Regional
4:12 pm
Sat June 2, 2012

Two Fort Bliss Soldiers Killed In Afghanistan

 

Two soldiers based at Fort Bliss, Texas, were killed when their unit was attacked by enemy forces in Afghanistan.

The Department of Defense says 21-year-old Spc. Kedith L. Jacobs, of Denver, and 22-year-old Pfc. Leroy Deronde III, of Jersey City, N.J., were killed May 27 in the Chak-E Warkdak District, Afghanistan.

They were assigned to the 125th Brigade Support Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division at Fort Bliss.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

Author Interviews
3:13 pm
Sat June 2, 2012

'Life Behind The Lobby' Of Indian-American Motels

Originally published on Sat June 2, 2012 4:20 pm

Here are three remarkable facts about motels in the U.S. that you probably don't already know:

- At least 1 out of 2 motels are owned by Indian-Americans.

- Out of those Indian-owned motels, 70 percent are owned by Gujaratis, people with roots in the western Indian state of Gujarat.

- Of those Gujaratis, three-fourths share the last name Patel. There's even a name for these overnight establishments: "Patel Motels."

Read more
Economy
3:05 pm
Sat June 2, 2012

New Jobs Can't Keep Up With Population Growth

Among the more than 12 million Americans out of work, almost half have been out of work for more than six months. In its latest issue, Bloomberg Businessweek magazine profiles 12 people among these long-term unemployed who have managed to get back into the workforce. Host Guy Raz talks with Josh Green, senior national correspondent with Bloomberg Businessweek.

Music Interviews
3:05 pm
Sat June 2, 2012

The Beach Boys: The Harmony Is Endless After All

The Beach Boys' new album — the first collaboration in decades between founding members Brian Wilson (third from left) and Mike Love (second from right) — is called That's Why God Made the Radio.
Guy Webster Courtesy of the artist

The Beach Boys are in harmony again. The group is recording and performing together, after years of disputes and estrangement.

Brian Wilson and Mike Love tell Guy Raz, host of weekends on All Things Considered, that they're not surprised at the reunion.

"We've had 50 years' practice," Wilson says, "not just in music but in being guys."

Love says once they got back in the studio and started writing again, it felt like they had never left.

"It was nuts," Wilson says. "It was a nutbuster."

Read more
Remembrances
3:05 pm
Sat June 2, 2012

A Life's Promise, Tragically Broken

Marina Keegan, 22, graduated from Yale University just days before she died in a car crash.
AP

Originally published on Sat June 2, 2012 4:59 pm

Marina Keegan had just graduated from Yale University with a degree in English and was headed off to a job at The New Yorker. On May 26, she died in a car crash near her family's summer home in Massachusetts.

Read more
Middle East
3:05 pm
Sat June 2, 2012

Life Sentence For Ex-Egyptian Leader Hosni Mubarak

Protesters hold Egyptian flags during the demonstration in Tahrir Square.
Khaled Desouki AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Sat June 2, 2012 4:49 pm

Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak was sentenced to life in prison Saturday for his role in killing protesters during the revolution that ousted him from power.

A hushed courtroom listened as the head judge read the verdict: guilty of accessory to murder and attempted murder. Mubarak lay motionless on a hospital gurney inside a courtroom cage, his only noticeable emotion being the slight quivering of his lips.

Read more
The Salt
3:05 pm
Sat June 2, 2012

Tired Of Mowing Your Lawn? Try Foodscaping It Instead

The lawn of Nashville yoga instructor James Alvarez is being taken over by buckwheat.
Blake Farmer Nashville Public Radio

Originally published on Sat June 2, 2012 8:14 pm

When the economy began its steep decline in 2008, almost everything related to housing hit the skids, including the lawn and garden industry. But one sector escaped the pinch: food gardening.

In fact, food gardening sales nationwide have spiked 20 percent since then, and they've stayed there. While many households started growing food to be more budget-conscious, some are deciding vegetables and fruits can be beautiful, too.

Read more
It's All Politics
1:32 pm
Sat June 2, 2012

Battles Over Voter ID Laws Intensify

Attorney General Eric Holder addresses the Congressional Black Caucus Faith Leaders Summit and National Black Churches Annual Consultation on Wednesday in Washington.
Chip Somodevilla Getty Images

As both parties turn to the general election, and the potentially pivotal role of minority voters, battles over voter identification and other new state election laws are intensifying.

Read more
Regional
12:41 pm
Sat June 2, 2012

Officials Break Ground On Navajo Water Project

TWIN LAKES, N.M. (AP) — Federal, state and tribal officials gathered Saturday in western New Mexico to break ground on the massive Navajo-Gallup Water Supply Project.

 

The 280-mile, $1 billion pipeline project will serve more than 43 Navajo communities in New Mexico and Arizona, the city of Gallup and a portion of the Jicarilla Apache Nation in northern New Mexico.

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar pointed to the project as one of the Obama administration's priorities, saying it will honor commitments to tribal nations and help resolve long-standing water disputes.

Read more
Regional
12:37 pm
Sat June 2, 2012

UPDATE: Gila Fire 17 Percent Contained; 1200+ Battling Flames

NWS

The more than 1,200 firefighters who are battling the nation's largest wildfire in rugged mountains and canyons of southwestern New Mexico are racing to build lines to corral the massive blaze.  The fire had charred more than 354 square miles, and crews were bracing for more dry and windy conditions.

Fire information officer Lee Bentley says the focus is on the western edge of the Whitewater-Baldy fire.

Read more

Pages