Under orders from GOP Gov. Nikki Haley, state employees must answer the phone saying: "It's a great day in South Carolina." Two Democratic legislators want to ban the cheery mandate. They say no sunny hellos as long as unemployment is more than 5 percent in the state.
Former U.S. Senator Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania performed at a Philadelhia comedy club Tuesday night. He joked he'd already been in comedy for 30 years. But he added in politics, it's sit-down comedy rather than standup.
At NPR's Baghdad bureau, Isra' al Rubei'i has long worked as a reporter and translator. She submitted this short piece of fiction about a man standing before a judge — a character, who she says represents the Iraqi experience.
A pickup that crashed into a mobile home in Parker County has killed two people and injured two more. The accident occurred just after midnight this morning in Springtown, about 30 miles northwest from Fort Worth. The occupants of the mobile home were uninjured, but two of the occupants were killed immediately and two others were hospitalized.
The temperature in North Texas is expected to remain above normal for 2011, but 2012 will be ushered in with another cold front; and with that cold front comes a reminder from the National Fire Protection Association.