News Archive - May 18, 2012

Rocket Liftoff Aborted A Half-Second Before Launch

The privately funded, unmanned spacecraft was attempting its first flight to the International Space Station. The spacecraft had a one-second window to take off, and the failed launch means it won't be trying again for at least a few days.

Preakness: Will I'll Have Another Take Another Win?

Life can become a whole lot happier for trainer Doug O'Neill if Derby winner I'll Have Another wins the Preakness. A victory over 8-5 morning-line favorite Bodemeister and nine other rivals would set up a Triple Crown attempt in the Belmont Stakes.

Metro Isolating Cause Of Red Line Door Malfunctions


Metro was able to replicate the incident earlier this week when doors on two Red Line cars opened while the train was in motion. Inspections for similar problems across the Metro fleet will begin immediately.

Two Teens Charged For Rockville Kiss & Ride Shooting


Police have charged two teenagers for a shooting outside the Kiss & Ride at the Rockville Metro station Friday afternoon that injured two.

Fungus, Fruit Flies, Old Age: It's The End Times For NPR's AntCam

Soon, an ant expert says, besieged by disease or old age, the NPR ant colony will come to an end.

Hepatitis C Cases In Rural Wisconsin Underscore Drug Link

The Wisconsin Division of Public Health noticed a strange uptick in hepatitis C to 24 cases a year recently, from eight, or so, earlier. Some of the infections were bad enough to cause people to seek treatment in emergency rooms. An investigation revealed many cases were linked to drug abuse.

Ruling Recognizes Same-Sex Divorce In Maryland

Same-sex marriage doesn't take effect in Maryland until 2013, pending a referendum, but a state appeals court has ruled that the state will accept same-sex divorce.

U.S. Craft Beer Brewers Thrive, Despite Small Share Of The Market

It's a good time to brew beer in America. According to beer expert Julia Herz, U.S. brewing isn't just on the upswing, it's on top. "We're now the No. 1 destination for beer, based on diversity and amount of beers," she says. And the industry's fastest growth is in craft breweries.

Analysis: Maryland Special Sessions, New Dynamics On D.C. Council And A Gay Virginia Judge

It's been a busy week for politics in the D.C. area, with Maryland concluding one special session and planning another, D.C. electing a new Ward 5 councilmember, and Virginia denying the appointment of an openly gay judge.

Woman Who Tried To Commit Suicide While Pregnant Gets Bail

A state court in Indianapolis granted a Chinese immigrant $50,000 bond in a case that has mobilized advocates for women's rights and abortion rights nationwide. The case could set a precedent for the prosecution of pregnant women whose infants die.

On Two First-Class Seats, Olympic Torch Arrives In England

The last time it was in England, it was 1948 and it arrived by ship and in a Rolls-Royce.

George W. Bush Will Return To The White House, Briefly

Former President George W. Bush and his wife, Laura, are expected to return to their home of eight years for the unveiling of their official portraits.

Will Population Shifts Alter Immigration Debate?

As Latinos became America's largest minority, their population growth significantly slowed. And Mexican immigration, which contributed the overwhelming majority of illegal entries, has come to a halt.

Analysis: Norton Snubbed On D.C. Abortion, Violence Against Women Act Stalled

D.C. residents, including Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton herself, were outraged this week after Norton was kept from testifying at a hearing on D.C.'s pwm abortion laws. CQ's David Hawkings talks about what happened in Congress this week. 

What Facebook May Mean For Your Portfolio, Even If You Didn't Buy It

With an initial market capitalization of more than $100 billion, Facebook could have a distorting effect on some mutual funds, at least in the short term.

CDC Tells Baby Boomers To Get Tested For Hepatitis C

More than 2 million baby boomers in the U.S. are thought to be infected with hepatitis C. But most don't know it. So the federal government is proposing they get blood test for the virus. The current guidelines call for a test only when someone is known to be at risk.

Insurers Paid $479 Million In Claims For Dog Bites Last Year

The average cost per claim grew by 12.3 percent from the year before, to $29,296. That average has soared 53.4 percent since 2003.

President Of Malawi Vows To Overturn Gay Ban

The decision comes months after the U.S. announced that countries that criminalize homosexuality could face cuts to their foreign aid.

Dominion Wants To Pay Customers A Premium For Solar

Dominion Power wants permission to pay a premium to customers who are generating solar power using panels on their houses.

Bethesda Metro Elevator To Be Shut Down For Repairs

The elevator that serves the mezzanine level at the Bethesda Metro station will be shut down for repairs in late May. The project is expected to take four months. 

Romney Phones His Campaign Message Into Swing States

Romney took friendly questions by phone from five participants in swing states on Friday. He told those on the call "You folks are going to have a big say in who our next president is" and that they were not called "by random."

Virginia Republican Wants To Tie Congress's Pay To Its Effectiveness

One Virginia Congressman is hoping to hold Congress accountable — financially — for its own inaction.

Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer Again A Crime Victim

US Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer's Washington home was burglarized in early May, just months after he and his wife were robbed while on vacation in the West Indies.

Former Army Corps Employee Pleads Guilty In Bribe Scheme

Another Army Corp of Engineers employees has pleaded guilty in a bribery and kickback scheme involving $30 million in federal funds.  

'President Romney's' First Day In Office: All About Reversing Obama Per Ad

In a new Mitt Romney ad, his image makers try to level the distance between the Republican and the incumbent president by referring three times to "President Romney."

Negative Coattails: Could Obama Cost Arkansas Democrats The Legislature?

A little-known challenger threatens to embarrass President Obama in the Arkansas primary Tuesday. Although Obama never expected to carry the state in November, his showing could penalize Democrats down the ticket, and could even threaten a hold on the Legislature dating to Reconstruction.

House Approves Continuation Of Indefinite Detention For Terror Suspects

A coalition of Democrats and Tea Party Republicans fought to end the practice, saying it gives the president "extraordinary" power. The amendment failed in a House vote.

Great Day For A Ride: D.C. Comes Out For Bike To Work Day

It's Bike to Work Day in D.C., meaning thousands of area cyclists took to the roads and bike trails today.

TED's 'Explicitely Partisan' Talk, Briefly Barred From Its Site, Now Everywhere

A TED Talk challenging conventional wisdom that rich entrepreneurs are the number one job creators is now available for public viewing, after TED organizers originally kept the video private because it was too "explicitly partisan."

It's All Politics, May 17, 2012

It's the 300th episode of the podcast! We hear from Ron Elving and Ken Rudin — and from The Listener, too. Plus: an anti-Obama group wavers on hearing more from the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, Nebraska Republicans say they've had enough mudslinging, and Americans Elect fails to find a candidate it can promote.

Creating Art From Life's Momentoes

A D.C.-area artist is using her collection of day-to-day items from the past 30 years in a new art exhibit that will be part of Artomatic, opening tonight in Arlington. 

JPMorgan's Troubles And The Price Of Eggs

JPMorgan Chase says it lost billions of dollars trading "synthetic derivatives." Do these complex Wall Street transactions ever do anything to help average people? To answer that question, we consider the case of an imaginary company, Chickens LLC, that is looking to grow.

Is It Fair That A Quarterback Set The Record For Paper Airplane Tossing?

Some purists say you should design and throw your own creations. But the world record is now held by a former college quarterback who was brought in by a paper plane enthusiast to do the tossing.

Trash Can May Be Greenest Option For Unused Drugs

Drug take-back programs are gaining popularity as a safe way to dispose of extra prescriptions. But a study from the University of Michigan suggests that chucking them in your household trash may be just as safe and more environmentally-friendly, thanks to reduced overall pollution.

Updated: French President Sticks By Quicker Troop Withdrawal Schedule

New French President Francois Hollande said he wants his nation's 3,300 troops home from Afghanistan by year's end. He also said France would support effort in a "different way."

5 Takeaways From Trove Of Evidence Related To Trayvon Martin's Death

Hundreds of pages of documents and other materials offer some new insights into what happened when George Zimmerman and Martin encountered each other on Feb. 26.

Facebook's Shares Rise At Opening, Then Dip Back Toward $38 Initial Price

The social media giant's stock started trading publicly for the first time today.

Is Now The Time To Vacation In Greece?

The Greek economy depends heavily on tourism. The crisis seems to be scaring away visitors, which would deal the economy another blow. But could the crisis create a bargain for travelers who would simultaneously be giving the Greek economy a boost?