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Cruise Industry Adopts Passenger 'Rights' As Incidents Mount

About 2,200 passengers were being flown back to Baltimore after their cruise ship caught fire on its way to the Bahamas. It was the latest black eye for the cruise industry, which is now trying to reassure passengers it's OK for them to sail. An industry group said it has adopted a passenger "bill of rights."

Spelling Bees Have Roots In The Renaissance

Melissa Block talks with lexicographer Peter Sokolowski, editor at large for Merriam-Webster, about the derivation of the word "bee" in "spelling bee." It turns out it has nothing to do with the insect.

Budget Cuts At National Parks May Affect Nearby Communities

Last summer, America's national parks received an estimated 282 million visits. This year, sequestration may cut that number. The Interior Department says its operations will be disrupted by hiring freezes, overtime cuts, contracts, training programs and more.

Proposal To Sell Detroit's Art To Save The City Draws Outrage

Detroit's emergency financial manager is considering selling artwork from The Detroit Institute of Arts to help raise money for the city's debt. Robert Siegel talks to John Gallagher of the Detroit Free Press for more.

Florida Judge Denies Delay To George Zimmerman Trial

In Sanford, Fla., a state judge ruled that George Zimmerman — the Neighborhood watch volunteer who shot and killed teenager Trayvon Martin — will go to trial as scheduled on June 10. Zimmerman's defense asked the judge for more time and accused prosecutors of withholding important information. But on that — and many other motions — the judge ruled against Zimmerman and in favor of the state.

'Virtual Currency' Used To Hide Large Money Laundering Scheme

Federal prosecutors in New York say they have arrested five men associated with a digital currency company called Liberty Reserve. The men are accused of running a $6 billion money laundering scheme that prosecutors say was a "bank of choice for the criminal underworld."