If you want to venture into New York City's subterranean nether circles, let Jeff Roth be your Virgil. To a basement two levels below the bustling streets near Times Square, for example. Just past some leaky pipes, a hole in the ground and through some heavy metal doors, he led me to an unexpected morgue.
United Nations monitors in Syria were shot at with small arms fire today as they tried to reach the scene of another alleged massacre, U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon said this morning.
At the U.N. General Assembly, Ban also condemned today's "shocking and sickening" reports about the killings of dozens. And, NPR's Michele Kelemen reports, he called this yet another "pivotal moment" that could see Syria fall into a full-blown civil war.
The accused killer of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin goes back to court June 29. That's when a judge will review whether to increase the bail amount for George Zimmerman. He returned to prison over the weekend after his bond was revoked last week. The judge determined Zimmerman and his wife hadn't told the full truth about how much money they had, and were able to pay a lower bail.
Every day, approximately 340 million Tweets are posted on the social networking service, Twitter.
Inspired by the Twitter format of 140 characters per message, filmmaker and editor Mia Meyer and her colleague, Tim Klimes, started a website that films Twitter users telling their stories in 140 seconds.
If you drive northwest on New Hampshire Avenue out of Washington, D.C., you'll pass a few shopping plazas, a freeway or two, a house of worship for nearly every imaginable denomination. Around the point where the suburban sprawl begins to thin out, there's a one-block-long dead-end street on the right called Spotswood Drive. That's where a man named Walter Salb once lived; he was a beloved and respected drummer, and by most accounts a larger-than-life character.
"Economic growth appears poised to continue at a moderate pace over coming quarters," Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke is telling Congress this hour, and will be supported in part by additional "accommodative monetary policy" from the central bank.
While there's been a slowing in job growth, Bernanke says that Fed policymakers believe household spending has been "relatively well sustained" and are encouraged by "consumer spentiment [that is] ... up noticeably from its levels late last year."
Willie Nelson is an American icon. Born during the Great Depression, he's lived and sung about many of the changes the U.S. has experienced since. As one of the progenitors of outlaw country, he's pushed boundaries in music and politics, and he hasn't been one to take it easy — since his recording debut in 1956, Nelson has released 60 studio albums, 10 live records, 37 compilations and 27 album-length collaborations.