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7:18am

Tue April 19, 2011
Around the Nation

Florida Probes Agency's 'Cape-A-Bility Challenge'

When a Florida unemployment agency launched a "Cape-A-Bility Challenge" to its "Everyday Superheroes" campaign, it ordered 6,000 capes to hand out to the jobless. The gimmick included a cartoon villain: Dr. Evil Unemployment. The Orlando Sentinel reports jobless clients aren't the only ones wondering why the agency spent $14,000 on capes.

6:56am

Tue April 19, 2011
Legislation

Bear Hunting Proposal Sparks Debate

Division of Wildlife

A bill to expand the state’s bear hunting season ignited a passionate debate from agriculture producers and animal rights groups on Monday.  Proponents say it’ll help curb the growing bear population, but opponents worry the measure could harm female bears and orphan cubs. 

6:27am

Tue April 19, 2011
Remembrances

Former Md. Gov. William Donald Schaefer Dies At 89

William Donald Schaefer, the famously feisty mayor of Baltimore and later the governor of Maryland, died Monday at the age of 89. As mayor, he used any method he could to transform a crumbling, post-industrial Baltimore into a tourist destination.

5:08am

Tue April 19, 2011
Media

'LA Times' Story Wins Pulitzer, Community Applause

The Los Angeles Times won two Pulitizer Prizes Monday. One was for its exposure of deep-seated corruption in the poor city of Bell, California. Reporters Jeff Gottlieb and Ruben Vives investigated how much city officials in Bell made. The city manager there was making $1.5 million.

4:47am

Tue April 19, 2011
Middle East

Syrian Government Forces Fire On Protesters

The Syrian government's crackdown against demonstrators hasn't deterred them from taking to the streets. There are reports that security forces have fired on a large protest in the country's third-largest city Homs. Philip Sands, of The National, and English-language newspaper based in the United Arab Emirates, talks to Renee Montagne about the protests.

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