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Major Rivers In Missouri Cresting Amid Historic Flooding

Thursday, December 31, 2015

Flooding in Missouri and Illinois has killed at least 20 people and driven hundreds from their homes.

But with dry weather forecast for the next few days and after the Meramec River crested Thursday morning, the worst may be over, as St. Louis Public Radio's Maria Altman told our Newscast ...

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Munich Police Warn Of Impending Terrorist Attack, Clear 2 Rail Stations

Thursday, December 31, 2015

Munich police say they have credible information about an impending terrorist attack and have evacuated two railway stations, NPR's Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson reports.

The warning, posted on the official Munich Police Twitter account, also advised people to avoid gathering at the central train station or at Pasing train station.

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VIDEO: Meet The Bots That Beat The Obstacles

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Meet VertiGo, a new four-wheeled robot that can easily roll from the ground onto a wall.

"VertiGo extends the ability of robots to travel through urban and indoor environments," according to a team from Disney Research Zurich and Swiss university EDH Zurich that unveiled the four-wheeled machine on Wednesday.

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Egypt Raids 2 Major Independent Cultural Institutions In 2 Days

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Egyptian authorities have raided two pillars of the independent arts and culture scene in Cairo over the past 48 hours.

They targeted the Townhouse Gallery of Contemporary Art and the Merit Publishing House, both in downtown Cairo.

NPR's Leila Fadel in Cairo tells our Newscast unit that the raids ...

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Captured 'Affluenza Teen,' Mother Had 'Going-Away Party,' Sheriff Says

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

U.S. and Mexican authorities say they have detained fugitive Ethan Couch, who invoked an "affluenza" defense after he killed four people while driving drunk in 2013.

The 18-year-old Texan's mother, Tonya Couch, also was taken into custody Monday evening in the Mexican resort town of Puerto Vallarta. This ends a ...

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2 People Suspected Of Plotting Attacks Are Arrested In Belgium

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Belgian police have arrested two people suspected of planning to attack popular tourist spots during New Year's celebrations.

The Brussels public prosecutor says the suspects posed a "serious threat of attack," Teri Schultz, reporting from Brussels, tells our Newscast unit. Here's more from Teri:

"The two men under arrest ...

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Grand Jury Declines To Indict Police Officers In Tamir Rice Investigation

Monday, December 28, 2015

A grand jury has declined to bring criminal charges against two Cleveland police officers involved in the fatal shooting of 12-year old Tamir Rice.

"Simply put, given this perfect storm of human error, mistakes and miscommunications by all involved that day, the evidence did not indicate criminal conduct by police," ...

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France Makes Wartime Vichy Government Archive Available To The Public

Monday, December 28, 2015

The French government is making available for the first time more than 200,000 documents on the Vichy government, which collaborated with the Nazis during World War II.

The documents, which were previously only partially accessible to researchers, will make "information such as the activities of the special police, who hunted ...

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Possible Flooding And Blizzards In North Texas After Weekend Tornadoes

Monday, December 28, 2015

Parts of North Texas, already reeling from deadly tornadoes over the weekend, could see flooding Monday, the National Weather Service says. Blizzard warnings are also in effect in the Texas and Oklahoma panhandles and into western Oklahoma.

Possible flooding Monday extends from northeast Texas to the Tennessee and Ohio ...

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Chicago Police Respond To Domestic Disturbance, Shoot And Kill Teen, Neighbor

Saturday, December 26, 2015

Chicago police fatally shot a 19-year-old man and a 55-year-old woman when responding to a domestic disturbance call early Saturday.

Family members of 19-year-old victim Quintonio LeGrier told The Chicago Tribune that he was acting "agitated" and holding a baseball bat. "His father became worried and called the police," ...

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Christmas Day Wildfire Destroys More Than 100 Homes In Southern Australia

Saturday, December 26, 2015

Fast-moving wildfires on Christmas Day destroyed more than 100 homes in southern Australia. Now, residents and officials in Victoria State are beginning to assess the scale of the damage as firefighters work to contain the still-raging fires.

Victoria State's Premier Daniel Andrews told the BBC that the scale of the ...

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Possible Flash Floods In Parts Of The South, Amid Wave Of Severe Weather

Saturday, December 26, 2015

Parts of the South are facing possible flash floods, even as they survey the damage from a wave of severe weather that killed at least 15 people across Tennessee, Mississippi and Arkansas.

The National Weather Service says flash flooding is "possible today from the Southern Plains, the middle Mississippi ...

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Leader Of Prominent Syrian Rebel Group Believed Killed By Airstrike

Friday, December 25, 2015

Zahran Alloush, the leader of a prominent Syrian rebel group, is believed to have been killed in an airstrike near Syria's capital Damascus.

The rebel leader was at odds with the Syrian regime, ISIS, and secular activists.

NPR's Alice Fordham in Beirut told our Newscast unit that the strike in ...

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Father Of Drowned 3-Year-Old Syrian Delivers Christmas Message

Friday, December 25, 2015

The photo of a 3-year-old child named Aylan Kurdi, face-down on a Turkish beach, has become emblematic of the suffering of refugees fleeing Syria's civil war.

Nearly four months later, Aylan's father Abdullah Kurdi delivered a Christmas message on U.K.'s Channel 4, calling for "the whole world to open its ...

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Floods In Paraguay, Argentina And Uruguay Displace Tens Of Thousands

Friday, December 25, 2015

Flooding has hit parts of Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay. The hardest-hit country, Paraguay, has declared a state of emergency.

NPR's Lourdes Garcia-Navarro in Rio de Janeiro tells our Newscast unit that the flooding has killed five people and displaced 150,000. Here's more from Lourdes:

"In Paraguay's capital, Asuncion, 125,000 ...

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India's Prime Minister Makes Surprise, Historic Visit To Pakistan

Friday, December 25, 2015

India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi made a visit to Pakistan on Friday. It's the first trip to the country by an Indian head of state in a decade — and could be a sign of improving relations between the two neighbors.

The visit was unexpected. Earlier Friday, Modi tweeted from ...

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At Least 100 People Feared Dead In Fire At Nigeria Gas Plant

Friday, December 25, 2015

More than 100 people are feared dead following a fire Thursday at a crowded industrial plant in southeast Nigeria.

NPR's Ofeibea Quist-Arcton tells our Newscast unit that the fire started as crowds were lined up to refill cooking gas cylinders on Christmas Eve in this predominately Christian area:

"Witnesses ...

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A Rare Full Moon On Christmas, And Other Unusual Celestial Events

Thursday, December 24, 2015

All is not calm weatherwise, but it will be extra bright this Christmas.

"A rare full moon will be an added gift for the holidays," NASA says. A full moon on Christmas hasn't happened since 1977, and it won't happen again until 2034.

You'll have to get up early ...

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How Do Successful People's Sleep Patterns Compare To The Average American?

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Are successful people's sleep patterns giving them a leg-up on average people?

"Successful" people get more shut-eye than you might expect, with more than 50 percent of 21 surveyed clocking in at 6-8 hours every night. An infographic put together by a U.K. furniture store called HomeArena (which coincidentally ...

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British Muslim Family Barred From California-Bound Flight, No Reason Given

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Members of a British Muslim extended family of 11 with legitimate U.S. visas were stopped in London as they were about to fly to Los Angeles to visit Disneyland.

All the British border control agent could tell the family was "they've had a phone call from Washington, D.C., telling them ...

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