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Stop Hating On Ed Sheeran's Fundraising Ad, Say Critics
A Comic Relief spot starring the pop singer, raising funds for children in Liberia, was voted the worst charity ad of 2017. Some are saying the criticisms aren't warranted.
Wife Of Kentucky Lawmaker Who Killed Himself Plans To Run For His Seat
State Rep. Dan Johnson's death came days after a news outlet published allegations he sexually assaulted a 17-year-old girl. His widow decried "high-tech lynchings based on lies and half-truths."
How Katharine Graham Defied A Federal Judge To Publish The Pentagon Papers
Graham, who died in 2001, held the title of publisher at The Washington Post from 1969 until 1979. She spoke to Fresh Air in 1997 about her 1971 decision to publish the top-secret documents.
Former 'Post' Executive Editor Ben Bradlee On Publishing The Pentagon Papers
Bradlee served as executive editor of The Washington Post from 1968 to 1991. In 1995, he told Fresh Air about his decision to publish the top secret documents related to U.S. policy making in Vietnam.
Grand Jury Report On Penn State Hazing Finds 'Indignities And Depravities'
The report was triggered by one deadly incident, but members of the grand jury said they felt obligated to report the broader issues they uncovered — including rampant, dangerous misconduct.
Long Island Woman Charged With Using Bitcoin To Launder Money To Support ISIS
Zoobia Shahnaz, 27, allegedly bought more than $60,000 in cryptocurrency and got a $22,000 loan and then transferred the money abroad. The Justice Department says she intended to join ISIS in Syria.
Reinventing The Cheese Wheel: From Farmhouse To Factory And Back Again
A new book traces the transatlantic cheese wars that led to the rise of factory cheeses and loss of traditional varietals, and looks at the farmhouse cheesemakers working to restore that lost legacy.
Video Shows Trump Judicial Nominee Unable To Answer Basic Questions Of Law
Federal court nominee Matthew Petersen was stumped on basic legal questions during confirmation hearing.
Want Help Explaining A Medical Procedure? Ask A 9-Year-Old
Much of the information doctors hand patients before surgery is too complex and hard to understand. So British researchers asked 9-year-olds to rewrite a brochure about a hip replacement.
Avocado Hand Injuries Are Real. Is A Seedless Fruit The Answer?
Apparently people are showing up in the ER with nerve injuries from improperly cutting the pit out of an avocado. So now there's a cute new seedless variety.
Retailers Hope For Strong Holiday Season As November Sales Beat Expectations
Retail and food sales were up 5.8 percent in November over the same time last year, the Commerce Department said. Retailers are hoping for their best year since before the economic recession.
Guantanamo Court Lacks Jurisdiction To Try 9/11 Defendants, Says Defense Attorney
The attorney for one of the 9/11 defendants argues the Guantanamo military commission can't try his client, because the U.S. wasn't at war with al-Qaida at the time of the attacks.
Natural Disasters And The Implications Of Missing So Much School
Wildfires, hurricanes, flooding — this fall has brought a wave of natural disasters to the U.S. With that comes many days where schools are closed — and those absences add up.
Top Stories: Trump To Visit FBI; Staggering Global Health Care Costs
Also: Australia criticizes the Catholic Church in a sex abuse report; the GOP tax bill could hurt affordable housing; and scientists think they know why a skydiver was able to break the sound barrier.
Top British Officer: Russia May Be Able To Cut Undersea Cables
British Air Chief Marshal Sir Stuart Peach says the Kremlin's improved naval capabilities pose a risk to communications and Internet cables that would be an economic catastrophe if severed.