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Bill Chappell

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Court In China Accepts Gay Man's Lawsuit Demanding Marriage Rights

Wednesday, January 06, 2016

Chinese media say it's the first legal case to center on the rights of same-sex couples to marry: a gay man has sued a civil affairs bureau in Hunan province for rejecting his attempt to register his marriage to his boyfriend. A court accepted the case Tuesday.

The local court ...

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Composer Pierre Boulez, A Revered Iconoclast, Has Died At 90

Wednesday, January 06, 2016

Pierre Boulez, the French composer and conductor whose career spanned from the avant-garde post-World War II era to the computer age, has died, according to the French culture ministry. He was 90. Boulez famously challenged his peers and his audience to rethink their ideas of sound and harmony.

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Russia, China And U.S. Condemn North Korea's Nuclear Test Claims

Wednesday, January 06, 2016

With North Korea announcing it conducted a nuclear test of a hydrogen bomb, China, India, Russia and other nations are condemning the move. The U.S. says it has yet to verify the claim, but it also reiterated its stance that North Korea can't be allowed to become a nuclear state.

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British-Accented Man In New ISIS Video Is Suspected To Be A Former Salesman

Tuesday, January 05, 2016

The masked militant who acted as the spokesman for ISIS in a new propaganda video is believed to be Siddhartha Dhar, also known as Abu Rumaysah, according to U.S. law enforcement sources who were briefed by U.K. officials.

Authorities suspect that he is a British Muslim convert from London who ...

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In Live Address, Obama Takes His Plan For Gun Control To The Public

Tuesday, January 05, 2016

Saying that America faces a "gun violence epidemic," President Obama is taking "a series of common-sense executive actions" to reduce gun violence Tuesday, the White House says. First among the measures: tighter rules on background checks for gun buyers.

President Obama made his case during a live address from the ...

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Snowboarders Get 'Insane' Ride – Dangling From A Helicopter

Tuesday, January 05, 2016

When your gondola gets stuck in midair at a ski resort with one of the highest vertical drops on the continent, you'd be forgiven for having pangs of fear or even panic. For teenager Kody Lapointe and his dad, it was a chance to take an "insane ride" on a ...

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Kuwait Recalls Ambassador From Iran Over Saudi Rift

Tuesday, January 05, 2016

Saudi Arabia's allies continue to move against Iran, with Kuwait withdrawing its ambassador and delivering a protest over this weekend's attack on the Saudi embassy in Tehran.

It's the latest development in a regional Sunni-Shiite feud that NPR's Greg Myre says could complicate "every major issue from the Iranian ...

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U.S. Files Lawsuit Against Volkswagen Over Emissions Trickery

Monday, January 04, 2016

Volkswagen's use of a "defeat device" to fool U.S. regulators has resulted in a federal lawsuit against the company. Volkswagen has acknowledged that millions of its diesel cars worldwide relied on a ruse to skirt emissions controls.

The civil complaint was filed in federal court in Detroit, with the Department ...

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4 New Elements Are Added To The Periodic Table

Monday, January 04, 2016

For now, they're known by working names, like ununseptium and ununtrium — two of the four new chemical elements whose discovery has been officially verified. The elements with atomic numbers 113, 115, 117 and 118 will get permanent names soon, according to the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry.

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Sudan And Bahrain Join Saudi Arabia, Cutting Diplomatic Ties With Iran

Monday, January 04, 2016

One day after Saudi Arabia's embassy was set on fire in Tehran by protesters, Saudi ally Bahrain has cut ties with Iran and given Iranian diplomats 48 hours to leave the country. It's the latest development in a rift that deepened this weekend, after Saudi Arabia executed a leading ...

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7 Percent Drop Closes Chinese Stock Markets; U.S., World Markets Also Slump

Monday, January 04, 2016

China's stock markets stumbled badly on the first day of trading in 2016, with a 7 percent plunge forcing a market shutdown. The trigger mechanism that cut the day short in Shanghai and Shenzhen was created in response to last year's market crash, which brought trillions in losses.

Ripple effects ...

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Former Arkansas Gov. Dale Bumpers Dies At 90

Saturday, January 02, 2016

Former Gov. Dale Bumpers, a veteran of the U.S. Senate who rose to national prominence in part because of his passionate defense of President Bill Clinton, has died. The Democrat from Arkansas was 90 years old.

Bumpers died Friday night in Little Rock, according to a family statement published by ...

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Activists Mourn Race Theorist Dr. Frances Cress Welsing

Saturday, January 02, 2016

Dr. Frances Cress Welsing, a psychiatrist whose ideas about racism and society sparked years of debate and controversy, has died at age 80, according to the Washington Informer, which cites confirmation from her relatives.

Welsing had been hospitalized in Washington, D.C., this week after suffering a stroke. Announcing her death ...

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Saudi Arabia's Killing Of Leading Shiite Cleric And 46 Others Sparks Outcry

Saturday, January 02, 2016

Saudi Arabia executed 47 people convicted of terrorism Saturday, including prominent Shiite Muslim cleric Nimr al-Nimr, prompting condemnation throughout the Middle East.

Nimr has been an outspoken advocate for Shiite rights in Saudi Arabia; he also supported opposition protests in the Shiite-majority Eastern Province, reports NPR's Leila Fadel.

Leila tells ...

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The 30 Most Popular Stories On NPR's Website In 2015

Thursday, December 31, 2015

The topics range from knowing our bodies — exploring the mysteries of "lost posture" and how well your ears can pick up audio quality — to stories of our times, such as same-sex marriage and political paranoia. Along the way, we also looked at the lives of girls around the ...

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Seinfeld And Obama, Driving A Stingray And Getting Coffee

Thursday, December 31, 2015

They chat, they joke, they drive a classic 1963 Corvette. When President Obama appears on Jerry Seinfeld's online show Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, their conversation topics range from nothing to the sanity of world leaders and the merits of profanity.

Much of the talk also centers on what it's ...

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Police In Belgium Arrest 6 Over New Year's Eve Terrorist Plot

Thursday, December 31, 2015

A series of house raids in Belgium have put six people in custody who are suspected of being involved with a plot to carry out a terrorist attack during New Year's Eve celebrations in Brussels.

The development comes days after police in Brussels arrested two people who were suspected ...

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Bill Cosby Is Charged With Felony Sex Crime Over 2004 Case

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Narrowly beating a statute of limitations deadline to file charges, prosecutors in Pennsylvania announced felony sexual assault charges against comedian Bill Cosby on Wednesday. A former Temple University employee says Cosby drugged and assaulted her in January 2004.

Montgomery County, Pa., prosecutors have charged Cosby with three counts of aggravated ...

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Catholic Priest Apologizes For Riding 'Hoverboard' During Church Service

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

A Catholic priest who rode a "hoverboard" scooter during Christmas Eve Mass in the Philippines has fallen afoul of his diocese, which suspended Father Albert San Jose for attempting "to get the attention of the people" in a personal manner. The priest has apologized for the incident, which was recorded.

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ISIS New Year's Eve Bombing Plot Foiled in Turkey, Officials Say

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Turkish authorities say they've stopped a plot to bomb New Year's Eve celebrations in Turkey's capital just one day before two suspected Islamic State members were to set their plan in motion.

The attackers were targeting Ankara, according to the city's chief public prosecutor's office, two months after a pair ...

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