President Obama, during a Democratic National Committee event in Austin, Texas, on Tuesday (May 10, 2011).
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"President Barack Obama's approval rating has hit its highest point in two years — 60 percent — and more than half of Americans now say he deserves to be re-elected, according to an Associated Press-GfK poll taken after U.S. forces killed al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden."
Many women across the globe, especially poor women, do not have access to family planning.
Malcolm Potts is Bixby professor at the School of Public Health at the University of California, Berkeley. Martha Campbell is president of Venture Strategies for Health and Development and a lecturer at the University of California, Berkeley.
Among the evidence seized at bin Laden's compound were videos — including one showing the al-Qaida leader watching TV. The Pentagon released this image from one of the videos on May 7, 2011.
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Osama bin Laden was dead about 20 minutes after U.S. commandos landed at his compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, last week "a U.S. official" has told CBS News' David Martin.
The official, saying that the al-Qaida leader was killed "relatively early" in the operation, tells CBS that members of the Navy SEAL team spent about half the 40 minutes they were at the compound collecting computers, hard drives, thumb drives and other evidence about bin Laden's terrorist network.
Floodwaters from the oversized Mississippi River are surging south into the Mississippi delta after cresting this week in Memphis, Tenn. CBS reports hundreds of Mississippi homes are already damaged and crews are rushing to shore up earthen levees. The river is projected to crest in Vicksburg on Saturday.
<em>Ann Powers is a writer and pop music critic. S</em><em>he is also the author of </em>Weird Like Us: My Bohemian America.
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Ann Powers is NPR's music critic. You can read her work at <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/therecord/">The Record</a>. She is also the author of <em>Weird Like Us: My Bohemian America.</em>
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In 1975, Ellen Willis went to see a Rolling Stones concert. "I spent most of the evening dancing in my seat," she wrote in her review for The New Yorker magazine, "and in my seat merely because the people behind me insisted." As a critic, she was always shaking her hips.
In Shelton, Conn., high school senior James Tate wanted to ask someone to prom in a special way. In the middle of the night, he and friends brought a ladder to the school and taped this message in tall letters to the side of the building: "Sonali Rodrigues, Will you go to prom with me?" She said yes, but the school suspended Tate for trespassing.
The Iranian lawyer for three Americans charged with espionage said judicial authorities have not resumed their trial as planned.
Masoud Shafiei said that two jailed Americans — Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal — were not brought into court Wednesday and that Iranian officials gave no immediate explanation.
Bauer and Fattal have been held since July 2009 after being taken into custody on the Iran-Iraq border. A third American, Sarah Shourd, was released in September on $500,000 bail and is being charged in absentia.
And in Indiana, Governor Mitch Daniels signed a law yesterday that makes his state the first to ban all government funding for Planned Parenthood. The bill also imposes some of the nation's toughest restrictions on abortion. Planned Parenthood has clinics across the country and it receives funds through Medicaid and from government grants.
There has long been a prohibition against using federal money for abortions. But many Republicans say that paying for any services at Planned Parenthood indirectly subsidizes abortion.
President Obama is trying to jumpstart the debate on overhauling the immigration system. He gave a speech on the U.S.-Mexican border Tuesday — laying out his principles and arguing that fixing the system would give a boost to the economy. NPR's Mara Liasson reports.
Intel's International Science and Engineering Fair in Los Angeles brings together more than 1,600 high school students from all over the world to compete for more than $4 million in prizes. Renee Montagne speaks with writer Judy Dutton and competitor Taylor Wilson about this year's fair. Dutton has written a book called Science Fair Season.
Farmers are begging for rain in western Kansas, where winter wheat — that's the kind that ends up in a loaf of bread — is nearing harvest. Drought conditions are putting a huge dent in the crop's quality and yields, and may cause some farmers to abandon their fields. Eric Durban of Harvest Public Radio report.
General Motors CEO Dan Akerson says his company will invest $2 billion dollars to upgrade 17 plants. The company also plans to hire up to four thousand people — two thousand of whom will come from the company's pool of laid-off workers. Michigan Radio's Tracy Samilton reports.
The nuclear emergency in Japan has prompted closer scrutiny of nuclear power around the globe. Yet it has not slowed interest in mining uranium near the Grand Canyon, where there are some of the richest deposits in the country. Daniel Kraker of member station KNAU reports on why that issue is divisive.
A three-judge panel in Richmond, Va., heard Tuesday oral arguments in two cases challenging the constitutionality of the nation's landmark health care law.
It marked the first time any of the dozens of lawsuits filed against last year's law have reached the appellate level, and brings the measure a step closer to what most predict will be a legal showdown that will only end at the Supreme Court sometime in 2012.
Today, couples who may never have become parents a generation ago have the wonders of technology to help them. One in every hundred babies in the U.S. is conceived in a laboratory. But because most insurance does not cover fertility treatments, a big barrier remains: money.
Then-House Speaker Newt Gingrich holds up a copy of the Republican Party's "Contract with America" during a rally to celebrate the first 50 days of the Republican majority in Congress in 1995.
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The former House speaker walks onstage before speaking at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) February in Washington.
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Newt Gingrich's daughter Kathy marches in a campaign rally with supporters for his 1978 run for Congress.
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Gingrich taught history at West Georgia College (now known as the University of West Georgia) in the 1970s. Here, he's shown teaching a class.
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NPR has been profiling some of the Republicans who are considering a presidential run in 2012, to find out what first sparked their interest in politics. Read more of those profiles.
When you ask many politicians what inspired them to a life of public service, you often hear familiar words about a commitment to helping people, or perhaps a desire to run government more like a business.
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad addresses tens of thousands of Iranians gathered in Azadi (Freedom) Square in Tehran to mark the 31st anniversary of the Islamic Revolution on Feb. 11, 2010. Ahmadinejad said Iran had produced a "first stock" of 20 percent enriched uranium for its nuclear program.
For the United States, Iran — and its nuclear program — is a hard case to crack. It figures prominently in so many American foreign policy challenges: Iraq, Israel and the Palestinians, Afghanistan and the United States' own nuclear program.
For years, successive U.S. administrations have been at a loss to figure out how to change what they call Iran's bad behavior. But in the past year, another option has emerged, says Karim Sadjadpour, an Iran specialist with the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.
Manny Pacquiao hits Shane Mosley in the seventh round of their WBO welterweight title fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on May 7. Pacquiao retained his title with a unanimous-decision victory.
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In a springtime of pro basketball and hockey playoffs, of NASCAR and, heaven help us, mixed martial arts, it may be hard for anybody on the sunny side of the baby boom era to appreciate that what took place last Saturday would have been, not so long ago, about the biggest sports day of the year.
Yes sir, both the Kentucky Derby — the fabled Run for the Roses — and the greatest boxer on the planet, the legendary Pacman, defending his title. Same day. What a twin bill.
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Every decade, the Census determines the center of the U.S. population. It explains it like this:
The center is determined as the place where an imaginary, flat, weightless and rigid map of the United States would balance perfectly if all residents were of identical weight. In 2000, Edgar Springs, Mo., was announced as the new U.S. population center.