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3:06 pm
Fri September 4, 2015

Attorneys For Kim Davis: Marriage Licenses Issued Friday Are 'Void'

Street preacher Jeffrey Shook, with Unity Baptist Church in Hickory N.C., preaches to Kim Davis protesters in front of the Carl D. Perkins Federal Building in Ashland, Ky., Thursday. Same-sex couples in Rowan County began marrying Friday — but Davis' lawyers say those licenses are invalid.
Charles Bertram TNS/Landov

Originally published on Fri September 4, 2015 3:59 pm

After spending the night in jail, Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis tells her lawyers, "All is well," adding that she slept well. She also says she is prepared to stay in jail. And her legal team says the marriage licenses that were issued by the clerk's office today are invalid.

"She has a clean conscience, even though she's incarcerated behind these bars," attorney Mat Staver said Friday afternoon.

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The Two-Way
3:04 pm
Fri September 4, 2015

French Investigators Confirm Wing Fragment Came From Flight MH370

French officers carry a wing fragment, called a flaperon, that washed ashore on La Réunion island in the Indian Ocean on July 29.
Raymond Wae Tion EPA /LANDOV

French authorities have formally confirmed that a piece of debris found on the French island of La Réunion in the Indian Ocean in July belongs to Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.

The Boeing 777 vanished on March 8, 2014, en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. From Paris, reporter Jake Cigainero tells our Newscast unit that the mystery surrounding the plane and the 239 people aboard is far from solved.

Cigainero reports:

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The Two-Way
2:31 pm
Fri September 4, 2015

Drone Crash At U.S. Open; New York City Teacher Arrested

Police officers stand beside the remains of a drone that crashed into an empty section of seats at the U.S. Open on Thursday.
Kathy Willens AP

Originally published on Fri September 4, 2015 3:20 pm

A New York City teacher was arrested today after allegedly crashing a drone into the stands during the U.S. Open tennis tournament Thursday night.

Citing police, The Associated Press reports that 26-year-old Daniel Verley has been charged with "reckless endangerment and operating a drone in a New York City public park outside of prescribed area."

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NPR Ed
2:16 pm
Fri September 4, 2015

Preschool And Privilege: When Early Education Hinges On Parental Flexibility

Part-time or half-day preschools pose a challenge for many working parents.
Marko Poplasen iStockphoto

My daughter starts full-time preschool next week, and we are all prepared. Her California grandma sent her a new backpack festooned with flowers and embroidered with her name. We bought sunflower-seed butter for her school lunches, because peanut butter is now banned so that no allergic child has to break out his EpiPen. And we also scrambled to find a week of afternoon child care, because even though this is a program with an extended day that lasts until 6, during the first week, school ends at noon.

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The Two-Way
1:02 pm
Fri September 4, 2015

Obama Posts Comment On 'Humans Of New York' Photo Of Iranian Father And Son

President Obama on a hike to the Exit Glacier in Seward, Alaska, on Tuesday.
Andrew Harnik AP

President Obama took to Facebook Thursday night to comment on a photo of an Iranian father and son posted by the popular photography blog Humans of New York.

The blog, which began in 2010 as a series of portraits of people on the streets of The Big Apple, has become something of a global phenomenon. Creator Brandon Stanton has recently been in Iran, sharing images and stories of people and life there.

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It's All Politics
12:05 pm
Fri September 4, 2015

Presidential Candidates Take Sides On Support For Kentucky Clerk

At an event in New Hampshire Thursday, Bush said there "ought to be common ground" between Kim Davis being able to "act on her conscience" and for gay couples to be allowed to be married.
Jim Cole AP

Originally published on Fri September 4, 2015 1:00 pm

Kim Davis, a clerk in Rowan County, Ky., is in jail for refusing to issue marriage licenses after same-sex marriage became legal. A same-sex couple received a marriage license in Davis' office Friday morning from a deputy clerk.

But the controversy isn't over. It has divided the crowded campaign trail into those who stand with Davis, and those who don't — plus one in the middle.

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The Two-Way
10:32 am
Fri September 4, 2015

Father Of Drowned Syrian 3-Year-Old: 'We Are Human Beings, Just Like Westerners'

Relatives of 3-year-old Syrian Kurdish boy Aylan Kurdi carry his body during a funeral procession for Aylan, his mother, Rehan, and his older brother, Galip, in Kobani, Syria, on Friday.
Sipan Ibrahim AP

Originally published on Fri September 4, 2015 11:38 am

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Shots - Health News
10:02 am
Fri September 4, 2015

When Pets Do Pot: A High That's Not So Mighty

Hard to resist. But if they're marijuana edibles, not such a treat.
James A. Guilliam/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri September 4, 2015 4:34 pm

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The Two-Way
9:11 am
Fri September 4, 2015

Kentucky Clerk's Office Issues Same-Sex Marriage License

Originally published on Fri September 4, 2015 3:30 pm

Eyder is reporting today from Morehouse, Ky.

In what was an emotional and contentious scene at the Rowan County, Ky., Courthouse this morning, one dramatic legal standoff came to an end when a gay couple was issued a marriage license.

James Yates and William Smith, who had tried this five times before, arrived at the courthouse just as the sun started peeking out from under the mountains on the horizon.

They walked past protesters — some condemning them and some cheering them — and entered the clerk's office.

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The Two-Way
8:54 am
Fri September 4, 2015

Unemployment Rate Dips To 5.1 Percent Amid 173,000 New Jobs In August

Gustavo Monteagudo fills out a job application at a July job fair in Miami Lakes, Fla. The U.S. unemployment rate in August dipped to a seven-year low of 5.1 percent.
Alan Diaz AP

Originally published on Fri September 4, 2015 10:19 am

Updated at 9:50 a.m. ET

The Labor Department says the U.S. economy added 173,000 jobs in August, a figure that fell short of expectations but nonetheless appeared to shrug off turmoil in overseas markets, particularly China.

In a separate survey, the department's Bureau of Labor Statistics said the unemployment rate had dipped to 5.1 percent — a seven-year low.

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The Two-Way
8:19 am
Fri September 4, 2015

Refugees Leave Budapest Train Station, Vowing To Walk To Germany

A man lifts up a child next to a train that was stopped in Bicske, Hungary, on Friday. More than 150,000 people have reached Hungary this year, most coming through the southern border with Serbia.
Petr David Josek AP

Originally published on Fri September 4, 2015 12:12 pm

Updated at 11:50 a.m. ET

Here are the latest developments in the migrant crisis in Europe:

-- Hundreds of refugees have set off from the Budapest railway station in Hungary and are vowing to walk to Germany after officials refused to allow them to board trains.

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Shots - Health News
5:12 am
Fri September 4, 2015

How Likely Is It, Really, That Your Athletic Kid Will Turn Pro?

Chris Silas Neal for NPR

Originally published on Fri September 4, 2015 8:01 am

On the way to his son's baseball game on Long Island, sports writer J.R. Gamble tells me that his son, J.C., is quite a ball player.

"I have a lot of clips and highlights that I show people of him doing amazing things — jumping over catches, hitting balls right-handed, hitting balls left-handed," Gamble says.

Part of the reason his son is so good at baseball, Gamble explains, is that he started at an early age — a very early age.

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The Two-Way
5:12 am
Fri September 4, 2015

Obama To Reassure Saudi King Amid Concerns Over Iran Nuclear Deal

President Obama meets Saudi King Salman bin Abdul Aziz in Riyadh in January. The president is hosting King Salman at the White House Friday.
Carolyn Kaster AP

Originally published on Fri September 4, 2015 10:45 am

Saudi Arabia's new king is at the White House on Friday and Iran is expected to be high on the agenda. The Obama administration has been trying to reassure Gulf Arab allies that a nuclear deal with Iran doesn't mean that the U.S. will turn away from its other concerns about Iranian activities in the Middle East. To prove that, the U.S. is stepping up military sales to Saudi Arabia.

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The Two-Way
3:06 am
Fri September 4, 2015

August Jobless Data To Influence Fed's Decision On Hiking Interest Rates

Federal Reserve Vice Chairman Stanley Fischer, speaks during a Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System meeting in July.
Manuel Balce Ceneta AP

Originally published on Fri September 4, 2015 12:11 pm

There's a special significance to the monthly jobs report that will be released Friday morning. It could tip the balance for the Federal Reserve. Policymakers are weighing whether to raise the Fed's official interest rates later this month. It's something the Fed hasn't done since before the Great Recession.

Surveys of economists are predicting that job growth in August will be right around the current trend of about 220,000 new jobs a month, and they think the unemployment rate will tick down a notch to 5.2 percent.

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The Two-Way
7:20 pm
Thu September 3, 2015

Speaker Of Iran's Parliament Suggests Prisoner Swap For Rezaian, Other Americans

Washington Post Iranian-American journalist Jason Rezaian, seen here with his wife, Yeganeh Salehi, has been held prisoner since he was arrested in Tehran last July. On Thursday, a powerful Iranian politician said of a potential prisoner swap, "That's one way."
EPA/Landov

Originally published on Fri September 4, 2015 11:11 am

In a new sign that Iran might consider freeing Jason Rezaian, a powerful Iranian politician tells NPR that there are "practical" ways to liberate the Washington Post reporter and other American prisoners. He then sketched the outline of a trade.

"That's one way," Ali Larijani, the speaker of Iran's Parliament, tells NPR's Steve Inskeep.

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The Two-Way
7:18 pm
Thu September 3, 2015

Image Of Dead Syrian Child Shakes Up Media Coverage Of Refugee Crisis

Abdullah Kurdi, father of 3-year-old Aylan and his brother, Galip, age 5, whose drowned bodies both washed up on a Turkish beach.
Mehmet Can Meral AP

Originally published on Thu September 3, 2015 8:16 pm

The photographs of 3-year-old Aylan Kurdi, his lifeless body washed up onto a Turkish beach, forced the current refugee crisis onto front pages, home pages and Facebook feeds across the world this week.

"The image resonates personally before it resonates professionally," David Miliband, president of the International Rescue Committee, and the former British foreign minister, told NPR. "Anyone's who got children can't help but think of the worst for the moment."

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It's All Politics
6:23 pm
Thu September 3, 2015

New Cellphone Surveillance Safeguards Imposed On Federal Law Enforcement

The StingRay II is a cellular-site simulator used for surveillance purposes. Under a new Justice Department policy, federal law enforcement officials will be routinely required to get a search warrant before using secretive and intrusive cellphone-tracking technology.
AP

Originally published on Fri September 4, 2015 11:50 am

The Justice Department says it will beef up legal requirements for using cell-site simulators, an increasingly controversial form of surveillance technology that secretly gathers data about mobile devices.

Under the new policy, federal investigators will be required to get a warrant from a judge demonstrating probable cause, in most domestic criminal probes. Agents will need to explain to judges how the technology is being used. And they'll be directed to destroy volumes of bystanders' data "no less than once daily."

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The Salt
6:21 pm
Thu September 3, 2015

How Big Egg Tried To Bring Down Little 'Mayo' (And Failed)

Just Mayo looks like mayonnaise and tastes like mayonnaise but contains no eggs. That's ruffled the feathers of the egg industry.
Courtesy of Hampton Creek

Originally published on Thu September 3, 2015 7:04 pm

In the annals of ill-conceived public relations campaigns, the egg industry's war on Just Mayo deserves at least a mention.

Just Mayo is a product that looks like mayonnaise, tastes like mayonnaise and yet contains no eggs. The company behind it, Hampton Creek, has been getting lots of attention.

Josh Tetrick, the company's founder, has big ambitions. "If we're successful, there are a lot of [food] industries out there that are going to have to adjust," says Tetrick.

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The Two-Way
5:39 pm
Thu September 3, 2015

Farmers Stage Massive Tractor Protest In Paris

Upset over falling prices on their goods, angry farmers park their tractors as they protest in Paris on Thursday.
Christophe Ena AP

Originally published on Fri September 4, 2015 6:49 am

More than 1,500 tractors driven by angry farmers snarled Paris traffic this morning, NPR's Eleanor Beardsley reports. In an ongoing protest movement, farmers across the country have been up in arms about high taxes and low prices on their goods.

The Associated Press reports:

"They're facing increasingly slim margins they blame on cheap imports and high payroll charges, which they say make them unable to compete against producers in Germany and Eastern Europe. The farmers are seeking tax breaks from the French government and EU action."

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The Two-Way
5:35 pm
Thu September 3, 2015

Alleged 'Flash Crash' Trader Formally Indicted In U.S.

Navinder Singh Sarao leaves Westminster Magistrates' Court in London last month. He has been indicted by U.S. prosecutors on charges of market manipulation that contributed to the Wall Street "flash crash" in 2010.
Suzanne Plunkett Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Thu September 3, 2015 7:08 pm

U.S. federal prosecutors are seeking the extradition of London-based day trader Navinder Singh Sarao on charges of market manipulation that they say triggered the May 6, 2010, "flash crash" in which the Dow lost 10 percent of its value in a matter of minutes.

It was made public Thursday that Sarao, 36, who was arrested in the U.K. in April with bail set at $7.5 million, was being formally charged in the United States.

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Environment
5:20 pm
Thu September 3, 2015

California Considers Sweeping Proposals To Cut Greenhouse Gas Emissions

A wind farm in Montezuma Hills, about 40 miles northeast of San Francisco. California is considering proposals to, among other things, derive half the state's electricity from renewable sources.
Carl Costas CALmatters

Originally published on Thu September 3, 2015 7:39 pm

Some of the world's most ambitious climate change legislation is currently under consideration in America. But the lawmakers in question aren't in D.C. — they're in Sacramento.

California lawmakers are intensely debating far-reaching goals to curb greenhouse gas emissions.

The bill contains three proposals: one to double energy efficiency in buildings, one to derive 50 percent of electricity from renewable sources and one head-turning proposal to cut petroleum use in vehicles by half — all in the next 15 years.

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It's All Politics
5:16 pm
Thu September 3, 2015

Ben Carson, The Other Republican Outsider On The Rise

Presidential candidate Ben Carson attracted a large crowd at the Iowa State Fair last month.
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

Originally published on Thu September 3, 2015 7:03 pm

Donald Trump isn't the only political outsider who's been having a good summer. Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson is gaining in several polls — especially in the first-in-the-nation caucus state of Iowa, where evangelical voters play a big role.

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The Two-Way
5:13 pm
Thu September 3, 2015

Professional Soccer Sets Welcoming Tone For Refugees In Germany

Supporters of FC Bayern Munich celebrate the club's 25th Bundesliga title in Munich on May 24, 2015.
CHRISTOF STACHE AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Thu September 3, 2015 7:58 pm

Football giant FC Bayern Munich today pledged to help refugees in Germany. In a statement it announced plans to donate 1 million euros from a friendly match to support refugee projects and to establish a "training camp" for refugee youth in which participants will train at FC Bayern, take German language classes and be provided with meals and football jerseys.

The statement read in part:

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The Two-Way
4:58 pm
Thu September 3, 2015

Rutgers Suspends 5 Football Players After Arrests On Assault Charges

After five football players were arrested Thursday, Rutgers University suspended the group. Two other former players are also suspected of crimes that range from assault to robbery. Here, the school's board of governors is seen in a meeting this summer.
Mel Evans AP

Two days before its football season kicks off, Rutgers University has suspended five current players who are accused of a variety of crimes, from assault to home invasion. Local authorities arrested the players Thursday; two former Rutgers players also face charges.

Many of the allegations stem from robberies this spring, in which money and marijuana were stolen from students; others are related to an attack on a group of people that left a 19-year-old student with a broken jaw.

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The Two-Way
3:20 pm
Thu September 3, 2015

S.C. To Seek Death Penalty For Dylann Roof In Charleston Shooting

Dylann Roof faces nine counts of murder as well as charges of attempted murder and a weapons charge in connection with the June 17 killings inside the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, S.C.
Getty Images

Originally published on Thu September 3, 2015 4:45 pm

Updated at 3:45 p.m. ET

The white man accused of murdering nine people at a historically black church in Charleston, S.C., in June will face the death penalty, according to court documents filed Thursday.

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Goats and Soda
2:45 pm
Thu September 3, 2015

He Had One Week To Make A Movie For The Slum Film Festival

Movie lovers in Nairobi gather for a nighttime screening at last year's Slum Film Festival.
Courtesy of Slum Film Festival

Originally published on Fri September 4, 2015 1:08 pm

It was the closing ceremony of the Fifth Annual Slum Film Festival and Maxwell Odhiambo's film, the centerpiece of the night, wasn't there yet.

"Did you finish it?" his mentor, George Stanley Nsamba, asked nervously as Odhiambo burst through the door, two hours late.

"We finished it," he said with a grin.

A packed audience in downtown Nairobi, including a Kenyan actor who had flown in from Hollywood, waited for his film to begin. A blue screen stared back at them; the audience shifted nervously. There were technical difficulties.

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Commentary
1:35 pm
Thu September 3, 2015

So, What's The Big Deal With Starting A Sentence With 'So'?

Are people starting sentences with "so" more frequently than ever or are we just noticing it more?
Leigh Wells/Ikon Images Getty Images

Originally published on Thu September 3, 2015 2:37 pm

To listen to the media tell it, "so" is busting out all over — or at least at the beginning of a sentence. New York Times columnist Anand Giridharadas calls "so" the new "um" and "like"; others call it a plague and a fad.

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The Two-Way
1:26 pm
Thu September 3, 2015

Coast Guard: Tow Boat Collision On Mississippi Causes Oil Spill

Originally published on Thu September 3, 2015 3:49 pm

Updated at 3:45 p.m. ET

The U.S. Coast Guard has shut down a section of the Mississippi River south of Paducah, Ky., after two tow boats collided, causing an oil spill of unknown size.

In a statement, the Coast Guard said that the collision occurred Wednesday at 8:22 p.m. at Mile Marker 937, just north of Columbus, Ky.

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Shots - Health News
1:01 pm
Thu September 3, 2015

Legionnaires' Outbreak Contained At Calif. Prison; New Cases In Illinois

Officials cut off water to San Quentin State Prison in California to squelch an outbreak of Legionnaires' disease.
Robert Galbraith Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Thu September 3, 2015 2:58 pm

The number of confirmed cases of Legionnaires' disease at California's San Quentin prison is holding steady at six, one of three outbreaks of Legionnaires' around the country that have sickened dozens and killed 20.

Another 95 San Quentin inmates are under observation because of respiratory illness, state officials said, but they have not been diagnosed with Legionnaires' disease. The inmates are being treated at San Quentin's medical unit.

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The Two-Way
12:59 pm
Thu September 3, 2015

Woolly Mammoth: Shearer Saves Hugely Overgrown Sheep

BEFORE: In this photo provided by the RSPCA/Australian Capital Territory, Chris the sheep is prepared to be shorn in Canberra.
HONS AP

Originally published on Thu September 3, 2015 4:59 pm

Among the kangaroos and kookaburras, another creature trundled through the Australian bush.

Hooves barely visible, eyes mostly covered, the animal was the size of a refrigerator, the color of dirty snow.

A concerned hiker spotted the furry specimen days ago and raised the alarm. It was a matter of life and death — and this sheep needed a haircut.

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