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News Archive - May 13, 2013

Prince George's County Revisiting Sunday Liquor Sales

A measure to allow the sale of hard liquor in Prince George's County was shot down in March, but a workgroup has been formed to try and reconcile the differences.

Tommy Wells To Kick Off D.C. Mayoral Campaign Saturday

In a move that should surprise few who watch D.C. politics closely, the Ward 6 council member will formerly announce his candidacy for mayor this weekend.

Teen Drivers Not Heeding Warnings About Texting While Driving

Despite public awareness campaigns and parental admonishment, a new study finds that nearly half of high school students report texting while driving an automobile.

O.J. Simpson Seeks Retrial On Robbery-Kidnapping Conviction

Simpson says the defense never told him of a plea deal offer and that his lawyer had a conflict of interest in the case.

Norfolk Southern Looking To Expand Ethanol Operation

Alexandria leaders are about to take a formal position against the expansion of operations at a hazardous materials facility.

Clinton White House Crisis Manager Dings Obama's Message Team

Lanny J. Davis., a onetime crisis manager in former President Clinton's White House operation, doesn't give President Obama's communications team high marks.

D.C. Big Box Retailers Targeted With Minimum Wage Bill

Supporters of a higher minimum wage for big box employees in the District rallied in front of the Wilson Building today, asking retailers to share the wealth.

Associated Press: Feds Secretly Obtained Reporter Phone Logs

In a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder, the AP president says there can be 'no possible justification' for the breach of confidential communications.

TV Psychologist Dr. Joyce Brothers Dies At 85

The Associated Press reports that the longtime television personality died in New York.

Exactly What Did The IRS Want To Know?

As part of its inappropriate scrutiny of conservative applicants for tax-exempt status, the IRS wanted copies of tweets and personal information about board members.

Poll: Americans Split Over Benghazi Issue

The survey showed that slightly more people (40 percent) thought the administration had been dishonest about Benghazi than those who said honest (37 percent).

A Pricey In-Flight Bed Gives Netanyahu Political Nightmare

The Israeli prime minister is facing criticism for spending $127,000 of public money to outfit an El Al jet with a double bed plus a wall around it so he and his wife could rest well on a flight to London last month. The scrutiny comes as the government is considering cuts to defense and social programs.

Card-Carrying Cajuns? Louisiana Lawmakers Weigh ID Change

A bill making its way through the Louisiana Legislature would let Cajun citizens celebrate their ancestry by customizing their driver's license, adding the phrase "I'm a Cajun" below their photograph.

Activist Group Wants Suspected Boston Bomber Removed From Virginia Cemetery

The Virginia Anti-Shariah Task Force wants the body of Tamerlan Tsarnaev to be removed from the private Muslim cemetery he was buried in last week.

Western Retailers To Fund Upgrades At Bangladesh Factories

Sweden-based H&M and Inditex were joined by other brands in saying they would sign a legally binding pledge to fund safety improvements at Bangladesh garment factories.

Sandwich Monday: Tamale Spaceship

Now we know why it takes astronauts three hours to get into their spacesuits.

After The Quake In China: A Survivor's Story

Natural disasters make the headlines. But we rarely hear how the survivors are doing years later. Here's the story of Zhang Ming, who suffered devastating losses in the 2008 earthquake in China's Sichuan province.

Parents Get Crib Sheets For Talking With Kids About Drinking

Parents should talk to their children about avoiding alcohol long before they try that first drink. But how? Some scripts and talking points could make the task easier.

Derek Boogaard's Family Sues NHL Over Player's Death In 2011

A wrongful death lawsuit has been filed against the NHL by the family of hockey enforcer Derek Boogaard, who was 28 when he died from an accidental overdose of alcohol and oxycodone in May of 2011. The suit accuses the NHL of being negligent and with supplying the painkiller to Boogaard.

Doctor Found Guilty Of Murder In Late-Term Abortions

The Philadelphia abortion provider was found guilty of three charges of first-degree murder for illegal late-term abortions he performed at his clinic. He faces a possible death sentence.

Welcome to 'Parallels,' NPR's International News Blog

From NPR's reporters around the globe, our new blog will look to make sense of a big, messy, confusing world.

North Korea Replaces Hard-Line Defense Chief

Pyongyang's top military commander, who is thought responsible for deadly attacks on South Korea, is replaced by a relative unknown.

Washington National Cathedral Wins Historic Preservation Contest

The victory comes with a $100,000 grant, which will help the National Cathedral pay for repairs to roughly $20 million worth of damage caused by the August 2011 earthquake.

Three Groups Vie For Chance To Build Casino In Prince George's County

Three different groups want to spend big money building Maryland's sixth casino, this one in Prince George's County.

Middle East Virus Spreads Between Hospitalized Patients

SARS burst on the scene in 2003 after one man infected travelers staying on the same floor of a Hong Kong hotel. Now that a new virus with similarities to SARS has spread from person to person, public health officials are urging hospitals to be on guard.

Arrests Made In Malcolm Shabazz Murder Investigation

Two men have been arrested in connection with the murder of Malcolm Shabazz, the grandson of civil rights-era leader Malcolm X who died Thursday in Mexico City. The men, who work at a bar Shabazz visited, reportedly face charges of homicide and robbery.

Benghazi Talking Points Debate Is A 'Sideshow,' Obama Says

The administration's critics, though, say revelations about changes made to accounts of what happened at the U.S. consulate raise questions.

Holmes Enters Not Guilty By Insanity Plea In Colo. Shootings

Charged with 166 counts of murder, attempted murder and other crimes, James Holmes is accused of opening fire on the crowd at a midnight movie last July in Aurora, Colo. Twelve people died and an additional 70 were wounded.

FBI Agent Charged With Murder In Wife's Death

An FBI agent in Stafford County has been charged with second-degree murder.

Obama On IRS Actions: 'Outrageous' If True

"This is pretty straight forward," Obama said Monday. "If in fact IRS personnel engaged in the kind of practices that have been reported .... and were intentionally targeting conservative groups, then that's outrageous and there's no place for it."

Prosecution Seeks Lifetime Political Ban On Berlusconi

The former Italian prime minister is accused of having sex with an underage prostitute in a trial that opened in April 2011. Meanwhile, Berlusconi is appealing his sentence in a separate case for tax fraud.

Comp Time Or Cold Cash. Which Would You Pick?

Private employers must pay time and a half to workers who put in more than 40 hours a week. But some workers want comp time for extra hours. The House voted to allow workers to save up their comp time, but critics fear that employers would use the measure to abuse overtime rules.

Teens Who Text And Drive Often Take Other Risks

Four in 10 teenagers admit that they text while driving. Not only is that behavior dangerous, but those same teens are more likely to skip the seat belt and drive while drinking, too.

Supreme Court Rules For Monsanto In Case Against Farmer

An Indiana farmer bought soybeans that he knew likely included some with genetic modifications developed by Monsanto. The agribusiness giant sued because it controls the patent on such soybeans. The Supreme Court says the farmer infringed on Monsanto's legal rights.

Baltimore To Modernize Public Schools

Baltimore will spend roughly $1 billion to transform dilapidated schools where students and staff endure leaky pipes, undrinkable water and inadequate heating and air conditioning.

Richmond Tea Party Among Those Targeted By IRS Over Tax Status

The leader of the Richmond Tea Party says his group is among those targeted by the IRS over its status as a non-profit.

IRS Targeted Additional Conservative Groups, Probe Shows

Groups that focused on issues such as government spending, taxes and making America "a better place to live" were given extra scrutiny when they applied for tax-exempt status, according to news reports. That's in addition to the "tea party" and "patriot" groups the IRS has apologized for singling out.

Video Shows Suspect In New Orleans Shootings, Police Say

New Orleans police have released images of a suspect in Sunday's shootings that wounded 19 people at a Mother's Day parade. Authorities are asking for the public's help to identify the man, one of three suspects.

A First Job Is Like A First Date, And Other Advice For Graduation Day

We asked a bunch of economists what they would say if they were giving a commencement address this spring. Here's what they told us.

Britain's Cameron Sees 'A Real Breakthrough' On Syria

A plan for U.S.-Russian peace conference marks a major step, the prime minister tells NPR. He believes that while Russian President Vladimir Putin still differs with the West over what to do about Syrian President Bashar Assad, there is agreement about the need for a peaceful transition.

'I Hope He Rots,' Says Brother Of Cleveland Kidnap Suspect

"I want him to suffer," Onil Castro tells CNN about his brother Ariel, who is accused of kidnapping three young women and holding them captive in his home for about a decade. Onil and Pedro Castro, another brother, say they knew nothing about what was allegedly happening inside their brother's home.

Book News: Mich. School System Won't Ban Anne Frank's 'Pornographic' Diary

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In Pakistan, Sharif Turns To Unstable Nation's Dire Problems

Nawaz Sharif, who was ousted by a coup in 1999, is returning to power in the first transfer of control from one democratically elected government to another since Pakistan was founded in 1947.