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Wells Fargo will pay $1 billion to federal regulators to settle charges tied to its mortgage and auto lending business, the latest chapter in years-long, wide-ranging scandal at the banking giant. However, it appears that none of the $1 billion will go directly to the victims of Wells Fargo’s abuses.

In a settlement announced Friday, Wells will pay $500 million to the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, its main national bank regulator, as well as a net $500 million to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

Stepping, a dance form which has its roots in African-American culture, is popular at many high schools and colleges. But just one public middle school in Washington, D.C. has a competitive step team.

More than 200 priests from around the world are in Rome this week for an annual Vatican training course on how to perform exorcisms. Demand is on the rise for the ritual. But one practitioner says it’s not performed the way you might have seen in the movies.

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Avicii, the Swedish producer who was one of the world's most successful DJs, was found dead today in Muscat, Oman, his publicist confirmed to NPR Music. He was 28. No cause of death was given.

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It's a problem that has come seemingly out of nowhere. Over the last five years a worrisome number of low-income countries have racked up so much debt they are now at high risk of being unable to pay it back — with potentially devastating consequences not just for their economies but for their citizens, many of whom are already living in extreme poverty.

Border States Prepare For National Guard

Apr 20, 2018

It’s been just over a week since the governors of Texas, Arizona, New Mexico and California committed to send around 2,000 National Guard members to the U.S.-Mexico border, in response to a call to action by President Trump, who says there’s been an uptick in illegal border crossings and drug trafficking.

Prince’s contributions to the world go far beyond his music, and his impact was the focus at a major symposium at the University of Minnesota called “Prince From Minneapolis.” It attracted people from all over the world and explored Prince’s unique relation to Minneapolis and Minnesota.

As chemical weapons inspectors wait to investigate an alleged strike near the Syrian capital of Damascus, former inspectors say the challenges the current team faces are daunting.

The inspectors arrived in Syria on April 14, on a mission to investigate a suspected chemical attack in the Damascus suburb of Douma seven days earlier. Unconfirmed reports from the scene suggest that dozens may have died.

Electricity has been restored in Puerto Rico following an outage on Wednesday that left the island in darkness. It was the first island-wide blackout since Hurricane Maria swept through the U.S. territory in September.

A transmission line was accidentally damaged by an excavator, reported The Associated Press.

Meet America's Most-Produced Playwright

Apr 20, 2018

Every year, American Theatre magazine compiles a list of the most-produced playwrights in regional theaters across the U.S. And for the past two years, after William Shakespeare, that playwright is Lauren Gunderson.

The Austrian pediatrician Hans Asperger is known for his pioneering work describing the form of autism that now bears his name. But previously unexamined documents now show Asperger was also involved with a notorious euthanasia program run by Nazis in Austria.

High-achieving, low-income students make up just 3 percent of enrollment at elite colleges. This week, 100 top U.S. universities are vowing to do something about it.

NPR’s Elissa Nadworny (@ElissaNadworny) has more.

Sunday’s London Marathon could be the hottest on record with temperatures in the 70s. The race follows Monday’s Boston Marathon, which was run in some of the worst weather conditions in the 122-year history of that race.

Here & Now‘s Alex Ashlock (@aashlock), who covered the Boston Marathon and will be following the action in London, talks with host Lisa Mullins.

Students in some 2,000 schools across the country are walking out Friday to demonstrate against gun violence. Connecticut high school pupil Lane Murdock set up the event in the wake of the Parkland shooting.

The National School Walkout marks the 19th anniversary of the Columbine High School massacre in Colorado. After that attack, a hotline was set up in Colorado that lets students anonymously share safety concerns. Reports more than doubled since the school shooting in Florida in February.

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A disability rights group in Texas sent out a survey last month, trying to figure out how many of its members became disabled by gun violence. The group, ADAPT of Texas, says it's an effort to collect data that will help inform Texas lawmakers about how they should legislate guns.

Bob Kafka, an organizer with ADAPT, says when gun violence occurs, particularly mass shootings, the public tends to have a pretty limited discussion about what happens to the victims.

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The Democratic National Committee filed an attention-grabbing lawsuit against the Russian government, WikiLeaks and Donald Trump's presidential campaign that says they conspired to interfere with the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

The suit — which faces legal obstacles because of the Justice Department's investigation into Russia's attack and the difficulties involved with suing a foreign government — develops a theory about alleged collusion between Trump's campaign and the Russians.

Since diplomatic relations broke off between the United States and Cuba in 1961, musical exchange between both countries has been largely left, outside of tours, to the underground. Yissy García remembers her father, Bernardo García — a co-founder of Irakere, one of the most iconic bands in the history of Cuban music — sharing cassette tapes full of artists like Herbie Hancock after he would toured the U.S. These treasured souvenirs shaped her musical foundation — and the methods of sharing music haven't changed much since, either.

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Colombia's Monsieur Periné is at that sweet spot of a band's maturation process wherein they've solidified what they know, but are unafraid to venture towards what they don't.

Consider that the group's last album, Caja de Musica, flowed with French-inspired swing-jazz feel-goodness, leading to a breakout 2015 Latin Grammy win for best new artist.

(Markets Edition) When it comes to the market, traders look at three influential figures: the chair of the Fed, its vice chair, and the president of the New York Fed. We'll talk to Chris Low, chief economist at FTN Financial, about why some were "disturbed" by what John Williams, the next NY Fed president, recently had to say at a press conference in Madrid. Afterwards, we'll look at one major domestic appliance company that could come out ahead amid all this tariff talk. Whirlpool may have an advantage thanks to a protective tariff on foreign washing machines. 

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Fired FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe has created a legal defense fund to help him pay to deal with congressional investigations, contacts with the U.S. Attorney's Office and a possible wrongful termination and defamation case he may file against the Trump administration.

The trustees for the fund include former judges John Martin and James Robertson and the former police leader in Washington, D.C., and Philadelphia, Charles Ramsey.

At schools across the country today, students are getting up from their desks and walking out when the clock strikes 10 a.m. They're participating in the National School Walkout, part of the movement that has taken hold among students to call for action to end gun violence.

Today marks 19 years since the shooting at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colo., in which two high school students shot and killed thirteen people.

On his fifteenth studio album, Moby reconciles his rage about the state of things with a zen-like acceptance of the apocalypse. The lush, haunting songs on this record paints a beautiful picture of a broken world, as indicated in the title: Everything Was Beautiful and Nothing Hurt.

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