This one probably isn't over yet. A local Georgia chapter of the Ku Klux Klan applied for permission to conduct regular trash clean ups along a state road, as part of the Adopt-A-Highway program. In exchange, Georgia usually posts a couple of small road signs honoring volunteers. This group's sign would read: IKK Realm of GA, Ku Klux Klan.
The Pentagon says it's trying to fend off one of the biggest threats to national security in decades - budget cuts. As NPR's Larry Abramson reports, Pentagon officials are warning members of Congress to find a way out of a budget stalemate or risk undercutting the effectiveness of the nation's military.
LARRY ABRAMSON, BYLINE: After more than a decade of fighting, Pentagon warriors are bracing for years of austerity. But Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta says a leaner military does not have to be weaker.
The online service for short-term rentals in private homes known as Airbnb got a boost when it was featured at the recent Apple conference. But the company has also drawn in attention in cities like San Francisco, where legal concerns over everything from liability and safety to upset landlords have led to scrutiny. Audie Cornish speaks with Fast Company reporter Austin Carr about what Airbnb is up against.
Colorado's High Park Fire northwest of Fort Collins has topped 46,000 acres, making it one of the largest wildfires in the state's history. It's also destroyed more than 100 buildings. But firefighters are beginning to gain ground and have started containing the blaze.
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And I'm Audie Cornish. A full year after Missouri River flood waters ravaged homes, businesses and farms in the Great Plains, the cleanup goes on - as does the battle over how to prepare for future floods. Some want the Missouri controlled for navigation. That means more water held back upriver. But others, looking to protect endangered species, want the river to flow more freely.
Yesterday was hatchet day at the New Orleans Times-Picayune and three Alabama newspapers all owned by the same company. About 600 people found out they were being laid off.
In New Orleans, nearly half the Times-Picayune newsroom is being let go. What this means is that the city will no longer have a daily paper. They'll publish three times a week. The focus will shift online to the website, NOLA.com.
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And I'm Audie Cornish. The chief executive of JPMorgan Chase, Jamie Dimon, went to Capitol Hill today. There, he tried to explain his company's recent multibillion-dollar trading losses, but he did not try to defend them. That's because he told the Senate Banking Committee the losses were indefensible. Dimon also said his company may try to recover some of the compensation paid to the traders who were responsible. NPR's Jim Zarroli reports.
Jurors in the insider trading case of Rajat Gupta heard closing arguments on Wednesday. Gupta is the former head of McKinsey and Company, and a close associate of Raj Rajaratnam, the hedge fund manager who was convicted of insider trading last year.