Zimmerman is charged with second-degree murder in the death of the African-American teenager. The killing ignited another discussion about race relations in America. Lawyers expect the trial will last about three weeks. Zimmerman says he acted in self defense.
Parts of the country report a boom in the squirrel population. Vermont apple growers report squirrels can strip a tree of half its apples in hours.This adds urgency to the work of South Carolina researchers, who are experimenting with feeding squirrels birth control pills.
A123 Systems has filed for bankruptcy. The company makes lithium ion batteries for hybrid and electric cars — or it did. The company's automotive assets are being sold, and the bankruptcy filing will likely be controversial. A123 received a $249 million grant from the government in 2009.
Last week, Morning Edition looked at possible cuts to the Defense Department as part of what's known as sequestration. Next, we examine the effect of across-the-board spending cuts on the rest of the federal budget. One analyst says right off the top expect a 15 percent reduction in the federal workforce.
This summer's dry weather gave a great real-world test for drought-resistant corn, which seed companies are eager to promote. But many farmers worry that these drought-resistant seeds won't perform as well in regular or wet years.
It said Salim Ahmed Hamdan's conviction for providing material support for terrorism had to be overturned because his actions — driving the al-Qaida leader around — were not a war crime at the time. The ruling does not directly affect Hamdan, who was released in 2009, but may have a big impact on cases at Guantanamo Bay that have yet to be litigated.
Other takeaways from Tuesday's debate: President Obama gets tough while his GOP rival, Mitt Romney, gives no ground; voters are unhappy; candidates can't let go of the past; and the debate on foreign policy is truly teed up.
As America ages, so do the nation's 2.5 million home health aides, leaving the elderly caring for the even more elderly. Clients often request someone closer to their own age, and agencies say older workers are reliable and well-suited to the job.
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