The Salt
4:20 pm
Fri April 27, 2012

Taming Those Wild, Stinging Backyard Greens Into Dinner

Leah Lizarondo. with her hands covered in plastic bags, gathers stinging nettles.
Larkin Page-Jacobs for NPR

Originally published on Sat April 28, 2012 10:22 am

On a chilly grey morning I come across a big, lush patch of nettles in a Pittsburgh park. Leah Lizarondo, the food writer who brought me here, has her hands wrapped in old plastic bread bags.

Those bags are crucial because touching stinging nettles with your bare hands can be pretty unpleasant. "It's like something pricked you, like a little ant bit you, and then it starts being a little painful," said Lizarondo.

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Tooele
4:13 pm
Fri April 27, 2012

Deseret Chemical Depot Headed Back to Green Grass and Daisies

Igloos at Deseret Chemical Depot, Utah, provide secure storage for munitions awaiting incineration disposal. (Photo courtesy U.S. Army)
Photo courtesy U.S. Army

Army officials recognized the work of employees at the Deseret Chemical Depot weapons storage facility in Tooele Thursday for their part in destroying the largest stockpile of chemical weapons in the United States.

Inventory Management Specialist Kent Shields is letting go of the petty frustrations that come with the day-to-day workweek grind and forging ahead: “It’s such a changing event in our lives. I’m old and I’m going to be able to retire but it’s just like a big door shutting and a chapter of a great book ending.”

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Election 2012
3:54 pm
Fri April 27, 2012

Obama Team Changes Line Of Attack Against Romney

Vice President Biden defends the administration's foreign policy --€” and questions Mitt Romney's ideas — on Thursday at New York University.
Lucas Jackson Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Fri April 27, 2012 5:02 pm

General-election battle lines are taking shape between President Obama and likely Republican challenger Mitt Romney.

Romney is sticking with his long-standing attack on the president as someone not up to the huge job of turning around the economy.

But the Obama campaign has recently changed its message: Instead of portraying Romney as a flip-flopping, say-anything politician, it is now arguing that the former Massachusetts governor is a man with extreme positions far outside the American mainstream.

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The Two-Way
3:36 pm
Fri April 27, 2012

Secret Service Tightens Conduct Rules Following Prostitution Scandal

Originally published on Fri April 27, 2012 4:53 pm

The fallout from the Secret Service prostitution scandal in Colombia continues: Now the Secret Service says it is tightening and clarifying its policies for traveling employees.

NPR's Tamara Keith spoke to a Secret Service spokesperson who says the Secret Service leadership detailed the new rules in an internal message regarding personal conduct sent to all employees.

The new policy covers alcohol consumption and what types of businesses employees can patronize, Tamara tells our Newscast unit. "The Agency is also adding additional briefings on standards of conduct."

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Poetry
3:32 pm
Fri April 27, 2012

NewsPoet: Monica Youn Writes The Day In Verse

Monica Youn visits NPR headquarters in Washington on Friday.
Doriane Raiman NPR

Originally published on Wed July 25, 2012 9:20 am

Today at All Things Considered, we continue a project we're calling NewsPoet. Each month, we bring in a poet to spend time in the newsroom — and at the end of the day, to compose a poem reflecting on the day's stories.

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Economy
3:20 pm
Fri April 27, 2012

Mixed Signals: Weaker Growth, Higher Profits

Consumers spent more than expected in the first quarter of 2012, partly because they dipped into their savings, but businesses spent less.
Don Ryan AP

Originally published on Fri April 27, 2012 4:05 pm

The U.S. economy lost some steam during the first three months of the year. The Commerce Department said Friday that growth slowed to just 2.2 percent, down from 3 percent at the end of last year.

The good news was that the economy continued to grow during the first quarter of the year. But anyone who was waiting for growth to kick into a higher gear was disappointed once again. One reason for that was a slowdown in business investment — companies spent less on new equipment and software even though profits were surprisingly strong.

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Around the Nation
2:57 pm
Fri April 27, 2012

Thieves' Cover-Ups Raise Concerns Among Muslims

The Philadelphia Police Department and the FBI Violent Crimes Task Force are seeking the public's assistance in identifying and locating the suspects responsible for a bank robbery at the Sovereign Bank, 8310 Stenton Ave., on March 20.
Courtesy of Philadelphia Police

Originally published on Fri April 27, 2012 4:05 pm

The surveillance tape shows what looks like a Muslim woman, her face and body hidden by her traditional clothing, robbing a Philadelphia bank. But the robber in the abaya and khimar is actually a man. He's part of a recent crime spree involving perpetrators in Muslim garb.

The worst of the incidents happened in Upper Darby when, Police Superintendent Michael Chitwood says, someone who appeared to be a Muslim woman went into a barbershop.

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The Two-Way
2:57 pm
Fri April 27, 2012

LIVE: Can You Dig It? Introducing NPR's Official AntCam

Behind the scenes.
Mark Memmott NPR

Originally published on Sat August 4, 2012 6:44 pm

We've written about the Decorah Eagle Cam and about the Jewel bear cam.

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Politics
2:19 pm
Fri April 27, 2012

Holder: 'More Work To Do' Before Term Is Over

Attorney General Eric Holder, shown speaking at the 2012 National Law Enforcement Training on Child Exploitation earlier this month, tells NPR he's achieved his highest goal: leading a Justice Department that shaped him as a lawyer and as a person.
David Goldman AP

Originally published on Fri April 27, 2012 4:05 pm

Attorney General Eric Holder — the first African-American to hold the nation's top law enforcement job — is in the homestretch of his first, and probably last, full term in the post.

And after more than three years on the job, Holder is in an unusually reflective mood. He's thinking about the country's ongoing struggle over civil rights and what he wants to accomplish in his last months of government service.

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Middle East
2:02 pm
Fri April 27, 2012

In A Change, Turkey Tightens Its Border With Syria

Turkish army personnel patrol near the border with Syria in Kilis earlier this month. Activists and smugglers say it's getting harder to get medical and communications equipment into Syria across the Turkish border.
Bulent Kilic AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri April 27, 2012 4:05 pm

The spring sun is warming the fields and orchards along the Turkey-Syria border, and new refugee camps are sprouting as well.

Smugglers who have long worked these mountain border trails are now busy moving civilians out of Syria to the safety of Turkish camps. They're also moving medical and communications equipment and people into opposition-held neighborhoods in Syria. But recently, some say that's getting harder.

A smuggler known as Abu Ayham says Turkish guards, who used to permit nonlethal aid to pass freely, have suddenly grown much tougher on the smugglers.

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