'Fantastic to Be Free,' BBC Reporter Says
Alan Johnston, the BBC journalist released after 114 days in captivity in Gaza, is talking about his ordeal. Kidnapped by a group of militants calling themselves the Army of Islam, he was released to Hamas-run security forces in the Gaza Strip.
'Operation Homecoming': The Writings of War
When editor Andrew Carroll first read Ryan Alexander's "The Cat," the startling imagery of the former Marine's poem took his breath away. After all, troops aren't known for readily sharing their innermost feelings — certainly not with a wide audience.
Africa Cautious on Continental Government
African heads of state end a summit in Ghana with no agreement on forming a joint government modeled on the European Union. For the moment, leaders who advocate a gradual move toward unity have the upper hand in discussions.
Maine Island Celebrates New Independence
Independence Day has new meaning to the 350 year-round residents of Chebeague Island, Maine. This year, it comes during the islanders' first week of independence, after seceding from the mainland in an effort to preserve their community.
Blackstone to Buy Hilton Hotels
Blackstone will acquire Hilton Hotels, the second biggest U.S. hotel chain, for $20 billion. Blackstone, a private equity firm, went public last month in a highly anticipated offering. Its share price fell sharply soon after it started trading.
U.S. Flags, Made in America
Annin and Co. is the nation's oldest and largest manufacturer of American flags. The company's products have been used at every presidential inauguration since Zachary Taylor took office in 1849, on expeditions to both poles, and on the Apollo moon landing.
Fight Looms over Filling Federal Jobs
The non-profit Partnership for Public Service says federal agencies need to fill nearly 200,000 "mission-critical" jobs, including tens of thousands at the Department of Homeland Security and the Defense Department.
Reading the Declaration of Independence
An Independence Day tradition continues. Morning Edition hosts, reporters, newscasters and commentators read the Declaration of Independence. This year, we also correct a historic footnote.