'Just a terrible place to go' When mom or dad do time, what happens to the kids? A new report takes a look at this cost of justice. We hear from kids in this situation, and they don't need grownups to tell their story.5:17 p.m.
Panel approves vaccine for cancer
A federal panel has approved a new vaccine which would prevent one of the most common form of cancer. The vaccine, Gardasil, works against the human papilloma virus. Two types of HPV are believed to cause 70 percent of cervical cancer, which kills 3,500 women in the United States, and almost 300,000 worldwide. The vaccine maker, Merck, says the vaccine could cut deaths from cervical cancer by two-thirds.5:44 p.m.
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Senate Takes Step Toward Immigration Vote
The Senate votes to cut off debate on an immigration overhaul, moving it a step closer to passing the legislation. With a final vote expected late Thursday, the Senate package is sharply different from the House bill, and there are doubts the two can be reconciled.
Critics: High-Tech Visas Cheat U.S. Workers
Some American high-tech workers dismiss complaints that immigration and labor laws make it hard for foreign workers to come to the United States for specialized jobs. But critics say Americans who want those jobs are being unfairly supplanted.
U.S., Allies Discuss Iran Approach in London
Officials from the U.N. Security Council and Germany, meeting to discuss a strategy to keep Iran from gaining nuclear weapons, report progress -- but no consensus as of yet. The London session has focused on a package of incentives to encourage Iran to limit its nuclear program.
World Cup: A Test of U.S. Soccer
Without much fanfare at home, the U.S. men's soccer team has become solidly competitive, holding its own against the world's best teams in international play. As the World Cup approaches, the U.S. team is ranked fifth in the world. But the team faces a brutal stretch in the initial round of play. NPR's Tom Goldman has part one of a two-part report.
Youth Soccer Coaches Encouraged to Ease Regimen
About 3 million children play organized youth soccer in the United States. Their practices follow a predictable pattern: drills, more drills, then drills and a lecture. The U.S. Soccer Federation recently released new guidelines for youth soccer practice that tell coaches not to coach so much, not to dictate what positions young children play, and to allow children to play pick-up style games. Mike Woitalla, executive editor of Soccer America magazine, says it's the way that the best soccer players in the world got really good at the game.
Aziz Back on Camera in Saddam's Trial
Tariq Aziz, once the public face and voice of Saddam Hussein's regime, appeared in a Baghdad courtroom to testify on behalf of the ousted leader and seven co-defendants accused of crimes against humanity.
Pentagon Focuses on Two NCOs in Haditha Inquiry
The Pentagon is investigating allegations that U.S. Marines killed 24 civilians in the Iraqi city of Haditha in November. The investigation focuses on a Marine sergeant and a corporal. The incident, which reportedly followed an explosion, allegedly left 11 women and children dead.
Pope Pays Tribute in Poland; Will Visit Auschwitz
Pope Benedict heads to Poland, where he will pay homage to his predecessor, John Paul II. The head of the Catholic Church will also urge Poles to maintain their faith as Poland integrates with an increasingly secularized Europe. On Sunday he is scheduled to visit the Nazi death camp at Auschwitz.
Assessing the Art, Science of 'Inconvenient Truth'
The new documentary about Al Gore and global warming, An Inconvenient Truth, scores on two counts, say two NPR experts. It does a good job on the "big-picture" science of climate change while being a "pretty terrific movie," too.
WHO Monitors Bird-Flu in Sumatra
The World Health Organization says it will not raise its flu pandemic alert level, despite reports of several cases of bird flu in an Indonesian family. But the agency is watching the situation closely to determine whether bird flu is being passed from human to human in North Sumatra.