Minn. man says he 'fired more shots than I needed' A Little Falls man charged with murder in the shootings of two teenagers he said broke into his home told investigators he was angered by one of the wounded teens who mocked him when his rifle jammed but that he fired more shots than necessary.5:20 p.m.
Rebel Forces Make Major Gains In Syria
In Syria, a top rebel leader says preparations for the "battle of Damascus" have begun. Speaking from his headquarters in northern Syria, the colonel, who defected seven months ago, says the rebels have had a number of battlefield successes over the past month from capturing key military bases in several parts of Syria. He says the rebels now have enough weapons that they've seized from government bases. Military analysts say the balance is tipping in the rebel's favor. Robert Siegel talks to Deborah Amos.
Conflicts Brew Between Kurds, Arabs In Iraq
Arab-Kurd skirmishes in southern Iraq late last week injured dozens of people and killed at least one. Now troops from both sides are escalating and tensions are high again. This all comes as Kurdistan president Massoud Barzani battles Iraqi Central government Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki. Analysts say Barzani has been emboldened by independent oil contracts, the increasing support of Turkey, and ongoing events in Syria.
Head Of SEC To Step Down After Four Years
Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) chairwoman Mary Schapiro is stepping down. She took over the agency in 2009 as it was reeling from criticism over the financial crisis and the Bernard Madoff's Ponzi scheme. Schapiro is credited as a consensus builder who restored some stability to the SEC. She is being replaced by SEC commissioner Elisse Walter.
In Juvenile Detention, Girls Find Health System Geared To Boys
A growing number of teenage girls are incarcerated each year. Many have injuries consistent with sexual assault, and up to a third are or have been pregnant. But the care provided in detention is often inadequate for girls because the assessment of their needs misses the mark.
Independent Bookstores Find Their Footing
Independent bookstores have weathered competition from big chains, Amazon and now e-books. But NPR's Lynn Neary reports that this year's holiday shopping season looks like an improvement on past years, as booksellers offer quality hardcovers and their own take on e-readers.
Spain Expands Renewables With Wave-Powered Electricity Plant
The Bay of Biscay, off Spain's northern coast, is notorious for its huge surf, which has claimed countless lives in shipwrecks over the centuries. Now Spanish engineers have found a way to harness the power of those big waves to produce electricity.
Manning Plea Offer Another Odd Piece Of An Odd Case
Bradley Manning, the Army private accused of giving information to the website WikiLeaks, is expected in court on Tuesday. Manning denies being a spy and recently offered to plead guilty to minor charges. This is just one more oddity in a case some describe as "bizarre."
Comedians Parody Two Sides Of President Obama
Comedians Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele have become well-known for their humorous take on race relations. Their video series featuring a cool President Obama and his Vesuvian "anger translator" Luther has become a viral sensation. The duo talks about using comedy to explore touchy racial issues in the 2012 campaign.