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Are You REAL ID Ready?

Sep 30, 2019
MVA - Maryland.gov

BWI AIRPORT, Md. – With the rapidly approaching October 1, 2020, federal REAL ID deadline, the Maryland Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Administration (MDOT MVA) and transportation officials from Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI Marshall) announced the one-year countdown for Marylanders to get a federally mandated REAL ID. At the conclusion of today’s 11 a.m. event, Marylanders have just 364 days and four hours left to get a REAL ID before MDOT MVA branches close on September 30, 2020.

A brainless, bright-yellow organism that can solve mazes and heal itself is making its debut at a Paris zoo this weekend.

At least so far, "the blob" is more benevolent than the ravenous star of its 1950s sci-fi film classic namesake.

In Canada, campaigning for Monday's election is going down to the wire with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau fighting the battle of his political life.

His rise to power as Liberal Party leader four years ago on a message of hope and change now seems a long way off. He has since been implicated in a series of scandals that have him locked in a virtual tie with the opposition Conservative Party in a race that has some distinctly American overtones.

The nation's response to the deadly opioid epidemic has been broadly bipartisan, but deep divides have emerged over a settlement plan offered last month by Purdue Pharma, the maker of Oxycontin.

Democratic state attorneys general have generally panned the deal, which would force Purdue's owners, member of the Sackler family, to give up control of their company while paying roughly $3 billion in cash from their personal fortunes.

The percentage of Americans who favor stricter gun laws is on the rise, though significant partisan divisions persist. A Pew Research Center survey conducted in September found that 60% of Americans say gun laws should be tougher, up from 57% last year and 52% in 2017.

Pinyo Pukpinyo, 50, remembers the first time he was sent to remove a snake from someone's house. It was a 14 1/2-ft. python, high up in the rafters waiting for its prey 16 years ago.

"There were four of us, and I was really scared," he says. "We didn't have any experience, but we wrestled him down and got the hoop around his neck" — a kind of snare — "but he was very strong. And after we put him in the sack, we had to remove the hoop from his head, and that's the dangerous part, because at any time he's ready to bite you."

NPR was on the scene when the first genetically modified mosquitoes were released in a lab in Italy.
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An intern

"There's a white man at the door."

In the new CBS comedy Bob Hearts Abishola, those words cause a flurry of concern for an immigrant Nigerian family living in Detroit.

"Tell me, when has that ever been good?" demands Auntie Olu, played by Shola Adewusi.

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President Trump announced that he's dropping his plan to host next year's G-7 meeting of the leaders of the world's biggest economies at his Miami-area golf club.

In a series of late-night tweets on Saturday, Trump blamed the reversal on what he described as "Media & Democrat Crazed and Irrational Hostility," following bipartisan claims that he's exploiting his presidency for personal profit.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York officially endorsed presidential candidate Bernie Sanders at a rally in Queens, N.Y., on Saturday.

Addressing an estimated crowd of more than 25,000 supporters, Ocasio-Cortez said she was proud to join the Vermont senator in bringing "a working-class revolution to the ballot box of the United States of America."

Music Moment: Summer Walker

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

And finally today, singer Summer Walker made history this week. Her debut studio album called "Over It" became the most-streamed album by a woman R&B artist ever, breaking Beyonce's record for the album "Lemonade." Summer Walker is 23 years old. She's from Atlanta, Ga., and she is notoriously shy and doesn't give many interviews. But we wanted to hear more about her breakout album and why it's been getting so much buzz lately, so we've called music editor at The New Yorker Briana Younger to walk us through some of the album's standouts.

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