Streams

Bill Chappell

Bill Chappell appears in the following:

Harper Lee, Author Of 'To Kill A Mockingbird,' Dies At Age 89

Friday, February 19, 2016

Harper Lee, the author of the classic novel To Kill a Mockingbird, has died in her hometown of Monroeville, Ala. The Pulitzer Prize-winning writer was 89.

Monroeville city officials confirmed reports of Lee's death to Alabama Public Radio. Her publisher, HarperCollins, also confirmed the news to NPR.

Her famous ...

Comment

Antonin Scalia Lies In Repose As Mourners Pay Respects At Supreme Court

Friday, February 19, 2016

A long line of mourners queued up to pay their respects to late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, whose body is now lying in repose at the Great Hall of the Supreme Court.

Parts of the observances will be open to the public. A private ceremony was slated to begin ...

Comment

U.N. Mediator For Syria Says He'll Delay Peace Talks

Friday, February 19, 2016

Saying he won't hold Syrian peace negotiations until there's a chance of success, U.N. Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura is delaying talks that had been slated for next Thursday.

"We need real talks about peace, not just talks about talks," de Mistura says.

The envoy discussed the delay ...

Comment

U.S. Airstrike Targets ISIS Operative In Libya, Reportedly Killing At Least 40

Friday, February 19, 2016

In a mission targeting a senior operative who's blamed for deadly terrorist attacks in Tunisia, U.S. warplanes hit an ISIS outpost in Libya on Friday. The airstrike at Sabratha, close to the Tunisian border, killed at least 40 people, according to multiple reports.

News of the strike first came from ...

Comment

2015 Traffic Fatalities Rose By Largest Percent In 50 Years, Safety Group Says

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Despite gains in car safety, 2015 saw the largest percentage rise in motor vehicle deaths in the past 50 years, according to the National Safety Council. Cheaper gas and a stronger economy were likely key factors in the rise, the nonprofit group says.

The figures are preliminary estimates from the ...

Comment

'World's Cheapest Smartphone' Goes On Sale For $4 In India

Thursday, February 18, 2016

The Freedom 251 smartphone, which went on sale Thursday, has sparked intense interest in India and beyond. Priced at 251 rupees ($3.65), the 3G device is being called the cheapest smartphone in the world. But it's also sparking questions about how the phone works — and whether it's legal.

Made ...

Comment

Oregon Occupier Countersues For $666 Billion, Citing 'Works Of The Devil'

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Shawna Cox, one of the last militants to be arrested for occupying an Oregon wildlife refuge last month, has filed a countersuit against the U.S. government and others in which she alleges "damages from the works of the devil in excess of 666,666,666,666.66."

While she invoked the number of the ...

Comment

Nike Ends Manny Pacquiao's Contract Over Remarks About Gays

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Manny Pacquiao will need to look for a new apparel sponsor, after his remark that homosexuals are worse than animals led Nike to terminate its dealings with the boxer, who's also running for a Senate seat in the Philippines.

Anger over Pacquiao's comments led him to deliver an apology ...

Comment

Turkey Arrests 14 Over Ankara Bombing; Leaders Blame Kurdish Groups

Thursday, February 18, 2016

One day after a car bomb targeting military vehicles killed at least 28 people in Ankara, Turkey's leaders say the attacker was a Syrian man with links to Kurdish militants in both Turkey and Syria. Police have arrested 14 people over the attack; a militia leader denies any involvement.

"Fourteen ...

Comment

Bailed Out In 2012, Spanish Bank Says It Will Repay Investors, With Interest

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Thousands of small investors who lost some or all of their savings when a large bank in Spain failed in 2012 may now get their money back. Bankia, which needed a $19 billion bailout just one year after its initial public offering, announced the surprise move Wednesday.

The plan was ...

Comment

Pope Francis Scolds Overeager Crowd After He's Jostled In Mexico

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Some of the hands reaching out to touch Pope Francis during his visit to Morelia, Mexico, became too forceful Tuesday, yanking the pontiff off-balance and drawing a stern look from the normally easygoing pontiff.

Francis' neck had already been pulled at when he stooped over to greet a disabled girl ...

Comment

China Has Deployed Missiles On Disputed Island, U.S. And Taiwan Say

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

"We have seen evidence of surface-to-air missile deployments to Woody Island," a U.S. defense official says, in the first official public comments about China placing a weapons system on a disputed island in the South China Sea.

From Shanghai, NPR's Frank Langfitt reports:

"The missiles appear to be Chinese ...

Comment

Rock Band Returns To Paris To Finish Show; Frontman Pans France's Gun Laws

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Three months after their concert at the Bataclan music hall was ended by a deadly terrorist attack, California band Eagles of Death Metal is back in France. The rock group's members say they have a "sacred duty" to finish the show.

It won't happen until Tuesday night, but the concert ...

Comment

Boutros Boutros-Ghali, Former U.N. Secretary-General, Dies At 93

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

His career ranged from teaching law in Egypt to attending the historic Camp David summit of 1978 and then to leading the world's pre-eminent international organization. Former U.N. Secretary-General Boutros Boutros-Ghali has died at age 93.

The diplomat's death comes days after news emerged that he had been admitted to ...

Comment

Manny Pacquiao Apologizes For 'Comparing Homosexuals To Animals'

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Facing a sharp backlash over his remarks in a recent TV interview, boxer and politician Manny Pacquiao has apologized for saying that people who are in gay relationships are "worse than animals."

Here's the famous boxer's apology:

"I'm sorry for hurting people by comparing homosexuals to animals. Please ...

Comment

A Rising Spanish Party Calls For Referendum On Catalonia Secession

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

For the first time, one of Spain's major national parties is calling for a vote on whether the region should secede from the country. The issue has gained new prominence as Spain tries to organize a new government following its inconclusive elections in late December.

From Madrid, Lauren Frayer reports ...

Comment

4 American Journalists Are Released After Arrest In Bahrain

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Two days after they were arrested at a demonstration marking the fifth anniversary of an Arab Spring-inspired uprising in Bahrain, four Americans have now been released. They are accused of illegal assembly and intent to commit a crime.

Bahraini officials say the four entered the country illegally — evidently ...

Comment

For The First Time, Majority Of Americans See Cuba Favorably In Poll

Monday, February 15, 2016

Reflecting a move of 33 percentage points in the past 10 years, a majority of Americans — 54 percent — currently see Cuba in a favorable light, according to Gallup. The nation's favorability rating went up across the U.S. political spectrum, but by far the biggest gain was among Democrats.

...

Comment

American Samoa Says It Has 205 Suspected Cases Of Zika

Monday, February 15, 2016

There are currently more than 200 suspected cases of Zika virus in American Samoa, local officials say, announcing that the U.S. territory has at least four confirmed cases — including one patient who is pregnant.

The territory's acting governor, Lt. Gov. Lemanu Peleti Mauga, "declared a Zika epidemic for American ...

Comment

Inflated Bust? Australia Announces $1 Billion Drug Seizure In Bras

Monday, February 15, 2016

Police in Australia say they unraveled a drug smuggling ring that used brassiere inserts, paint-by numbers kits and other items to conceal 720 liters (about 190 gallons) of liquid methamphetamine. But not everyone agrees on the drugs' value.

More than a quarter of the seized meth was found "inside thousands ...

Comment