Syria's President Bashar Assad addressed his nation Wednesday for the first time since anti-government protests broke out two weeks ago. Government forces have opened fire on demonstrators, killing dozens. Assad replaced his government Tuesday, but NPR's Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson tells Renee Montagne that his speech Wednesday fell short of delivering changes sought by protesters.
When New York's Medicaid director asked the public for money-saving ideas, the most popular suggestion, as measured by the sheer volume of emails, left him a bit red-faced: End payments for routine circumcisions.
As we said Tuesday, there was a fair amount of fun made at the expense of developer/reality TV star/presidential wannabe Donald Trump after he released a piece of paper that wasn't really a birth certificate. He had, after all, joined those who say they still have doubts about the documents that the state of Hawaii has released regarding President Obama's birth.
A destroyed building in Onagawa, Miyagi prefecture.
Some of the latest news and headlines about the crisis in Japan, where a 9.0 magnitude earthquake and tsunami on March 11 killed thousands, devastated much of the country's northeastern coast and crippled a nuclear power plant in Fukushima: