Despite the pressure to draw down troops in Afghanistan quickly, President Obama was being tugged in the opposite direction. His military advisers wanted to keep more of the "surge troops" for a longer period of time. Host Scott Simon talks to NPR Pentagon Correspondent Tom Bowman, reporting from Afghanistan, about the president's decision to withdraw U.S. troops.
President Obama says if America wants a strong, growing economy, it needs robust, growing factories. In Pittsburgh Friday, Obama launched a new partnership with businesses and universities. It's designed to give a boost to the manufacturing sector in hopes that factories will then offer more, good-paying jobs. The announcement capped a week in which Obama also began winding down the war in Afghanistan and tip-toed around the fight over same-sex marriage. NPR's Scott Horsley reports.
New York became the sixth and the largest state to approve same-sex marriage Friday night after a contentious debate in the state legislature. Host Scott Simon gets the details from Karen DeWitt of New York State Public Radio.
It's 96 days now since President Obama ordered U.S. forces to begin airstrikes against the forces in Libya of Col. Moammar Gadhafi. That's six days longer than the 1973 War Powers Resolution, which says a president can carry out a military campaign without congressional authorization. Two measures were brought before the House of Representatives that might have provided such authorization, albeit with strings attached. Both failed. NPR's David Welna reports.
Baseball players are cursing the sun, football players are still cursing the owners, and basketball players may join them. Host Scott Simon and NPR Sports Correspondent Tom Goldman discuss Wimbledon, the NBA draft and labor talks in the NFL and the NBA.
Greek police unions, coast guards and firemen protest outside the finance ministry in Athens against the new austerity package.
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Next week, the Greek government will reveal a five-year austerity plan drafted by the European Union, International Monetary Fund and European Central Bank.
Parliament's approval is required if Greece is to receive an installment of $17 billion as part of last year's international bailout. But the new measures include even deeper spending cuts and tax hikes than those that have triggered weeks of massive street demonstrations.
Many economists believe Greece's international lenders are prescribing a harmful and inefficient medicine.
Glen Stewart Godwin has been caught before, at least twice. Convicted of murder, he escaped California's Folsom State Prison in 1987, only to be caught later that year for drug trafficking. While serving time in a Guadalajara prison, Godwin allegedly murdered another inmate in 1991 and escaped again, just months later.
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Little-Known Facts About An Infamous List
In The Beginning The "Ten Most Wanted Fugitives" program was launched on March 14, 1950 — a joint effort between the FBI and national news media.
Nobody Is THE Most Wanted The list doesn't rank fugitives in any order; just being on the list makes them all equal priority — the highest.
Robert Laws collects supplies from the Tennessee food bank's mobile pantry.
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Food banks around the country are trying to keep their shelves stocked as more people in the U.S. struggle to get enough to eat. Increasingly, that means finding new ways to salvage food that would otherwise go to waste.
One innovation is being tested at the Second Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Tennessee. In a back room at the food bank's warehouse in Gray, Tenn., dented and crushed cans containing everything from green beans to beets are piled high on a counter.
Nik Wallenda hopes to test his high-wire skills above Niagara Falls. In April, he walked above the Quarter at Tropicana Casino in Atlantic City, N.J.
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Nik Wallenda — of the famed Flying Wallendas circus and stunt performers — hopes to walk over Niagara Falls on a tightrope. But first, he needs the help of the New York government. Right now, it's illegal to walk across the landmark on a high-wire.
This week, the state legislature passed a bill to lift the restriction; it isn't known whether Gov. Andrew Cuomo will sign it. Many, including the mayor of Niagara Falls, say the high-wire act would give the town's lagging economy a much-needed boost.
Wallenda says the feat "has been a dream of mine forever. It's in my blood."