10:24am

Tue April 24, 2012
The Two-Way

Government Files First Criminal Charges In BP Oil Spill

Originally published on Tue April 24, 2012 12:31 pm

Fire boats battle a fire at the off shore oil rig Deepwater Horizon in April of 2010.
U.S. Coast Guard Getty Images

"The first criminal charges in connection with the BP oil spill have been filed against a former BP engineer named Kurt Mix," NPR's Carrie Johnson reports exclusively.

Carrie just told our Newscast unit that Mix has been charged with obstruction of justice for allegedly deleting text messages after the spill. The texts were related to the amount of oil gushing into the Gulf. Mix will make his first appearence in court today.

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10:24am

Tue April 24, 2012
The Two-Way

Diners Not Fazed By Second Collapse At 'Heart Attack Grill;' Would You Be?

Originally published on Wed April 25, 2012 3:57 am

One of the Heart Attack Grill's "triple bypass" burgers.
Matt York AP

The news that for the second time this year someone has collapsed while dining at Las Vegas' Heart Attack Grill doesn't seem to bother the restaurant's fans.

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9:41am

Tue April 24, 2012
Law

Does Arizona's Immigration Law Have A Chance?

The Supreme Court will hear arguments Wednesday on Arizona's hotly debated immigration law. The court's decision will affect Arizona and other states that have adopted similar legislation. Host Michel Martin talks with one of its authors, Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, and law professor Gabriel Chin.

9:23am

Tue April 24, 2012
Author Interviews

Anna Quindlen: Over 50, And Having 'Plenty Of Cake'

Originally published on Tue April 24, 2012 10:44 am

Anna Quindlen is a Pulitzer Prize-winning writer whose new memoir, Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake, explores her past, present and future.
Courtesy of the author

As a little girl, Anna Quindlen wasn't afraid of a whole lot. She frequently got into trouble and occasionally shot off her mouth. But as she grew older, the Pulitzer Prize-winning writer became what she calls a "girl imitation."

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9:15am

Tue April 24, 2012
The Two-Way

Consumer Confidence Held Steady This Month

After a slight decline in March, the widely watched consumer confidence index from the private Conference Board "was virtually unchanged in April," the research group reports.

"The index now stands at 69.2, down slightly from 69.5 in March," it says.

"Overall, consumers are more upbeat about the state of the economy, but they remain cautiously optimistic," Lynn Franco, director of the board's consumer research center, adds in its release.

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9:13am

Tue April 24, 2012
Book Reviews

'Death And The Penguin' Captures Post-Soviet Reality

Originally published on Mon January 27, 2014 9:32 am

When you hear the words "Russian novel," you probably picture something as big and heavy as an anvil. Yet ever since the fall of communism, we've seen the ascent of Russian novelists who are shorter-winded and jauntier.

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8:53am

Tue April 24, 2012
The Two-Way

Teacher Of The Year 'Known For Unconventional Techniques'

President Obama gave the 2012 National Teacher of the Year trophy to Rebecca Mieliwocki this morning at the White House.
Jewel Samad AFP/Getty Images

Rebecca Mieliwocki, a seventh-grade English teacher in Burbank, Calif., was just honored at the White House by being named National Teacher of the Year.

In expressing her thanks, Mieliwocki offered this thought: "I am not the best teacher in America. There isn't just one."

And she went on to talk about the hard work and dedication displayed by most American teachers.

According to Los Angeles' Daily Breeze:

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8:36am

Tue April 24, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Dream Adventure Vacation Can Turn Into Medical Bill Nightmare

Originally published on Tue April 24, 2012 11:18 am

Here goes nothing. A big jump over the Zambezi River in Africa.
James Whatley Flickr

If your idea of fun while traveling abroad involves taking part in sports like scuba diving or jumping from someplace high while attached to a bungee cord, you could be in for an unpleasant surprise if you get injured.

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7:58am

Tue April 24, 2012
The Two-Way

Home Prices Continue Downward Drift

Originally published on Tue April 24, 2012 8:17 am

A sign of the times, last year in Tigard, Ore.
Don Ryan AP

"Broadly-speaking, home prices continued to decline in the early months of the year," according to economist David Blitzer, chairman of the Index Committee at S&P Indices.

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7:33am

Tue April 24, 2012
The Two-Way

Focus On Murdochs Shifts: Were They Bamboozling British Politicians?

Originally published on Tue April 24, 2012 7:59 am

A video grab from pooled footage taken inside the Leveson Inquiry shows former News International executive chairman James Murdoch giving evidence at the High Court in London earlier today.
AFP/Getty Images
  • Philip Reeves on 'Morning Edition'

Half-way through today's hearing in London into the Murdoch family's "scandal-tarred British newspaper unit," and the ethics of British media outlets, the inquiry's focus has shifted, NPR's Philip Reeves reports.

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