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Today โ€” April 20th 2018NPR News

19 Years After Columbine, Students Walk Out To Stop Gun Violence

By Laurel Wamsley
Crowds gathered in Lafayette Park across from the White House in Washington, D.C., on Friday before the National School Walkout protests began.

Some 2,600 school walkouts are planned across the country, starting at 10 a.m. in each time zone.

(Image credit: Brakkton Booker/NPR)

  • April 20th 2018 at 17:02

The CIA Introduces Gina Haspel After Her Long Career Undercover

By Greg Myre
Gina Haspel, an undercover CIA officer for three decades, has been nominated to become director of the spy agency. Several senators say they will be asking tough questions about her role in the CIA

Most stories about Haspel, the nominee to lead the agency, focus on her controversial role in the CIA's waterboarding program. The CIA is attempting to counter that with a biography and testimonials.

(Image credit: AP via CIA)

  • April 20th 2018 at 16:14

How Medicare's Conflicting Hospitalization Rules Cost Me Thousands Of Dollars

By Alison Kodjak
Catherine Fitzgerald, the author

NPR correspondent Alison Kodjak's mom was admitted to the hospital for four nights after a fall. Because the hospital said she was an outpatient, Medicare wouldn't pay for her rehabilitative care.

(Image credit: Alison Kodjak/NPR)

  • April 20th 2018 at 15:48

Swaziland Gets A Name Change: Call It eSwatini Now

By Colin Dwyer
Women march in the 2016 traditional Reed Dance at the royal palace in Lobamba. On Thursday, in celebration of the country

King Mswati III said the name change is intended to shed vestiges of the country's colonial past. In the Swazi language, eSwatini means "place of the Swazi."

(Image credit: Mujahid Safodien/AFP/Getty Images)

  • April 20th 2018 at 15:29

Wells Fargo Hit With $1 Billion In Fines Over Home And Auto Loan Abuses

By Bill Chappell
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is levying a $1 billion fine against Wells Fargo in punishment for the banking giant

Some consumers were charged too much to extend the lock on their mortgage interest rates. Wells Fargo's mandatory insurance program also added unneeded costs and fees into borrowers' auto loans.

(Image credit: Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

  • April 20th 2018 at 15:12

For One Fine-Dining Chef, Cutting Food Waste Saves The Planet And The Bottom Line

By Maria Godoy
Tim Ma prepares a duck confit salad at his restaurant, Kyirisan, in Washington, D.C. Ma says being mindful about reducing food waste is an integral part of his philosophy in the kitchen — not just for environmental reasons but also for profitability.

After nearly going bankrupt, chef Tim Ma cut costs by cooking creatively with every last bit of ingredients. Some dishes born of frugality have become favorites at his acclaimed D.C. restaurant.

(Image credit: Becky Harlan/NPR)

  • April 20th 2018 at 14:00

2 Sheriff's Deputies Are Killed While Eating In A Florida Restaurant

By Bill Chappell
Sgt. Noel Ramirez (left) and Deputy Taylor Lindsey were shot and killed after sitting down to eat at a Chinese restaurant in Gilchrist County, Fla.

Sgt. Noel Ramirez, 30, and Deputy Sheriff Taylor Lindsey, 25, were shot through a window. The suspected gunman was later found dead nearby.

(Image credit: Gilchrist County Sheriff's Office)

  • April 20th 2018 at 14:00

National Teachers Union Cuts Ties With Wells Fargo Over Bank's Ties To NRA, Guns

By Stacey Samuel
American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten speaks at a news conference on American labor on Capitol Hill in Washington in November.

The American Federation of Teachers, the largest teachers union in the country, says it's ending its relationship with Wells Fargo because the bank does business with the gun industry and the NRA.

(Image credit: Andrew Harnik/AP)

  • April 20th 2018 at 11:24

National Teacher's Union Cuts Ties With Wells Fargo Over Bank's Ties To NRA, Guns

By Stacey Samuel
American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten, speaks at a news conference on American labor on Capitol Hill in Washington, Nov. 2017.

The American Federation of Teachers, the largest teacher's union in the country is ending its relationship with Wells Fargo because the bank does business with the gun industry and the NRA.

(Image credit: Andrew Harnik/AP)

  • April 20th 2018 at 11:24

An Anti-Immigration Speech Divided Britain 50 Years Ago. It Still Echoes Today

By Joanna Kakissis
Britain

Half a century after Enoch Powell delivered the most incendiary political speech in Britain's recent history, his dire vision of race war hasn't come true. But it resonates in British politics today.

(Image credit: AP)

  • April 20th 2018 at 11:11

How Pokemon Inspired A Citizen Science Project To Monitor Tiny Streams

By Rae Ellen Bichell
In the fall of 2017, left, Stream Tracker volunteer John Hammond found this creek near Fort Collins, Colo., to be dry. A year later, it was flowing again.

How do we accurately forecast the amount of water that will be available any given year? It's not easy. But some Colorado scientists think they're onto a possible solution — inspired by Pokemon.

(Image credit: Kira Puntenney-Desmond/Colorado State University)

  • April 20th 2018 at 11:06

8 Years After Deepwater Horizon Explosion, Is Another Disaster Waiting To Happen?

By Jie Jenny Zou
West Delta 105 E is an oil-producing platform located a dozen miles off the Louisiana coast in the Gulf of Mexico. A 2014 explosion on the lower deck killed Jerrel "Bubba" Hancock.

Eight years after the deadly Deepwater Horizon explosion, a safety watchdog aims to prevent another disaster. But it faces multiple challenges, and a shift in focus under the Trump administration.

(Image credit: Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement)

  • April 20th 2018 at 11:00

April Is A Cruel Month For This Columbine Teacher And Survivor

By Adrienne St. Clair
Columbine High School teacher Paula Reed is overcome with grief after signing Rachel Scott

Paula Reed remembers walking out into the sunshine of a beautiful day when kids ran by yelling, "They've got guns."

(Image credit: Rick Wilking/Reuters)

  • April 20th 2018 at 11:00

After Special Election Upsets, GOP Takes Nothing For Granted In Arizona Race

By Bret Jaspers
Democratic candidate Hiral Tipirneni campaigns in Arizona

It's a congressional district that is considered as red as the sun is bright, but Democrats hope they can pull off another surprise upset like their victory in Pennsylvania last month.

(Image credit: Bret Jaspers/KJZZ)

  • April 20th 2018 at 11:00

On 4/20, Chuck Schumer To Introduce Bill To Decriminalize Marijuana

By Susan Davis
Thirty states have legalized some form of medical marijuana. Nine of those states and Washington, D.C., allow recreational sale of the drug.

The top Senate Democrat will introduce a bill to decriminalize pot at the federal level. It is one of the furthest-reaching legislative efforts by any congressional leader affecting marijuana policy.

(Image credit: Ted S. Warren/AP)

  • April 20th 2018 at 11:00

IRS Computer Glitch Caused By 'Master File' Issue

By Brian Naylor
A view of the Internal Revenue Service

For nearly 11 hours on the busiest tax day of the year, the agency was unable to accept tax returns.

(Image credit: Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images)

  • April 20th 2018 at 11:00

Arizona Teachers Vote To Strike, Sparking Statewide Walkout

By Richard Gonzales
Arizona teachers and education advocates march at the Arizona Capitol protesting low teacher pay and school funding in Phoenix.

The governor's plan to raise teachers' salaries by 20 percent is meeting with resistance from critics who say it is unrealistic.

(Image credit: Ross D. Franklin/AP)

  • April 20th 2018 at 07:29

James Comey Memos: Trump Acknowledged Flynn Had 'Judgment Issues'

By Philip Ewing
Former FBI Director James Comey testifies before the Senate Intelligence Committee on June 8, 2017 in Washington, D.C.

The Justice Department has sent Congress redacted, unclassified copies of some of the memos drafted by then-FBI Director James Comey recounting his meetings with President Trump.

(Image credit: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

  • April 20th 2018 at 04:30

Justice Department Turns Over 15 Pages Of Comey Memos To Congress

By Ryan Lucas

A lot of the stories in the memos have been previously reported, but there is greater detail than seen before, and some new conversations.

  • April 20th 2018 at 04:04

Federal Judge Blocks U.S. From Transferring Citizen Held In Iraq To Another Country

By Ryan Lucas

U.S. District Judge Tanya S. Chutkan issued the preliminary injunction Thursday evening, minutes before an 8 p.m. deadline to stop the transfer of the man.

  • April 20th 2018 at 02:50
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