Originally published on Tue April 14, 2015 5:30 pm
Here's why I'm going to miss FX's modern-day Kentucky Western, Justified, so much.
In last week's episode, our hero, unflinching U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens, has ambushed his bitter rival, backwoods Kentucky crime lord Boyd Crowder, shooting at him from across a darkened field on the side of a mountain in hopes of finally putting down the man who is most like his opposite number.
"You've given up everything that you are, so you can murder me," Crowder (Walton Goggins) yells at Givens (Timothy Olyphant) while hunched behind a rock for cover.
Originally published on Tue April 14, 2015 6:05 pm
The global economy won't sink this year, thanks to the oceans of cheap oil keeping it afloat.
That's the bottom line of the World Economic Outlook, released Tuesday by the International Monetary Fund. The 2015 pace of economic growth will tick up to 3.5 percent, helped along by lower energy costs and weaker currencies.
Originally published on Wed April 15, 2015 2:13 pm
Odds are your employer has a wellness program that prods you to exercise and eat healthy. But that program may not be doing all that much for your health, according to the American Heart Association, and attempts to measure the benefits of wellness programs often fail.
Originally published on Tue April 14, 2015 7:06 pm
Singer Percy Sledge, perhaps best known for his hit "When A Man Loves A Woman," has died, Artists International Management Inc., his talent agency, said.
Sledge died of natural causes a little after midnight at a hospice in East Baton Rouge, La., according to a coroner. The coroner said Sledge was 74, though the Encyclopedia of Music as well as his talent agency says Sledge was 73.
Originally published on Tue April 14, 2015 11:08 am
Scientists have released the first of several dark matter maps of the cosmos.
Researchers from the Dark Energy Survey used data captured by the Dark Energy Camera, a 570-megapixel imaging device they say is one of the world's most powerful digital cameras, to put together the largest contiguous map of dark matter created. They presented their findings Monday at a meeting of the American Physical Society in Baltimore.
Originally published on Tue April 14, 2015 8:53 pm
Updated at 12:25 p.m. ET
Two of the 10 former Atlanta public school employees convicted this month of conspiring to cheat on state tests to earn raises and bonuses took plea deals Tuesday while the others received jail time of between one and seven years.
Originally published on Tue April 14, 2015 7:17 pm
Update at 7:02 p.m. ET. Senate Foreign Relations Committee Approves Compromise Iran Bill
In a 19-0 vote, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee approved legislation that would give Congress a formal role in negotiations over a nuclear deal with Iran. The Associated Press reports the bill "is likely to clear both houses of Congress," and is "expected to come before the full Senate as soon as next week."
Originally published on Tue April 14, 2015 1:35 pm
In 2012, Republicans unanimously made a vow. If their party captured the White House, they would repeal President Obama's signature achievement, the Affordable Care Act.
In 2016, they've added something else: the reversal of Obama's signature foreign policy achievements, his outreach to hostile nations.
In his second term, Obama has been working to restore diplomatic relations with Cuba for the first time in more than half a century. His administration has also been negotiating a deal to limit Iran's nuclear program.
Originally published on Tue April 14, 2015 12:10 pm
Navigating cultural issues like same-sex marriage and immigration has proved tricky for Republicans.
The country has grown rapidly more accepting of gay and lesbian marriage and relationships. And despite a shrinking base of white support and a fast-growing Latino population, Republicans have struggled to adjust.
Originally published on Thu April 16, 2015 7:10 am
This week, Morning Edition is taking a look at the attitudes about gay rights in North Dakota, one of 13 states that still ban same-sex marriage.
Sixteen years ago, in the small town of Wahpeton, N.D., a United Methodist pastor refused to baptize a baby raised by lesbian parents. The pastor said because the child had lesbian parents, there was no way he could get a Christian upbringing. In response, the child's mothers, Valerie Nelson and Diane Gira, left the church.
Originally published on Mon April 13, 2015 10:39 pm
This post was updated at 6:15 p.m. ET
Readiness to be president is a threshold question for many candidates. That's especially true when that candidate is 43 years old and a freshman senator.
No, not Barack Obama, but Marco Rubio, the Republican senator from Florida, who announced Monday that he's running for president.
"I'm certainly capable from Day 1," Rubio told NPR's Steve Inskeep in an interview in Miami hours before he announced. "I'm very confident that I have the capability from Day No. 1 to lead this country."
Originally published on Mon April 13, 2015 7:53 pm
NPR's Audie Cornish talks with Guillermo Grenier, a sociology professor at Florida International University, about the likelihood that Cuban Americans will support a Republican candidate with a hard line towards softening U.S. relations with Cuba. He is leading a multi-year survey tracking the political attitudes of Cuban Americans.
Originally published on Tue April 14, 2015 11:38 am
The day after Japan surrendered in 1945, and World War II ended, singer Bing Crosby appeared on the radio program Command Performance. "Well it looks like this is it," he said. "What can you say at a time like this? You can't throw your skimmer in the air — that's for a run-of-the-mill holiday. I guess all anybody can do is thank God it's over."
New York Times columnist David Brooks cites this and other aspects of that 70-year-old radio program as evidence that America once marked triumph without boasting.
Originally published on Wed April 15, 2015 2:26 pm
The unpredictable schedules of retail and fast-food workers is a big issue in workers rights campaigns. Now, the New York attorney general is investigating the way some of the country's biggest retailers handle scheduling.
In New York, if a worker shows up for a shift that he doesn't end up being needed for, the law says he still is due four hours of pay. State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman says retailers, especially, rely heavily on systems that require workers to be ready to work a shift — regardless of whether they end up working. It's called on-call work.
Originally published on Tue April 14, 2015 2:26 pm
Every springtime in the lovely Alsace region of France, people stand in blossoming pear orchards, sliding glass bottles over tender young pears. The workers fasten the bottles securely to nearby branches, and then wait a few months for each tiny pear to grow and ripen in its own little glass greenhouse.