12:18 pm
Tue October 25, 2011

5 N.Y. Police Arrested In Gun-Smuggling Sting

U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York Preet Bharara speaks as New York City Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly and Charles Campisi, head of internal affairs, listen during a news conference Tuesday to announce the arrest of five New York Police Department officers on charges that they smuggled firearms, cigarettes and slot machines they believed were stolen.

Spencer Platt Getty Images

A sting operation resulted in the arrest of 12 people, including five New York Police Department officers, on charges that they smuggled $1 million worth of firearms, cigarettes and slot machines they thought were stolen, authorities said Tuesday.

Three retired NYPD officers and a New Jersey corrections officer and three civilians are among the other defendants named in a federal criminal complaint.

U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said they were willing to smuggle a variety of contraband "as long as the price was right."

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12:12 pm
Tue October 25, 2011

Where The Marijuana Grows: Feds Target Landowners

Jeff Chiu AP

Federal authorities are cracking down on medical marijuana in California.

In the Central Valley, the nation's most productive farm belt, pot is becoming a more lucrative crop than almonds and grapes. The feds say much of what's grown as "medical marijuana" is actually sold on the black market.

Federal agents have been raiding cornfields and vineyards, yanking marijuana plants. And now they're using a new tool: targeting landlords, threatening to seize buildings where marijuana is sold and farmland where it's grown.

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The Two-Way
12:12 pm
Tue October 25, 2011

Occupy Wall Street Drummers Generate Loud Debate

The scene on Oct. 10 at one of the Occupy Wall Street drum circles in Manhattan's Zuccotti Park.

Andrew Burton AP

Originally published on Tue October 25, 2011 12:30 pm

"The defining sound of the Occupy Wall Street" protests in Manhattan, as Weekend Edition Sunday's Audie Cornish has said, is "the never-ending drum circle."

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The Record
12:00 pm
Tue October 25, 2011

Rocksmith: Guitar Hero Gets Real(er)

Paul Cross, creative director of Rocksmith, plays the game at a demonstration event in San Francisco, Calif.

Kimihiro Hoshino AFP/Getty Images

Music-based games like Rock Band and Guitar Hero, which let you play along to popular songs with fake instruments, once ruled the video game industry. They raked in billions of dollars in sales in 2008, when their popularity was at its peak. But such games have since lost their luster, and sales for both have plummeted. Now the French video game publisher and development company Ubisoft is hoping to revive interest in the video game genre by adding a new twist — the ability to use a real guitar.

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The Two-Way
11:40 am
Tue October 25, 2011

WWF: Javan Rhinoceros Extinct In Vietnam

Originally published on Tue October 25, 2011 1:22 pm

After a year-long survey, the World Wildlife Foundation has come to the conclusion that there are no more rhinoceros left in Vietnam. Specifically, the Javan rhino has disappeared from Cat Tien National Park, one of two of its remaining habitats in the world.

The WWF took dung samples from 2009 to 2010 and through genetic analysis they found the 22 samples belonged to a rhino that was found dead in the national preserve in 2010. That rhino was found with a bullet in its leg and with its horn cut off.

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After graduating from Earlham College with a Bachelor's degree in English, Walters interned at NPR in the Middle East. After returning to the states she joined the staff of Morning Edition in 2000. Soon Walters was recruited to All Things Considered and spent two years on the show. On September 11, 2001, Walters stood on top of NPR's Washington, DC, headquarters watching the smoke float by from the attack on the Pentagon. Walters contributed to NPR's award-winning coverage of that day. The following year she interviewed and produced several minute long segments of survivors remembering the loved ones they lost that day.

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NPR News Investigations
11:01 am
Tue October 25, 2011

Native Foster Care: Lost Children, Shattered Families

Derrin Yellow Robe, 3, stands in his great-grandparents' backyard on the Crow Creek Reservation in South Dakota. Along with his twin sister and two older sisters, he was taken off the reservation by South Dakota's Department of Social Services in July 2009 and spent a year and a half in foster care before being returned to his family.

John Poole NPR

Originally published on Thu October 27, 2011 11:27 am

Overview of a three-part investigation

Nearly 700 Native American children in South Dakota are being removed from their homes every year, sometimes under questionable circumstances. An NPR News investigation has found that the state is largely failing to place them according to the law. The vast majority of native kids in foster care in South Dakota are in nonnative homes or group homes, according to an NPR analysis of state records.

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The Two-Way
10:43 am
Tue October 25, 2011

Perry Unveils His 'Cut, Balance And Grow Plan'

Texas Gov. Rick Perry at last week's Republican presidential debate in Las Vegas.

John Gurzinski AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue October 25, 2011 10:45 am

Saying that it "reorders the way they do business in Washington by reinventing the tax code and restoring our nation to fiscal health through balanced budgets and entitlement reform," Texas Gov. Rick Perry is this hour unveiling his "cut, balance and grow plan" on taxes.

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The Picture Show
10:42 am
Tue October 25, 2011

Photos Show Sheer Scale Of Shark Fin Trade

An estimated 2 million hammerhead sharks are caught for the shark fin trade each year.

Shawn Heinrichs

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 10:19 am

Every year, 73 million sharks are killed for their fins. Most go to make shark fin soup, a luxury dish and status symbol in some Asian cultures that can sell for $100 a bowl. Currently, 30 percent of shark and ray species are threatened with extinction.

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