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Police Take Different Approaches To 'The Tyranny Of 911'

Most people know to phone 911 in an emergency, but police departments are often overwhelmed by the sheer volume of calls. Some cities use 311 lines to help divert non-emergency requests, while Miami dispatches a group of unarmed public servants to tackle many non-urgent situations.

Highs Of 117 Expected In Las Vegas, In Dangerous Heat Wave

Before noon on Friday, temperatures in parts of southeastern California, Nevada and Arizona had already topped 100 degrees. The National Weather Service says nighttime lows may not dip below 90.

Puerto Rico Rolling Out The Welcome Mat For Millionaires

The recession hit Puerto Rico's already struggling economy hard. So the island, a U.S. territory that can make its own tax laws, is pitching an attractive offer to the wealthy: Move to this warm, tropical isle and live virtually tax-free.

Coming To An Airport Near You: Fluffy Stress Relief

Los Angeles International Airport has 30 comfort dogs assigned to assist weary and stressed-out travelers. The airports in San Jose and Miami are using dogs, too. Many passengers say it's helpful to see a smiling dog at the end of the security check-in.

Wedding Vendors That Refuse Gay Customers Often Lose In Court

Suppose you own a bakery or a flower shop, or rent out your hall for wedding receptions, and you oppose same-sex marriage. Should you be required to serve gay couples? Most state public accommodation laws require businesses to serve everyone. But some vendors who oppose gay marriage on religious grounds say accommodating gay weddings would violate their religious beliefs. As gay marriage becomes more widespread, these conflicts between religious and civil rights are growing.

Cleveland Cavaliers Shock NBA With First Draft Pick

The Cleveland Cavaliers shocked the basketball world with their first pick in last night's NBA draft. The team chose Canadian by-way-of-UNLV Anthony Bennett number one overall.

Election Laws Likely To Change Without Voting Rights Act

The Supreme Court struck down a key part of the 1965 Voting Rights Act this week. The court said that the standard by which it is determined that some states need preapproval for making changes to voting laws was unconstitutional. So what does it mean for the Department of Justice and states that were affected by the law? Audie Cornish speaks with Bill Yeomans, law professor at American University.

City Life Snapshot: Pullman Rail Car

In this City Life Snapshot from Chicago, we board a Pullman Rail Car that regularly makes the trip to New Orleans and back. Head Steward Rick Hansen gives us a tour.

Retired Marine General Target Of Leak Investigation

The former vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff is a target of an investigation into the leak of classified information. Justice Department officials tell NPR that retired Marine Gen. James Cartwright has been told he's being investigated as part of a probe into the disclosure of a U.S. role in a covert cyber attack against an Iranian nuclear facility. That information was disclosed in a New York Times article in 2012.

At Trial, Witness Says Zimmerman Acted In Self-Defense

A key witness for the prosecution in the George Zimmerman trial took the stand on Friday. Neighbor John Good is the only person to have seen the fight between Zimmerman and 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. Zimmerman shot and killed Martin. Good testified it appeared Martin was on top of Zimmerman, straddling him and that Zimmerman was the person calling for help.