How I Built This: Sara Blakely, CEO of Spanx
How I Built This: Sara Blakely, CEO of Spanx

Impeachment Hearing Review; California High School Shooting; Harry Connick Jr. Celebrates Cole Porter

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First Up

At least five people were injured at Saugus High School in Santa Clarita, Calif., where authorities say a gunman opened fire Thursday.
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Authorities in Los Angeles County say at least five people were injured when a gunman opened fire Thursday at Saugus High School in Santa Clarita, Calif.  Five victims were being transported to Henry Mayo Hospital, which says three of them are in critical condition.

Former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick officially entered the Democratic presidential race less than three months before voters start casting ballots. Patrick had earlier decided against a run out of concern for how it might affect his family.

The Department of Homeland Security has new leadership. Hours after acting Secretary Chad Wolf was sworn into that post, he named Ken Cuccinelli as his deputy. Cuccinelli is an immigration hardliner who was once seen as President Trump's pick for the top job.

A federal appeals court opened the door for Congress to gain access to eight years of President Trump's tax records, setting the stage for a likely review by the U.S. Supreme Court. The appellate court is giving the president a week to appeal

The NTSB says the U.S. Coast Guard ignored safety recommendations for duck boats for the past 20 years. The blistering report comes after a Missouri boating accident that killed 17 people in July 2018.

Ten Democratic candidates will debate next week in the fifth primary face-off. The requirements for the Nov. 20 debate were the strictest they’ve been thus far — and December's bar is even higher.

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Impeachment Update

Top U.S. diplomat to Ukraine William Taylor (right) and Deputy Assistant Secretary for European and Eurasian Affairs George Kent are sworn in to testify before the House Intelligence Committee on Wednesday.
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Two witnesses seen as crucial to the case against President Trump in the impeachment inquiry testified Wednesday. Much of what was said by acting U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine William Taylor and George Kent, the State Department's top official on Ukraine policy, was previously known from their lengthy depositions released last week. Here are seven moments that stood out

Who are the staff lawyers who are questioning the witnesses in the public impeachment hearings? Democratic counsel Daniel Goldman and Republican counsel Steve Castor are assisting senior lawmakers by posing questions to witnesses. 

The Daily Good

Life Kit’s family holiday survival guide.
Nearly 30 years after its last documented sighting, a silver-backed chevrotain was spotted by a camera set up in the forest of southern Vietnam.
Shannon Wright for NPR

The holidays can be joyful and celebratory, but there are many people who get a very familiar pit in their stomach when the season rolls around. Holidays can mean exhaustion, confronting familial trauma, managing your uncle's points of view and all kinds of overload. Our experts answer letters seeking advice on exhaustion, family trauma and the opinions of that one irascible family member. 

Today's Listens

Harry Connick Jr., celebrates the music of Cole Porter.
"If you think of music like Legos," Harry Connick Jr. says, Cole Porter's music "was like the greatest set of Legos, ever. You could build anything because the songs were so structurally sound."
Sasha Samsanova/Courtesy of the artist

For more than 30 years, Harry Connick, Jr. has been releasing music that evokes the legacy of Frank Sinatra and other jazz icons. Now, he's back with a new album, True Love: A Celebration of Cole Porter, and an accompanying Broadway show. NPR's David Greene visited the singer in Hollywood's Capitol Studios, where Connick demonstrated a few Cole Porter classics on the piano and talked about the musician's enduring influence. (Listening time, 7:12)

Guantánamo’s legacy of torture is preventing trials.
In this Pentagon-approved courtroom sketch, defendant Ramzi Binalshibh (center) attends his pretrial hearing along with other defendants at the U.S. military court in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, on April 14, 2014.
Janet Hamlin Illustration/AP

The new movie The Report — which comes out Friday and tells the true story of a U.S. Senate staffer who doggedly investigated the CIA's use of torture after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks — is a look back on a controversial part of our country's past. But the controversial torture program continues to have huge implications at the U.S. military court and prison in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, where 40 accused terrorists are still being held. (Listening time, 6:38)

The Picture Show 

A tiny Thai restaurant in Greenland serves up lots of spice (and a delicious whale skin soup).
Suriya Paprajong moved to Greenland in the winter of 2001. Some 18 years later, he has built up a life, including opening his own restaurant.
Claire Harbage/NPR

When Suriya Paprajong arrived in southern Greenland from Thailand in 2001, the temperature was -43 degrees and he didn't even have a coat. These days, his popular eatery in Qaqortoq, which has a population of 3,000, is a local favorite, melding Thai flavors with an Arctic twist. The Inbox Cafe is more than a bit out of the way for visitors — there are no major roads in Greenland, so you have to take a helicopter or a boat to get to Qaqortoq. The cruise ships bring in customers during the limited summer months.

Before You Go

Colin Kaepernick was notified by the NFL on Tuesday that he will have a private workout for NFL teams in Atlanta on Saturday. He last played an NFL snap during the 2016 season.
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  • After nearly three years away from the game, Colin Kaepernick is finally getting a private NFL workout. Skeptics are questioning whether it's a PR stunt or a real opportunity for the controversial quarterback to return to the league. 
  • What’s actually showing on Disney+? (Hint: most of it isn’t new material, but that’s okay.)
  • The Nickel Boys and The Other Americans are among the nominees for the annual Aspen Words Prize, which honors fiction that tackles tough social issues.
  • Two and a half months after she arrived in New York, climate activist Greta Thunberg set sail back to Europe — and the next U.N. climate conference. 

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