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4:14 pm
Fri April 20, 2012

Reports: More Agents Involved, More Expected Dismissals In Prostitution Scandal

Originally published on Fri April 20, 2012 4:37 pm

Update at 6:19 p.m. ET. Three Secret Service Agents Step Down:

The Secret Service confirmed that three "additional employees have chosen to resign" and a twelfth employee has been implicated.

"At this point, five employees continue to be on administrative leave and their security clearances remain suspended pending the outcome of this investigation," the agency said in a press release.

The three dismissals today brings the total number of agents forced out of the agency because of the scandal to six.

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The Disappearing Coast
4:06 pm
Fri April 20, 2012

Two Years Later, BP Spill Reminders Litter Gulf Coast

Pictured here on April 13, 2011, Barataria Bay — part of Louisiana's Barataria Basin — was one of the hardest hit areas in the aftermath of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion. Today, obvious signs of the spill have faded, but communities are still reeling from its effects.
Mario Tama Getty Images

Originally published on Fri April 20, 2012 4:17 pm

It's been two years since the Deepwater Horizon exploded in the Gulf of Mexico, killing 11 rig workers and unleashing the worst oil spill in U.S. history. The oil has long stopped flowing and BP spent billions of dollars to clean up oiled beaches and waterways, but the disaster isn't necessarily over.

Oil fouled some 1,100 miles of Gulf Coast shoreline, but today, in most spots, you can't see obvious signs of the spill. In Orange Beach, Ala., the clear emerald waters of the Gulf roll onto sugar-white sand beaches.

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Shots - Health Blog
2:49 pm
Fri April 20, 2012

Couples Should Get Tested For HIV Together, WHO Says

What do you say we go get HIV tested together?
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Originally published on Mon April 23, 2012 8:05 am

The World Health Organization is telling couples around the world to get tested together to see if either is infected with HIV.

If one of them is, that partner should start treatment with anti-HIV drugs – even if it's not yet medically necessary.

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It's All Politics
2:43 pm
Fri April 20, 2012

Presidential Fundraising Numbers Poised To Skyrocket

Originally published on Mon April 23, 2012 3:11 pm

The latest financial numbers are coming out Friday from the campaigns of President Obama and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney — along with the superPACs that love them.

First, the easy numbers: $53 million was raised in March to re-elect Obama and $12.6 million was raised by the Romney campaign to win the Republican primaries.

But those easy numbers don't give a complete picture.

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The Two-Way
2:29 pm
Fri April 20, 2012

In First Test For Racial Justice Act, Judge Commutes Man's Death Sentence

Originally published on Fri April 20, 2012 2:31 pm

A North Carolina judge commuted the death sentence of convicted murderer Marcus Robinson saying racial bias tainted his trial and sentencing. Instead, Robinson will serve life in prison.

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'Radio Diaries'
2:28 pm
Fri April 20, 2012

The Artful Reinvention Of Klansman Asa Earl Carter

White Citizens' Council leader Asa Earl Carter denounces school integration in Clinton, Tenn., on Aug. 31, 1956.
AP

Originally published on Fri April 20, 2012 4:11 pm

In the early 1990s, The Education of Little Tree became a publishing phenomenon. It told the story of an orphan growing up and learning the wisdom of his Native American ancestors, Cherokee Texan author Forrest Carter's purported autobiography.

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Deceptive Cadence
1:36 pm
Fri April 20, 2012

To Russia, With Musical Love — After 22 Years' Absence

An advertisement in Moscow for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra's first concerts in Russia in more than two decades.
Todd Rosenberg Courtesy of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra

Originally published on Fri April 20, 2012 4:06 pm

This week, music is bringing Americans and Russians together in a way that policy discussions never can. And don't call that a cliche in front of the music director of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

If U.S. relations with Russia have hit a sticky patch over Syria and other issues lately, that didn't stop the Chicago Symphony from thrilling a Russian audience this past Wednesday night, just as it did on its last visit — to the then-Soviet Union in 1990.

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Politics
1:36 pm
Fri April 20, 2012

Bill Could Complicate U.S.-Russia Relations

Originally published on Fri April 20, 2012 4:06 pm

Transcript

MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

This is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Melissa Block.

Bipartisanship is rare on Capitol Hill these days but one bill is gaining support from both Republicans and Democrats. There's a problem, though, the Obama administration is leery of it.

As NPR's Michele Kelemen reports, the bill involves human rights abuses in Russia. And U.S. diplomats are worried it could complicate relations at a time when the U.S. needs Russia's backing on a range of issues.

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Asia
1:34 pm
Fri April 20, 2012

Slowly, Myanmar Dares To Believe Change Is Real

Girls perform a traditional dance while celebrating Thingyan, Myanmar's new year water festival, in Yangon, on April 15. The new year has brought new hope as the country undergoes rapid political change.
Soe Zeya Tun Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Fri April 20, 2012 4:06 pm

In Myanmar, there are signs in the most unlikely places that people are starting to believe recent political reforms are for real, and aren't just a trick.

Take a recent performance of the Moustache Brothers vaudeville troupe in the northern city of Mandalay.

The troupe performs in the family home — it's not allowed to perform in public. Its biting political satire, aimed at the generals and their cronies, has made the troupe a favorite of Western tourists and diplomats.

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The Salt
12:53 pm
Fri April 20, 2012

For Most Of Human History, Being An Omnivore Was No Dilemma

Gorillas are fine with being herbivores, like this one at a Seattle zoo. But humans evolved as omnivores. Is diet destiny?
Ted S. Warren AP

If diet is destiny, then modern humans should thank our ancestors for their ability to eat just about anything.

Two new studies peek into the distant past to try to figure out just how big a role food played in human evolution. One says that eating meat made it possible for early human mothers to wean babies earlier and have more children.

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Shots - Health Blog
12:42 pm
Fri April 20, 2012

Dutch Government Set To Reconsider Restrictions On Bird Flu Study

Chickens were killed in Hong Kong last December in an effort to halt the spread of the deadly H5N1 strain of bird flu.
Aaron Tam AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon April 23, 2012 8:08 am

A Dutch virologist is considering his full range of legal options if his government refuses to lift the restrictions it has put on his controversial bird flu research, and matters could quickly come to a head after a meeting next Monday that will be attended by U. S. observers.

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The Two-Way
12:13 pm
Fri April 20, 2012

Bus Crash In Mexico Leaves 43 Dead

Originally published on Fri April 20, 2012 12:16 pm

There's another bit of tragic news to report today: 43 people are dead after a truck crashed into a passenger bus in eastern Mexico today. Authorities told the AFP that the incident happened after a trailer came loose and hit a bus carrying agricultural workers headed to work.

The AP reports:

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Europe
12:08 pm
Fri April 20, 2012

In France, Fiery Leftist Candidate Strikes A Nerve

Jean-Luc Melenchon, the Left Front presidential candidate, draws huge crowds, rivaling those of mainstream candidates Nicolas Sarkozy and Francois Hollande. Here, he delivers a speech during a campaign meeting on April 1 in Grigny, outside Paris.
Bertrand Langlois AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri April 20, 2012 4:06 pm

The French go to the polls Sunday to choose among 10 candidates for president, and opinion surveys suggest the outcome will be a runoff between the two main figures, incumbent Nicolas Sarkozy and Socialist candidate Francois Hollande.

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Shots - Health Blog
11:46 am
Fri April 20, 2012

Exercising Even A Little Bit Makes It Easier For Smokers To Quit

A competitor stops for a cigarette after he broke down during the Enduropale race at Le Touquet Beach on February 22, 2009 in Le Touquet, France.
Paul Gilham Getty Images

Originally published on Mon April 23, 2012 8:16 am

Smoking is bad. Quitting smoking is hard. But exercising can make quitting easier, and make sliding back into smoking less likely.

That's the word from a big new study, which tracked the health and habits of 434,190 people in Taiwan from 1996 to 2008. Smokers who got just 15 minutes of exercise a day were 55 percent more likely to quit than were people who weren't active at all. And those active smokers were 43 percent less likely to relapse when they did quit.

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The Two-Way
11:38 am
Fri April 20, 2012

The Pineapple And The Hare: Can You Answer Two Bizarre State Exam Questions?

Originally published on Fri April 20, 2012 5:09 pm

A story and two questions on the New York state English exam taken by eighth-graders this week has stumped many — including Jeopardy! star Ken Jennings.

The story — titled The Pineapple and the Hare — was included in a New York Daily News story about the consternation the questions have caused.

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Middle East
10:46 am
Fri April 20, 2012

Despite Protests, Bahrain Hosts Grand Prix Race

The Formula One Grand Prix Race set for Sunday in Bahrain has drawn attention to the island nation that was rocked by protests last year. Demonstrators are being kept away from the racing circuit. Driver Nico Rosberg of the Mercedes team is shown here during a practice session Friday.
Karim Jaafar AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri April 20, 2012 12:50 pm

A year after an uprising threatened Bahrain's monarchy, the royal family is hosting a Formula One Grand Prix race this Sunday as it attempts to show life has returned to normal.

But racing fans will have to make their way through ranks of police and soldiers who are part of a heavy security presence. And riot police have been using tear gas, stun grenades and birdshot to hold back demonstrations around the capital city, Manama.

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The Two-Way
10:06 am
Fri April 20, 2012

ABC News: Photo Shows George Zimmerman Had Bloodied Head

A photograph, ABC News says shows blood on George Zimmerman's head.
ABC News

A photograph published by ABC News this morning shows what the network says is the head of George Zimmerman covered in blood. ABC News says the picture was taken minutes after Zimmerman shot Trayvon Martin to death.

The 28-year-old neighborhood watch volunteer is charged with second-degree murder in the shooting, but he has maintained that he shot Martin, who was unarmed and on his way back from buying candy and tea, in self defense.

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Environment
9:55 am
Fri April 20, 2012

2 Years On, Gulf Families, Businesses Holding On

Originally published on Fri April 20, 2012 12:23 pm

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Earth Day is Sunday and in anticipation of that we're going to spend some time revisiting one of the worst environmental disasters in our nation's history: the BP oil spill. It's been exactly two years since the Deepwater Horizon rig exploded some 50 miles off the Louisiana coast.

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Faith Matters
9:55 am
Fri April 20, 2012

Parishioner Takes Church Case Straight To Vatican

Originally published on Fri April 20, 2012 12:23 pm

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Coming up, we are going to go to Sweden, where a cake and a minister who seemed to have too much fun cutting it have sparked international protests. We'll tell you more about this in just a few minutes.

But first, it's time for Faith Matters. That's the part of the program where we talk about matters of faith and spirituality. Catholic parishioners in the Cleveland area were thrilled this week when Bishop Richard Lennon announced he will reopen 12 churches.

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The Two-Way
9:30 am
Fri April 20, 2012

Video Of Children Portraying Adult Criminals Is Withdrawn In Mexico

Children portray drug lords, corrupt police officers and human traffickers in "Niños Incómodos," which was viewed more than 1.8 million times in one week on YouTube.
YouTube

A video that caused a sensation in Mexico for using child actors to highlight the country's social and political challenges has been removed from both YouTube and the website of Nuestro Mexico Del Futuro (Our Mexico of the Future), the group that produced it.

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The Two-Way
9:23 am
Fri April 20, 2012

George Zimmerman To Be Released On $150,000 Bond

Defense attorney Mark O'Mara (left) stands with his client, George Zimmerman, at a hearing related to second-degree murder charges in the killing of Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Fla.
Pool Getty Images

UPDATE at 11:10 a.m. EST:

Judge Kenneth Lester says George Zimmerman can go free as he awaits trial if he posts a $150,000 bail.

Lester said as a condition of his release, Zimmerman would be electronically monitored, could have no contact with Trayvon Martin's family and would be prohibited from possessing firearms or using alcohol. He will also be on a curfew and have to check in every three days.

The judge said once he is assured that security measures have been met, Zimmerman will be freed.

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The Two-Way
9:22 am
Fri April 20, 2012

Airliner Crashes Near Pakistani Capital With 127 Aboard

Originally published on Fri April 20, 2012 9:55 am

UPDATE at 11:50 a.m. EST:

The Associated Press quotes Defense Minister Chaudhry Ahmed Mukhar as saying the 737-200 went down in a farm field of a relatively unpopulated area just a few miles from the international airport in Islamabad.

Mukhar said it was unlikely that anyone had survived.

Pakistani television showed wreckage of the plane, including parts that appeared to be the engine and the wing up against a small building, AP says.

UPDATE at 11:00 a.m. EST:

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The Salt
6:47 am
Fri April 20, 2012

Government Takeover Of Farm Subsidy Would Save Billions, Economist Says

The Yazoo River floodwaters inundate crops last year in Yazoo County, Mississippi
Mario Tama Getty Images

Originally published on Fri April 20, 2012 9:27 am

Arithmetic can be quite enlightening sometimes. One of the country's top agricultural economists just fiddled with the government's balance sheet on crop insurance, and arrived at a shocking conclusion: We'd spend billions of dollars less than we do now if we just gave away a simplified version of the insurance for free.

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Research News
5:29 am
Fri April 20, 2012

Justin Knapp Makes History On Wikipedia

Originally published on Fri April 20, 2012 5:37 am

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LYNN NEARY, HOST:

Around the Nation
5:14 am
Fri April 20, 2012

N.J. Gov. Christie Challenges 'New York Post' Story

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Books
5:08 am
Fri April 20, 2012

'China Hand': John Paton Davies Place In History

Originally published on Fri April 20, 2012 8:49 am

Transcript

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

When John Paton Davies died, he left some unfinished business. His daughter, Tiki Davies, knew he had signed a contract to write a memoir but never finished it. One of her sisters had a carbon copy of the manuscript, which Tiki Davies started typing into a computer.

TIKI DAVIES: What was interesting to me about retyping it is that it's very much in his voice. He was very funny and an elegant speaker as well as a writer. And so I felt as though I had him back for the couple of months I did this.

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Around the Nation
4:55 am
Fri April 20, 2012

Boston Landmark, Fenway Park, Turns 100

Originally published on Fri April 20, 2012 5:38 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Boston's Fenway Park, home to the Red Sox, turns 100 today. Its many, many star turns include a mention in the movie "Field of Dreams."

(SOUNDBITE OF MOVIE, "FIELD OF DREAMS")

KEVIN COSTNER: (as Ray Kinsella) I think something is going to happen at the game. I don't know what. But there's something at Fenway Park and I've got to be there with Terrence Mann to find it out.

AMY MADIGAN: (as Annie Kinsella) Is Fenway the one with the big green wall on left field?

LYNN NEARY, HOST:

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Remembrances
4:46 am
Fri April 20, 2012

The Band's Levon Helm Dies Of Cancer At 71

Drummer and singer Levon Helm was a founding member of The Band. Helm and his group played as a backup band for Bob Dylan in the 1960s. Later the band became famous enough to simply be called The Band.

Movies
4:40 am
Fri April 20, 2012

'Marley' Has Great Music, Remarkable Personal Story

Originally published on Fri April 20, 2012 1:25 pm

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Any documentary about a singer-songwriter can provide great music, but with "Marley" you also get a remarkable personal story. We have a review from our critic Kenneth Turan.

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

KENNETH TURAN, BYLINE: Bob Marley, who was only 36 when he died in 1981, could be a dusty musical footnote by now. Instead, the enormous popularity of this transcendent reggae superstar shows no sign of going away, and "Marley," a moving and authoritative new documentary, explains why.

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Middle East
4:33 am
Fri April 20, 2012

Video Asks Asma Assad To Help Stop Syrian Conflict

Originally published on Fri April 20, 2012 4:46 am

Earlier this week, two women took a new approach to raising awareness about Syria's crackdown. The wives of the British and German ambassadors to the United Nations appealed directly to Syria's first lady with a video on YouTube. The narrator calls on Asma Assad to "stop being a bystander" — and to stop her husband and his supporters from continuing the conflict.

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