News Archive - April 12, 2013

ICE Union President Asks Rubio To Leave 'Gang Of Eight'

The Immigration and Customs Enforcement union is concerned the bipartisan group working on immigration legislation is putting a path to citizenship ahead of border security. Florida Republican Marco Rubio is seen as key for garnering conservative support.

Protesters Rally For More Affordable Housing In D.C.

About 70,000 individuals are on the waiting list for affordable housing in D.C., causing protesters to rally outside of the District's Housing Authority on Friday.

Guan Tianlang Becomes Youngest Ever To Make Masters Cut

Guan made the cut despite receiving a rare penalty for playing too slow. The Chinese 8th-grader will get to finish the tournament this weekend.

Rare On-The-Job Death For Avalanche Forecaster In Utah

An American Avalanche Association database counts only two other American forecasters killed while at work on snow.

Maria Tallchief, Brilliant American Ballerina Who Broke Barriers, Dies

Tallchief was choreographer George Balanchine's muse and a crucial part of the rise of the New York City Ballet.

Tiny Group Linked To McConnell Recording Causes Big Stir

In the surreptitious recording, the top Republican and his aides disparage actress Ashley Judd. The liberal SuperPAC Progress Kentucky was created in December 2012 and, according to records, raised just $1,005 last year. It spent only $18.

Virginia Board Votes To Tighten Abortion Clinic Standards

The Virginia Board of Health voted 11-2 to approve new strict regulations that some abortion-rights supporters say would force about 20 clinics to close.

New Look For Metro Stations In The Works


WMATA will be looking to overhaul the iconic look of the system's Metro stations, adding steel, glass, and light. A $10 million renovation of the Bethesda Metro will kick-start the plan.

Congress Repeals Financial Disclosure Requirements For Senior U.S. Officials

The House and Senate acted quietly without a vote. Instead, they sent the measure to the president's desk by unanimous consent.

Goat's Head Sent To Cubs Owner Not From The 'Rahm-Father'

Amid tense talk about renovating Wrigley Field, the grisly delivery has inspired talk of curses and threats in Chicago. When the head arrived, politicos immediately suspected the rough-and-tumble mayor. But his spokesman said Rahm Emanuel only sends dead fish.

When Snacking Attacks: A Vending Machine Remembrance

The aftermath of office vending machine binges can be unpleasant, psychologically and physically. So we're glad to be sitting far from the vending machine in NPR's new building, where we'll be moving on Monday.

Six Moments Of Code-Switching In Popular Culture

Popular culture and celebrities have shown us all sorts of motivations for code-switching. Here are some of the highlights.

Wait For Obamacare Price Tags Could Last Months

In many states the deadlines for companies to file their insurance for sale on new exchanges aren't until late May. Some states with early deadlines have no plans to disclose the rates anytime soon.

Analysis: Maryland Lawmakers Support Proposal For FBI Headquarters Relocation

David Hawkings, political columnist at Hawkings Here talks about the latest developments in competition among jurisdictions vying to be the new home of the FBI headquarters.

Immigration Isn't The First Cause Zuckerberg Has Liked

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg recently announced the launch of, an organization promoting immigration and education reform. But he's been politically active before, dining with politicians and donating millions to public education.

Bands Aren't The Only Things That Incubate At Music Festivals

As the start of Coachella this weekend reminds us, tis the season for outdoor music festivals. But great bands aren't the only things these massive, multiday gatherings can foster. Two recent studies document how such events can be breeding grounds for foodborne illnesses that rock your belly.

In 2012, Obamas Made $662,076, Paid $112,214 In Taxes

The couple paid an effective tax rate of about 18 percent. Vice President Joe Biden and his wife made $385,000 and paid $87,851 in taxes.

Analysis: Scandal Hitting Virginia Governor, Candidates For Governor

The campaigns for Democrat Terry McAuliffe and Republican Ken Cuccinelli are trading blows well in advance of the election. Current governor Bob McDonell's lame duck status hasn't shielded him from scrutiny either.

As New Flu Cases Rise In China, U.S. Steps Up Its Response

Infections with a new flu strain have increased, with three to five cases reported daily. The virus, carried by birds, doesn't appear to spread between people. Still, health officials in the U.S. are preparing to screen travelers and develop a vaccine.

Traffic On 495 Express Lanes Increasing

After a slow start, daily traffic on the toll roads of the 495 Express Lanes has increased, with revenue up by nearly 50 percent.

D.C. Scratch-Off Lottery Vendor Avoids Participation Law

A company just granted a four-year contract to run the scratch-off lottery ticket program in the District has evaded a law mandating it to employ local labor for seven years.

Russia's Putin Announces $50 Billion In New Space Spending

The Russian president says the part of the money will go to complete a new launch facility under construction in the country's far east.

Toy Or Trouble? 'Mexico Barbie' Has Passport, Chihuahua

Mattel says its "Barbie Dolls of the World" typically come with a passport and "animal friend." It's had to respond to some criticism from this week from some who say the Barbie Mexico doll plays into stereotypes.

Contractors Vying For Silver Line Phase II Have History Of Busting Budgets

There are five construction companies currently in the running for the Silver Phase II contract, and many of them have a track record of going over budget on public projects in Virginia.

Second Rape Case To Draw Social Media Buzz Will Be Reviewed

Computer activists threaten to reveal identities of teenage boys linked with the alleged rape of Rehtaeh Parsons, who, after more than a year of harassment and online bullying, committed suicide this month.

Annals Of The Obvious: Women Way More Tired Than Men

More women than men said they felt very tired or exhausted most days or every day when government surveyors asked them. Overall, about 15 percent of women said they were worn out compared with 10 percent of the men.

Update: BBC Will Play Clip Of 'Ding Dong The Witch Is Dead'

Radio 1 had an issue: Should its Official Chart show play the song, or would that be too tasteless since it was pushed to the top of the charts by critics of Margaret Thatcher? Those who didn't admire the Iron Lady have used the song to make their voices heard.

Judge Rejects $20 Million Severance For American Airlines CEO

The judge says the severance would violate a federal code aimed at reining in large payouts to departing CEOs of bankrupt companies.

Explosives Said To Be In Package Addressed To Sheriff Arpaio

The package addressed to the controversial Arizona lawman was safely destroyed. Tests for explosive residue confirmed it contained black powder, authorities say.

Wholesale Prices Plunge, But So Do Retail Sales

The good news: Inflation remains in check. The bad news: Consumers were less willing to spend last month.

Dodgers' $147 Million Ace Greinke Breaks Collarbone In Brawl

It's a very expensive bust. Zack Greinke signed a six-year, $147 million contract with Los Angeles before the season began. Now he'll be out for a while. Broken collarbones can take weeks, and sometimes longer, to heal.

Book News: DC Comics Introduces First Transgender Character

Also: Ireland bungles James Joyce coins; a literary hoax; and a new D.H Lawrence manuscript.

Kerry Warns North Korea, But Holds Out Hope For Diplomacy

While condemning North Korea's recent rhetoric as "unacceptable," the secretary of state also said the U.S. wants to talk — if the North is serious about discussing denuclearization.