5:41pm

Fri April 27, 2012
The Two-Way

Secret Service Tightens Conduct Rules Following Prostitution Scandal

Originally published on Fri April 27, 2012 6:53 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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5:39pm

Fri April 27, 2012
Poetry

NewsPoet: Monica Youn Writes The Day In Verse

Originally published on Wed July 25, 2012 11:20 am

Monica Youn visits NPR headquarters in Washington on Friday.
Doriane Raiman NPR

Today at All Things Considered, we continue a project we're calling NewsPoet. Each month, we bring in a poet to spend time in the newsroom — and at the end of the day, to compose a poem reflecting on the day's stories.

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5:20pm

Fri April 27, 2012
Economy

Mixed Signals: Weaker Growth, Higher Profits

Originally published on Fri April 27, 2012 6:05 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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4:57pm

Fri April 27, 2012
Around the Nation

Thieves' Cover-Ups Raise Concerns Among Muslims

Originally published on Fri April 27, 2012 6:05 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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4:57pm

Fri April 27, 2012
The Two-Way

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

Originally published on Sat August 4, 2012 8:44 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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4:36pm

Fri April 27, 2012
Politics

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

Originally published on Fri April 27, 2012 6:05 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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4:24pm

Fri April 27, 2012
Regional Coverage

Gillibrand fights to keep flood insurance bills from skyrocketing

Ellen Abbott

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand has joined the fight to keep flood insurance bills from skyrocketing in one of Syracuse's poorest neighborhoods. The idea is to convince the Federal Emergency Management Agency, or FEMA, that their latest maps are flawed.

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4:03pm

Fri April 27, 2012
Politics

Jill Stein on the Campbell Conversations

Jill Stein is the Green Party's nominee-apparent for President of the United States. In this conversations she outlines the party's main goals and message in its run for the White House.

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3:57pm

Fri April 27, 2012
Book Reviews

Reivew: 'That Deadman Dance'

Originally published on Fri April 27, 2012 6:05 pm

Transcript

ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

Our book reviewer, Alan Cheuse, has been visiting the early days of British settlements in Australia. His means of transport is an award-winning novel called "That Dead Man Dance." It's by Australian writer Kim Scott.

ALAN CHEUSE, BYLINE: Cygnet River, the coast of southwestern Australia, early in the 19th century, first contact between the aboriginal Noongar people and the crew of settlers from England led by a well-meaning medical man named Dr. Cross. The Noongars are represented by young Bobby Wabalanginy.

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3:52pm

Fri April 27, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Nonprofit Hospitals Faulted For Stinginess With Charity Care

Originally published on Fri April 27, 2012 6:05 pm

Lori Duff with her baby, Henry, and other son, Logan, at home in Columbus, Ohio.
Jenny Gold Kaiser Health News

Even before the hospital bills started coming, Lori Duff and her family were living paycheck to paycheck. So when the debt collector called the Columbus, Ohio, mother and demanded $1,800 for the prenatal visits she'd had while pregnant with her third son, she panicked.

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