What is going on in Syria is hard to really pin down. Most Western journalists are prohibited from entering the country, but one thing that seems certain, reports NPR's Kelly McEvers from Beirut, is that the cycle of protests then government crackdown continues two months after Syrians began calling for an end to President Bashar Assad's regime.
Worth noting, especially on this day when the U.S. government reached its debt limit, is that the president, who was made wealthy by the success of his best-selling books, appears to be doing his part to help fund the highly indebted U.S. government.
Americans have received the health message and are eating more fish.
And a lot of the seafood we're chowing down on these days comes from foreign waters.
More than 80 percent of seafood eaten in the country is imported. And about half of the foreign seafood is farmed. Those facts raise the question: Is the seafood, especially the farmed stuff, safe to eat?
A report just released by the Government Accountability Office report finds the Food and Drug Administration could do a better job make sure it is.
When Chelsea Handler's last book, Chelsea Chelsea Bang Bang, was released in 2010, the comedian-turned-writer accomplished something very rare. She had three books on the best seller list, all at the same time. Not only that, she beat Karl Rove to the top of the list.
"When we found out that I came in one and he came in two," Handler recalls, "my sister said — she called me and she said — do you think Karl Rove is sitting in his study in his boxer shorts thinking, 'Who the hell is Chelsea Handler?'"
A day before the May 17 primary, the Kentucky Democratic Party and Republican gubernatorial candidate David Williams are trading barbs in a likely preview of the general election. Williams is the favorite in the race against Louisville businessman Phil Moffett and Jefferson County Clerk Bobbie Holsclaw. Hoping to clip his turnout, the KDP launched a 30-second YouTube video slamming the state Senate president for refusing to release his tax returns, suggesting he has something to hide.