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The Real 'Favourite' Of Queen Anne's Era? Tea, And The Gossip That Swirled Around It
The Oscar-nominated film has reignited interest in the life (and love interests) of a corpulent, gouty, queen who liked chocolate more than tea. So why are Queen Anne and tea-drinking so closely tied?
NPR2 min readPolitics
Trump Officials Tried To Rush Nuclear Technology To Saudis, House Panel Finds
Whistleblowers told the Oversight committee that efforts by some national security officials to try to transfer sensitive nuclear technology to the Saudi government potentially violated the law.
NPR7 min readPolitics
If Elected, Democratic Candidate Pete Buttigieg Would Be The Youngest President Ever
Democrat Pete Buttigieg joins Here & Now's Jeremy Hobson to talk about his decision to run for president. The 37-year-old mayor of South Bend, Indiana, would be the youngest president in U.S. history if he were elected.
NPR3 min readPolitics
Publisher Of An Alabama Newspaper Calls For The KKK To 'Clean Out' Washington
"We'll get the hemp ropes out, loop them over a tall limb and hang all of them," said Goodloe Sutton, publisher of the Democrat-Reporter, after admitting he wrote an incendiary editorial.
NPR3 min read
The Documentary Is In — And Enjoying — An 'Undeniable Golden Age'
With a proliferation of streaming services to distribute their work, and a boom at the box office, budgets and opportunities are rising for documentary filmmakers.
NPR3 min readPolitics
Uranium Ore Stored At Grand Canyon Park Museum Unlikely To Have Been Dangerous
A safety director issued a public warning that buckets of ore may have exposed employees and tourists to unsafe radiation. But being near natural uranium ore is unlikely to cause an unsafe dose.
NPR2 min read
Greg Ward's New Album 'Feels Like A Walk Home' And A Tribute To Chicago
Saxophonist and composer Greg Ward's Stomping Off From Greenwood is a love letter to the city where he came of age as a musician.
NPR2 min readSociety
Chinese 'Ivory Queen' Sentenced To 15 Years In Jail In Tanzania
Yang Fenglan, who has lived in Tanzania on and off for decades and operated a Chinese restaurant, was found guilty of working with two Tanzanian men to smuggle more than 800 pieces of ivory.
NPR2 min read
Burberry Apologizes For Nooselike Knot On Fashion Hoodie
A runway model who objected to the impression made by the drawstring says she was initially told to "keep it to yourself."
NPR2 min read
Trump Threatens To Cancel California's $929 Million High Speed Rail Grant
The president is in a Twitter war with California Gov. Gavin Newsom over the rail project and the president's emergency declaration to build a border wall.
NPR3 min readSociety
Seeking To Bounce Back From Nassar Fallout, USA Gymnastics Names New President
Li Li Leung, a former gymnastics competitor, will now head an organization in turmoil, as USA Gymnastics seeks to recover from the widespread sex abuse scandal.
NPR4 min readPolitics
In Spain, Far-Right Populists Rise On Anti-Separatist Sentiment
The country had been a holdout from a trend already sweeping other parts of Europe and beyond. Now the right-wing Vox party shares power in Spain's largest region.
NPR5 min read
Ending Homelessness: How New Orleans Reduced Their Homeless Population By 90 Percent
Two years after Hurricane Katrina, there were more than 11,600 homeless people in New Orleans. Since then, the city has brought that number down 90 percent.
NPR4 min readSociety
Houston Police To Cease 'No Knock' Warrants, Chief Announces After Deadly Raid
"I'm very confident that we're going to have criminal charges on one or more police officers" from a raid that left two suspects dead, Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo said.
NPR3 min readPolitics
Trump Pushes Ahead With 'Space Force' Despite Hurdles
It would be under the umbrella of the Air Force to try to simplify the process. This represents a shift –Trump had stated that he wanted a Space Force that is "separate but equal" from the Air Force.
NPR8 min read
Life Of Photographer Lee Miller Illuminated In 'The Age Of Light'
Whitney Scharer's "The Age Of Light" focuses on the evolution of model and accredited photojournalist Lee Miller during World War II.
NPR4 min read
U.S. Masses Aid Along Venezuelan Border As Some Humanitarian Groups Warn Of Risks
Some aid workers are being denounced as opposition activists and there are fears that all aid could be blocked. The situation could soon resemble a "medieval siege," warns an analyst in Caracas.
NPR3 min read
'Eugene V. Debs' Resurrects A Stubborn Question: Why Is Labor History So Boring?
Turn-of-the-last-century labor leader Eugene V. Debs lead an interesting life — but this graphic biography misses plenty of opportunities to render the most interesting parts of it on the page.
NPR3 min read
Vatican Defrocks Former Cardinal McCarrick, Finds Him Guilty Of Sex Abuse
Theodore McCarrick rose to power as a cardinal and archbishop of Washington, D.C. He became the most senior Catholic Church official in modern times to lose clerical status.
NPR2 min readPolitics
Munich Security Conference Reveals A Growing Rift Between U.S. And Its Allies
German Chancellor Angela Merkel received a standing ovation for a speech that critiqued U.S. foreign policy. Meanwhile, U.S. Vice President Pence defended U.S. global leadership.
NPR2 min read
Actor Bruno Ganz, By Turns An Angel And A Tyrant, Dies At 77
Ganz portrayed more than 100 film roles starting when he was 19. His most notable were as an angel in Wings of Desire and Adolf Hitler in Downfall.
NPR2 min readSociety
Illinois Gunman Opened Fire When He Learned He Would Lose His Job, Police Say
Shooter Gary Montez Martin, 45, wasn't legally allowed to own a gun, police say. But he never complied with a demand to relinquish his firearms.
NPR4 min readSociety
Former Teacher Blames Education Policymakers For Atlanta Cheating Scandal
Shani Robinson was one of 11 Atlanta teachers convicted of altering standardized test results in 2015. In None of the Above, she pleads her innocence — and points a finger at systemic failure.
NPR3 min read
Sept. 11 Victim Compensation Fund Cuts Payouts By As Much As 70 Percent
The fund is reducing awards as it faces a surge in claims before the fund's 2020 expiration date.
NPR3 min read
Talkin' Birds: The Great Backyard Bird Count
Bird lovers around the world are counting birds this weekend for the annual Great Backyard Bird Count, which provides valuable data for avian research.
NPR4 min readPolitics
Virginia Democrats Now Look To Women of Color For Leadership
The recent controversies embroiling some of Virginia's top Democratic officials have the party reconsidering their leadership.
NPR2 min readPolitics
Heather Nauert Withdraws From Consideration For U.N. Ambassador
The State Department spokesperson says "it is in the best interest of my family to withdraw." In the two months since her nomination was announced, Nauert's credentials have been questioned.
NPR5 min read
As More Electric Cars Arrive, What's The Future For Gas-Powered Engines?
The vast majority of American cars run on gasoline. But analysts say that's poised to change as electric vehicles take over the market — albeit not as quickly as environmental activists might like.
NPR3 min readPolitics
Trump's National Emergency Sets Up Legal Fight Over Spending Authority
Does Trump have the constitutional power to ignore a congressional vote that did not provide him all the money he wanted for a Southern border wall? That issue could be decided by the Supreme Court.
NPR3 min read
Denver Teacher Strike Ends; Chicago Designer Revamps School Uniforms
Also in this week's education roundup, a new study suggest that a high-crime neighborhood can have an effect on student attendance.
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