The Two-Way
7:34 am
Tue March 5, 2013

Man Linked To Hit-And-Run Deaths Of Parents And Baby Has Long Rap Sheet

Julio Acevedo, the suspect in a car crash that killed a couple and later the baby that the pregnant mother was carrying, in an undated New York Police Department photo.
Reuters /Landov

The man who authorities want to question about Sunday's hit-and-run car crash in Brooklyn that killed a young couple and the baby that the 21-year-old pregnant mother was carrying has "a history of violence and a prior drunken driving arrest," The Associated Press writes.

Read more
Local News
7:23 am
Tue March 5, 2013

New Signups For High-risk Program Halted

New Mexico officials say new enrollments in a program that's part of the 2010 federal care overhaul are being suspended because there's only enough money to pay for those already enrolled.

The Public Regulation Commission's insurance division says the suspension of new enrollments in the high-risk insurance pool is a result of a budget report provided by the federal government.

The insurance pool helps provide care for serious and expensive illnesses until 2014 when other types of expanded coverage provided by the overhaul take effect.

Read more
Local News
7:02 am
Tue March 5, 2013

House OKs Liquor Ban For Some DWI Offenders

Convicted drunken drivers with an ignition interlock will be prohibited from buying alcohol under legislation approved by the House.

Democratic Rep. Brian Egolf of Santa Fe says the proposal will help prevent offenders from drinking while they are driving.

New Mexico law requires convicted drunken drivers to have an ignition interlock, which are intended to prevent vehicles from operating if the driver has been drinking.

Offenders without a car don't need the devices, however.

Read more
Local News
6:48 am
Tue March 5, 2013

Jury Deliberating In 'Good Samaritan' Case

Jurors Monday were deliberating the case against a Santa Fe man accused of killing a preschool teacher who was trying to stop him from beating his girlfriend.

Thirty-one-year-old Adrian Gonzales is charged with first-degree murder and aggravated battery in the December 2011 stabbing of 21-year-old Victoriano "Mo" Moises Byrne-Gonzales and another man at the Butterfly Springs Mobile Home Park in Pojoaque. He's also charged with battery for assaulting his then-girlfriend, Natasha Romero.

Read more
The Two-Way
6:44 am
Tue March 5, 2013

Venezuela's Chavez Takes Turn For the Worse

A "proof of life" photo shows Chavez with his daughters, released Feb. 15 by Miraflores Presidential Press Office.
Uncredited AP

Originally published on Tue March 5, 2013 7:10 am

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, who has been battling cancer for months, is in a "very delicate" condition, with breathing difficulties and a severe respiratory infection, a government statement says.

The statement, read out Monday by Minister of Communications Ernesto Villegas, spells out the 58-year-old socialist leader's decline since his December surgery in Cuba for an unspecified cancer in the pelvic area:

Read more
The Two-Way
6:38 am
Tue March 5, 2013

At The Vatican, 'No Rush' To Set Conclave; And A Fake Bishop Tries To Get In

That's not a real bishop on the left: A man later identified as Ralph Napierski of Germany (at left) posed with Cardinal Sergio Sebiastiana and others on Monday at the Vatican. Napierski was an imposter. He was later escorted from the area by Swiss Guards.
Vincenzo Pinto AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue March 5, 2013 9:17 am

Roman Catholic cardinals are in "no rush" to set the date for the start of their conclave that will choose the next pope, a Vatican spokesman told reporters Tuesday.

Read more
Around the Nation
5:14 am
Tue March 5, 2013

Wash. Lawmaker Apologizes For Cyclist Comment

Originally published on Tue March 5, 2013 5:15 am

Transcript

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Good morning, I'm Renee Montagne. When Washington state lawmakers proposed a new tax on bikes, the owner of several bike shops protested and ended up in an email argument with a Republican lawmaker, who shot back a novel claim.

State Sen. Ed Orcutt argued that cyclists pollute just by breathing. It is true that a heavy breathing cyclist will emit more carbon dioxide than a person who's just sitting. Orcutt did reconsider, and apologized.

It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

World
5:05 am
Tue March 5, 2013

U.S.: Diplomats Shouldn't Drink Before Budget Meeting

Transcript

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Good morning, I'm Steve Inskeep with a call for a reform at the United Nations.

Joseph M. Torsella represents the United States on the U.N. budget committee. He says it's a tough budget process, complicated by diplomats who show up drunk. Ambassador Torsella made, quote, "the modest proposal that the negotiating room should be inebriation-free." He says he wants this, even though sloshed negotiators have provided the U.S. with, quote, "strategic opportunities." It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

The Two-Way
5:00 am
Tue March 5, 2013

Book News: Male Authors Still Get Far More Coverage, Survey Shows

Author Jennifer Weiner, who has been outspoken about gender bias in book coverage in the media, pictured in 2005.
Evan Agostini Getty Images

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

Read more
Asia
3:18 am
Tue March 5, 2013

National People's Congress Opens, Prepares For Leadership Change

Originally published on Tue March 5, 2013 4:54 am

Transcript

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

It's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Steve Inskeep.

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

And I'm Renee Montagne. As he prepares to step down, China's prime minister today delivered his version of a state of the union address. He got a big boost in military funding, one that outpaces expected economic growth.

NPR's Louisa Lim has been gauging the mood of China's new leaders, both inside and outside of the Great Hall of the People.

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

Read more

Pages