News Archive - September 13, 2013

Lawmakers Divided Over Budget Negotiations

Local Democrats are calling for broader negotiations to unwind sequestration.

Three Friends Of Alleged Boston Bomber Plead Not Guilty

The three 19-year-olds are accused of misleading police or destroying evidence to help Dzhokhar Tsarnaev evade capture.

Social Security Wrongfully Paid $1.3 Billion In Disability

Congressional investigators said that during a two-year period, the agency paid people who were working while claiming they were disabled.

Synthetic Marijuana Prompts Colorado Health Investigation

Colorado has relaxed its marijuana laws, making authentic cannabis easier to come by. Synthetic marijuana that contains man-made chemicals has caused an outbreak of illnesses and hospitalizations across the state.

Brown Formally Files Campaign For Governor

Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown has already formally started his campaign for governor, and picked a running mate before any of his Democratic competitors.

Judge Rules 'Ikea Monkey' To Remain In Animal Sanctuary

In December, the Japanese macaque was found in a Toronto store after escaping from a locked crate in his owner's car.

D.C. Increases Staffing To Deal With Uptick In Marriages

The D.C. Superior Court says it is adding a second marriage ceremony room and boosting marriage bureau staffing to accommodate an increase in applications believed to be the result of the Supreme Court's gay marriage ruling.

Hong Kong Bans Shark Fin At Official Functions

Conservationists hailed the move, because Hong Kong represents 50 percent of the shark fin trade. The country said it hoped the policy would raise public awareness about sustainability.

Vote For The Creature From The Black Lagoon

How do you break out of the pack if you're in a mayoral race with dozens of other candidates? In Minneapolis, one guy filmed an ad that's eye-catching and maybe even a little weird.

Metro Delays On Yellow And Blue This Weekend

Two stations on Metro's Blue and Yellow Lines will be closed this weekend for scheduled track work.

Police Start Clearing Zocalo Of Striking Mexican Teachers

The demonstrators have wreaked havoc on the country's capital, slowing traffic and clashing with police. The government wants them out of the historic square before the traditional independence day celebration.

Tech Week That Was: Brogrammers, New iPhones, Twitter IPO

Between Apple's announcement, Twitter's announcement and the sexist pronouncements at an industry conference, there's plenty of tech news to catch up on.

Analysis: Cantor Takes New Strategy In Government Funding Debate, Senate's Shield Law Redefines 'Journalist'

David Hawkings talks about the latest in lawmakers' efforts to avoid a government shutdown this fall.

New Movie About Washington Sniper Attacks Opens This Weekend

"Blue Caprice," which aims to capture the elusive and deadly bond between Beltway snipers John Allen Muhammad and his teenage partner Lee Boyd Malvo, opens today in New York and on Sept. 27 in D.C.

37 Killed In Fire At Russian Psychiatric Hospital

The blaze in the town of Luka, about 120 miles southeast of St. Petersburg, was the second such incident at a Russian psychiatric ward in recent months.

D.C. Legislator To Introduce Marijuana Legalization Bill

D.C. Council member David Grosso (I-At Large) wants the city's legislature to debate a bill that would legalize, tax and regulate the use and possession of marijuana.

NPR To Offer Voluntary Buyouts In Bid To Balance Budget

According to a message sent to NPR's staff, the organization aims to reduce its number of employees by about 10 percent. There are currently 840 staffers. The board says it has a plan to balance NPR's budget in fiscal year 2015.

An 'Ig Nobel' For Proving 'Beer Goggles' Work Both Ways

The Ig Nobel awards celebrate work that makes people think and laugh. Among this year's other winners are researchers who discovered that if a cow lies down it will likely soon stand up.

Like Anthony Weiner, German Politician Gives One-Finger Salute

There's no evidence that it appeals to voters, but a pair of politicians gave the cameras an upthrust middle finger this week. The German candidate tweeted a defense of his gesture, saying: "Straight talk doesn't always need words."

Hawaii: 'Let Nature Take Its Course' On Molasses Spill

Authorities say the sweet slick has suffocated thousands of fish and could lead to an increase in predator species in the area.

D.C. Police Look For Pair Of Men Behind Bump-And-Run Carjackings

Fender-bender, or clever way to set up a carjacking? D.C. police are searching for two men responsible for a rash of carjackings in which the victim is rear-ended and then their car stolen.

Directive From The White House: Drink More Water

At a time when many kids get too many calories from sugary drinks, water's image may need a boost. So the Partnership for a Healthier America and the beverage industry are teaming up to give it a new logo: Drink Up.

With Trip To Maryland, Texas Gov. Hopes To Woo Some Old Liners To Lone Star State

Texas Governor Rick Perry is planning a trip to Maryland to brag about his state.

New Jersey Governor Vows To Rebuild Fire-Ravaged Boardwalk

The blaze that swept through the state's iconic shore-side on Thursday destroyed 32 businesses along four blocks.

Republican Leaders Have Trouble Selling Government Funding Bill To Their Own

U.S. House leaders are having a hard time selling their proposal to keep the government's lights on to rank-and-file Republicans.

'Money' And 'Canelo' Punch It Out For Black And Latino Fans

Saturday's big fight will be one of the biggest American sports events of the year, but you wouldn't know it by looking at mainstream sports media.

New Fairfax Police Chief Hopes To Increase Access To Video

For many years, the Fairfax County Police Department has denied the public access to video footage taken from police cruisers, but that may change under the department's new leadership.

No Deal On Bangladesh Garment Factory Compensation Fund

At a meeting in Geneva, companies failed to set up a compensation fund for victims of the April disaster — the worst in the industry's history. Only one company announced compensation, and of the 20 invited for the meeting, nine turned up. One critic said the meeting lacked "clarity around objectives."

Focus Shifts To D.C. Council For Vote To Override Gray's Veto Of Living Wage Bill

On Tuesday members of the D.C. Council will gather to vote on whether to override Mayor Vince Gray's veto of a bill that would require certain large retailers to pay $12.50 an hour.

Majority Of Millennial Kids In U.S. Generous To Charities

Nearly 9 in 10 millennial kids donated some of their own money to a church or nonprofit during a two-year period, a study found. What makes a child more likely to be generous with their money? Parents talking to their kids about the value of philanthropy.

Mount McKinley's Gotten Shorter Again

Twice in recent decades more accurate measurements have led experts to say North America's tallest peak is shorter than they thought. It's still No. 1 on the continent, though.

He's Down, Not Up: Trans-Atlantic Balloonist Forced To Land

Jonathan Trappe was trying to be the first to fly across the ocean using a "cluster balloon" rig. His little boat was suspended beneath about 300 helium-filled balloons. But after less than a day he was forced to land in Newfoundland. "Hmm, this doesn't look like France," he told his Facebook fans.

'Biblical' Flooding Rages In Colorado

Torrential rains around Boulder and nearby areas have led to at least three deaths and numerous washed-out roads. Forecasters warn that while the downpours should taper off Friday, even modest rains could cause more flooding.

A Few Takes On How To Fix The Tech Industry's 'Bro' Problem

The tech industry's sometimes sexist "brogrammer" culture came into focus this week, when an offensive app was presented at an industry hackathon. So we asked developers, community leaders and others in the tech sphere to share their ideas for addressing the industry's cultural schism.

As Talks Continue, CIA Gets Some Weapons To Syrian Rebels

Although a Free Syrian Army commander has said his fighters haven't yet gotten any "lethal aid" from the U.S., sources tell NPR that some small arms are being delivered to "moderate" rebels. Meanwhile, U.S. and Russian diplomats report progress in their discussions.

Book News: National Book Awards' '5 Under 35' Picks Are All Women

Also: J.K. Rowling will write a screenplay set in the magical world; Tina Brown is coming out with a memoir.

Death And The Aging Hipster: A Tale Of Intolerable Men

Norman Rush's newest novel takes a geographic hiatus from Botswana, his usual literary location. Instead, reviewer Drew Toal says the book is instead full of irritating intellectuals, postmortem scandal, and a group of collegiate clowns who come together after the death of an old friend.

Feds Seek To Corral Medical Marijuana 'Wild West'

The Obama administration's decision not to challenge pot legalization in Washington and Colorado is reverberating in states where regulation of medical marijuana has been scant.

Congress Searches For A Shutdown-Free Future

Republican leaders recall how their party was blamed for the shutdowns of the mid-1990s and earnestly want to avoid a repeat, especially heading into an election year.

Death For 4 Men Convicted In Indian Gang Rape And Murder

The brutal attack shocked the nation and led to changes in India's laws about violence against women and sexual assault.