ExxonMobile has been ordered to pay more than $200 million to clean up ground water contaminated with the gasoline additive known as MTBE. New Hampshire won the lawsuit in state court. Exxon argues the federal government approved MTBE to reduce air pollution, and should be blamed for the consequences.
Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Republican Sen. Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania have a plan that could get bipartisan support. It would close the so-called gun show loophole but allow friends and family members to trade guns without going through background checks.
The National Spelling Bee is adding vocabulary questions to the qualifying tests. It's a great step toward ensuring that the most visible showcase for really smart kids isn't just a memory competition.
President Obama apologized for his recent declaration that California Attorney General Kamala Harris is 'by far, the best looking attorney general in the country.' But was the compliment out of bounds, or was it the reaction that went over the top? Host Michel Martin shares her thoughts in her regular 'Can I Just Tell You' essay.
Tell Me More celebrates National Poetry Month with the 'Muses and Metaphor' series, where listeners submit their own poems via Twitter. Today's tweet comes from Christina Lux. She's an assistant director at the University of Kansas and tweeted about a scary medical diagnosis.
Last December, Jillian Soto got the news that every person dreads. She found out that her sister, Victoria Soto, had been killed. Victoria was one of the victims in the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary. Now, Jillian Soto has traveled to Washington to push for stricter gun control.
The National Urban League releases its annual State of Black America report today. And the group found that - even as African Americans make gains in education - many economic disparities between whites and African-Americans persist. Host Michel Martin finds out why.
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