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Bill Chappell

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Ponzi Scheme In China Stole $7.6 Billion From Investors, Police Say

Monday, February 01, 2016

It was billed as a successful peer-to-peer lending company. Instead, police say, online lender Ezubao used fake business listings to take in about 50 billion yuan ($7.6 billion) from nearly 1 million people who thought they would get a 14 percent return.

More than 20 people who are suspected of ...

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Aung San Suu Kyi's Party Takes Control Of Myanmar's Parliament

Monday, February 01, 2016

For the first time in decades, a freely elected parliament took its seats in Myanmar on Monday, with the party of Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi preparing to run the country. The change comes after years of strife — and a weekend of celebration.

That celebration included ...

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Lego, In A First, Will Unveil A Minifigure In A Wheelchair

Thursday, January 28, 2016

This summer, Lego will release its first-ever minifigure that uses a wheelchair, the company says, confirming reports that emerged after one of the toys was seen at a toy fair. In recent years, the company has been urged to show more diversity in its offerings.

German website Zusammengebaut and ...

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4 Militants Remain In Oregon Wildlife Refuge, As FBI Negotiations Go On

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Update, 9:15 p.m.

In a press conference, the FBI said Thursday night that four militants still remained at the wildlife refuge, but that the perimeter around them had been reduced.

They also announced that the full video of the arrest of Bundy and several other militants, as well as the ...

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What Were The Least (And Most) Corrupt Countries In 2015?

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

No country is free of public corruption, a scourge that has wide-ranging effects on the lives of billions of people. But in 2015, more countries saw drops in corruption than those that saw gains, according to the new Corruption Perceptions Index.

The United States lost three points from its ...

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Radio Legend Barney Hall, The Calm Voice Of NASCAR, Dies At 83

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

For more than 50 years, Barney Hall was the man who helped fans enjoy stock car racing – and make sense of the chaos that can break out when cars hurtle around a track. An integral part of the Daytona 500 and other iconic races, Hall died Tuesday from complications ...

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Shooting At Homeless Camp In Seattle Kills 2, Wounds 3

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

In what police say they believe was a targeted attack, five people were shot in a homeless encampment known as "The Jungle," about a mile south of downtown Seattle. Two men were killed; a man and two women underwent surgery after the attack.

Seattle police detectives "believe the five victims ...

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Ammon Bundy And 7 Other Militants Arrested; 1 Killed Near Oregon Refuge

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Ammon Bundy, leader of the group of militants that has occupied a federal wildlife refuge in Oregon for weeks, has been arrested along with seven other members of the group, including his brother, Ryan, according to federal and local law enforcement agencies.

In the wake of the arrests, police sharply ...

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6 Cleveland Police Officers Are Fired Over Deadly 2012 Chase And Shooting

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

The Cleveland Division of Police has fired Michael Brelo and five other officers over their actions during a high-speed chase in 2012 that ended in the deaths of two unarmed suspects. Brelo was accused of jumping onto the vehicle's hood and firing 15 rounds through its windshield.

The police chase ...

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The Citadel Punishes 14 Cadets Over White-Hooded Photos

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

One month after photos emerged showing cadets wearing white pillowcases on their heads, The Citadel says its investigation found that while 14 cadets may not have meant to be offensive, their behavior warranted punishments — and in some cases, dismissal.

The incident stems from a a string of nights in ...

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Longtime White House Protester Dies, After Vigil That Started In 1981

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

After devoting decades of her life to a cause — demonstrating for peace and against nuclear proliferation — Concepcion Picciotto has died. Persisting through cold and rough weather, she was a fixture outside the White House, where she was often called the president's closest neighbor.

Her protest vigil is considered ...

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China's Stocks Dive To Lowest Close Since 2014

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Stocks plunged in Asia on Tuesday as global oil prices slid and investors worried that China's currency would continue to lose value. European markets also fell as oil prices slumped again.

From Shanghai, NPR's Frank Langfitt reports for our Newscast unit:

"The Shanghai Composite was down more than 6 ...

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Don't Blink: Robot Solves Rubik's Cube In Just Over 1 Second

Monday, January 25, 2016

In a blazing display of physical efficiency and analytical speed that's likely to infuriate anyone who's ever struggled to solve a Rubik's Cube puzzle, two guys in Kansas City, Mo., have built a robot that can solve the cube in an amazing 1.2 seconds.

Actually, some of the robot's times ...

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Supreme Court Rejects North Dakota's Bid To Save Strict Abortion Law

Monday, January 25, 2016

The "fetal heartbeat" law — a North Dakota ban on many abortions that was the toughest in the nation when it was enacted — has been blocked permanently, after the U.S. Supreme Court refused to review a lower court's ruling that overturned the law.

The measure banned abortions as soon ...

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Snow Prompts 2 Choices On East Coast: Stay Put Or Dig Out

Monday, January 25, 2016

At the start of the work week, many offices from Virginia to New York are closed, and road crews are working to clear streets as residents dig themselves out of a blizzard's snowfall. Flight schedules, riddled by cancellations, will likely take days to get back to normal.

They're coping with ...

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Explorer Dies Just Short Of Goal: Crossing The Antarctic Unaided

Monday, January 25, 2016

He traveled more than 900 miles across the Antarctic, attempting a solo trek that would also boost a British charity that aids wounded veterans. But explorer Henry Worsley was halted by exhaustion and dehydration that turned out to be fatal.

Worsley, 55, had been attempting to complete the first-ever solo ...

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Evenly Divided Kansas Appeals Court Blocks 2015 Abortion Law

Friday, January 22, 2016

A first-of-its-kind Kansas law that bans a common method of performing second-trimester abortions has been blocked, as judges on the state's Court of Appeals conclude that the procedure is protected by rights of due process and equal protection.

The law was blocked after the court's full roster of judges split ...

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#Blizzard2016 Blankets East Coast In An Avalanche Of Cliches

Friday, January 22, 2016

From the way we speak to the things we do, few things spark cliches like the threat of a winter storm. For days now, we've been talking about Jack Frost's plans. And as people hunker down, staples like bread, milk and toilet paper have been flying off store shelves.

Many ...

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Roger Federer Becomes First Man To Win 300 Grand Slam Matches

Friday, January 22, 2016

More than 16 years after Roger Federer played in his first Grand Slam event, he's won his 300th match, becoming the first man to reach that mark. He now trails only Martina Navratilova, who won 306 matches at the highest level of tennis. Federer, 34, is currently ranked No. ...

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Militants Kill At Least 17 In Attack On Somali Beachfront Restaurant

Friday, January 22, 2016

In Mogadishu, Somali security forces have ended a siege at a restaurant where gunmen had taken refuge after firing on diners and passers-by late Thursday. The attack left at least 17 people dead, the government says. The militant Islamist group al-Shabab has claimed responsibility.

NPR's Gregory Warner reports:

"Police ...

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