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Bridget Kelly and Bill Baroni, former allies of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, were found guilty in federal court. The officials were accused of shutting down bridge lanes for political retribution. Andrea Bernstein of WNYC has more. Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: Two former allies of New Jersey's governor Chris Christie are guilty. That's according to a federal court today. This is news. The two allies were on trial in Bridgegate, the...

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep with New York state election news. The state is ready now that a judge has upheld the state ban on ballot selfies. A Long Island Hospital banned political conversation, asking patients not to talk politics in the gym of the cardio unit. People have heart conditions, you see. On election night, Donald Trump will be in Manhattan. Hillary Clinton will be just blocks away, although do...

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne. So much today is noise, pulling our attention away from the simple things like eating, which maybe explains why a restaurant centered around silence would do well. The Japanese ramen chain Ichiran just opened a restaurant in New York with booths that seat one diner, facing the wall. And it's been drawing large crowds of people eager to eat alone, where the only thing one hears...

The surprise acquittal of Ammon Bundy and six other militants who occupied a bird sanctuary in Oregon last January has emboldened the movement's militia followers, who claim the federal government has no right to own public land. "We're fighting for our freedoms, for our rights to keep our Constitution," said defendant Shawna Cox, outside a federal court in Portland last week. Reiterating a popular refrain of the Bundys and their sympathizers, Cox said the federal government has no...

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: In this wildly unpredictable political year, here's another surprise - this one in Great Britain. There, a court ruled this morning that the government cannot begin the process of leaving the European Union, what's known as Brexit, without the approval of Parliament. To help make sense of this, we're going now to London and NPR's Frank Langfitt. Good morning. FRANK LANGFITT, BYLINE: Good morning, Renee. MONTAGNE...

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne. The World Series came to a riveting end last night with the historically unlucky Chicago Cubs beating an historically unlucky sports town in Cleveland. Game 7, after a rain delay and a 10th inning, went well past midnight. Luckily, the Cubs expected a knockdown, drag-out and so posted, on Twitter, an official excuse note for the boss so fans could fly to Ohio for the game or...

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep with a forecast that nearly came true. In 2014, a Twitter user and baseball fan made a prediction. Back then former Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon went to the Chicago Cubs and @raysfangio, as the Twitter user was called, wrote, 2016 World Series, Cubs versus Indians. And then the world will end with the score tied in Game 7 in extra innings. Everything was correct except the...

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. DAVID GREENE, HOST: Now to a story we have been following in Iowa. Police now have a suspect in custody in the shooting deaths of two police officers early this morning. They were shot while in their police vehicles, one in the city of Des Moines, the other a few miles away in neighboring Urbandale. Authorities are saying they were shot ambush-style about 20 minutes apart. We're waiting to learn the identities of the fallen officers....

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. DAVID GREENE, HOST: And we're following some tragic news from Iowa. Two police officers were shot and killed in their vehicles early this morning. These were in separate locations. One in the city of Des Moines, the other in neighboring Urbandale. We're waiting to learn the identities of the officers and also the identity of a, quote, "person of interest" the authorities are searching for. A few minutes ago, we spoke with Sgt. Chad...

Kit Kat-Nabber Leaves An Apology

Nov 2, 2016

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. DAVID GREENE, HOST: Good morning, I'm David Greene. Keep your hand out of the cookie jar or the cup holder. Hunter Jobbins, a student at Kansas State, left his car unlocked outside his dorm for 15 minutes. And when he got back, his Kit Kat was gone, in its place a handwritten note on a napkin. Saw Kit Kat in your cup holder. I love Kit Kats. The note went on - did not take anything other than the Kit Kat. As for Hunter Jobbins - well...

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: Good morning, I'm Renee Montagne. Here at MORNING EDITION, we're obsessed with news and obsessed with coffee, which means news about coffee is big around here. And according to research firm Datassential, millennial coffee consumption is reaching record heights, drinking 44 percent of the coffee consumed in America. And this high demand, along with droughts in coffee-growing countries, is slowing the global...

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: And just a week ago, Hillary Clinton was looking to run up the score against Donald Trump. Her campaign was running ads in Texas and planning a trip to the traditionally red state of Arizona. Today, she heads out on that trip but under different circumstances. NPR's Tamara Keith reports. TAMARA KEITH, BYLINE: Hillary Clinton's campaign is launching new television ad buys in states she's supposed to have in the...

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: The assault on Mosul is moving faster than expected. Iraqi forces, with U.S. support, are now on the outskirts of the city. Mosul has been under the control of ISIS for more than two years with a million, perhaps more, people still living there. We've got NPR's Alice Fordham on the line. She is covering the offensive in northern Iraq. And Alice, what is the latest? ALICE FORDHAM, BYLINE: Well, so elite...

Bachelor Party Comes Home With Puppies

Nov 1, 2016

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. DAVID GREENE, HOST: Good morning, I'm David Greene. After a bachelor party you may bring home a hangover or stories about misbehaving that may be exaggerated. Well, Mitchell Kraddick (ph) and his buddies came home to Michigan with something else - puppies. While renting a cabin in Tennessee they fed a stray dog, then found her litter up the road. They brought the whole canine family home. Mitchell's friends each adopted a puppy. His...

Pilot Makes A Romantic Flight Announcement

Nov 1, 2016

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne with the tale of a pilot's catchy preflight announcement. After the usual I'm-your-pilot spiel, Qantas Captain Ellis addressed one passenger in particular, his girlfriend Ana, who was flying to visit her family in South America. A video on the airline's Facebook shows him asking, will you marry me? Moments later, he was in the cabin, on his knee, offering a ring. And to his...

White evangelicals are reliable Republican voters . They also have a long history of demanding that politicians exemplify character and morality in public life. So for many, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump presents a moral dilemma. Trump has apologized for what many saw as one of his most egregious moments — bragging about groping and kissing women without consent in a 2005 recording . He has denied allegations from several women accusing him of sexual assault . But the episode...

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: This Halloween, a Burger King decided to dress as McDonald's. The Burger King in Queens covered itself with a giant white sheet bearing the words McDonald's. It was poking fun as the ghost of McDonald's at that fast food institution. And in Manhattan, a spooky moment at the Metropolitan Opera - a man forced the cancellation of two performances when he tossed the ashes of an opera-loving friend into the orchestra...

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. DAVID GREENE, HOST: Good morning. I'm iPhone 7. OK, not really, but that is how you should address a Ukrainian man formerly known as Olexander Turin. An electronics store in Ukraine made an offer to Mr. Turin - or Mr. iPhone - that he couldn't refuse - officially change your name, and get the new iPhone 7 for free. The first five people to agree got this deal. His family was reportedly weirded out but gave him their support. Maybe...

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: Just one more week of campaigning. But after the director of the FBI dropped a bombshell last Friday, this coming week could not be more critical for both candidates. The FBI's James Comey decided to inform Congress that more emails had been discovered that might be pertinent to Hillary Clinton's handling of emails during her time as secretary of state. In doing that, he reignited the controversy that has dogged...

In Nepal, Post-Quake Reconstruction Is Slow

Oct 31, 2016

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: This is MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Renee Montagne. DAVID GREENE, HOST: And I'm David Greene. Let's return to Nepal, a nation still scarred by a deadly earthquakes that hit last April. The monsoon season recently ended there. And for many victims of those quakes, this means a quick reprieve between the summer rains and winter weather to work on their houses. But confusion over aid is slowing progress....

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has sworn off swearing because God told him to. On his flight back from a state visit to Japan, Duterte said he heard the voice of God threaten to bring the plane down unless he promised to clean up his act. Duterte made international headlines for his profane descriptions of President Obama and Secretary of State Kerry. Too bad God didn't...

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. (SOUNDBITE OF ICE CUBE SONG, "CHECK YO SELF") DAVID GREENE, HOST: Good morning. I'm David Greene. Authorities in Chechnya are advising that you better check yourself before you wreck yourself. OK, not their exactly words, but Ramzan Kadyrov, the leader of the Russian province, has set up wedding vice squads aimed at cutting down on drunkenness and, quote, "incorrect dance moves." Also on the no-no list - firing a weapon, presumably...

Copyright 2016 Youth Radio. To see more, visit Youth Radio . DAVID GREENE, HOST: We're down to 11 days before Election Day. While plenty of adults are sick of hearing about this, many teens say they want more education about the electoral process. Youth Radio's Noel Anaya has more. NOEL ANAYA, BYLINE: At Lowell High School, a public school in San Francisco, Peer Resources teacher Adee Horn is gathering her class together for a discussion about civics. ADEE HORN: You have two questions. One,...

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne. A small city in China has stamped out a cleanup program for cigarette butts after being inundated by them. According to local news, people flocked to a government office to turn over used butts, collecting almost 5 million in just three weeks. That mountain of butts led to suspicion that people were bringing them from out of town in order to collect the reward being offered by...

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. (SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "IT'S A SMALL WORLD AFTER ALL") UNIDENTIFIED ARTIST: (Singing) It's a small world... STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep. It's a small world after all, and you can own a piece of it. A Los Angeles gallery is auctioning memorabilia from Disneyland which means you can buy one of the animatronic figures that smile along the boat ride It's a Small World bringing joy to some people and rage to others....

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: And I'm Steve Inskeep with the sound of two campaign rallies - one for Donald Trump, one for Hillary Clinton. We attended them on consecutive days in the vitally important state of Florida. People waited hours to get in, as we hear elsewhere this morning. And then the rallies started almost the same. (SOUNDBITE OF ARCHIVED RECORDING) UNIDENTIFIED MAN #1: I pledge allegiance to the flag... (SOUNDBITE OF ARCHIVED...

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep. It may be time to rewrite "Smokey And The Bandit." The 1970s hit movie featured Burt Reynolds and Jerry Reed as truckers moving a shipment of Coors beer. Jackie Gleason played a sheriff in hot pursuit. Any modern remake would have fewer characters because Wired reports a self-driving truck carried 50,000 cans of beer across Colorado. There was a cop in hot pursuit, in case...

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne. Glenda Blackwell of North Carolina planned to teach her husband a lesson - playing the lottery is a waste of their money. So instead of buying two Powerball tickets that her husband had requested, she bought a Carolina million scratcher for $10 to show him they didn't pay off. But in a major case of eating one's words, the scratcher hit for a million dollars, making her words,...

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: In just the past week, Iranian courts have sentenced three Americans to lengthy prison terms. All are dual nationals, Iranian-Americans. And the latest, a man from San Diego, is facing the toughest punishment yet on what appears to be a case based on his Facebook posts. NPR's Michele Kelemen reports. MICHELE KELEMEN, BYLINE: San Diego resident Robin Shahini was back in Iran to visit his mother when he was...

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne. It's a tradition for the big bronze lions that guard the doors to The Art Institute of Chicago. They don the headgear of whichever local team is in the finals. So far, that's meant the Bears, the Blackhawks and the White Sox. Now, at last, the lions get Cubs. When the World Series opens tonight with the Chicago Cubs going to bat for the first time in over 70 years, the lions...

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