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Wednesday, April 7, 2010

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  • Anti-Government Protests Turn Deadly In Kyrgyzstan
    Anti-government protests erupted in the Central Asian nation of Kyrgyzstan on Wednesday, as thousands of protesters stormed government buildings and took over state television. Melissa Block talks to NPR's David Greene about the civil unrest there.
  • Attacks In Iraq Surge Amid Postelection Wrangling
    Insurgents in Iraq appear to be taking advantage of political gridlock after the country's March 7 election by launching attacks on the government and civilians. More than 100 people have died in bombings and massacres over the past five days, and Iraqis fear a return to the bad days.
  • Backpacked Birds Reveal Who's The Boss
    Using lightweight GPS devices in tiny backpacks strapped to homing pigeons, researchers have figured out who is calling the shots when birds fly in flock. Every bird gets a vote, but the weight of its vote depends on its rank in the flock hierarchy.
  • Under Israel's Divorce Laws, Men Get The Final Word
    According to Jewish law, a man has to agree to grant his wife a divorce of his own free will before the legal separation can proceed. "If he's incapacitated, if he's abusive, if he committed adultery, it really doesn't matter," says Susan Weiss, who runs the Center for Women's Justice. "If he doesn't say yes, you're stuck."
  • 'Churchgate': The Scandal That Won't Go Away
    NPR Senior News Analyst Dan Schorr gives his thoughts on the ongoing sexual abuse scandal in the Catholic Church, questioning the response of the church leadership.
  • D.C. Deal With Teachers Union A Model For U.S.?
    After more than two years of wrangling, District of Columbia schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee has reached a tentative agreement with the city's teachers union on a new contract. The deal could become a model for efforts nationwide to tie teacher pay to student performance.
  • Funding Cut Has New Jersey Schools Scrambling
    Gov. Chris Christie says he will cut state spending on education by $820 million. That means some districts will get no state money at all. He says his target is teacher pay; critics worry the cutbacks will hurt low-income students and programs geared toward the disadvantaged.
  • German Unemployed Get A Boost Through Music
    The economically depressed city of Leipzig has one of the highest unemployment rates in Germany. But a unique musical group, the Bohemian Choir, is restoring a sense of identity and self-worth in long-term jobless residents.
  • Florence And The Machine: From Delicate To Fierce
    Following critical praise for their 2009 debut, and with a second album in the works, fiery frontwoman Florence Welch and her band are touring the U.S. for the first time ever. Here, the British rockers showcase a polished punk sound and Welch's powerhouse voice.
  • Greenspan Defends Tenure As Fed Chief
    Members of a bipartisan commission looking into the causes of the financial crisis questioned former Fed Chairman Alan Greenspan about the Fed's role as a regulator on Wednesday. Several commissioners pressed Greenspan to explain why he hadn't done more to prevent risky subprime mortgage lending.

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