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News Archive - April 1, 2013

Clerical Error Led To Early Release Of Suspect In Colorado Slaying

Officials said Monday that a clerical error allowed the man suspected of killing Colorado's prisons chief to be released from custody about four years too early, the Associated Press is reporting.

Divided Federal Appeals Court Rules In Favor Of Upstart TV Service

The U.S. Court of Appeals in New York ruled 2-to-1 that Barry Diller-backed Aereo doesn't violate U.S. copyright law. The company has come under a barrage of lawsuits from network channels because it allows users to watch TV over the Internet.

Eat Fish And Prosper?

In a 16-year study, adults age 65 and older who ate fish regularly were observed to live longer and were less likely to die of cardiovascular disease. It's the latest finding to bolster doctors' recommendations that people should eat one to two servings of fatty fish per week.

Stockton Bankruptcy Case Defers Decision On Pensions

A federal judge's ruling means the California city will become the largest ever to enter into bankruptcy. But the bankruptcy judge did not decide on the question of whether Stockton has to rethink its pension obligations.

Star Of MTV's 'Buckwild' Found Dead

The bodies of Shain Gandee, 21, his uncle David Gandee, 48, and a third person were found inside an SUV near Sissonville, W.Va. There was no sign of foul play. Shain Gandee was one of the most popular cast members on the MTV reality show.

Immigration Overhaul Inches Forward, But Big Hurdles Remain

It's still far too early to know whether Congress will be able to achieve major changes to the nation's immigration laws. All that's certain at this stage is that lawmakers on both sides of the partisan divide, and in both chambers, continue to act as though they think they can.

Judge's Ruling Makes Stockton, Calif., Most Populous City To Enter Bankruptcy

U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Klein said the city negotiated in good faith with its creditors, and that the creditors did not.

Extended Summer Hours Begin For DC Circulator

Riders on the DC Circulator will now be able to catch a ride later as well as on Saturday, as the system moves to a summer schedule.

Arizona Rep: Gay Son Hasn't Changed View On Same-Sex Marriage

In a weekend interview, Rep. Matt Salmon, a Republican of Arizona, told a local news station that his openly gay son has not changed his position on same-sex marriage.

Expert: Recent Attacks On Justice Community 'Really Unprecedented'

Two county prosecutors fatally shot in Texas. Colorado's top prison official gunned down. And a dozen more members of the U.S. justice community — ranging from police to judges — victims of targeted killings since the beginning of the decade. An investigator who studies such crimes says he's worried about a possible trend.

Prince George's Woman Dies In Tenth Deadly House Fire This Year

A woman in Cheverly, Md., died on Sunday in a house fire that may have been exacerbated by the presence of hoarded materials.

A State Apart And, Politically, A World Away

Name your issue — abortion, gun control, taxes, health policy — and it's likely that your state is moving in exactly the opposite direction from some of its neighbors.

Once Again, Polls Show Attitudes Toward Guns Returning To Pre-shooting Levels

Immediately after previous shootings, polls shifted somewhat — then trended back toward earlier levels. A look at recent polls shows that happening again for the most part.

Art Beat With Lauren Landau, April 1

All the world's a stage... if you make it one. This week you can enjoy the theatrical arts at a monologue competition and a festival celebrating William Shakespeare.

Analysis: Lawmakers To Respond To Stock Act, Online Disclosure Rule After Break

David Hawkings, author of Hawkings Here, talks about the latest in a bill that's meant to prevent insider trading.

What's In A Name? More Drugs For Babies If It's GERD

Some pediatricians are worried that babies who spit up are being misdiagnosed with gastroesophageal reflux disease, and that's causing parents to opt for unnecessary prescription medications. Researchers found that using the word "disease" to describe spitting up can have a powerful effect on parents.

U.S. Adds F-22 Fighter Jets To Military Exercise In South Korea

The United States has sent two F-22 Raptor fighter jets to take part military drills in South Korea, a move a Pentagon spokesman told the AP is meant to show U.S. commitment to the defense of the region from its North Korean neighbor.

Caroline Kennedy To Be Ambassador To Japan? Talk Grows

The daughter of the nation's 35th president has been talked about as a potential envoy to Tokyo. Now, multiple news outlets say they've been told she's President Obama's choice and is being vetted for the job.

Prosecutors Will Seek Death Penalty In Colorado Theater Shootings

James Holmes had offered to plead guilty in exchange for a life sentence. Prosecutors called that a publicity ploy. Twelve people died and another 58 were wounded in the attack.

Metro To Add Cameras To Rail Cars As Part Of Plan To Increase Security

At a cost of more than $6 million, Metro plans to triple the number of cameras in its stations and parking garages, as well as adding cameras onto rail cars for the first time.

Viewer Discretion: Deciding When To Look Away

Decisions like whether to watch a grisly injury on replay underscore the fact that with less gatekeeping and more personal choice, we're all stuck with wrangling our own curiosity.

Virginia Task Force Weighs Changes To Mental Health Laws

A group appointed by Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell is evaluating potential changes to mental health laws that could prevent future incidents like the Newton, Conn., shooting.

Arlington Halts Plans For 'Super' Bus Stops After Outcry Over Costs

A "super" bus stop constructed at the corner of Columbia Pike and Walter Reed Drive may be the first and last of its kind, after its $1 million cost drew negative responses from area residents.

Top Stories: Surgery For Louisville Player; Tensions Stay High In Korea

Also: Texas officials are on high alert after prosecutor's death; drug maker Novartis loses a patent battle in India; Colorado prosecutors will say whether they plan to pursue death penalty in theater shootings.

Texas On 'High Alert' After District Attorney's Killing

Security has been beefed up around prosecutors in Kaufman County, where the district attorney and his wife were killed over the weekend. Their deaths followed the murder of an assistant district attorney in January. Other state prosecutors have also been warned to be careful.

Louisville Player's Surgery A Success; Leg Break Shouldn't End His Career

Kevin Ware's injury may be the most talked-about story from the weekend's games, but there was other big news. On the women's side, Louisville shocked No. 1-ranked Baylor, knocking out the defending champions. On the men's side, Wichita State continues its surprising run.

It's Almost Cicada Time! Help Radiolab Track #Swarmageddon

The once-every-17-years event begins when ground temperatures reach 64 degrees. This how-to will give you a heads up on the historic swarm.

Book News: Shakespeare Was A Tax Evader And Food Hoarder, Researchers Say

Also: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie disses V. S. Naipaul; a new biography of Derrida; and the best books coming out this week.

If Something Smells Funny, Remember What Day It Is

Google Nose lets you sniff "15M+ sentibytes" via your computer screen. Twttr is for those who only want to use consonants. YouTube closes until 2023 because it has enough videos already. Morning Edition profiles "Hootie and the Time Travelers." The foolishness has begun.