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News Archive - April 4, 2012

Baby Turtles: Adorable Vectors For Salmonella Bacteria

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An outbreak of salmonella infections in Maryland and elsewhere is being linked to wild reptiles. 

Bad Sushi Leads To Area Salmonella Outbreak

A salmonella outbreak has seized 90 people across 19 states, with health officials believing that it could stem from contaminated sushi.

Howard University Suspends Athletes For Possible Violation

Howard University has announced that they have temporarily suspended some intercollegiate athletics programs, pending a review of a potential NCAA rule violation.

LaFerla Refuses To Concede Maryland's 1st District

In another race separated by slightly more than a hundred votes, Democrat John LaFerla is refusing to concede to Wendy Rosen, despite her declaration of victory.

Long Prison Terms For Former Police Officers In Katrina-Related Shootings

A federal judge imposes lengthy sentences on four former New Orleans police officers for their roles in shooting unarmed civilians in the chaotic aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

Coroner Says White Powder, Spoon Found In Whitney Houston's Hotel Room

The coroners final report says that Houston was found lying face down in the bathtub of her hotel room.

Milk Not Jails Makes Partners Out Of Farmers And Ex-Cons

Small dairy farmers and ex-cons don't make natural allies. But a non-profit group, Milk Not Jails, is hoping they can forge a new urban-rural relationship in New York state based on food rather than incarceration.

Santorum Adviser Says Calls To Exit GOP Race Are Premature

Calls for Rick Santorum to leave the Republican race only increased after he failed to win any of Tuesday's primaries. But if Santorum and his team were close to taking that advice, that didn't come across in an interview NPR's Audie Cornish, an All Things Considered co-host, conducted with John Brabender, a top adviser to the former U.S. senator from Pennsylvania.

Flying Fish In The Outfield, A Tank Behind The Plate: It's Opening Day In Miami

The park has unique features, including a carnival-esque home run sculpture and two 450-gallon aquariums behind home plate.

Candelight Vigil Planned To Honor Martin Luther King Jr.

A vigil has been planned for tonight at the memorial for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to remember the civil rights leader's assassination 44 years ago.

Civics Education Advocates Say Virginia Law Was Wrongly Repealed

Virginia educators say a law requiring state teachers to learn about local governments and Virginia history has been repealed in error. 

Drug Spending Levels Off, But Not For The Usual Reasons

Seniors are traditionally the biggest consumers of prescription drugs, but they aren't using as many. Greater use of generics also played a role in last year's slow growth.

Theater Bombing In Mogadishu Breaks Tenuous Calm In Somalia

The blast killed at least six and was a stark reminder of the country's fragile security situation.

Speaking Multiple Languages May Help Delay Dementia Symptoms

Research finds that bilingual children are better at "executive processing," which includes being able to pay attention, plan and organize thoughts.

Analysis: Maryland Congressional Primary, D.C.'s At-large Council Race

WAMU 88.5's Patrick Madden and National Journal's Reid Wilson break down what happened in local and Congressional races in the April 3 primary in D.C. and Maryland.

Panel: To Safeguard Food Imports, It's Not Just About Inspections

For a long time, food safety experts have complained that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration doesn't have enough port inspectors to adequately catch contaminated imports before they reach consumers. But a report from the Institute of Medicine says the focus should be on helping other countries regulate better.

More Fake Cancer Drugs Found In The U.S.

U.S. medical practices bought counterfeit medicine labeled as Altuzan from a foreign supplier, the FDA says. Altuzan, which is the Turkish brand name for the blockbuster drug Avastin, is approved for use in Turkey but not in this country.

More Violence, As U.N. Mission Races Toward Damascus

Opposition activists said in the past two days, 80 people have been killed.

A Disappearing Town In The Shadow Of Big Coal

Ten years ago this spring, the residents of Cheshire, Ohio, sold their town to a nearby power plant. Their reason, they said, was to escape its smog. Then, building by building, the small hamlet was dismantled — a transformation photographer Franz Jantzen has recorded in a chilling kind of time-lapse in reverse.

'The Dog Ate My Tickets': This Time, The Mother Of All Excuses Was Real

A man with tickets to the 2012 Masters golf tournament went through great lengths to prove his dog really did eat the tickets.

Bay Cleanup Plans Get Detailed

Virginia, Maryland and the District are refining their plans to clean up the Chesapeake Bay.

Private Hiring Signals Another Strong Jobs Report

Jobs at U.S. businesses increased by 209,000 in March, according to a report released Wednesday by the payroll processing firm ADP. That's in line with expectations for the monthly jobs report due out Friday.

Military Proceeds With Guantanamo Trial Of Sept. 11 Mastermind

The U.S. now has 30 days to arraign Khalid Sheikh Mohammed on charges including terrorism and murder.

Mali's Rebellion Stirs Fear Of Wider Saharan Conflict

Desert warriors have seized control over the northern part of Mali. Officials fear that ethnic Tuaregs in the neighboring countries of Niger and Algeria might also be tempted to rebel.

In News Conference, Pakistani Militant Taunts U.S. Over $10 Million Bounty

Hafiz Mohammad Saeed said the U.S. knows where he is and should just give him the bounty.

Live Blog: Romney Takes Aim At Obama's 'Appalling Lack Of Leadership'

The Republican presidential contender took to the same stage where President Obama on Tuesday had harsh words for the GOP's deficit-reduction plans.

Obama And Romney Begin Race To Define Themselves — And Each Other

Now that the Republican primary contest finally appears to be petering out, President Obama and Mitt Romney wasted no time training their sights on each other.

Local Lawmakers To Virginia Assembly: 'No Devolution'

Local lawmakers are letting the Virginia General Assembly know that they're opposing the state's plan to cede controls and financial responsibility for some state roads to local municipalities. 

Peabody Awards: NPR Among Honorees

Coverage of foster care for Native American children, the anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks and the Arab Spring was recognized. Other organizations receiving awards include the BBC, CNN and Japan's NHK.

Good News On The Jobs Front, Except From Yahoo

One widely watched report estimates that employers added 209,000 jobs to payrolls last month. But Yahoo announced 2,000 layoffs — about 14 percent of its workforce.

Top Stories: Texas Tornadoes; Romney's Wins; U.N. Team Heads To Syria

Also: Suicide bomber kills at least 10 in northern Afghanistan; Oakland shooting suspect said to have "anger management" issues; Baylor women finish perfect season.

Olbermann: 'I Screwed Up,' But Current TV Had Problems

The TV host offers something of a mea culpa that's also a youa culpa in explaining why things went wrong at his latest show.

Former Colorado Sheriff Pleads Guilty In Meth-For-Sex Case

Patrick Sullivan will serve his 38-day sentence in a jail that's named for him. He was once named Sheriff of the Year by the National Sheriffs' Association.

Will Pennsylvania Dash Santorum's Political Dreams (Again)?

A defiant Rick Santorum dismissed calls to drop out and predicted he'll win the next contest in his home state of Pennsylvania on April 24. A look at what Santorum faces as the race heads to his backyard.

VIDEO: Pepper Spray Used At Another California Student Protest

Students at Santa Monica College were trying to get into a board of trustees meeting. During shouting and pushing with campus police, some were doused with pepper spray.

After Ferocious Texas Tornadoes, Two Incredibly Welcome Words: 'No Deaths'

Though multiple twisters tore through the Dallas-Fort Worth area on Tuesday, there were few injuries and no reported fatalities.

Baylor Women Are Perfectly Great; Finish Season 40-0, Win NCAA Title

Led by superstar Brittney Griner, the Lady Bears beat Notre Dame 80-61. Baylor is the first basketball team in NCAA history — men's or women's — to win 40 games in one season. And the team did it without losing any.

With Wisconsin Win, Romney Moves From 'Likely' To 'Almost Certain'

His wins Tuesday in Washington, D.C., Maryland and — most importantly — in Wisconsin has produced a subtle shift in the way Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney is being referred to by the news media.

D.C. Council At-Large Race Too Close To Call

The contest between incumbent Vincent Orange and Sekou Biddle for the at-large seat on the D.C. Council remains too close to call, with just a few hundred votes separating the two.