some ways like the retelling of a familiar tale for a new generation; but parts of the discussion that the book first inspired have moved beyond what an update can encompass.
NPR2 min readSociety
Feds Seize Estimated $1 Billion In Cocaine From Ship In Philadelphia
The drugs were reportedly found in seven containers aboard the MSC Gayane at Philadelphia's Packer Marine Terminal. Authorities say it is one of the biggest-ever drug busts in the U.S.
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Alt.Latino Playlist: Mid-Summer Slow Jams And A Father's Day Card Lost In The Mail
Cuco announces his new album, Para Mi, with some "Feelings" and Bad Bunny sings a bolero (under his birth name) for fathers.
NPR3 min readPolitics
Nearly 71 Million People Forcibly Displaced Worldwide In 2018, U.N. Report Says
The record number headlined the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees' annual "Global Trends" report published Wednesday, just a day before World Refugee Day.
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More Bad Buzz For Bees: Record Numbers Of Honey Bee Colonies Died Last Winter
An annual survey of beekeepers shows the rate of colony death last winter was the highest reported since the survey began thirteen years ago.
NPR3 min readPolitics
72 Philadelphia Police Officers Placed On Desk Duty Over Offensive Social Media Posts
Police officials in Philadelphia are describing the action as the largest removal of officers from the street in recent memory.
NPR4 min read
'The Porpoise' Is A Rich — But Wandering — Read
Mark Haddon's new novel uses Shakespeare's Pericles and its founding myth of the villainous king Antiochus to explore aberrant family relationships, loss, depression, judgment and cowardice.
NPR3 min readScience
I Spy, Via Spy Satellite: Melting Himalayan Glaciers
Scientists are using old spy satellite images to measure the effects of climate change. They're finding that glaciers in the Himalayas are melting twice as fast as they were a few decades earlier.
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Why The American Shoe Disappeared And Why It's So Hard To Bring It Back
Footwear companies face big costs in potential new tariffs on more Chinese imports. Almost all shoes sold in the U.S. are made overseas. Only about 200 factories remain. One man tried to change that.
NPR3 min readPolitics
Democrats Blast Biden For Recalling 'Civil' Relationship With Segregationists
At a fundraiser Tuesday night, the former vice president talked about working with former Sens. James Eastland and Herman Talmadge, two segregationist Democrats.
NPR6 min readPolitics
'I Want To Go Back': The Yazidi Girls Who Did Not Want To Be Rescued From ISIS
The girls, ages 10 and 11, were held captive for years and remember nothing of their Yazidi heritage. They miss the ISIS woman who looked after them and tell rescuers they want to return to her.
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Mobile Salon Empowers Black Girls To Break Into The Hair Industry
In Columbus, Ohio, hair stylist Queen Roshae is teaching young black kids how to turn hair into a career.
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Joy Harjo Becomes The First Native American U.S. Poet Laureate
A member of the Muscogee Creek Nation, the 68-year-old poet and musician says she bears "the honor on behalf of the people and my ancestors" and aims to serve as an "ambassador" of the art form.
NPR2 min readPolitics
Judge's Order Sets Up Potential New Block Against Census Citizenship Question
The Supreme Court is expected to rule soon on the Trump administration's plans for a citizenship question. But an order by a federal judge in Maryland could complicate the question's legal fate.
NPR4 min read
Regular Old Sci-Fi Not Weird Enough For You? Try 'FKA USA'
The pseudonymous Reed King's new novel is a loopy, violent, funny Technicolor road trip across a post-apocalyptic America. There are robots, talking goats, and even the occasional lone songbird.
NPR2 min readSociety
NXIVM Leader Keith Raniere Found Guilty Of All Charges In Sex Cult Case
The secretive group espoused a philosophy of self-help but was accused of recruiting women as sex slaves. Charges against Raniere, known as "Vanguard," included sex trafficking and racketeering.
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Tipu Sultan's Magic Box, Shah Jahan's Jade Dagger: Stunning Jewels Up For Auction
A collection of Indian gems, jewelry and artifacts is expected to fetch more than $115 million — which would break a record set by Elizabeth Taylor's jewelry collection.
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Following A Fiery Controversy, Legal Issues Mount For Universal Music
After a New York Times investigation was published last week, "dozens" of artists and estates are contemplating filing suits. UMG's head has pledged "transparency" — 11 years after the fire.
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