Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi is back on trial for tax fraud today, after Italy's Constitutional Court stripped the embattled leader of immunity from prosecution. That decision also allows three other cases to move forward, as well, on charges ranging from abuse of power to sex with a minor.
The tax case stems from Berlusconi's media empire. His Mediaset corporation is accused of using offshore companies to reduce the taxes it would owe for buying TV rights to U.S films. Prosecutors say that Mediaset used the purchase to create a "slush fund."
Artist Patterson Clark collects English ivy in Whitehaven Park, Washington, D.C. The ivy crowds out native species and climbs trees. It can kill trees by blocking light from reaching leaves.
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Weed all about it. This is National Invasive Species Awareness Week, an event sponsored by the Dow Chemical Company, the Weed Science Society of America and the U.S. Department of the Interior, among others.
Sworn enemies of non-native plants and creatures will gather in Washington for "activities, briefings and events to highlight what is being done across the nation and around the world to stop and slow the spread of invasive species." They will attend seminars with titles like "Waging War on Invasive Grasses."
A London jury has convicted a former airline employee linked to U.S.-born radical cleric Anwar al-Awlaki of plotting to blow up an airliner. Rajib Karim, 31, who worked as a computer specialist for British Airways, was arrested earlier this month.
As the AP reports:
Rajib Karim, a 31-year-old Bangladeshi man, was convicted of four counts of engaging in preparation for terrorist attacks. He had already pleaded guilty to other, lesser, terrorism offenses.
A child running a fever is no cause for alarm, but that doesn't stop many parents from worrying — a lot.
Now a leading group of pediatricians is counseling doctors and parents against going overboard in treating mildly feverish kids with over-the-counter medicines. The pediatricians say keeping kids comfortable should be the goal rather than reducing their temperatures to a particular number.
[If you can't get enough red carpet fashions — or to see some of the gowns not pictured here — check out our red-carpet slideshow or the blog at Wait Wait ... Don't Tell Me!, where they covered the fashions last night as well. And now, over to NPR Digital News editor Tanya Ballard Brown, who helpfully offered to talk about Sunday night's fashions.]