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UMBC's Retrievers Put Virginia In A Hole, Then Buried Every Single Bracket

March 16, 2018 - 7:57pm

Since the NCAA tournament expanded in 1985, no 16 seed had ever beaten a top-seeded team. Until UMBC beat the stuffing out of Virginia, the best team in the country, Friday night.

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Trump's Attorney Seeks $20 Million In Damages From Porn Star

March 16, 2018 - 6:39pm

Lawyer Michael Cohen has escalated the legal battle with the actress who was paid not to repeat claims that she had an affair with the president.

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Justice Department Fires Embattled FBI Deputy Director Just Short Of Retirement

March 16, 2018 - 6:09pm

Andrew McCabe was set to retire Sunday. On Twitter, the president hailed the move as "a great day for the hard working men and women of the FBI - A great day for Democracy."

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Maryland Gets Closer To Retiring State Song That Calls Northerners 'Scum'

March 16, 2018 - 3:15pm

"Maryland, My Maryland," written early in the Civil War, praises the Confederacy. State senators now have voted to reclassify the song as "historical."

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From Pride To Protest: How Russians Feel About Their Presidential Election

March 16, 2018 - 2:57pm

Ahead of Sunday's presidential election in Russia, NPR spoke with a Putin supporter, an opposition supporter and a Russian who sees no point in voting.

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Debate On Role Of Islam Divides German Government

March 16, 2018 - 2:06pm

Members of the Merkel government agree that Muslims belong in Germany but disagree on whether the religion itself does.

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Black Man Beaten At Charlottesville White Nationalist Rally Is Acquitted Of Assault

March 16, 2018 - 1:33pm

Images of DeAndre Harris, 20, being pummeled by white men with poles surfaced after the rally last August. Harris was later charged with assault himself — and, on Friday, found not guilty.

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Invisibilia: Inspired By 'American Idol,' Somali TV Show Aimed To Change The World

March 16, 2018 - 12:57pm

Reality TV is popular around the world. It's also roundly mocked as formulaic and contrived. But can that kind of fragile fantasy meaningfully influence the real world?

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After Oxfam's Sex Scandal: Shocking Revelations, A Scramble For Solutions

March 16, 2018 - 12:17pm

In the past few weeks there have been additional reports of sexual misconduct in the aid community — and the start of a tense debate on how to halt such behavior.

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Election Watchdog Group In Moscow Says Russian Voter Fraud Is Rising

March 16, 2018 - 12:14pm

When Russians head to the polls to vote for president on Sunday, thousands of election observers will be watching for fraud. The head of an election watchdog group in Moscow and a woman who blew the whistle on election fraud in 2011 talk about what it means to watch the election.

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Week In Politics: White House Addresses Staff Turnover

March 16, 2018 - 12:14pm

NPR's Ari Shapiro talks with Mary Katharine Ham, senior writer at The Federalist and Boston Herald reporter Kimberly Atkins about U.S.-Russia relations, the firing of Rex Tillerson and the Pennsylvania special congressional election upset by Democrat Conor Lamb.

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Why Irish Whiskey Is Experiencing A Resurgence

March 16, 2018 - 12:14pm

Carol Quinn, archivist for Irish Distillers, makers of Jameson whiskey says records of Ireland's special blend go back to the 14th century. Quinn discusses the resurgence of Irish whiskey.

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After Dramatic Downfall, Tiger Woods Might Finally Be Making A Comeback

March 16, 2018 - 12:14pm

The last time Tiger Woods won a golf tournament was 2013. Once the world's top player, he's struggled with a myriad of health issues and off-the-course distractions. But he's back and close to winning again.

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My Lai Massacre Of 1968 Continues To Resonate In America

March 16, 2018 - 12:14pm

50 years after the My Lai massacre, in which American soldiers in Vietnam killed more than 500 civilians in a period of four hours, the atrocity continues to resonate in America.

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White House Says No More Immediate Personnel Changes Coming

March 16, 2018 - 12:14pm

The White House says there are no immediate personnel changes looming, despite rampant rumors that of more staff shakeups.

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Saudi Prince May Have Trouble Finding U.S. Investors After Anti-Corruption Campaign

March 16, 2018 - 12:14pm

Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince begins a tour of the U.S. next week to try and drum up foreign investment. That may be a hard sell after 200 princes and wealthy businessmen were detained at a luxury hotel in Riyadh for three months as part of the prince's anti-corruption campaign.

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How Russians View The Country's Presidential Election Varies Greatly By Geography

March 16, 2018 - 12:14pm

Russia is the biggest country in the world by land mass, so when you ask what Russians think about the presidential election this Sunday, the answers vary greatly by geography.

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The Russian Chef Who Is Bringing Back His Homeland's Colorful, Classic Cuisine

March 16, 2018 - 12:00pm

Before the Soviet period, "Russian food had color," says Vladimir Mukhin of Moscow's world-famous White Rabbit restaurant. He aims to honor those flavors, as well as locally source his ingredients.

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In Tariff War, Europe Could Target U.S. Orange Juice, Cranberries, Crocheted Garments

March 16, 2018 - 11:26am

When President Trump announced tariffs on steel and aluminum imports, retaliation was expected. Now, the EU has published a list of hundreds of U.S. products that would be subject to European tariffs.

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As Bodies Are Pulled From Rubble, Questions Mount About Miami Bridge

March 16, 2018 - 11:25am

Sen. Marco Rubio tweeted that the bridge's cables were being tightened when it fell. At least six people were killed when the 950-ton bridge collapsed across a South Florida roadway Thursday.

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