10:59pm

Fri April 27, 2012
Monkey See

Garry Marshall On His 'Happy Days'

Originally published on Sat April 28, 2012 9:22 am

Director Garry Marshall and sister, actress-director Penny Marshall, seen here in 2004 when she received her star on the Walk Of Fame.
Vince Bucci Getty Images

Director Garry Marshall has worked on so much popular comedy in his career — television like Happy Days and The Odd Couple, movies like Pretty Woman and Beaches — that something he's done has probably made you laugh. And now he's written a memoir called, fittingly, My Happy Days In Hollywood: A Memoir.

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3:52pm

Fri April 27, 2012
The Two-Way

Ukraine's Opposition Leader Is 'Wasting Away' In Prison

A picture taken on April 25 shows jailed opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko in the Kachanivska penitentiary colony for women in Kharkiv.
AFP/Getty Images

Yulia Tymoshenko is "wasting away in prison," her family told the AP. Tymoshenko went on a hunger strike and her family said she was "bruised from prison beatings and afraid she will be force-fed by her political foes."

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3:20pm

Fri April 27, 2012
The Salt

Taming Those Wild, Stinging Backyard Greens Into Dinner

Originally published on Sat April 28, 2012 9:22 am

Leah Lizarondo. with her hands covered in plastic bags, gathers stinging nettles.
Larkin Page-Jacobs for NPR

On a chilly grey morning I come across a big, lush patch of nettles in a Pittsburgh park. Leah Lizarondo, the food writer who brought me here, has her hands wrapped in old plastic bread bags.

Those bags are crucial because touching stinging nettles with your bare hands can be pretty unpleasant. "It's like something pricked you, like a little ant bit you, and then it starts being a little painful," said Lizarondo.

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2:54pm

Fri April 27, 2012
Election 2012

Obama Team Changes Line Of Attack Against Romney

Originally published on Fri April 27, 2012 4:02 pm

Vice President Biden defends the administration's foreign policy --€” and questions Mitt Romney's ideas — on Thursday at New York University.
Lucas Jackson Reuters/Landov

General-election battle lines are taking shape between President Obama and likely Republican challenger Mitt Romney.

Romney is sticking with his long-standing attack on the president as someone not up to the huge job of turning around the economy.

But the Obama campaign has recently changed its message: Instead of portraying Romney as a flip-flopping, say-anything politician, it is now arguing that the former Massachusetts governor is a man with extreme positions far outside the American mainstream.

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2:28pm

Fri April 27, 2012
The Two-Way

Secret Service Tightens Conduct Rules Following Prostitution Scandal

Originally published on Fri April 27, 2012 3:53 pm

The fallout from the Secret Service prostitution scandal in Colombia continues: Now the Secret Service says it is tightening and clarifying its policies for traveling employees.

NPR's Tamara Keith spoke to a Secret Service spokesperson who says the Secret Service leadership detailed the new rules in an internal message regarding personal conduct sent to all employees.

The new policy covers alcohol consumption and what types of businesses employees can patronize, Tamara tells our Newscast unit. "The Agency is also adding additional briefings on standards of conduct."

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2:20pm

Fri April 27, 2012
Economy

Mixed Signals: Weaker Growth, Higher Profits

Originally published on Fri April 27, 2012 3:05 pm

Consumers spent more than expected in the first quarter of 2012, partly because they dipped into their savings, but businesses spent less.
Don Ryan AP

The U.S. economy lost some steam during the first three months of the year. The Commerce Department said Friday that growth slowed to just 2.2 percent, down from 3 percent at the end of last year.

The good news was that the economy continued to grow during the first quarter of the year. But anyone who was waiting for growth to kick into a higher gear was disappointed once again. One reason for that was a slowdown in business investment — companies spent less on new equipment and software even though profits were surprisingly strong.

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1:56pm

Fri April 27, 2012
Around the Nation

Thieves' Cover-Ups Raise Concerns Among Muslims

Originally published on Fri April 27, 2012 3:05 pm

The Philadelphia Police Department and the FBI Violent Crimes Task Force are seeking the public's assistance in identifying and locating the suspects responsible for a bank robbery at the Sovereign Bank, 8310 Stenton Ave., on March 20.
Courtesy of Philadelphia Police

The surveillance tape shows what looks like a Muslim woman, her face and body hidden by her traditional clothing, robbing a Philadelphia bank. But the robber in the abaya and khimar is actually a man. He's part of a recent crime spree involving perpetrators in Muslim garb.

The worst of the incidents happened in Upper Darby when, Police Superintendent Michael Chitwood says, someone who appeared to be a Muslim woman went into a barbershop.

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1:51pm

Fri April 27, 2012
The Two-Way

LIVE: Can You Dig It? Introducing NPR's Official AntCam

Originally published on Sat August 4, 2012 5:44 pm

Behind the scenes.
Mark Memmott NPR

We've written about the Decorah Eagle Cam and about the Jewel bear cam.

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1:19pm

Fri April 27, 2012
Politics

Holder: 'More Work To Do' Before Term Is Over

Originally published on Fri April 27, 2012 3:05 pm

Attorney General Eric Holder, shown speaking at the 2012 National Law Enforcement Training on Child Exploitation earlier this month, tells NPR he's achieved his highest goal: leading a Justice Department that shaped him as a lawyer and as a person.
David Goldman AP

Attorney General Eric Holder — the first African-American to hold the nation's top law enforcement job — is in the homestretch of his first, and probably last, full term in the post.

And after more than three years on the job, Holder is in an unusually reflective mood. He's thinking about the country's ongoing struggle over civil rights and what he wants to accomplish in his last months of government service.

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12:53pm

Fri April 27, 2012
Middle East

In A Change, Turkey Tightens Its Border With Syria

Originally published on Fri April 27, 2012 3:05 pm

Turkish army personnel patrol near the border with Syria in Kilis earlier this month. Activists and smugglers say it's getting harder to get medical and communications equipment into Syria across the Turkish border.
Bulent Kilic AFP/Getty Images

The spring sun is warming the fields and orchards along the Turkey-Syria border, and new refugee camps are sprouting as well.

Smugglers who have long worked these mountain border trails are now busy moving civilians out of Syria to the safety of Turkish camps. They're also moving medical and communications equipment and people into opposition-held neighborhoods in Syria. But recently, some say that's getting harder.

A smuggler known as Abu Ayham says Turkish guards, who used to permit nonlethal aid to pass freely, have suddenly grown much tougher on the smugglers.

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