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Fighting Steep Odds, Flint Starts To See Bright Spots

Michigan Radio

Despite its recent water crisis and economic troubles, there is a trend of urban hipness in Flint, Mich.'s small downtown and a partnership to help the city's children.

Fighting Steep Odds, Flint Starts To See Bright Spots

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House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah (right), and ranking member Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., speak to reporters about Michael Flynn, President Trump's former national security adviser, on Tuesday in Washington, D.C. Win McNamee/Getty Images hide caption

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The Two-Way - News Blog

Lawmakers Say It Appears Michael Flynn Acted Illegally In Taking Russian Payments

The heads of the House Oversight Committee described "troubling" classified documents about former national security adviser Michael Flynn, and said the White House is refusing to release some data.

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Politics

With Shutdown Possible, Trump Is Tweeting Out Demands. Will He Stick By Them?

The clock is ticking to a government shutdown, and President Trump keeps adding to the list of what he wants — 140 characters at a time.

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A Worm May Hold The Key To Biodegrading Plastic

More than a trillion plastic bags are used annually. They're made of a notoriously resilient kind of plastic called polyethylene – but scientists have found that wax worms are able to break them down.

A Worm May Hold The Key To Biodegrading Plastic

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Music News

Remembering Ella Fitzgerald, Who Made Great Songs Greater

On her 100th birthday, Tony Bennett, Cécile McLorin Salvant and others pay tribute to the woman whose voice and vivacity redefined the Great American Songbook.

Remembering Ella Fitzgerald, Who Made Great Songs Greater

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Dale Earnhardt Jr. Retiring From NASCAR At Season's End

The star driver told NPR just two weeks ago that he wasn't sure when he'd be leaving the sport. He recently took time off to recover from a concussion.

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5 Films Look At The Los Angeles Riots From (Almost) Every Angle

The documentaries attempt to complete the picture of what transpired in LA in 1992 after Rodney King was beaten by police, including how the riots affected a wide swath of Angelenos.

5 Films Look At The Los Angeles Riots From (Almost) Every Angle

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Dueling Shows Of Force As Tensions Ratchet Up On Korean Peninsula

As North Korea marked its military's anniversary with artillery drills, a U.S. guided-missile submarine docked in South Korea and U.S. Navy ships conducted exercises with South Korea and Japan.

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U.S.

Rio Grande Treaty Adds New Complication To Trump's Border Wall

The 1970 Boundary Treaty requires that U.S. and Mexican officials be in agreement before building structures that might affect the flow of the Rio Grande. If Mexico protests, the fate of the wall could end up in an international court.

Mexico Worries That A New Border Wall Will Worsen Flooding

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The Ford Motor Co. display at this year's Shanghai auto show, which goes on until April 28, is filled with SUVs and electric hybrid vehicles. The U.S. automaker has announced it will electrify 70 percent of its vehicles in China by 2025. This comes as Beijing is calling on automakers to sell more electric vehicles. Rob Schmitz/NPR hide caption

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Parallels - World News

China Moves To Increase Number Of Electric Vehicles On Its Roads

By early next year, Beijing will require automakers in China to ensure that at least 8 percent of all vehicles they manufacture are electric.

First daughter and presidential adviser Ivanka Trump arrives for a panel discussion with (from left) W20 co-chairwoman Stephanie Bschorr, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands. John MacDougall/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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The Two-Way - News Blog

Ivanka Trump Discusses Female Entrepreneurs And Her Father At W20 Summit In Berlin

The first daughter said women must have access to credit and mentors, "to encourage this next generation" of female business owners. But remarks about her father drew the biggest reaction.

Jeremiah Tower is the subject of The Last Magnificent, a new documentary on his crash-and-burn career. It was produced by Anthony Bourdain, who feels that Tower has been denied his due in the American culinary pantheon. Courtesy of The Orchard hide caption

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The Salt

A Watergate Villain Walks Into A Berkeley Restaurant. What Could Go Wrong?

A new film profiles influential chef Jeremiah Tower. When one of the most hated men in U.S. politics walked in for dinner at Berkeley's famed Chez Panisse, where Tower worked, a colorful scene ensued.