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Today โ€” February 20th 2019NPR News

Arrest Of Heavily Armed Former U.S. Military Members In Haiti Sparks Many Questions

By Bill Chappell
Five Americans and several other men were arrested after police discovered they were carrying a number of automatic rifles and pistols in Port-au-Prince. The men are being held at this National Police compound.

"They said that they were here on a 'government mission,' " Miami Herald reporter Jacqueline Charles told NPR from Port-au-Prince on Wednesday.

(Image credit: Hector Retamal/AFP/Getty Images)

  • February 20th 2019 at 17:48

U.S. Hate Groups Rose 30 Percent In Recent Years, Watchdog Group Reports

By Leila Fadel
The National Socialist Movement, a neo-nazi group that has been designated a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center, held a rally in Newnan, Ga., in April 2018.

The Southern Poverty Law Center says many groups are driven by white supremacist ideology and the "hysteria over losing a white-majority nation." Critics accuse the group of overblowing the threat.

(Image credit: David Goldman/AP)

  • February 20th 2019 at 17:30

EXCLUSIVE: Aspen Words Literary Prize Unveils Its Finalists

By Colin Dwyer
The 2019 Aspen Words Literary Prize shortlist (clockwise from top left): There There, by Tommy Orange; Friday Black, by Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah; An American Marriage, by Tayari Jones; Brother, by David Chariandy; and Gun Love, by Jennifer Clement.

Five books remain in the running: Tommy Orange's There There' Tayari Jones's An American Marriage; David Chariandy's Brother; Jennifer Clement's Gun Love; and Friday Black by Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah.

(Image credit: Courtesy of the publisher/Photo illustration by NPR)

  • February 20th 2019 at 17:01

What To Expect From North Korea At The Next Trump-Kim Summit

By Anthony Kuhn
North Korea

Analysts weigh the possible offers North Korea's leader could make later this month in Vietnam.

(Image credit: Evan Vucci/AP)

  • February 20th 2019 at 16:21

As Pope Holds Sex Abuse Summit, U.S. Catholics Not Hopeful For 'Bold Moves'

By Tom Gjelten
Pope Francis has called Catholic leaders from around the world to the Vatican this week for a meeting about clergy sexual abuse.

American Catholics have become disappointed as Pope Francis described the meeting as featuring "prayer and discernment" — hardly an ambitious vision for what could have been a momentous event.

(Image credit: Gregorio Borgia/AP)

  • February 20th 2019 at 14:02

Supreme Court Blocks Texas From Executing Mentally Disabled Man

By Matthew S. Schwartz
Bobby James Moore was convicted of capital murder for shooting and killing a store clerk while robbing a grocery store in April 1980.

Justices criticized a state appeals court for using outdated medical standards when it determined that a murderer wasn't intellectually disabled and could therefore be executed.

(Image credit: Texas Department of Criminal Justice)

  • February 20th 2019 at 13:57

In Garlic Capital, Tariffs And Immigration Crackdown Have Mixed Impacts

By Jasmine Garsd
Workers pull out cosmetically defective garlic (that will be processed separately) at the Christopher Ranch processing plant in Gilroy, Calif. About 6 percent of its garlic is bought from China; the rest is homegrown.

Gilroy, Calif., is known as the garlic capital of the world. Two Trump administration policies — one on trade, the other on immigration — are affecting the town in starkly different ways.

(Image credit: Talia Herman for NPR)

  • February 20th 2019 at 13:48

Russia Intelligence Seeks To Extend Detention Of Ex-U.S. Marine Accused Of Spying

By Matthew S. Schwartz
Paul Whelan, a former U.S. Marine arrested in Moscow at the end of last year, looks through a cage

Michigan resident Paul Whelan has been held in a Russian prison since he was arrested in December on suspicion of spying. His family says he was just attending a friend's wedding in Moscow.

(Image credit: Pavel Golovkin/AP)

  • February 20th 2019 at 12:06

'You Get Paid For Doing Therapy': Stand-Up Comedians On Anger

By Elizabeth Blair
Comedian Mo Amer, seen here in his Netflix special The Vagabond, says that stand-up has been a significant part of his "coping process" with an itinerant childhood.

For centuries, people have turned to jesters for relief from the miseries of life. As it turns out, some stand-up performers turn pain and rage into their own coping and catharsis.

(Image credit: Netflix)

  • February 20th 2019 at 11:01

Plotted From A Prison Cot, Wrongly Accused Man Whips Smoothie Dream Into Reality

By Karen Brown
Mark Schand scoops ice cream at his Sweetwater smoothie cafe in New Britain, Conn. This business is meant to reboot a career Schand says was stolen from him at the age of 19 when he was wrongfully convicted of a crime and was imprisoned for 27 years.

As an exoneree, Mark Schand did not qualify for job training, tuition help or other re-entry services offered to people on parole. But he did fight for, and receive, monetary compensation.

(Image credit: Karen Brown/NEPR)

  • February 20th 2019 at 11:01

Insurers Hand Out Cash and Gifts To Sway Brokers Who Sell Employer Health Plans

By Marshall Allen
For employers choosing a health care plan for staff can be tricky and they often reply on independent insurance brokers. But these brokers are rewarded for making big sales for insurance companies.

Independent brokers help employers choose health benefits for their staff, but are paid by the health insurance industry, creating financial incentives to sell more without regard to cost.

(Image credit: Katherine Streeter for NPR)

  • February 20th 2019 at 11:01

Scientists Release Controversial Genetically Modified Mosquitoes In High-Security Lab

By Rob Stein
Genetically modified "gene drive" mosquitoes feed on warm cow

The insects were created, using CRISPR, to carry a powerful "gene drive." The mosquitoes could provide a potent weapon against malaria, but they raise fears about unpredictable environmental effects.

(Image credit: Pierre Kattar for NPR)

  • February 20th 2019 at 11:00

British Woman Who Joined ISIS In Syria As Teen Is Stripped Of U.K. Citizenship

By Matthew S. Schwartz
CCTV images issued by the Metropolitan Police in London in 2015, show Shamima Begum (center) and her friends walking through security at Gatwick Airport, on their way to Syria.

Shamima Begum, 19, left England in 2015. Now she is a married mother and living in a refugee camp. Begum says she wants to come home, but the U.K. government doesn't want her back.

(Image credit: Metropolitan Police/AP)

  • February 20th 2019 at 10:46

Trump Threatens To Cancel California's $929 Million High-Speed Rail Grant

By Richard Gonzales
A full-scale mock-up of a high-speed train is on display at the Capitol in Sacramento, Calif., in 2015. The Trump administration is planning to cancel a $929 million federal grant for the project.

The president is in a Twitter war with Gov. Gavin Newsom over the project and the president's emergency declaration to build a border wall.

(Image credit: Rich Pedroncelli/AP)

  • February 20th 2019 at 04:16

Burberry Apologizes For Nooselike Knot On Fashion Hoodie

By Richard Gonzales
A Burberry model wearing a hoodie with a cord tied like a noose at the Autumn/Winter 2019 fashion week runway show in London. Company leaders have apologized for the garment.

A runway model who objected to the impression made by the drawstring says she was initially told to "keep it to yourself."

(Image credit: Vianney Le Caer/Vianney Le Caer/Invision/AP)

  • February 20th 2019 at 02:02

Chinese 'Ivory Queen' Sentenced To 15 Years In Jail In Tanzania

By Merrit Kennedy
Yang Fenglan, shown here in November 2016, has been found guilty of smuggling hundreds of elephant tusks.

Yang Fenglan, who has lived in Tanzania on and off for decades and operated a Chinese restaurant, was found guilty of working with two Tanzanian men to smuggle more than 800 pieces of ivory.

(Image credit: Said Khalfan/AFP/Getty Images)

  • February 19th 2019 at 23:31

Fashion Designer Karl Lagerfeld Dies

By Andrew Limbong
Karl Lagerfeld acknowledges applause following a Chanel show in Paris in 2013.

The German-born designer helped define the looks of Chanel and Fendi behind the scenes, even as he cut a titanic figure center-stage in the fashion industry. Chanel confirmed Lagerfeld's death.

(Image credit: Bertrand Rindoff Petroff/Getty Images)

  • February 19th 2019 at 22:47

Uranium Ore Stored At Grand Canyon Park Museum Unlikely To Have Been Dangerous

By Laurel Wamsley
The safety director at Grand Canyon National Park says people may have been exposed to radiation from three buckets of uranium ore that sat for years in a museum collection building. Whether the amount of exposure was unsafe has not been determined.

A safety director issued a public warning that buckets of ore may have exposed employees and tourists to unsafe radiation. But being near natural uranium ore is unlikely to cause an unsafe dose.

(Image credit: Rhona Wise/AFP/Getty Images)

  • February 19th 2019 at 22:41
Yesterday โ€” February 19th 2019NPR News

Publisher Of An Alabama Newspaper Calls For The KKK To 'Clean Out' Washington

By Sasha Ingber
In 1949, Ku Klux Klan members ride down a street in Gadsden, Ala., as part of an 18-car parade.

"We'll get the hemp ropes out, loop them over a tall limb and hang all of them," said Goodloe Sutton, publisher of the Democrat-Reporter, after admitting he wrote an incendiary editorial.

(Image credit: AP)

  • February 19th 2019 at 21:13

Seeking To Bounce Back From Nassar Fallout, USA Gymnastics Names New President

By Amy Held
On Tuesday, USA Gymnastics appointed Li Li Leung as its new president and CEO.

Li Li Leung, a former gymnastics competitor, will now head an organization in turmoil, as USA Gymnastics seeks to recover from its widespread sex abuse scandal.

(Image credit: Wendy Barrows/USA Gymnastics)

  • February 19th 2019 at 20:01
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