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The great spotted cuckoo is a sneaky bird. It lays its eggs in the nests of other species such as crows. Baby cuckoos grow up side by side with the crows that belong in that nest, gobbling up food and the parents' attention. You'd think that this would be a bad thing for those crows. But as NPR's Nell Greenfieldboyce reports, this kind of freeloading can sometimes be helpful.
Anti-Gay activist Fred Phelps, a widely reviled figure, has died. Phelps led the Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka, Kansas. Its members are infamous for picketing funerals with signs proclaiming God's hatred of gay people. Their targets also include the United States and its men and women in uniform.
Frank Morris, of member station KCUR, has a report.
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When it comes to the Democratic Party establishment, you can't get much more established than Andrew Cuomo. He is the second Cuomo to be governor of New York. He was once married to a Kennedy. But these days, Cuomo is sparring with the party's progressive wing personified by New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio. Democrats all over are watching closely, as NPR's Joe Rose reports.
A U.S. Army general accused of sexual assault will not face jail time. Brigadier General Jeffrey Sinclair was sentenced today at Fort Bragg in North Carolina. Sinclair could have faced a prison term of up to 18 months as part of a plea deal. Instead, he'll receive a letter of reprimand and a $20,000 fine. Some members of Congress and victims' advocates are outraged at what they see as a leniency of the sentence. NPR's Pentagon correspondent Tom Bowman joins me now to talk about what happened.
For a select group of American politicians and advisers to the president there will be no selfies in Red Square, no tours of Saint Basil's Cathedral, no borscht, no Baltika beer and certainly no return to the Sochi arena where the U.S. hockey team won an epic victory over Russia in the Winter Olympics.
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Robert Strauss, a Texas lawyer who served as chairman of the Democratic National Committee and held White House posts under presidents of both parties, died Wednesday at the age 95.
Strauss, who was appointed as DNC chairman after Sen. George McGovern's landslide defeat in 1972, helped reunify the party in advance of Jimmy Carter's victory in 1976.
He later became an adviser to Carter as a special trade representative, anti-inflation czar and negotiator in Middle East peace talks. In 1991, President George H.W. Bush appointed him as U.S. ambassador to the Soviet Union.
Google announced on Thursday that it has beefed up its security in response to reports that the National Security Agency was scooping up data from its servers.
In a statement, Nicolas Lidzborski, Gmail security engineering lead, says Google is now encrypting data as a it moves between the company's servers and every session of Gmail will now use a secure HTTPS connection.
First Lady Michelle Obama is in China today on her third trip abroad sans President Obama. The White House is calling the trip a “people to people exchange,” in which Mrs. Obama will visit some of China’s landmarks, spend time with China’s First Lady Peng Liyuan, and visit China’s schools promoting education and the importance of exchange programs between the two countries.
The Minnesota Supreme Court issued a decision yesterday on a very unusual assisted suicide case. The court ruled that a Minnesota law that makes illegal to “advise” or “encourage” people to take their own lives is too broad. But it said that to “assist” a suicide is still illegal.
The case involves a man who would troll online for people expressing suicidal thoughts. William Melchert-Dinkel would then pose as a sympathetic listener and encourage them to kill themselves. He told police he did it for, quote, the “thrill of the chase.”
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All-Star relief pitcher Aroldis Chapman of the Cincinnati Reds is expected to make a full recovery and pitch again despite the injuries he suffered Wednesday night when he was hit square in the face by batted ball.
For years, the U.S. Dietary Guidelines have urged people to limit their consumption of saturated fat due to concerns that it raises the risk of heart disease. However, after decades of research, a growing number of experts are questioning this link.
According to a new analysis, there is insufficient evidence to support the long-standing recommendation to consume saturated fat in very low amounts.
Osama bin Laden’s hours in a dark Afghanistan cave the evening of the September 11 attacks were brought to light when his son-in-law testified in his own defense at his terrorism trial.
The son-in-law, Sulaiman Abu Ghaith, portrayed the al-Qaida leader as worried and apprehensive as he contemplated how America would react. He said bin Laden asked him hours after the attacks what he thought would happen next, and he told bin Laden the U.S. would not stop until it killed him and toppled the Taliban.