Federal sources say ballistics evidence ties a man arrested at Arlington National Cemetery last week to a series of mysterious shootings in the Washington, D.C., area.
Yonathan Melaku, 22, a member of the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves, has been in custody since police found him wandering last week after the cemetery had closed. He was carrying a backpack he said was full of explosives. The FBI later determined the material in the backpack was inert.
For some of us, the regular trudge to the grocery store is a trial all by itself. But consumers trying to make healthier choices are often left scratching their heads in wonder at the sheer volume of food products with claims about less fat and more whole grain.
Barely 40 years ago, it wasn't uncommon for a single mother on welfare, or a patient in a mental hospital in North Carolina, to be sterilized against her will.
But North Carolina wasn't alone: More than half of states in the U.S. had eugenics laws, some of which persisted into the 1970s.
North Carolina is now considering compensating its sterilization victims. A state panel heard from some of them Wednesday. They were mostly poor and uneducated — both black and white — and often just girls when it happened.
The AP reports that "Jackass" star Ryan Dunn was drunk when he and a passenger were killed in a car crash in Pennsylvania. His blood alcohol level was twice the legal limit, according to a toxicology report. The AP adds:
The report said Dunn's blood-alcohol level was 0.196 at the timeof the crash early Monday morning. The legal limit for drivers inthe state is .08.
The report was released Wednesday by West Goshen Township Police.
Our colleagues, embedded with troops in Afghanistan, witnessed a dramatic attack yesterday. NPR's Pentagon correspondent Tom Bowman tells Michele Norris on today's All Things Considered that the attack happened while they were at a Combat Outpost called Wilderness, which is a short helicopter ride from the city of Khost.
"I was actually coming back from brushing my teeth and there was this massive explosion, maybe 40 yards away," said Tom. Soldiers started screaming "mortars, mortars!" And Tom headed for cover.
The U.S. auto market is slowly rebounding. But even as sales increase, they're still not at the peaks hit 10 years ago. In 2000 and 2001, more than 17 million automobiles were sold in America. Last year, just under 12 million were sold.
But many analysts, dealers and executives believe the industry is actually healthier selling far fewer cars.
"That 16 to 17 million sales level that we experienced was not a normal situation," says Jeremy Anwyl, CEO of car site Edmunds.com.
He says a lot of the factors that kept car sales high won't be seen again.
If you ask people why they tip, they'll say it's obvious. They tip for good service, of course. It's a reward for a job well done.
But a leading theory on tipping suggests that's not really why we do it.
Studies show that the size of the tip doesn't have much to do with the quality of service. The weather, how sunny it is, what kind of mood people are in, these factors matter just as much as how satisfied the customers are with the service they receive.