Twenty-three years ago this week, the Exxon Valdez oil tanker spilled millions of gallons of oil into waters off the coast of Alaska. Now the ship — which after the spill was renamed the Oriental Nicety — is headed to the scrap heap. The more than 200,000-ton vessel will fetch $16 million for its scrap parts.
The murder of high-profile Russian democracy activist Boris Nemtsov has sent a chill through the Russian pro-democracy movement, says Leonid Gozman. The longtime reform proponent tells NPR's Melissa Block he sees Nemtsov's death last week as a major turning point.
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