News from NPR

When the EU was cool

3 hours ago
Kevin Coombs/Reuters

Britain’s relationship with things European has long been a complex and confusing one. As a Brit living in the US I get asked about it a lot.

Twenty years ago it was actually my job try to bring some sense of order to that confusion. I was living in London, running a BBC radio program called Euro News, broadcast each weekday on the national news and sports network, Radio Five Live. The Maastricht Treaty that created the European Union had been signed just four years earlier. It was a transformational time.

By a 52-48 percent margin, the popular vote in the United Kingdom last night moved to detach the country from the European Union.

Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron was at his political peak just last year as he led his Conservative Party to an outright majority in Parliament for the first time in more than two decades, surpassing all the forecasts.

Today, his political career is effectively over, the result of another surprise at the ballot box — the United Kingdom's vote to leave the European Union.

President Obama is designating a new national monument around the Stonewall Inn, the birthplace of the modern gay rights movement.

The Stonewall National Monument in New York City will be the first addition to the National Park System specifically highlighting the history of the LGBT community.

It's a predictable passage in life: Hit 50, get lots of birthday cards with old-age jokes, a mailbox full of AARP solicitations — and a colonoscopy.

But millions of Americans — about one-third of those in the recommended age range for colon cancer screening — haven't been tested. Some avoid it because they are squeamish about the procedure, or worried about the rare, but potentially serious, complications that can occur during colonoscopies.

Explainer: The Brexit aftermath, in charts

5 hours ago
Lucas Jackson/Reuters

At a glance, here are several insights and effects from the UK's vote to leave the European Union.

Young voters didn't want to break away

If the vote had been only among those under 50, the United Kingdom would have chosen, by a comfortable margin, to remain in the EU. If it had been among voters 18-24, that would have been a landslide, according to a YouGov poll. As the polling group concluded: "Those who must live with result of the EU Referendum the longest want to remain." Others noted that those with a longer exposure to the EU wanted to leave.

Bernie Sanders said he'll vote for Hillary Clinton in November — but more than two weeks after she became the presumptive Democratic nominee, Sanders remains in the race.

Sanders was on MSNBC when Nicolle Wallace, a former Republican aide and now network political analyst, asked Sanders, "Are you going to vote for Hillary Clinton in November?"

His answer: "Yes."

He added, "The issue right here is, I think I am going to do everything I can to defeat Donald Trump."

Donald Trump celebrated voters' stunning decision in the United Kingdom to leave the European Union, while he marked the re-opening of his golf course and resort in Scotland.

Trump contended that the U.K. had "taken back their independence" and predicted similar populist, nativist movements throughout the Western world, like the one fueling his candidacy in the U.S.

Many celebrities have been banned over the years from visiting or performing in various foreign countries. Alec Badwin was banned from the Philippines, 50 Cent from Canada and Snoop Dogg from Norway, just to name a few. We put together a list of some of the more interesting and outrageous cases.

Sometimes the reasons are straight forward, like vulgarity or "questionable morality," and other times the reasons are rooted in a country’s culture, political stance or religion.

In the book of Matthew, chapter 8, the demons in two possessed men fear the judgment of God when they meet Jesus on a road in Gadara. "So the devils besought him, saying, 'If thou cast us out, suffer us to go away into the herd of swine.'" It's here that we curiously derive the adjective "Gadarene," which basically means to get involved in something in a hurry, with the potential for disaster.