4:14pm

Wed April 25, 2012
Business

The Wal-Mart Dilemma: When Is A Payment A Bribe?

Originally published on Thu April 26, 2012 10:10 am

A shopper examines produce at a Wal-Mart store in Mexico City. Wal-Mart's expansion into Mexico has been a major success, but its business practices have raised new questions.
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Allegations that Wal-Mart officials in Mexico paid local authorities to speed up permits to build new stores could result in a trial and a huge financial penalty under a U.S. anti-corruption law. But legal experts who spoke to NPR have their doubts it will ever come to that.

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4:04pm

Wed April 25, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Doctor Pay: Where The Specialists Are All Above Average

Originally published on Wed April 25, 2012 4:42 pm

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Making a living practicing medicine is more complicated and frustrating than ever. But it still pays. And pretty well.

A survey of more than 24,000 doctors conducted online for Medscape, a doctor-oriented information service of WebMD, finds that their average annual pay ranges from $156,000 for pediatricians, the lowest-paid specialty, to $315,000 for the top earners.

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3:23pm

Wed April 25, 2012
The Picture Show

Live From Mount Everest: A Blog!

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 10:51 am

Conrad Anker descends an ice step in the Khumbu Icefall with a fixed rope.
Cory Richards Courtesy of National Geographic

As I write this, it's about 1 a.m. in Nepal and, according to National Geographic magazine's iPad app, a group of climbers is camped on the side of Mount Everest, possibly sleeping (though we can't be totally sure), at nearly 21,000 feet. They expect to make a final summit push in early May.

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3:19pm

Wed April 25, 2012
Africa

Charles Taylor Faces Verdict From Brutal African War

Originally published on Thu April 26, 2012 1:12 pm

Members of a civil war amputee soccer team practice on a beach in Freetown, Sierra Leone's capital, in April 2006. Rebel groups, allegedly aided by former Liberian President Charles Taylor during Sierra Leone's brutal 1991-2002 civil war, were known for their gruesome practice of hacking off limbs.
Issouf Sanogo AFP/Getty Images

A court in the Netherlands is set to deliver a verdict Thursday in a case involving a former head of state charged with international war crimes.

Charles Taylor, former president of Liberia, is on trial at the Special Court for Sierra Leone in The Hague, Netherlands. He is charged with 11 counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity — including murder, rape, sexual slavery and the use of child soldiers — in neighboring Sierra Leone.

Tens of thousands died during Sierra Leone's vicious civil war, one that was infamous for the brutal hacking off of limbs.

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3:17pm

Wed April 25, 2012
The Two-Way

Bernanke: Fed Remains Ready To Act, If Necessary

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke listens to a question from a reporter during a press briefing at the Federal Reserve building on Wednesday.
Mark Wilson Getty Images

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said the Fed is ready to implement "balance sheet actions if necessary."

That means if the Federal Open Market Committee feels that the economic recovery is in danger, it is ready to implement a third round of quantitative easing, or bond purchases intended to bring down long-term interest rates and spur borrowing and spending.

"If appropriate... we remain entirely prepared to take additional action," the chairman said. "We will not hesitate to use them."

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2:53pm

Wed April 25, 2012
It's All Politics

RNC Seeks To Contrast Serious Romney With Slow Jammin' Obama

Originally published on Wed April 25, 2012 2:54 pm

President Obama's urbane coolness, viewed by many as an attractive feature of his personality, was part of the joke Tuesday night when he appeared on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, including in the "slow jammin' the news" segment.

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2:20pm

Wed April 25, 2012
From Our Listeners

Letters: 'Bully' And Smuggling Immigrants

Originally published on Wed April 25, 2012 3:06 pm

NPR's Neal Conan reads from listener comments on previous show topics including the Secret Service prostitution scandal, Harvey Weinstein's new movie Bully, and the process of smuggling immigrants over the border.

2:19pm

Wed April 25, 2012
Law

Supreme Court Hears Immigration Arguments

Originally published on Wed April 25, 2012 3:06 pm

SB 1070, the Arizona immigration law that requires local police to question and detain people suspected of being in the country illegally, has served as a model for similar legislation. Los Angeles Times and Chicago Tribune Supreme Court correspondent David Savage listened in on the arguments.

2:12pm

Wed April 25, 2012
The Two-Way

Survey Shows Uncertainty In Reporting Suspicious Activity

Originally published on Wed April 25, 2012 5:17 pm

At airports, train stations and other public places across the nation, the Department of Homeland Security's "See Something, Say Something" campaign has encouraged people to report suspicious activity in an effort to prevent terrorist attacks. But a recent government survey found citizens are not jumping in to report others.

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1:45pm

Wed April 25, 2012
Politics

As Gingrich Fades, Eyes Turn To VP Picks

Originally published on Wed April 25, 2012 3:06 pm

Mitt Romney swept all five primaries on Tuesday, solidifying his hold on the GOP presidential nomination. Newt Gingrich made a last stand in Delaware, but came up short and aides to the former House speaker say he plans to suspend his campaign soon and will likely endorse Romney.

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