Markets Tumble; U.S.-China Trade Dispute; The Upside Of Gossip

Published by NPR News on May 13th, 2019 12:06pm.

Plus, descendants of Chinese laborers reclaim the railroad's history.
by Korva Coleman and Jill Hudson
First Up

Here’s what we’re following today.

Two beloved actresses have passed away. The singer and actress Doris Day died early this morning at her California home; she was 97. Peggy Lipton, best known for starring in The Mod Squad and her role in Twin Peaks, died on Saturday at age 72.

U.S. financial markets are down this morning after China imposed new tariffs on $60 billion worth of U.S. goods. The retaliatory taxes were announced days after the Trump administration said it would impose higher tariffs on $200 billion in Chinese goods. The latest tit-for-tat exchange comes as trade talks have failed to yield a deal.

Sweden has reopened its investigation into rape allegations against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. Swedish prosecutors had idled the case while Assange was holed up in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London.

An executive privilege fight inches Democrats closer to impeachment proceedings against President Trump. The president’s decision to invoke executive privilege over the full Mueller report is prompting impeachment skeptics to reconsider.

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban visits the White House today, where he will find a close ally in President Trump. The two leaders are known for their nationalist worldviews and hardline immigration policies.

The Daily Good
Descendants of Chinese laborers reclaim the railroad's history.
This weekend, more than 10,000 people from across the world gathered at Promontory Summit, where the transcontinental railroad was completed 150 years ago. They also honored the hundreds and thousands of Chinese workers who actually completed the job.  

Today's Listen
Rihanna jolts the luxury fashion world.
Rihanna is partnering with LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton to launch a new fashion label, the artist announced on Friday.
Evan Agostini/Invision/AP

The singer will become the first woman to start a new fashion line with the luxury group, LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, and the first woman of color to lead one of their fashion houses. (Listening time, 4:56)

We gossip about 52 minutes a day. That may not be a bad thing.
Pete Pacifica/Getty Images

Gossip has a bad rap. Sure, it can be catty and mean, but research is turning up ways it helps groups build cohesion — and can nudge some individuals to make positive changes in their lives. (Listening time, 3:04)

The Picture Show
On Mother's Day in Puerto Rico, visiting gravesites is anguishing.
Eligia González, 84, (left) and her daughter, Carmen Román, 54, brought flowers to the Lares Municipal Cemetery. Román felt she had been deceived, after she realized her grandmother's grave was inaccessible.
Erika P. Rodriguez for NPR

The municipal cemetery in Lares, Puerto Rico, has been closed since Hurricane Maria hit. Residents flocked to visit when a portion of the cemetery was opened for Mother's Day, but many were unable to reach their loved ones' graves.

Before You Go
  • In Game of Thrones’ penultimate episode, the quality of mercy gets seriously strained. And stabbed. And set aflame. And several characters meet their final fates.
  • Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, show off baby Archie’s feet in a Mother’s Day photograph.
  • Navajo Code Talker and World War II veteran Fleming Begaye Sr. has died at 97.
  • It's no longer a crime in Arizona to own nunchucks.
  • Scientists find invertebrates in Antarctica tend to cluster around penguin and seal poop.

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