All Things Considered for Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Toyota will pay $1.2 billion to end a federal criminal probe into a vehicle recall. Federal regulators said five people died in accidents related to unintended acceleration prior to the recall.

How Many Auto Mishaps Mandate A Recall?

Daniel Sharkey, an attorney in suburban Detroit who represents auto manufacturers, talks about the process a car company goes through in deciding to issue a vehicle recall.
FBI investigators are now joining the hunt for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. It's one more instance of increasingly closer international cooperation in the search — though confusion persists.
Russian officials were dismissive of the limited sanctions announced by the West. But some say the punitive measures are the opening bid in a broader effort to rein in Russia's ambitions.
As the U.S. seeks to penalize Russia, the country still has a strong lobbying presence in D.C. How much of a pariah must a nation become before it loses its public presence in the U.S. capital?
With deportations at a record high under the Obama administration, and with immigration reform stalled in Congress, Dreamer protest groups are trying to keep the issue alive with actions of their own.
Morning Edition's Steve Inskeep took a trip along the U.S.-Mexico border. At one of his first stops, he listened to a contest involving the "grito," a long shout with an even longer history in Mexico.
The Los Angeles Police Department is recognizing Women's History Month by honoring the first Mexican-American woman to join their force as a police officer: Josephine Serrano. Shereen Marisol Meraji has this remembrance.
The University of Maryland has claimed the 2013 national hacking championship, beating out more than 100 schools for the title. Claudio Sanchez attends a college hacking tournament to find out more.
The band Vulfpeck has a new album called Sleepify. The 10-song set is absolutely silent. The Michigan-based funk group is using Spotify's royalty-payment system to fund its upcoming tour.
Masked, pro-Russian forces have taken control of at least part of Ukraine's naval base in Crimea. No one was reported injured, but the Ukrainian commander was taken away by unidentified men.

Tumult In Crimea Has Some Fearing A Cold War Redux

Russia's annexation of Crimea has troubled its relations with the U.S. As Russia and the U.S. begin to trade sanctions in retaliation, analysts wonder if this spells a renewal of Cold War rivalry.
As much of California remains in a state of extreme drought, worried eyes are turning toward the coming fire season — which is expected to be particularly destructive.

In First Press Conference, New Fed Chair Goes Vague

In her first press conference as chair of the Federal Reserve, Janet Yellen pledged to keep interest rates low, but at times she wavered in word choice.
The U.S. plans to give up oversight of the nonprofit that manages Internet names and addresses. Technology reporter Gauthem Nagesh of The Wall Street Journal explains what this means for the Internet.
The approach would recognize changes in behavior and in the brain. Right now there aren't treatments that slow down the disease, but identifying high-risk patients early on could help with prevention.
When doctors ran out of treatment options for her dying husband, Oxana Rucsineanu took matters into her own hands. The costly new drug she got for him has menacing side effects, but it might save him.

As Iran Talks Wrap Up, Diplomats Get Specific

The latest round of nuclear talks between Iran and world powers, including the U.S., drew to a close in Vienna, Austria. Both sides were relieved to avoid any dust-ups and plan to meet again in April.
In an annual ritual, President Obama filled out his NCAA tournament bracket. Beyond his picks, though, he's got an ulterior motive — convincing young people to enroll in health care exchanges.
In three years, Mooseheart High School's basketball team went from also-ran to champion. One of the reasons? Mangisto Deng, a 6-foot-7-inch player from South Sudan. He tells of his journey and team.
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