Rosenstein Denies That He Discussed Recording Trump, Invoking 25th Amendment

Updated at 3:56 p.m. ET Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein denied an explosive report on Friday that said he discussed secretly recording President Trump at the White House and that he might seek to recruit members of the Cabinet to invoke the 25th Amendment in order to remove Trump. Rosenstein called the story "inaccurate and factually incorrect." He continued: "I will not further comment on a story based on anonymous sources who are obviously biased against the department and are...

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WPSU Jazz Archive

Sep 7, 2018
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An archive recording for the WPSU Jazz show as aired on September 7, 2018 and hosted by Rana Glick. The program features tracks from  Ralph Sutton, Gerry Mulligan and Thelonious Monk, Art Tatum, David Murray Quartet, Joshua Redman, Abby Lincoln, Horace Silver, Lee Ritenour, Eddie Condon, Tom Browne, Coleman Hawkins, Lester Young, Diane Krall & Ray Charles, and more.

BookMark: "Moby Dick" By Herman Melville

Sep 6, 2018

In my first teaching interview, I was asked what book I’d most like to teach. Without hesitation, I replied, “Moby Dick.” The interviewer probably thought I was trying to impress him, but it was true. I began teaching “Moby Dick” four years ago, and I hope I’ll be able to continue to teach it for the rest of my career.

Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J. — sitting next to Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif. — questions Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh at the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Wednesday.
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Cconfirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh are underway. You can stream them here.

In this file photo, Jim Piazza spoke at a press conference regarding the case on the hazing death of his son Tim. The Piazzas and national Beta Theta Pi reached a settlement on Tuesday.
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The parents of Tim Piazza, who died after a night of hazing and drinking at Penn State's Beta Theta Pi chapter, have settled with the national fraternity, according to their lawyer.

The amount for which Jim and Evelyn Piazza settled with Beta Theta Pi is undisclosed, family attorney Thomas Kline said.

Beta Theta Pi has also agreed to a 17-point program to make chapters safer and penalize groups for hazing, he said, reforms that will "help establish a baseline for the new norm" of fraternity life.

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Shaver’s Creek is reopening this weekend after undergoing the largest expansion project since it opened in 1976.

Hundreds have already signed up for the grand reopening to see the new visitor center, classrooms and raptor exhibits. The nature center was closed for the past two years while it underwent $7.5 million in renovations. 

Joshua Potter has been there since the start. His dad started the nature center more than 40 years ago to give Penn State students an outdoor education field lab to put classroom learning into practice.

The cast of "Results Will Vary*" during a summer preview performance in Eisenhower Auditorium.
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Penn State students are back at the University Park campus. Last week, nearly 300 freshmen attended “Results Will Vary*,” a theatre performance that put a new spin on student orientation. The show explored issues students might face and resources the university has to support them.

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An archive edition of the WPSU Jazz show as broadcast on August 31, 2018 and hosted by Greg Halpin. 

The first hour of the program features all new releases from John Coltrane, Nick Costley-White, Enrico Pieranunzi with Thomas Fonnesbaek, the Tord Gustaven Trio, Snorre Kirk, Frank Cunimondo, Takayuki Yagi, and Steve Turre. 

This I Believe: I Believe In Talking To Strangers

Aug 30, 2018

This essay originally aired on December 7, 2017.   

On a crisp day in October, I was on my daily walk through the Arboretum at Penn State. I had discovered my passion for photography there, and I was on a mission to photograph the roving gangs of chipmunks devouring the decorative pumpkins and gourds the Arboretum puts out at this time of year.

Suddenly, a stranger approached me. And immediately I thought, “Ugh. Go away. What do you want?” I thought about pulling out my cell phone to act busy. A gut, automatic reaction. 

The Piazzas at press conference
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Jim and Evelyn Piazza, the parents of Tim Piazza, gave an anti-hazing presentation to fraternity and sorority members at Penn State on Wednesday. They said their goal is to end the culture of hazing.

The Piazzas named their presentation, “Love, Mom & Dad.” They asked their audience in HUB Robeson Center's Freeman auditorium to imagine the painful loss of a child, as they recounted the details of how Tim was hazed and fatally injured in 2017.

FILE – This June 1, 2018, file photo, shows a control center in the west section of the State Correctional Institution at Phoenix in Collegeville, Pa.
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HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania's state prisons are on lockdown after staff members at a fourth prison required treatment in recent weeks from exposure to a yet-unidentified substance described as a liquid synthetic drug.

The Department of Corrections announced the step Wednesday, a couple hours after it reported that two guards and three nurses at Albion state prison reported feeling sick and required medical attention.

The department didn't say how long the lockdown will last.

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For generations, R. Elamparithi's family farmed rice paddies in a lush corner of southeast India that's also dotted with coconut palms and banana groves.

But 10 years ago, a representative from a nearby palm oil production plant visited, and convinced him to switch over to oil palms.

Oil palms grow bunches of fruit that look like dates or small plums, flanked by prickly fronds. The fruit is pressed, yielding palm oil — which is used in all sorts of processed foods, cosmetics and even biofuel.

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The sound you make is muzak to my ears
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From 'Everything Under' To 'Overstory': The 2018 Man Booker Prize Shortlist

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Kavanaugh Accuser's Classmate: 'That It Happened Or Not, I Have No Idea'

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Parents Are Leery Of Schools Requiring 'Mental Health' Disclosures By Students

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Puerto Rico One Year After Maria

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Scientists Create Immature Human Eggs From Stem Cells

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Federal Agents Board Buses 100 Miles From Border To Ask, Are You A U.S. Citizen?

When people are crossing a U.S. border, they expect to be asked about their citizenship. But not when they're driving up the East Coast. U.S. Border Patrol agents are boarding buses from private lines like Greyhound and Concord Coach within 100 miles of a U.S. border , asking passengers if they're American citizens. It turns out agents are empowered to do this through a little-known law called the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1952. There are more and more reports of officers stopping...

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In The U.K.-EU Faceoff, Neither Side Is Blinking

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Ireland Plans To Offer Abortions For Free, As Ban Is Officially Repealed

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Where Hurricane Maria First Made Landfall, Songs Memorialize The Tragedy

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