Author: Bill Chappell

Merck CEO Resigns From A Trump Business Council, Citing His Conscience

NPR Kenneth Frazier, the CEO of Merck, said he was stepping down as a matter of personal conscience. He’s seen here with President Trump during a White House event in July. Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images Merck CEO Kenneth Frazier is leaving President Trump’s American Manufacturing Council, saying, “I feel a responsibility to take a stand against intolerance and extremism.” The resignation came after Trump was criticized for his response to the violence at white supremacist events in Charlottesville, Va., over the weekend. The president, famous for his ability to be direct and forceful, was faulted for condemning violence “on many...

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Canadian Sniper Hit A Target More Than 2 Miles Away, Military Confirms – NPR

GOOGLE NEWS A Canadian sniper made a record-setting shot in Iraq using a McMillan TAC-50 sniper rifle, like the one pictured here at a trade show in 2010. Dan Balilty/AP A sniper with Canada’s elite special forces is being credited with making a world-record shot, after the military confirmed that he hit a target from nearly 2.2 miles away during a recent operation in Iraq. Military sources tell Canada’s The Globe and Mail newspaper that the sniper killed an ISIS insurgent during an attack on Iraqi security forces. “The Canadian Special Operations Command can confirm that a member of...

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Census Finds A More Diverse America, As Whites Lag Growth – NPR

GOOGLE NEWS Pedestrians walk through Rockefeller Center in New York City. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the Asian population recently grew by 3 percent to 21.4 million and people who identified as being of two or more races grew by 3 percent to 8.5 million. Armin Rodler/Flickr America’s diversity remains on the rise, with all racial and ethnic minorities growing faster than whites from 2015 to 2016, the U.S. Census Bureau says in a new snapshot of the national population. The agency also found the U.S. median age has risen to nearly 38. Asian and mixed-race people are...

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Putin Offers Political Asylum To James Comey, Citing Potential Prosecution In U.S.

NPR [embedded content] YouTube “What’s the difference between the FBI director and Mr. Snowden?” Russian President Vladimir Putin asked Thursday during his yearly live call-in show, saying that he would offer political asylum to fired FBI head James Comey in the same way Russia has sheltered former NSA contractor Edward Snowden. By phrasing a question uniquely constructed for these unusual times, Putin put a new spin on the ongoing saga over Russia’s tampering in the U.S. election, links between President Trump’s inner circle with Russia — and allegations that the president tried to stop at least one line of...

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Trump Breaks Silence On Comey: ‘WOW, Comey Is A Leaker!’

NPR President Donald Trump wraps up his speech to a Faith and Freedom conference in Washington, D.C. on Thursday. Jacquelyn Martin/AP President Trump has broken the silence he maintained during former FBI Director James Comey’s testimony Thursday, saying on Twitter that he was vindicated in the hearing that explored Russia’s meddling in the U.S. election, its ties to Trump’s security adviser, and Trump’s dealings with Comey. “Despite so many false statements and lies, total and complete vindication…and WOW, Comey is a leaker!” the president tweeted early Friday morning. Despite so many false statements and lies, total and complete vindication…and...

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Christopher Wray Is Trump’s Nominee To Be The New FBI Director

NPR President Trump says he is nominating Christopher Wray, seen here in 2005, as the next FBI director. Wray served for several years as an assistant attorney general before working in private practice. Lawrence Jackson/AP President Trump says he has chosen Christopher Wray, who worked in the Justice Department during President George W. Bush’s administration, to head the FBI. The president made the announcement via Twitter, writing Wednesday morning, “I will be nominating Christopher A. Wray, a man of impeccable credentials, to be the new Director of the FBI. Details to follow.” I will be nominating Christopher A. Wray,...

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‘He Is Something’: Trump Visits Pope Francis At The Vatican

NPR Enlarge this image President Trump and first lady Melania Trump met with Pope Francis at the Apostolic Palace in Vatican City Wednesday. Vatican Pool/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Vatican Pool/Getty Images President Trump had an audience with the Pope Francis at the Vatican’s Apostolic Palace Wednesday, receiving messages about peace, the environment and immigrants from the religious leader. The meeting came a year after the pope said Trump “is not Christian,” criticizing his plan for a border wall. Their meeting Wednesday was smooth and brief, lasting about 30 minutes. The two leaders smiled as they posed for...

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Ransomware Attacks Ravage Computer Networks In Dozens Of Countries – NPR

GOOGLE NEWS Each orange dot is a unique infection by WannaCrypt ransomware as recorded by MalwareTech.com Courtesy of malwaretech.com First, there were reports of Spain’s largest telecom being hit with pop-up windows demanding a $300 ransom to access files. Then at least 16 hospitals in England’s National Health Service were affected, locking doctors and nurses out of patients’ records unless they paid up. Then came word that networks around the world were under attack Friday. Avast, a security software company, wrote that they detected more than 75,000 cases of ransomware in 99 countries as of Friday afternoon. “According to...

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