Morning Edition for Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Investigators Delve Into Aaron Alexis' Background

As the investigation into Monday's mass shooting at the Washington Navy Yard progresses, authorities are learning more about the mental state of the gunman, 34-year-old Aaron Alexis. A recent police report indicates Alexis was hearing voices coming from walls. Meanwhile, work is resuming at the Navy Yard.

New Trial Ordered In New Orleans Bridge Shooting Case

Five New Orleans police officers were accused of shooting unarmed civilians in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Two people died and four were seriously wounded. The officers were convicted and sentenced to prison. But on Tuesday, a district judge threw out their conviction on grounds of prosecutorial misconduct.

D.C. Mourns Victims Of Navy Yard Shooting

People in Washington, D.C. gathered throughout the day on Tuesday to mourn the victims of Monday's shootings at the Navy Yard. Thirteen people were killed — including the gunman.

'Don't Know'? Just Admit It

Author Leah Hager Cohen says it's time to stop faking your way through conversations. "Once you finally own up to what you don't know, then you can begin to have honest interactions with the people around you," she explains.
Tulane medical students are trading in their scrubs for chefs whites. They've teamed up with culinary students at Johnson & Wales University, as part of an innovative new program designed to teach both groups how good nutrition can help stave off lifestyle diseases.

House Bill Would Cut $40 Billion From Food Stamp Program

After Tea Party Republicans balked at passing the traditional farm-and-food-stamp bill, House leaders split the two apart. The farm portion narrowly cleared the House in July. The food stamp part is on its way to the floor — this time with cuts twice as large as before. The $40 billion in cuts would be made over a decade.

Your Kids And Money: Teaching The Value Of A Dollar

What's the point of an allowance? For Ron Lieber, personal finance writer for The New York Times, it's a tool to help teach things like patience, moderation, thrift and generosity. Some parents make kids earn money by doing chores, others give an unconditional allowance. What's your approach?

Walgreen's Revamps Employee Health Care Package

The pharmacy chain is expected to announce that it will provide payments to employees so they can shop around for their own insurance. That is in lieu of supplying a company-sponsored benefit plan.

Home Care Workers To Be Included In Wage And Overtime Law

There are about 2 million home care workers in the U.S. But currently they are not covered under minimum wage and overtime laws. That will change in January of 2015 under new regulations announced by the Obama administration.

Should It Take 2 Or 3 Years To Earn A Law Degree?

President Obama, a Harvard Law grad and former law professor, has suggested that students can learn all they need to take the bar exam in two years. That would save them tens of thousands of dollars. But it would also cost law schools millions of dollars in tuition revenue.
Three New York men were so eager to get the game; they hatched a scheme that could be one of its plots. According to the New York Post, the men pulled up to a mall in an unmarked vehicle, walked past hundreds of people in line and purchased the game. Real police pulled them over after they ran multiple stop signs trying to get away.

Navy Yard Shooter Struggled With Growing Mental Issues

Investigators are gathering clues that indicate Aaron Alexis' life seemed to be unraveling. He's been identified as the man who opened fire at a U.S. Naval base in Washington, D.C. on Monday, killing 12 workers. Alexis was killed in a gun battle with police.

Another Shooting Spree Added To The List Of Gun Violence

Monday's deadly shooting at the Navy Yard in Washington, D.C. was just the latest in a string of mass shootings across the country. Last year, Adam Lanza opened fire in Sandy Hook Elementary School, killing 26 people before he took his own life.

Gun Control Advocates Say Little After Navy Yard Shooting

In the aftermath of this week's shooting rampage at the Navy Yard in Washington, D.C., there has been no revival of the debate over gun control. In fact, the response from both sides in the debate has been muted. That's very different from what happened after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings in December.
Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff has put off her state visit to the United States over allegations that the National Security Agency spied on her, ordinary Brazilians and the state oil company. This was supposed to be the first state visit by a Brazilian leader in two decades.
Investigators have a good idea what documents NSA leaker Edward Snowden got and how he got them. Officials now tell NPR that he had access to a file-sharing site on the NSA's internal website, and it was actually his responsibility to move sensitive documents to a more secure location.

Colorado Officials Scale Back Searches For Flood Victims

The search and rescue effort in Colorado is slowing down. While many are still listed as missing, officials are scaling back on the effort to find those trapped in areas severely affected by recent flooding. They say most people who wanted to get out have been able to do so.
In Florida, disagreements between state and federal officials may make it hard for residents to get information about getting health coverage through the Affordable Care Act. State officials have questioned the use of federally funded navigators to enroll people.

University Of Alabama Moves To Integrate Greek System

White sorority members told the school's student newspaper they wanted to recruit at least two black candidates, but their names were removed before members could vote on them. University President Judy Bonner has ordered sororities to use an open bidding process which allows them to add new members at any time.

U.S. Team Must Rally To Win America's Cup

The America's Cup is winding down and many in San Francisco say it has fallen short of expectation — on and off the water. The defending champions Oracle Team USA, the hometown favorites, are close to defeat by Emirates Team New Zealand. The regatta will likely be remembered for failing to live up to its hype.

More Than Average: Dow Jones Adds The 'Swoosh'

Nike made the leap onto the stock averages index when Hewlett-Packard, Bank of America and Alcoa were dropped because of their low stock prices. Yes, says, commentator Frank Deford, a mere sporting goods company has joined the wealthy elite.

New Zealand Men Give New Meaning To The Words: Beer Tap

With the sponsorship of a brewery, the men rigged a friend's home so that beer flowed from all the taps.

Why Lilly Collins Is The 'Most Dangerous Celebrity'

Fantasy film star Lily Collins seems harmless but beware of looking for more about the starlet on the Internet. According to antivirus software company McAfee, she is the Most Dangerous Celebrity. Plugging Collins' name into a search engine has a 14 percent chance of turning up a computer virus.
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