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  1. Where Levees Fail In California, Nature Can Step In To Nurture Rivers

    03.29 / 21:43 nprberlin.de Nprberlin.de - Germany
    After millions of dollars of flood damage and mass evacuations this year, California is grappling with how to update its aging flood infrastructure. Some say a natural approach might be part of the answer. All the water that poured down spillways at the Oroville Dam in northern California did a lot of damage to the area — and for miles down the river. "It looks like a bomb's gone off," says John Carlon of River Partners , a nonprofit that does river restoration. "That's what it looks l…
  2. Missouri Rejects Federal Money In Order To Set Up Its Own Abortion Restrictions

    03.29 / 21:43 nprberlin.de Nprberlin.de - Germany
    A new Missouri law cuts off a line of funding to all organizations that provide abortions in the state, including hospitals. For years, Missouri has helped low-income women pay for family planning under a Medicaid program called Extended Women's Health Services , which is funded by both the state and the federal governments. Federal law already prevents Medicaid from reimbursing providers for most abortions. Missouri's new measure rejects $8.3 million in federal funds for the women's…
  3. Remembering Michael Sharp: He Risked His Life To Make Peace

    03.29 / 21:43 nprberlin.de Nprberlin.de - Germany
    Michael Sharp believed in the power of persuasion. The 34-year-old Kansan with the round face and a penchant for plaid shirts would walk, unarmed, deep into rebel-held territory in the Democratic Republic of Congo, sit in the shade of banana trees with rebels and exchange stories. Inevitably, those stories would turn to the past. "Rebels love talking about the past," Michael once told me. Michael's deep understanding of how these rebels saw their country's past — the mythical version of t…
  4. Good News For Elephants: China's Price Of Ivory Has Plummeted

    03.29 / 20:36 nprberlin.de Nprberlin.de - Germany
    As China prepares to impose a domestic ban on the ivory trade, a new report has found that the price of raw ivory there is plummeting. It's good news for Africa's elephants, which have been poached by the thousands for their tusks. Many of those tusks are then smuggled to China, which has been one of the world's largest markets for the banned material. The Save the Elephants researchers found that the wholesale price in early 2014 was $2,100 per kilogram; by last month, it had dropped to…
  5. Will The EPA Reject A Pesticide, Or Its Own Scientific Evidence?

    03.29 / 20:36 nprberlin.de Nprberlin.de - Germany
    Scott Pruitt, the new leader of the Environmental Protection Agency, is facing a quandary. A federal court has ordered him to decide by midnight on Friday whether to ban a pesticide called chlorpyrifos . The Obama administration proposed this ban back in 2015. Pruitt made his reputation opposing EPA regulations, and many farm organizations expect him to renounce the proposed ban. But it won't be easy, because doing so would mean disregarding a substantial pile of scientific evidence that…
  6. Internet Privacy And You

    03.29 / 20:36 nprberlin.de Nprberlin.de - Germany
    Congress is striking down internet privacy rules from the Obama years. We’ll look at why and what it means for your life online. “Every move you make, every step you take, I’ll be watching you,” sang Sting. These days, nothing watches you as closely as the web. Millions do everything – everyday life plus many of the most intimate and important things – online. Last year, the Obama administration moved to rein in how much of your online life could be sliced, diced, and sold by internet servi…
  7. On Their Way To Build A Youth Center, They Were Ambushed And Killed

    03.29 / 20:36 nprberlin.de Nprberlin.de - Germany
    On Saturday morning a team of six aid workers from the Grassroots Education and Development Organisation in South Sudan decided to get an early start on their day. A grueling 185 mile drive over deeply-rutted roads lay ahead of them. In their Toyota Land Cruiser, the crew were supposed to be part of a convoy of trucks heading from Mongalla just north of the capital to the town of Pibor, in the east of the country near the Ethiopian border. The dirt road skirts Bandingilo National Park and…
  8. Trump Company Reportedly Looking To Add Another Hotel In Washington, D.C.

    03.29 / 19:38 nprberlin.de Nprberlin.de - Germany
    The Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C., has generated plenty of controversy since it opened last fall. But concerns about President Trump's conflicts of interest might not be enough to stop his company from opening a second hotel in the nation's capital. The Washington Post says executives with The Trump Organization are scouring D.C. neighborhoods. They are reportedly planning to open a Scion Hotel, which is a more modest, lower-priced hotel chain than the Trump luxury hotels.…
  9. Muslim Schoolchildren Bullied By Fellow Students And Teachers

    03.29 / 19:38 nprberlin.de Nprberlin.de - Germany
    Muslim children are more likely to be bullied in school than children of other faiths. A new survey by the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding (ISPU) reveals that 42 percent of Muslims with children in K–12 schools report bullying of their children because of their faith, compared with 23 percent of Jewish and 20 percent of Protestant parents. These results confirm recent findings by other research and advocacy groups showing that bullying of students of color is on the rise. A…
  10. The U.S. Has An 'Active Cyber War Underway' To Thwart The North Korean Nuclear Threat

    03.29 / 19:33 nprberlin.de Nprberlin.de - Germany
    Copyright 2017 Fresh Air. To see more, visit Fresh Air . TERRY GROSS, HOST: This is FRESH AIR. I'm Terry Gross. When President Trump came into office, President Obama warned him that the growing threat from North Korea's nuclear weapons and missile programs were likely to be the most urgent problem he would confront. That's according to our guest, New York Times national security correspondent David Sanger, who's been reporting on the North Korean nuclear threat. Sanger says the regime is…
  11. Calls Mount For Ban On 'Cyanide Bombs' After Death Of Family Pet

    03.29 / 18:36 nprberlin.de Nprberlin.de - Germany
    Canyon Mansfield and his dog were walking the ridge line near his house in Pocatello, Idaho, when the 14-year-old spotted a curious device that looked like a sprinkler nestled in the ground. When he reached down to inspect it, the device detonated, erupting with a "loud popping noise that knocked Canyon off his feet" and dowsed his face and clothes with an "orange, powdery substance," The Idaho State Journal reports . After cleaning himself off, Mansfield turned to his dog — only to find t…
  12. Bridgegate: Former Christie Ally Bill Baroni Sentenced To 2 Years

    03.29 / 18:36 nprberlin.de Nprberlin.de - Germany
    A federal judge levied the first of two punishments over the "Bridgegate" tale of political retaliation in New Jersey Wednesday, sentencing former Port Authority Deputy Executive Director Bill Baroni to two years in prison. The sentencing comes months after Baroni and Bridget Kelly, who was Christie's deputy chief of staff, were found guilty of crime s that included conspiracy and fraud. Kelly is scheduled to be sentenced later today. The two Christie allies — one a top aide, the other an a…
  13. 'One Of The Boys' Tells The Story Of A Corrosive Father-Son Relationship

    03.29 / 17:37 nprberlin.de Nprberlin.de - Germany
    I was in the mood for reading "lite" this week. It was a nice fleeting thought. Instead, I took a detour because I got curious about Daniel Magariel's slim debut novel, One of the Boys, which is adorned with raves from writers who mostly don't generate such blurbs. I found myself reading the novel in one still afternoon. A slim, deeply affecting and brutal story, One of the Boys is about the fierce power of a father-son relationship, which, in these pages, all but grinds a young boy to a…
  14. 2 Activists Who Secretly Recorded Planned Parenthood Face New Felony Charges

    03.29 / 17:37 nprberlin.de Nprberlin.de - Germany
    Two anti-abortion activists who covertly recorded themselves discussing fetal tissue with Planned Parenthood staff are facing felony charges in California, for allegedly violating state law by filming people without their permission. California Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced the charges against David Daleiden and Sandra Merritt on Tuesday, saying the state "will not tolerate the criminal recording of confidential conversations." In a statement , Daleiden called the charges…
  15. A 'Nuclear' Senate Showdown Next Week Appears All But Inevitable

    03.29 / 17:37 nprberlin.de Nprberlin.de - Germany
    Lawmakers from both parties are increasingly convinced that the United States Senate is on a collision course that will permanently change the dynamics of the chamber — and the United States Supreme Court. There's a growing bipartisan sadness and resignation about next week's showdown over the rules that govern high court nominations. But that doesn't mean there's any serious attempt from either party to avoid it. Here's where things stand: after the Senate Judiciary Committee approves N…