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U.S. Women Win First Medal In Cross-Country Skiing, As Women Figure Skaters Fall Short

NPR News - 11 hours 11 min ago

It was an up and down day for the United States at the Winter Olympics. All three of the U.S. women figure skaters fell or stumbled during their performances in the short program, while the U.S. women won their first ever medal in cross-country skiing.

Around 100 Girls Are Missing In Nigeria After Boko Haram Attacks School

NPR News - 11 hours 11 min ago

Boko Haram insurgents attacked a girls school in northeastern Nigeria, and initial reports suggested scores of children might be missing. Authorities say militants also took off with foodstuffs. Boko Haram fighters have seized thousands of captives over the years, most famously the Chibok girls.

Russian Trolls Are Flooding Social Media With Messages Meant To Increase Tensions In U.S.

NPR News - 11 hours 11 min ago

NPR's Mary Louise Kelly speaks with Sen. James Lankford, R-Okla., about how Russian bots are still flooding social media, including fomenting American tension over the Florida school shootings, and what he thinks should be done about it.

'Buzzfeed News' Uncovers Source Of Missouri's Lethal Drugs

NPR News - 11 hours 11 min ago

A BuzzFeed News investigation has discovered the secret supplier of Missouri's lethal injection drugs — a pharmacy that has been repeatedly cited for violations by the Food and Drug Administration. NPR's Ari Shapiro talks with reporter Chris McDaniel about the investigation.

Veterans Affairs Secretary Responds To Criticism For Travel Expenses

NPR News - 11 hours 11 min ago

Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin is being criticized for charging his wife's travel to the government when she accompanied him to Europe. Shulkin says he complied with all ethics guidelines, but his chief of staff, also criticized for her role in arranging the trip, has announced her retirement.

Florida's Legislature Is Considering New Gun Regulations Following School Shooting

NPR News - 11 hours 11 min ago

Students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School are in Tallahassee lobbying state legislators to pass new gun regulations following last week's shooting. State Sen. Bill Galvano, a Republican, has introduced a six-point framework and hopes the proposals can come to a floor vote next week.

Liverpool Ladies 3-1 Sunderland Ladies

BBC - 11 hours 29 min ago
Liverpool bounce back from successive WSL 1 defeats with a win over Sunderland in Casey Stoney's final game for the club.

Labour rejects ex-Czech agent's Corbyn claims as 'absurd'

BBC - 11 hours 33 min ago
Jeremy Corbyn's spokesman denies he was an agent of the Czech regime in the 1980s after claims by former spy.

Hundreds of drones create spectacular light show

BBC - 11 hours 49 min ago
Three hundred drones created a stunning light show in the night sky during Olympic medal ceremony.

Johanna Konta beaten in the last 16 of the Dubai Duty Free Championships

BBC - 12 hours 56 sec ago
Britain's Johanna Konta is out of the Dubai Duty Free Championships after losing to Russia's Daria Kasatkina in the last 16.

After Parkland, States Take A Fresh Look At Gun Legislation

NPR News - 12 hours 6 min ago

The effects of Florida's shooting are reaching beyond the state's borders into legislatures across the country.

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From engineer to coffee shop owner in Erie, Pennsylvania

President Trump pledged sweeping political and economic changes during the campaign. We have no idea if Trump can deliver on those promises, but we can explore what it’s going to take for him to try. It’s all in our series The Big Promise. Hannah Kirby is a 30-year-old resident of Erie, Pennsylvania, originally from Waynesburg. She first came to Erie to earn her engineering degree from Gannon University and later got an MBA. She got a job as an engineer at a manufacturing company in town, but eventually realized she wanted something else: to open up a coffee shop. She studied coffee, visited roasters across the country, and now Kirby owns Ember + Forge in downtown Erie, the only coffee shop within the city limits besides Starbucks. The following is an edited transcript of Kirby discussing how the coffee shop came to be and how she hopes it will contribute to Erie's growth.  So I came to Erie in 2006 to go to Gannon University here in downtown Erie. I really fell in love with the people that were here, really just decided that this is where I want to stay. I bought a house right out of college here inside the city limits. And it's kind of been my thing to support this city and help it grow and develop. So when I chose it as my home, it just made sense for me to build the business here in Erie. So this building was built in 1951 and it originally was a chandlery [a candlemaker]. And so the chandlery idea is where it kind of came up with the "ember," so candles and that kind of flame-fire aspect. And then the "forge" part of it comes from Erie's history as a manufacturing town. And then when we started looking a little bit deeper, we thought about what an ember was. It's the remnants of a once blazing fire, and we thought that was just so appropriate for where Erie is. We have lost a lot of jobs and people see it as kind of a declining city, but really, you know, I see it as that heart of a fire that really can be turned into flames so easily. You know, a lot of people say Erie has a lot of potential, and it most certainly does, but saying that it has potential [implies] it's not totally living up to it. And I think that Erie already is doing a lot. Growth is certainly welcomed, but I think that we have a lot to offer. You know, the younger generation, I feel like we don't expect to have those jobs that an older generation had. They have never existed for us — so where you come out of high school and work in a manufacturing job, and that is a wage you're able to raise a family on. We've never had that opportunity. So we realize that we have to make those jobs that are family-sustaining, life-sustaining. I think that people are starting to realize — the younger generation, specifically — that we're not going to be able to turn to our federal government, we're not going to be able to turn to our state government to build cities and that the cities are going to have to do that themselves. So it's really becoming more obvious that this is a growing city. I hope that we can just be here for a long time. And what would make this dream absolutely set in stone would be that two people come in and talk about an idea and come up with a plan inside these walls and then execute it outside of them that really helps our city grow. That would be kind of the ultimate dream. Ember+Forge in downtown Erie, Pennsylvania. Daisy Palacios/Marketplace

Pakistan Says It Dodged U.S. Efforts To Put It On A Terror-Finance List

NPR News - 12 hours 26 min ago

"Our efforts paid" off, says Pakistan's foreign minister, claiming a global task force failed to reach consensus on punishing the country.

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Even The Hamburglar Might Like McDonald's New Vegan Burger (We Did)

NPR News - 13 hours 1 min ago

Sales of McDonald's new soy-based McVegan have far surpassed estimates in Sweden, where half the population says it's interested in more vegetarian options. Are diners just curious or truly lovin' it?

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Government 'has no plan' for Northern Ireland - Sinn Féin

BBC - 13 hours 13 min ago
Sinn Féin's president says 'doing nothing is not an option' after power-sharing talks broke down.

Who's better off in Erie's changing economy?

Marketplace - American Public Media - 13 hours 28 min ago
President Trump pledged sweeping political and economic changes during the campaign. We have no idea if Trump can deliver on those promises, but we can explore what it’s going to take for him to try. It’s all in our series The Big Promise. Erie, Penn. was built on manufacturing, but a lot of those companies and the jobs they offered have up and left, and that's left a lot of people in Erie feeling left behind — which is how we found ourselves back at the Polish Falcons Social Club. It's a neighborhood gathering spot where people of all ages come after work for a drink or two. We were here last January, right before the inauguration, to see how people were feeling about their economies going into a new administration. We heard people lamenting the lack of jobs, cuts at G.E. and the death of manufacturing.  Now we're back, one year later, to see how things have changed. Marketplace host Kai Ryssdal talked with several Polish Falcon regulars, beginning with Fred and Nancy Dash. They're retired and living on about $3,000 a month. Nancy Dash: Erie is pretty much poverty stricken. Sorry. There's not a lot of good paying jobs for the - I have grandsons, I have grandchildren. They can't find a decent job here. One just started working at a dog training place. Started today. Kai Ryssdal: How much is he gonna make? Do you know? Nancy Dash: Probably nothing.  Ryssdal: So what do you think is the future of this city?  Nancy Dash: I think it sucks. I think it's done. I really do. I don't think Erie is gonna go too far. Ryssdal: What do you think of the future of this country — of the businesses and the companies and of the people that make things in this economy? What's your guess as to how that's gonna go? Nancy Dash: I think they're all gonna make it. I think they know now how to make the country better and they are gonna make it better. Ryssdal: Did you vote for Mr. Trump? Nancy Dash:  I can't really honestly tell you that. Ryssdal: How you feeling about how he's doing? Nancy Dash: I think he's great. Ryssdal: You happy with him?  Nancy Dash: I think so. My husband is. Fred Dash: Mr. Trump left a billionaire lifestyle because he's an American and loves this country. That's how I look at it. And you have these idiots, like Pelosi. They're idiots. What's wrong with them? They can't accept that they lost the election. Ryssdal: You think that's what it's still all about? Fred Dash: Absolutely!  Ryssdal: Are you better off today than you were a year ago?  Fred Dash: Because of Trump, yes. Ryssdal: So, you like what Mr. Trump is doing on the economy, the tax bill and regulations. All of that? Fred Dash: Absolutely. For years, GE Transportation was Erie's main economic driver. But in 2016, there were 1,500 job cuts and plans for another 600 in 2018. Now, most of the decent-paying jobs here are at the hospital, the university or Erie Insurance Company, places that require skills that are different from the ones a lot of the lifelong residents of this city have. Bob, who did not want to give us his last name, is 62 and an assembler at General Electric. He's been there for 14 years and makes around $72,000 a year. Bob: I am very angry. I'm very angry, very angry at what's happening to this country. Coming to the end of my working life and to see this happening and watch the younger guys I work with — they're going to have to struggle for 20 years. They don't know from month to month what's going to happen. And you should go to work and be able to know that you have a job, that you can make your house payments, or whatever, send your kids to school. That's just the uncertainty of everything now. The American people better wake up if they haven't. We're done. I believe we're done as a country. Ryssdal: So, are you just getting up in the morning and putting in your time at GE? Bob: I get up in the morning, I put on the news to see if we're at war. Every morning, 5:00 in the morning, then I check the weather. Johnette Kent has lived in Erie her entire life. She's 66 years old and retired from the state Department of Public Welfare. Johnette Kent: Are we better off? No. You can promise everybody roads. You can promise them housing. You can promise them jobs. You're going to start printing money? Where is this going to come from? With Donald Trump, it's smoke and mirrors. Ryssdal: Here's a question though: I mean, the economy is growing. Jobs are being added. Consumers are extremely confident. They're spending money. Kent: Let me ask you this: Now, how many jobs? When they say jobs are added, does that balance the jobs lost? I'm not sure they are. Lower-paying jobs are being added, instead of the manufacturing jobs that paid a decent living. Ryssdal: Here's the other part of the economic equation. There's a big tax-cut law that just went into effect. Right? People are going to start seeing money in their paychecks. Businesses are happy because regulations are being cut. You're not having that? Kent: It'll all come home to roost when the company is bankrupt. Who's going to pay the bills then? People who were eating bread, suddenly you're giving them cake. It may look good, but again it's all smoke and mirrors. The money for a revitalization of the infrastructure has to come from somewhere. The way the government gets money is taxation, come on. What was interesting about that night at the Polish Falcon was that there was a kind of divide — an economic generational divide between who was feeling alright and who wasn't. Sitting at a table at the back of the bar is a group of 5 friends. Two of them, Elspeth Koehle, 41, and Martha Nwachukwu, 25, work as regional organizers for Erie County United.  Elspeth Koehle: I'm doing much better this year than I was last year, and I think it's a bit of a reaction to recent events.  Ryssdal: The organizing business is good? Koehle: Right. Yes, it is.  Ryssdal: How about your own personal economy? How are you feeling? Koehle: I feel good. Ryssdal: Do you? Koehle: Yes. I mean, my brothers and sisters in Erie, I don't feel so great about how they're doing. And that's why I'm doing the work I do. Martha Nwachukwu: I graduated college, and I got a job, and I think I'm making the natural progression I'm supposed to. Ryssdal: So, you're feeling pretty good. Nwachukwu: I'm feeling OK, yeah. Ryssdal: What would make it better for you?  Nwachukwu: If I didn't have student loans to pay. Ryssdal: Can you afford a car and an apartment and all of that? Nwachukwu: Yeah, but all on loans. I hate having debt. I hate the idea of debt. Ryssdal: So, in five years, where do you think you are economically? I mean if you're doing fine now at 25, not great, but fine, how you gonna be doing at 30? Nwachukwu: I hope to have my student loans paid off. I would love to own my car. And I honestly don't know, I don't know where I will be at 30. Beyond this, I hope. Ryssdal: Are you two optimistic? Not just about Erie, but about your own economic futures? Elspeth? Koehle: Of course. I mean, she's 25 years old. I hope she has optimism, because if she doesn't, she's gonna have a hard go, you know? But yeah. Right? Nwachukwu: Yeah.  

He'll Take 'Gubernatorial Debate' For 400: Trebek Tries Out Moderator's Chair

NPR News - 13 hours 46 min ago

The longtime game show host has described himself in the past as a political independent and has expressed interest in one day moderating a presidential debate as well.

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West Bromwich MP Adrian Bailey attacked by hooded gang on his way home

BBC - 14 hours 48 sec ago
Adrian Bailey was making his way home from the Houses of Parliament when he was mugged.

Winter Olympics: Ski cross drama, Vonn's tears & the clipboard of power

BBC - 14 hours 7 min ago
Watch the best of the action from day 12 of the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, including a thrilling men's ski cross final.

Paloma upset Brits men shunning roses

BBC - 14 hours 7 min ago
Paloma Faith says not enough male stars have white roses on the Brit Awards red carpet.