Morning Edition for Thursday, March 13, 2014

Democrats and Republicans generally agree that Congress needs to approve an aid package quickly. But it's proven harder than expected for everyone to agree on what should be in that aid package.

Political Split In Ukraine Divides Families

One couple has survived many political changes over their 47-year marriage, but the current political crisis in Ukraine is dividing them too.
Colorado's Senate race is heating up with the entry of a well-regarded Republican challenger. Colorado is also the model for Democratic voter mobilization efforts in battleground states nationwide.
He was on assignment for Men's Journal for a story about an explorer who's walking the length of the Nile. Power was walking with him and it's thought he succumbed to heatstroke and exhaustion.
The City Council of Birmingham, England, has been promoting a wedding fair on its website. But the event is taking place in Birmingham, Alabama. This wasn't the first time for the misunderstanding.
"Nobody really compares" to Alan Williams number-wise, a statistician says. But the starting center for University of California, Santa Barbara, isn't widely expected to be named Player of the Year.

Report: Syria's Civil War Is Brutal On Children

UNICEF says more than 10,000 children have been killed in the ongoing conflict, and 2.8 million are not in school. David Greene talks to UNICEF's Juliette Touma, who's based in Amman, Jordan.
Following two doctrinally conservative leaders, Pope Francis' pastoral approach in his first year has given the Catholic Church a new glow. But it's still unclear where he intends to take the church.

Yahoo Partners With Yelp For Local Search Data

Yahoo is trying to boost search traffic with reviews of businesses from Yelp — in hopes that some of its popularity will rub off.

FTC Launches Civil Probe Into Herbalife

The nutrition supplement company has been under attack by billionaire investor William Ackman, who's been pressing regulators to look into the way Herbalife operates.

Number Of Calif. Homes In Foreclosure Process Soars

Foreclosures are at a seven-year low nationwide. In California, however, the number of notices of default, which is the first step in the foreclosure process, jumped.

Hasbro To Update Official Scrabble Dictionary

In an effort to stay relevant, the dictionary is being updated for the first time in nearly a decade.

Obama To Push Expanded Overtime Pay

President Obama is asking the Labor Department to update the rules governing overtime. The goal is to require millions of additional workers to be paid overtime — an idea business opposes.
Student-led protester complain about high crime, joblessness and shortages of basic goods. The government claims it's an illegal attempt to overthrow a democratically elected leader.

It's Been 25 Years Since World Wide Web Debuted

Since then it's transformed daily life. To look back at how far the web has evolved and where it may be headed in the next 25 years, Renee Montagne talks to Kevin Kelly, a founder of Wired magazine.

London Tourist Gets Palace Guard To Smile

A video that has become popular on YouTube shows a tourist getting a member of the Queen's Guard to smile. The guards are usually stoic.

Yatsenyuk Appeals For International Aid For Ukraine

Ukraine's interim Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk takes his case to the United Nations on Thursday, as he tries to build support for his country in its territorial conflict with Russia.
Stanley Fischer, President Obama's choice to be the Federal Reserve's vice chairman, is on Capitol Hill Thursday for a confirmation hearing .

Hitching A Ride On The World's Biggest Cargo Ship

Launched in August, the Maersk McKinney Moller is the first of a new class of megaships. It's 20 stories high and nearly four football fields long. NPR's Jackie Northam hopped on board in Poland.
Each day people consume a drug derived from a natural insecticide. That drug is caffeine. David Greene talks to Murray Carpenter, author of Caffeinated: How Our Daily Habit Helps, Hurts and Hooks Us.
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