Powerful Earthquake Devastates Central Mexico, Leaving Over 100 Dead

Updated at 10 p.m. ET Thirty-two years to the day after an earthquake killed thousands of people in Mexico, a powerful quake rattled the country's central region Tuesday. Buildings shivered in Mexico City, and dozens collapsed, sending clouds of dust skyward. Residents, who just hours before had taken part in large simulated-earthquake drills to mark the anniversary, emptied into the streets when the real quake struck. "Many people had just returned to their desks when the real one hit,"...

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Growing up in West Virginia in the 1960s and '70s, Susan Brown would have a slice of salt rising bread, toasted, for Saturday morning breakfast. Her grandmother baked the bread with the mysterious and misleading name.

There's little or no salt in the recipe. No yeast, either. The bread rises because of bacteria in the potatoes or cornmeal and the flour that goes into the starter.

The taste is as distinctive as the recipe. Salt rising bread is dense and white, with a fine crumb and cheese-like flavor.

Thousands of nonviolent drug offenders serving time in federal prison could be eligible to apply for early release under new clemency guidelines announced Wednesday by the Justice Department.

Details of the initiative, which would give President Obama more options under which he could grant clemency to drug offenders serving long prison sentences, were announced by Deputy Attorney General James Cole.

An American journalist operating in eastern Ukraine has been kidnapped by pro-Russian gunmen, the separatists said Wednesday.

Simon Ostrovsky, working for Vice News, was seized at gunpoint early Tuesday by masked men in the restive eastern Ukrainian city of Slovyansk.

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Finally today, let's hear from a model and actress who also has Nigerian roots, Yaya Alafia. Last year was a breakout year for her with meaty roles in critically acclaimed films including Lee Daniels' "The Butler" and Andrew Dosunmu's "Mother of George." And she had a baby.

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Now we turn to education for the youngest Americans. We're talking preschool here. President Obama has challenged the country to provide what he calls high-quality preschool for all 4-year-olds. He mentioned this in his last two State of the Union addresses. Here he is earlier this year.

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The Joys Of Spoiling

Apr 23, 2014

In the age of the Internet, the act of spoiling is easier than ever before. Through live-tweeting and message boards and comments sections, the information is out there and spreads quickly.

But why do some people enjoy revealing certain information about stories — surprises and finales and more — before others have had the opportunity to experience it?

We could tell you what we think now. But that would spoil the rest of this story.

Spoliation Nation

"A Rio de Janeiro slum erupted in violence late Tuesday following the killing of a popular local figure, with angry residents setting fires and showering homemade explosives and glass bottles onto a busy avenue in the city's main tourist zone," The Associated Press writes.

I Believe in Gratitude

Apr 18, 2014
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Johanna Wagner

In the summer of 2012, I had a lot for which to be grateful. My husband and I were expecting our first child in early September. As an anxious mother-to-be I spent those early summer months devouring books, movies, articles and just about anything I could find about babies and those first crucial weeks. I was thrilled and terrified imagining what it would be like in a few short months. Never once did I think that I might not be there to experience it myself. 

WPSU Jazz Archive - April 18, 2014

Apr 18, 2014

An archive recording of WPSU Jazz program broadcast on April 18, 2014 with Greg Halpin.

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A Girl's Love For Bugs Goes Viral

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Canadian Sophia Spencer, 8, loves bugs. A tweet her mom sent out about that made headlines and led to a paper the girl co-authored in a science journal. NPR's Ailsa Chang talks with Spencer and her co-author, scientist Morgan Jackson.

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A drug company and a native tribe in upstate New York have struck a deal. They will use the tribe's sovereign status to enhance the patent protection for the drug company's products. Critics say it's a work-around of patent law, but the tribe sees it as just monetizing a resource they are entitled to: their sovereign status.

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Powerful Earthquake Devastates Central Mexico, Leaving Over 100 Dead

Updated at 10 p.m. ET Thirty-two years to the day after an earthquake killed thousands of people in Mexico, a powerful quake rattled the country's central region Tuesday. Buildings shivered in Mexico City, and dozens collapsed, sending clouds of dust skyward. Residents, who just hours before had taken part in large simulated-earthquake drills to mark the anniversary, emptied into the streets when the real quake struck. "Many people had just returned to their desks when the real one hit,"...

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Latest GOP Effort To Replace Obamacare Could End Health Care For Millions

It wasn't that long ago that the effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act died once and for all in the Senate. Or so many thought. But like the killer robot in The Terminator or the undead fighters in Game of Thrones, the repeal effort has risen once again from the ashes in the form of a bill known as Graham-Cassidy. The bill, introduced Sept. 13 by Sens. Bill Cassidy, R-La., and Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., with little hope of going anywhere, has gained steam in its short life and now...

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Football Can Damage Kids' Brains -- Even If They Don't Get Concussions

Kids who start playing tackle football before the age of 12 are at much higher risk of developing behavioral and emotional troubles as adults, according to a new study . Researchers found much higher rates of depression, apathy and other neurological problems among those who started young whether or not they suffered concussions. Dr. Robert Stern of Boston Universitys Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy Center tells Here & Now s Jeremy Hobson about the risks of repeated hits to the head....

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Guess What's Showing Up In Our Shellfish? One Word: Plastics

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nb7tbfjYu3o Sarah Dudas doesn't mind shucking an oyster or a clam in the name of science. But sit down with her and a plate of oysters on the half-shell or a bucket of steamed Manila clams, and she'll probably point out a bivalve's gonads or remark on its fertility. "These are comments I make at dinner parties," she said. "I've spent too much time doing dissections. I've done too many spawnings." And lately, the shellfish biologist is making other unappetizing...

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Why Attorney General Sessions Is Rolling Back Obama Policies On Local Policing

Under Attorney General Jeff Sessions, the Justice Department has made several changes that affect local policing and reverse measures taken under the Obama administration. Here & Now s Jeremy Hobson speaks with NPRs  Carrie Johnson  ( @johnson_carrie ) about the changing relationship between the DOJ and local law enforcement. Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

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E. Coli, Lead And Mercury Found In Houston Floodwaters

More than 100,000 homes were damaged or destroyed in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, which left much of Houston underwater. Residents there are now learning that the sitting water in their homes is toxic , containing dangerous levels of E. coli bacteria, and heavy metals like lead and mercury. The contamination was found after The New York Times commissioned scientists at Baylor and Rice universities to collect and test the floodwaters. Here & Now s Robin Young checks in with New York Times...

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iPhone X's Face ID Inspires Privacy Worries — But Convenience May Trump Them

A feature of Apple's new high end iPhone X called Face ID — the phone will unlock when you look at it, or rather when it looks at you — has got privacy advocates nervous. The new feature set off a fairly silly joke meme on Twitter with jibes such as "Face ID is the worst thing to happen to Beverly Hills plastic surgeons." But critics are taking the feature seriously, in part because Apple is likely to make Face ID very appealing and simple to use. That wasn't clear when it showed off Face ID...

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'Mind-Boggling' Damage As Hurricane Maria Pounds The Caribbean

Officials in Puerto Rico are warning residents to prepare for catastrophic winds and floods as Hurricane Maria bears down on the island. The storm has already devastated the island of Dominica, where the governor describes the damage as mind-boggling. Meteorologist  Jeff Huffman  ( @HuffmanHeadsUp ) of the Florida Public Radio Emergency Network gives Here & Now s Jeremy Hobson the latest on Maria. Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

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Is There A 'Better Way' To Handle Campus Sexual Assault?

Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos insisted about 10 times during her recent policy address that there's a "better way" for colleges handle campus sexual assault. Now, as officials begin work to find it, they may well be taking a cue a few groups that DeVos says has already "made progress on these difficult issues." Here's a look at the recommendation of those groups. DeVos cited a task force of the American Bar Association, and another by the American College of Trial Lawyers, both of which...

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Stanislav Petrov, 'The Man Who Saved The World,' Dies At 77

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IncSjwWQHMo Stanislav Petrov was a lieutenant colonel in the Soviet Union's Air Defense Forces, and his job was to monitor his country's satellite system, which was looking for any possible nuclear weapons launches by the United States. He was on the overnight shift in the early morning hours of Sept. 26, 1983, when the computers sounded an alarm, indicating that the U.S. had launched five nuclear-armed intercontinental ballistic missiles. "The siren howled,...

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A Diverse Teaching Force? This Search Firm Can Help, But It'll Cost You

More than half of public school students are members of minority groups , but 83 percent of their teachers are white. Half of students are boys, while three-quarters of teachers are women. Students can benefit in many ways from having teachers who look like them, but in many schools around the country the math doesn't add up. In recent years, attention to the issue has been increasing, with national teachers unions and the U.S. Education Department, among others, trying to raise awareness and...

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41 States To Investigate Pharmaceutical Companies Over Opioids

The attorneys general of 41 U.S. states said Tuesday that they're banding together to investigate the makers and distributors of powerful opioid painkillers that have, over the past decade, led to a spike in opiate addictions and overdose deaths. The coalition issued subpoenas seeking information from opioid manufacturers Endo International, Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Teva Pharmaceuticals and Allergan, as well as additional subpoenas to Purdue Pharma. In addition, the group is demanding...

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We Shouldn't Stick Our Heads In The Sand, But We Do It Anyway

Spoiler alerts are sacred. We plunge our fingers into our ears when a friend divulges details about a TV series we have yet to finish. We avoid articles that discuss important plot points of a movie we haven't gotten around to watching. Sometimes, this 'no spoilers' mentality leaks in other parts of our lives. We avoid getting an important medical test done, fearing bad results. We turn off the news when the headlines make us upset, even though the information is pertinent to us. According to...

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Heart's Nancy Wilson On Love Songs, Sisterhood And Her New Supergroup

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PX7AyTf1B5k https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tzLPsXKrr20 In the 1970s, fans of hard rock were no strangers to the impressive acoustic guitar scrambling of Nancy Wilson, perhaps best captured in the opening of the song "Crazy On You" by Heart . Nancy Wilson and her sister, Ann, were the core of that band. Its albums, like Dreamboat Annie and Little Queen, became part of the rock canon. Younger audiences might recognize Heart's ever-iconic song "Barracuda," which...

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As Federal Government Cuts Obamacare Ads, Private Insurer Steps Up

Open enrollment for Affordable Care Act insurance doesn't start for another six weeks. But the quirky insurance startup Oscar Health is launching an ad campaign Monday aimed at getting young people to enroll. The company is boosting its ad spending after the Trump administration announced it would slash its ACA advertising budget by 90 percent. On Monday morning, commuters in New York City were met with posters blanketing the subway system that showed actual Oscar customers touting the...

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The Science And Art Of Mapping Animal Movements

Have you spent quiet time poring over a set of maps? Maybe of a region halfway around the world that you've always wanted to visit — or even the mountains or coastlines of your home area? Maps transport us. They "make the landscape fit indoors, make us masters of sights we can't see and spaces we can't cover," in the words of Robert Harbison . An award-winning book published in the U.S. Tuesday makes the monumental journeys taken by wild animals fit indoors, too. Where the Animals Go:...

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Feeling The Music With Deaf 'America's Got Talent' Finalist Mandy Harvey

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=31WoctulNiY When you see and hear a performance by Mandy Harvey, one of the final ten contestants in the latest round of America's Got Talent, the first thing you notice is her voice . Look down at her feet, though, and you might also notice she's not wearing shoes. "[It's] so you can feel things better when you're standing on the stage," Harvey says. "You can feel the drums, and you can feel the bass. So, being able to feel the music through the floor, it...

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ESPN Flap Shows People Can't Even Agree On What They're Arguing Over In Trump Era

Race is again proving to be the sharpest dividing line of the Trump era. This week, President Trump and conservatives went after ESPN, the cable sports network, for comments made by Jemele Hill, who hosts one of the flagship SportsCenter shows. It all started on Monday when Hill, who is black, tweeted in reply to someone else: "Donald Trump is a white supremacist who has largely surrounded himself w/ other white supremacists." White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders called Hill's...

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Move Over Millennials, Here Comes 'iGen' ... Or Maybe Not

As a member of the generation that has been blamed for ruining everything from dinner to retirement, I am relieved to discover that it will soon all be someone else's fault. Though this comes at the cost of Death creeping ever closer, sinking the blade of his scythe into the edge of my avocado toast, I'll take what reprieve I can get. Coming to shoulder the burden is a generation the psychologist Jean Twenge calls "iGen" — like iPhones, but people. They love not only iPhones but also a number...

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