Since the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, the New York Police Department has become one of America's most aggressive gatherers of domestic intelligence. Its intelligence unit, directed by a retired CIA veteran, dispatches undercover officers to keep tabs on ethnic neighborhoods — sometimes in areas far outside their jurisdiction.
Libyan loyalists launched counteroffensives throughout the capital on Wednesday, seemingly taking their cues from leader Moammar Gadhafi, who called on them from hiding to drive the "devils and traitors" from Tripoli.
Clashes erupted in a neighborhood next to Gadhafi's Bab al-Aziziya compound a day after the sprawling command-and-control center was overrun by thousands of rebel fighters. Pro-regime fighters attacked with shells and assault rifles in the Abu Salim area, which is home to a notorious prison and thought to be one of the last remaining regime strongholds in Tripoli.
Swiss bank UBS announced yesterday it is cutting thousands of jobs around the world, but it will keep a minimum of two-thousand employees at its U.S. headquarters in Connecticut. Craig Lemoult of member station WSHU reports that leaves 15-hundred Connecticut workers uncertain about their future with the bank.
Research In Motion has seen its once-dominant share of the smart phone market eaten away by the iPhone and Android. Bloomberg technology reporter Rich Jaroslovsky talks to Renee Montagne about RIM and the new BlackBerries.
All right, so the University of Miami's been caught in a humongous football scandal following Ohio State, North Carolina, Tennessee, Oregon, and, as the King of Siam used to say: "Etcetera, etcetera, etcetera."
What's more to add? The sport is totally out of control, and neither the college presidents nor the NCAA can do anything but make dopey, empty promises. So why bother? Let me, instead, tell you a nice college football story.
Muppets: The Green Album is an all-star tribute to the titular characters, featuring 12 classic Muppet songs reinterpreted by contemporary artists. One of them is Andrew Bird, who contributes a cover of Kermit the Frog's signature song, "Bein' Green." Bird says the meaning of the lyrics has evolved for him as he has grown older.
At first glance, the Japanese fishing port of Kesennuma looks like it's making a comeback from last March's devastating tsunami. A half-dozen fishing boats arrive one morning in this city of 70,000 and unload tons of bonito onto a partially rebuilt port.
The fish roll down a conveyor, beneath a fresh-water shower, and splash into plastic bins filled with ice water. Mitsuo Iwabuchi, a wholesaler bidding on the catch, says the port is improving, but the infrastructure that drives it, including scores of fish-processing and ice-making factories, still lies in ruins.
The dispute over immigration policy is being fought in an Alabama federal court Wednesday.
The state's Republican leaders say they passed the toughest immigration bill in the country to preserve jobs for Alabamians. But critics say the law goes too far, criminalizing all kinds of contact with undocumented residents and putting an extra burden on small business.
For all those who say there's nothing in the Affordable Care Act that could reduce health care spending, this one's for you.
Medicare officials have unveiled the latest initiative to spring from last year's overhaul, and it's one some health economists have been lusting after for years: Bundling payments so that hospitals, doctors, and even post-hospital caregivers all have the same financial incentive to both work together and provide cost-effective care.
Nick Ashford's songs are so ingrained in American culture they almost seem to have written themselves — songs such as "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" and "You're All I Need to Get By." Ashford was married to his songwriting partner, Valerie Simpson, for over 30 years. Ashford died Monday at the age of 70.
Ashford and Simpson wrote "Ain't Nothing Like The Real Thing" for Marvin Gaye and Tammy Terrell, "Reach Out and Touch (Somebody's Hand)" for Diana Ross and "Solid as a Rock" for themselves.
The United States wants to give Libya its money back.
The U.S. froze some $30 billion worth of the country's assets after leader Moammar Gadhafi launched a harsh crackdown on his opponents earlier this year. With Gadhafi's rule now near or at its end, U.S. officials and their European counterparts are prepared to quickly unfreeze those funds for a new Libyan leadership.
The AP has just provided this video of the White House and the Capitol as the 5.8 magnitude earthquake hit the East Coast. Make sure you watch the roof closely as the security detail reacts to the rumbling:
Update at 4:17 p.m. ET. Earthquake Interrupts DSK Press Conference:
Here's another video of the earthquake interrupting a press conference with Dominique Strauss-Kahn's lawyer:
Libyan rebels stormed Moammar Gadhafi's Tripoli compound Tuesday, after loyalist troops relented. NPR correspondent Lourdes Garcia-Navarro entered the compound after them and tells Robert Siegel about scenes of jubilant anti-Gadhafi fighters ransacking the barracks.
Libyan government forces fired a Scud missile Monday near Sirte. It's at least the second time the Scud has been used in the conflict. Ousted Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak also had Scuds in his arsenal. Brian Palmer gives Robert Siegel a brief history of the Soviet-made missile and tells us why Middle Eastern dictators love the Scud. Palmer writes the Explainer column for Slate.com.