Archive for December 17th, 2018

Trump To Examine Murder Case Against Former Green Beret Who Said He Killed A Prisoner

Crime & Justice | | December 17 2018, 9:40 PM

President Trump called the Army major a hero and vowed to review the case. To a military law specialist, it looks like "the commander in chief is putting his thumb on the scales of justice."

Germany Agrees To Pay Kindertransport Survivors Who Escaped Nazis As Children

http://www.scpr.org/archive | | December 17 2018, 9:00 PM

About 10,000 Jewish refugees under the age of 17 were relocated through the rescue operation. Most never saw their parents again. The Claims Conference estimates there are about 1,000 still living.

Sen. Cory Booker Calls For More Transparency In Medicaid Drug Decisions

Health | | December 17 2018, 7:40 PM

Booker is introducing a bill this week in response to an investigation by the Center for Public Interest and NPR. He calls drug firms' infiltration into Medicaid's decision process "nefarious."

CBS Denies Former CEO Les Moonves $120 Million Severance Package

http://www.scpr.org/archive | | December 17 2018, 6:40 PM

The network explained its decision, saying "there are grounds to terminate for cause, including his willful and material misfeasance" and failure to cooperate with the company's investigation.

New York Motorists Vote To Shift Wreaths That Have Infuriated Them For Years

http://www.scpr.org/archive | | December 17 2018, 4:40 PM

The Holland Tunnel became the subject of a fervent petition to change which letters its holiday decorations should adorn. In what could be called a Christmas miracle, the Port Authority listened.

Herders Vs. Farmers: A Deadly Year In Nigeria

http://www.scpr.org/archive | | December 17 2018, 4:40 PM

Deadly clashes in the country's Middle Belt have skyrocketed — and a new Amnesty International report says the government is exacerbating the crisis.

Google Will Spend $1 Billion For New York City Campus On Hudson River

http://www.scpr.org/archive | | December 17 2018, 2:40 PM

"In fact, we're growing faster outside the [San Francisco] Bay Area than within it," says Chief Financial Officer Ruth Porat, a senior vice president of both Google and its parent company, Alphabet.

Goldman Sachs Faces Charges In Malaysia Over Massive Corruption Scandal

http://www.scpr.org/archive | | December 17 2018, 2:20 PM

The U.S. bank and two of its former bankers face criminal charges in connection with Malaysia's 1MDB scandal, which involves billions of dollars allegedly stolen from a development fund.

2 Associates Of Michael Flynn Charged In Alleged Scheme To Smear Turkish Cleric

http://www.scpr.org/archive | | December 17 2018, 1:00 PM

The men failed to register as foreign agents, prosecutors say, and they even developed a plot to disguise the ultimate origins of payments they were receiving from Turkey.

Teen Girls And Their Moms Get Candid About Phones And Social Media

Education | | December 17 2018, 11:20 AM

About half of all teens say they've tried to cut back on their phone use. But one of the girls we spoke with says that's hard when "it's obviously designed to be addictive."

Green 'Christmas Comet' Visible In Night Sky

http://www.scpr.org/archive | | December 17 2018, 10:40 AM

The comet 46P/Wirtanen just made its closest approach to Earth in centuries. No word on the whereabouts of Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Cupid, Donner or Blitzen (and Rudolph).

Here's What Would Happen If The Government Shuts Down This Week

Politics | | December 17 2018, 9:00 AM

Even a partial government shutdown would leave some 800 thousand government workers without pay over the holidays although many would remain on the job.

U.S. Says 'Precision Airstrikes' Killed 62 Al-Shabab Militants In Somalia

http://www.scpr.org/archive | | December 17 2018, 7:20 AM

The six airstrikes did not harm any civilians, the U.S. says. The strikes targeted a camp in a remote area roughly 30 miles southwest of Mogadishu.

Iraq Lays Cornerstone To Restore Al-Nuri Mosque, As Mosul Rebuilds

http://www.scpr.org/archive | | December 17 2018, 5:40 AM

Iraqi religious leaders officially initiated the restoration of Mosul's al-Nuri mosque yesterday. The mosque was destroyed as Iraqi forces reclaimed control of the city from the Islamic State in 2017.

NPR's Favorite TV Shows Of 2018

http://www.scpr.org/archive | | December 17 2018, 4:40 AM

This year we say goodbye to The Americans, but we also celebrate new gems like Queer Eye, Killing Eve and Homecoming.

U.S., Canadian Executives Privately 'Spooked' About Traveling To China

http://www.scpr.org/archive | | December 17 2018, 4:00 AM

The arrest of Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou, followed by China's detention of two Canadians, escalated trade and security tensions that are now leading to travel jitters.

9 ways to give back during the holidays

http://www.scpr.org/archive | | December 17 2018, 6:00 AM

Here are some ways you can help those in need this year.

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Shepard Fairey, Korean Americans and LA’s art community weigh in on K-town school mural

| December 17 2018, 9:49 AM

A week after the LAUSD agreed to paint over a school mural after criticisms emerged over its insensitivity towards Korea Americans, street artist Shepard Fairey has weighed in on the discussion.

The Texas ACA decision: The legal, practical & political implications

| December 17 2018, 9:48 AM

The Affordable Care Act faces a new legal challenge after U.S. District Judge Reed O’Connor in Texas ruled the law unconstitutional on Friday.

Going paperless: More Americans are eschewing cash for credit

| December 17 2018, 9:34 AM

A new study from the Pew Research Center reveals that credit card use is on the rise, with 29% of adults saying they don’t use cash during a typical week.

Week in politics: How Congress and the president are approaching the looming government shutdown, impact of personnel changes at the White House and more

| December 17 2018, 9:28 AM

AirTalk’s weekly political roundtable recaps the headlines you might have missed over the weekend and looks ahead to the biggest political stories in California and Washington D.C. for the week to come.