National News from NPR

Pages

Latin America
11:01 pm
Mon September 19, 2011

Entrepreneurs Emerge As Cuba Loosens Control

An employee sells products in a religious articles store in Havana, Cuba, in this file photo from January. After Cuban President Raul Castro authorized private businesses as part of economic reforms, Cubans are making their debut as small business owners.
Adalberto Roque AFP/Getty Images

Since Cuba's communist government loosened its grip on the economy, thousands of small private businesses have sprung up.

It's a new frontier for budding capitalists, but competition is fierce and advertising is still tightly restricted.

Snack bars and food stalls are now all over Havana, but there aren't many as distinctive as Tio Tito, or Uncle Tito. The first thing you notice is the uniformed employees, scrambling to serve up Hawaiian pizzas and fruit drinks as music videos play on a monitor behind the counter.

Read more
Books
11:01 pm
Mon September 19, 2011

Shel Silverstein's Poems Live On In 'Every Thing'

Originally published on Tue September 20, 2011 4:13 pm

When Shel Silverstein wrote the poem "Years From Now," he seemed to know that one day he'd be gone but that his playful words and images would still be making children happy. "I cannot see your face," he writes to his young readers, but in "some far-off place," he assures them, "I hear you laughing — and I smile."

Read more
Author Interviews
11:01 pm
Mon September 19, 2011

Daniel Yergin Examines America's 'Quest' For Energy

Daniel Yergin is the author behind the Pulitzer Prize-winning book The Prize: The Epic Quest for Oil, Money & Power.
Jon Chomitz

A television ad running in upstate New York has been warning residents that the state's water supply is headed for ruin.

"New York tap water has always been the best in the world," it says. "In places where gas companies are already using a dangerous process called fracking, like Pennsylvania, the water is cloudy and full of toxic chemicals."

Read more
The Two-Way
5:49 pm
Mon September 19, 2011

Deadly Crackdown Goes Into Its Second Day In Yemen

Protestors carry a wounded protester from the site of clashes with security forces, in Taiz, Yemen on Monday.
Anees Mahyoub AP

Originally published on Mon September 19, 2011 6:00 pm

Since Yemen's president Ali Abdullah Saleh left for Saudi Arabia to seek medical treatment after an assassination attempt in June, things had been relatively quiet in Yemen. Saleh remained in power, but there were talks about a transition.

Read more
The Two-Way
5:07 pm
Mon September 19, 2011

Manhattan Says Goodbye To Its Last Single-Space Parking Meter

Surely, it's not an extinction that will cause many tears: This afternoon Department of Transportation crews ripped out the last single-space parking meter in Manhattan. You know, the kind of meter that sits atop poll and takes quarters.

The New York Times paid its respects, yesterday, with a long obit:

Read more
Presidential Race
4:22 pm
Mon September 19, 2011

Will Tough Talk On Immigration Repel Latino Voters?

Republican presidential candidates (from left) Rep. Michele Bachmann, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and Texas Gov. Rick Perry cover their hearts during the playing of the national anthem before a Republican presidential debate on Sept. 12.
Chris O'Meara AP

Originally published on Mon September 19, 2011 5:56 pm

Wherever he goes, GOP presidential candidate Rick Perry proudly waves the flag of conservatism, often introducing himself with, "I simply want to get America working again and make Washington, D.C., as inconsequential in your life as I can."

But the Texas governor, a favorite of conservatives overall, is taking criticism for being too moderate when it comes to immigration. The reason: In 2001, his first full year in office, he signed legislation that grants in-state tuition rates at Texas colleges and universities to some illegal immigrants.

Read more
Politics
4:09 pm
Mon September 19, 2011

Tax Winners And Losers Under Obama's Deficit Plan

Specialists on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange watch President Obama's televised speech on debt reduction Monday. Obama wants to require investment fund managers to pay at least the same percentage in taxes as middle-income Americans.
Richard Drew AP

Originally published on Mon September 19, 2011 8:20 pm

If enacted, President Obama's deficit-reduction plan would increase tax revenues by about $1.5 trillion over the coming decade. The wealthiest taxpayers could see significantly higher taxes, but the vast majority of Americans would pay less, at least through 2012.

These are some of the groups that could see higher tax bills starting in 2013:

Read more
Shots - Health Blog
4:02 pm
Mon September 19, 2011

Gamers Solve Stubborn Viral Mystery: The Shape Of A Key Enzyme

A screenshot from the Foldit puzzle for an enzyme found in HIV-like viruses.
UW Center for Game Science

See, Mom? Playing online video games can pay off.

An online group of gamers has correctly deduced the structure of an enzyme that AIDS-like viruses use for reproduction. By playing the online-game Foldit, the group figured out the structure of an important viral protein that has baffled scientists for more than a decade.

Read more
The Two-Way
3:55 pm
Mon September 19, 2011

Yankees' Mariano Rivera Becomes Top Closer In Baseball History

Alex Peluso, right, and his friend Chris Filomio, of Wappinger Falls, N.Y. show their support for New York Yankees pitcher Mariano Rivera during batting practice.
Kathy Kmonicek AP

Originally published on Mon September 19, 2011 4:02 pm

Yankees closer Mariano Rivera earned his 602nd career save, today, making him the top closer in baseball history. In a drama-free, 1-2-3 inning, Rivera surpassed Trevor Hoffman as the new record holder for most saves.

ESPN reports:

Read more
Country/Americana
3:50 pm
Mon September 19, 2011

Hank Williams III: Ghosts And Cattle Calls

From country and klezmer to doom-rock and metal, Hank 3's latest output is plenty diverse.
Tara Israel

Hank Williams III, also known as Hank 3, is the son of Hank Williams Jr., as well as the grandson of Hank Williams, considered to be one of the greatest country music performers of all time. Hank 3 got his start in music playing punk and metal, then went on to form bands with members of Pantera and The Jesus Lizard. Hank 3 made country albums, too, but had little use for mainstream Nashville's restrictive culture.

Read more

Pages