Alfre Woodard has been a familiar face on television over the course of her three-decade career. She was up for an Emmy Award on Sunday for her role in the Lifetime remake of Steel Magnolias. She didn't win that one, but she still has on her mantle previous Emmys for programs like The Practice and L.A. Law. Woodard is also a powerful presence on the big screen, as evidenced by her Oscar nomination for the 1983 film Cross Creek and roles in acclaimed features like Primal Fear and Love & Basketball.
While there's a serious dog problem in Detroit, the initial results of an effort to count the number of homeless canines in the city indicate there are far fewer than the 50,000 strays that some news accounts have talked about.
Originally published on Mon September 23, 2013 3:29 pm
Sales of its new iPhone 5s and 5c models have surpassed other iPhone releases and exceeded initial supply, Apple says. The company says it has sold 9 million of the phones since their launch on Friday and that "many online orders" will ship in coming weeks.
"This is our best iPhone launch yet — more than nine million new iPhones sold — a new record for first weekend sales," Apple CEO Tim Cook said in a Monday press release. He added that "while we've sold out of our initial supply of iPhone 5s, stores continue to receive new iPhone shipments regularly."
Originally published on Mon September 23, 2013 2:02 pm
The Memphis garage punks in Oblivians released three classic lo-fi albums in the mid-'90s before moving on — thankfully not into oblivion. For 12 years, band members Greg Oblivian, Jack Oblivian and Eric Oblivian — a.k.a. Greg Cartwright, Jack Yarber and Eric Friedl — have each carried on with other projects. In Cartwright's case, this included a record store; in Friedl's case, it included the Goner Records label.
Switching gears now. By now, most students are settled into the new school year, so we wanted to talk about bringing technology into the nation's schools. The Los Angeles Unified School District - the nation's second-largest school system - has started ruling out a $1 billion effort that will put iPads in the hands of all of its students. Education leaders around the country are paying close attention to this experiment to see whether these devices engage students or just distract them.
I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Later, we'll hear one side of the debate over tech in the classroom. We'll hear from the former chancellor of New York City schools about why he's become a big believer and investor in bringing tablet computers to the classroom. That's ahead.
This is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. I'm Michel Martin. We'd like to start the program today by trying to learn more about the attack this weekend on a popular mall in Nairobi, Kenya. More than 60 people were killed when attackers fought their way into Westgate shopping mall, eventually holding hostages there. In a moment, we'll try to learn more about al-Shabab. That's the group claiming responsibility.
Originally published on Mon September 23, 2013 1:31 pm
Typhoon Usagi, which stormed ashore north of Hong Kong on Sunday evening, has been blamed for at least 25 deaths in south China's Guangdong province. Some 8,490 houses reportedly collapsed in the typhoon's winds, officials say.
"A total of 5.48 million people were affected and 310,000 residents were displaced due to the storm," reports the Xinhua state news agency, adding that the storm has caused an estimated $1.16 billion in direct economic losses.
Originally published on Mon September 23, 2013 6:38 pm
Less than a week ago, it looked like the America's Cup — yachting's oldest and most prestigious trophy — would sail back to New Zealand after a near blowout of the U.S. defenders, who are sponsored by Oracle CEO Larry Ellison.
Originally published on Tue September 24, 2013 8:58 am
The majority of new mothers try to breast-feed. But it's not easy.
Only 13 percent manage to breast-feed exclusively for the six months that are recommended for a baby's health. And, as you might expect, the moms who have trouble with breast-feeding in the first week with a new baby are the ones most likely to give up, a study finds.
Originally published on Mon September 23, 2013 7:11 pm
We're kicking off a new morning routine in which we'll get the day started on NPR's It's All Politics" blog by sharing a handful of political stories that caught our interest or that we'll be watching.
"The global number of child laborers has declined by one third since 2000."
That still means there are an estimated 168 million child laborers around the world, and more than half "are involved in hazardous work" involving such things as dangerous machinery and harmful chemicals.
Originally published on Mon September 23, 2013 3:45 pm
Boston Police Commissioner Edward Davis, who became a nationally known figure as he led his department's response to last April's bombings at the Boston Marathon, announced Monday that he's stepping down after seven years in the job.
"It's time for me to try other things," the 57-year-old Davis told reporters. Among the first opportunities he said he may take advantage of is a fellowship at Harvard.
Kenyan security forces monitor the scene behind a wall outside the Westgate Mall in Nairobi on Monday. The military launched a major operation to end a standoff with al-Qaida-link militants who stormed the upscale mall Saturday, throwing grenades and firing on civilians. At least 62 people were killed and 175 more were wounded in the attack.
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Smoke rises from the Westgate Mall. Witnesses reported multiple large blasts coming from the scene.
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Stephen, who lost his father in the attack, is comforted by relatives as he waits for a report outside the city morgue. Al-Shabab, a militant group based in Somalia, has claimed responsibility for the attack.
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People outside the mall shout at police officers Sunday as they grow frustrated with the slow development in the operation against the terrorists. A government spokesman said Monday that the operation would end soon. He said "very, very" few people, if any, remain in the mall and at least two "terrorists" were dead.
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Kenyan soldiers arrive at the mall after dawn. Al-Shabab has warned that it would attack Kenya in retaliation for the country's sending troops to Somalia in 2011.
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People escape from a fire allegedly started by gunmen inside the mall Saturday.
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A police officer tries to secure an area inside the mall.
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A woman who had been hiding during the gunbattle runs for cover after armed forces enter the mall.
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A security officer and others help a wounded woman. Witnesses say some people who could convince the attackers that they were Muslims were allowed to go.
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The attack on the mall is "the deadliest terror attack in Nairobi since the U.S. Embassy bombings of 1998, " NPR's Gregory Warner says.
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Kenya security forces monitor the scene behind a wall outside the Westgate Mall in Nairobi on Monday. Kenya's military launched a major operation at the upscale mall and said it had rescued most of the hostages being held captive by al-Qaida-linked militants during the standoff which started on Saturday.
NPR's business news starts with protests in Bangladesh.
Thousands of garment workers in Bangladesh continue protesting today. Dozens have been injured in clashes with police. They're demanding higher wages, seeking about $100 - per month. The demonstrators have forced over 100 factories to closes; factories that supply retailer like Wal-Mart and Gap.
Originally published on Mon September 23, 2013 3:11 pm
The U.S. Defense Department has awarded a rich military contract to Lockheed Martin, agreeing to pay more than $3.9 billion for a missile-defense system. The deal calls for a maximum of 110 high-altitude interceptor missiles for the United States, and 192 versions of the missiles for export to the United Arab Emirates.
Update at 2:30 p.m. ET: Number Of Missiles Adjusted