Dana Farrington

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Ferguson Police Use Tear Gas, Flash Grenades To Disperse Protesters

Monday, August 18, 2014

Attorney General Eric Holder will be going to Ferguson, Mo., on Wednesday to meet with federal agents and community leaders there, President Obama said in a news conference Monday.

The Justice Department is conducting its own investigation into the death of Michael Brown, an unarmed black teen who was shot ...

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Former Vermont Sen. Jeffords, Who Once Tipped Senate Scale, Dies

Monday, August 18, 2014

Former Sen. James Jeffords, whose exit from the GOP gave Democrats temporary control of the Senate, died Monday, a former aide said. The Vermont senator was 80 years old and living in a retirement community in Washington.

Jeffords stunned the political establishment when he switched to become an independent in ...

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Texas Gov. Rick Perry Indicted On Abuse-Of-Power Charges

Friday, August 15, 2014

Texas Gov. Rick Perry has been indicted by an Austin grand jury in connection with a veto of funding for state public corruption prosecutors.

An ethics complaint was filed last summer. The Associated Press has this background on the case:

"The Republican governor is accused of abusing his official ...

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Ebola Numbers Vastly Underestimate Reach Of Outbreak, WHO Says

Thursday, August 14, 2014

The official count of Ebola cases and deaths may "vastly underestimate the magnitude of the outbreak," the World Health Organization posted on its website.

The latest numbers from the WHO are 1,975 cases — with 1,069 deaths — from Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone.

But, as NPR's ...

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Hagel: Rescue Mission On Iraq's Mount Sinjar Less Likely

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Special operations forces sent to Mount Sinjar in northern Iraq have concluded there are far fewer refugees stranded there, making a rescue mission to help them off the mountain less likely, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said.

Hagel made the announcement at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland Wednesday night. NPR's ...

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Long Island Soaked By Record-Breaking Rainfall

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Long Island, N.Y., was pummeled with rain today, possibly setting a state record for daily rainfall.

The town of Islip was hit the hardest, reports NPR's Sam Sanders. In one hour — between 5 and 6 a.m. — the area got more than 5 inches of rain. So far, 13 ...

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Amid Reports Of Cease-Fire Extension, Hostilities Continue

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

This post was updated at 8:10 p.m. ET.

Palestinian factions have agreed to a cease-fire, NPR's Alice Fordham reports. But there are reports of more hostilities on both sides.

"Israel says four rockets were fired from Gaza into Israel just before the last 72-hour truce ended," Fordham tells our Newscast ...

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130 U.S. Personnel Sent To Iraq, Defense Secretary Hagel Says

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced another 130 U.S. personnel have been sent to Iraq.

Hagel said President Obama authorized the deployment of the "new assessment-team members," who arrived in Irbil, northern Iraq, today. The region has been under threat from extremists who support the Islamic State, and members of ...

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The Perseid Meteor Shower Peaks Overnight

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

The annual Perseid meteor shower will streak the sky Tuesday night and early Wednesday morning. The best time to watch is between 3 and 4 a.m., for all time zones across the world, NASA says.

"This year, light from a nearly full moon will make the meteors harder to ...

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Uber And Lyft Spar Over Alleged Ride Cancellations

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Uber and Lyft are battling for customers looking for rides via smartphones, but maybe not everyone is fighting fairly.

CNNMoney reports that Uber employees have ordered and canceled more than 5,000 Lyft rides since October, according to Lyft's data.

"And it's not just a rogue employee or two," CNN ...

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Robin Williams Hanged Himself In Apparent Suicide, Police Say

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Actor Robin Williams hanged himself in his California home Monday, police officials said today.

He was discovered by his personal assistant in Williams' bedroom, "unresponsive with a belt secured around his neck," according to Marin County Sheriff's Lt. Keith Boyd. (You can read his prepared statement here.)

As we ...

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LA Clippers Sold To Former Microsoft CEO Ballmer

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer is the new owner of the Los Angeles Clippers. A press release from the NBA says a California court has confirmed the authority of Shelly Sterling to sell the team.

Shelly Sterling had arranged to sell the franchise to Ballmer in May for $2 ...

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Actor-Comedian Robin Williams Dies At 63

Monday, August 11, 2014

Oscar-winning actor Robin Williams was found dead in his California home Monday. He was 63.

His death is under investigation, according to a press release from the Marin County Sheriff's Office. Emergency personnel arrived at Williams' home in Tiburon, Calif., at noon Monday.

The sheriff's office suspects the death ...

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Barneys Agrees To Settlement Over Racial Profiling Allegations

Monday, August 11, 2014

The upscale retailer Barneys has agreed to a settlement over charges of racial profiling at its flagship store in New York.

The agreement includes a $525,000 fine, NPR's Sam Sanders tells our Newscast Desk.

"Barney's will also have to hire an independent anti-profiling consultant," Sanders reports, "and the retailer will ...

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Obama Calls Nomination Of New Iraqi Prime Minister A 'Step Forward'

Monday, August 11, 2014

During his vacation on Martha's Vineyard, President Obama spoke to the media about the situation in Iraq, where Nouri al-Maliki is refusing to give up his position as prime minister.

The president said Iraq had taking a "promising step forward" by nominating Haider al-Abadi as Maliki's replacement and ...

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WATCH: Rescue Mission In Iraq Leaves Everyone Onboard In Tears

Monday, August 11, 2014

Newly released visuals of airstrikes and humanitarian missions in northern Iraq are providing a glimpse into the chaos and desperation in the region, amid political turmoil that has politicians battling for power.

In a press briefing Monday afternoon, the Pentagon's Lt. Gen. William Mayville Jr. said U.S. airstrikes have ...

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Federal Judges Weigh Gay Marriage Cases From 4 States

Thursday, August 07, 2014

A panel of three federal judges heard arguments in six same-sex marriage cases Wednesday. The cases from Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee "pit states' rights and traditional, conservative values against what plaintiffs' attorneys say is a fundamental right to marry under the U.S. Constitution," The Associated Press writes.

Ann Thompson ...

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Bank Of America 'Close' To Settlement With Justice Department

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

Bank of America and the Justice department are "close" to finalizing a settlement of $16 billion to $17 billion over allegations of mortgage-related abuses.

The Wall Street Journal first reported on the outlines of a deal, which was then confirmed to NPR by a source familiar with the talks.

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States Help New Mothers Get Birth Control Through Medicaid

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

A woman is about to give birth. It will be her second child, and she's not looking to have a third anytime soon. She doesn't want to take birth control pills while she's breast-feeding. And condoms aren't as error-proof as she'd like.

There are a couple of alternatives that are ...

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FedEx Charged With Shipping Drugs For Illegal Online Pharmacies

Thursday, July 17, 2014

A federal grand jury has indicted FedEx on charges of assisting illegal pharmacies. Prosecutors say the shipping company knowingly distributed controlled substances, NPR's Carrie Johnson reports.

FedEx is "accused of conspiring to distribute prescription drugs to people who never met with doctors — a violation of the Controlled Substances Act," ...

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