Election 2012
7:18 am
Sat April 28, 2012

Rubio's 'Dream Act Light' Jumbles Immigration Issue

Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., the son of Cuban immigrants, has urged his fellow conservatives to soften their rhetoric on illegal immigration. Above, he makes a campaign stop with Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney on Monday in Aston, Pa.
Jessica Kourkounis Getty Images

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio spent the week in the spotlight as the latest potential running mate for presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney. The Hispanic lawmaker, anointed as the party's best hope for appealing to more Latino voters, came loaded for bear — rolling out an alternative to the Democrats' Dream Act.

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Africa
6:03 am
Sat April 28, 2012

In His Own Country, Charles Taylor Still Has Support

Former Liberian President Charles Taylor takes notes during his trial Thursday. He was found guilty of aiding war crimes in Sierra Leone.
AFP Getty Images

Originally published on Sat April 28, 2012 12:22 pm

The guilty verdict against former Liberian President Charles Taylor, who was convicted of aiding and abetting war crimes in Sierra Leone this week, is sinking in across West Africa. The historic judgment of the first African president to be prosecuted in an international court leaves Taylor facing a lengthy sentence in a British prison.

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Election 2012
5:03 am
Sat April 28, 2012

Presidential Politics Hits The Hill, And Students Win

House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, accompanied by fellow Republicans John Kline (left) of Minnesota and Jeb Hensarling of Texas, speaks about the student loan bill on Wednesday.
Charles Dharapak AP

Originally published on Sat April 28, 2012 12:22 pm

The general election campaign for president is springing to life, now that Mitt Romney is all but certain to be President Obama's Republican opponent next fall. On Capitol Hill, though, the battle over who will sign or veto Congress' bills next year is already blazing.

In two key votes this past week, many Republicans fell in step with candidate Romney and his quest for more support from younger voters and women.

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Law
5:03 am
Sat April 28, 2012

Free After 25 Years: A Tale Of Murder And Injustice

Michael Morton and his mother, Patricia Morton, in October after a judge announced him free on bond after nearly 25 years in prison for a wrongful conviction.
Courtesy of The Williamson County Sun

Originally published on Sat April 28, 2012 11:15 pm

The past few years in Texas have seen a parade of DNA exonerations: more than 40 men so far. The first exonerations were big news, but the type has grown smaller as Texans have watched a dismaying march of exonerees, their wasted years haunting the public conscience.

Yet a case in Williamson County, just north of Austin, is raising the ante. Michael Morton had been sentenced to life in prison for murdering his wife. He was released six months ago — 25 years after being convicted — when DNA testing proved he was not the killer.

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The Two-Way
6:52 pm
Fri April 27, 2012

Ukraine's Opposition Leader Is 'Wasting Away' In Prison

A picture taken on April 25 shows jailed opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko in the Kachanivska penitentiary colony for women in Kharkiv.
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Yulia Tymoshenko is "wasting away in prison," her family told the AP. Tymoshenko went on a hunger strike and her family said she was "bruised from prison beatings and afraid she will be force-fed by her political foes."

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The Salt
6:20 pm
Fri April 27, 2012

Taming Those Wild, Stinging Backyard Greens Into Dinner

Leah Lizarondo. with her hands covered in plastic bags, gathers stinging nettles.
Larkin Page-Jacobs for NPR

Originally published on Sat April 28, 2012 12:22 pm

On a chilly grey morning I come across a big, lush patch of nettles in a Pittsburgh park. Leah Lizarondo, the food writer who brought me here, has her hands wrapped in old plastic bread bags.

Those bags are crucial because touching stinging nettles with your bare hands can be pretty unpleasant. "It's like something pricked you, like a little ant bit you, and then it starts being a little painful," said Lizarondo.

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Election 2012
6:05 pm
Fri April 27, 2012

Obama Team Changes Line Of Attack Against Romney

Vice President Biden defends the administration's foreign policy --€” and questions Mitt Romney's ideas — on Thursday at New York University.
Lucas Jackson Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Fri April 27, 2012 7:02 pm

General-election battle lines are taking shape between President Obama and likely Republican challenger Mitt Romney.

Romney is sticking with his long-standing attack on the president as someone not up to the huge job of turning around the economy.

But the Obama campaign has recently changed its message: Instead of portraying Romney as a flip-flopping, say-anything politician, it is now arguing that the former Massachusetts governor is a man with extreme positions far outside the American mainstream.

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The Two-Way
5:41 pm
Fri April 27, 2012

Secret Service Tightens Conduct Rules Following Prostitution Scandal

Originally published on Fri April 27, 2012 6:53 pm

The fallout from the Secret Service prostitution scandal in Colombia continues: Now the Secret Service says it is tightening and clarifying its policies for traveling employees.

NPR's Tamara Keith spoke to a Secret Service spokesperson who says the Secret Service leadership detailed the new rules in an internal message regarding personal conduct sent to all employees.

The new policy covers alcohol consumption and what types of businesses employees can patronize, Tamara tells our Newscast unit. "The Agency is also adding additional briefings on standards of conduct."

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Economy
5:20 pm
Fri April 27, 2012

Mixed Signals: Weaker Growth, Higher Profits

Consumers spent more than expected in the first quarter of 2012, partly because they dipped into their savings, but businesses spent less.
Don Ryan AP

Originally published on Fri April 27, 2012 6:05 pm

The U.S. economy lost some steam during the first three months of the year. The Commerce Department said Friday that growth slowed to just 2.2 percent, down from 3 percent at the end of last year.

The good news was that the economy continued to grow during the first quarter of the year. But anyone who was waiting for growth to kick into a higher gear was disappointed once again. One reason for that was a slowdown in business investment — companies spent less on new equipment and software even though profits were surprisingly strong.

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Around the Nation
4:57 pm
Fri April 27, 2012

Thieves' Cover-Ups Raise Concerns Among Muslims

The Philadelphia Police Department and the FBI Violent Crimes Task Force are seeking the public's assistance in identifying and locating the suspects responsible for a bank robbery at the Sovereign Bank, 8310 Stenton Ave., on March 20.
Courtesy of Philadelphia Police

Originally published on Fri April 27, 2012 6:05 pm

The surveillance tape shows what looks like a Muslim woman, her face and body hidden by her traditional clothing, robbing a Philadelphia bank. But the robber in the abaya and khimar is actually a man. He's part of a recent crime spree involving perpetrators in Muslim garb.

The worst of the incidents happened in Upper Darby when, Police Superintendent Michael Chitwood says, someone who appeared to be a Muslim woman went into a barbershop.

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