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Eric Holder unveils new reforms aimed at curbing US prison population

The US government took the first tentative steps toward tackling its 1.5m-strong prison population on Monday by announcing that minor drug dealers would be spared the mandatory minimum sentences that have previously locked up many for a decade or more.<p>Reversing years of toughening political …

Lattice-Top Peach and Blueberry Pie with Rye Crust

<i>Every other Friday, we'll be sharing dessert projects that demand a little extra time and effort. Because weekends are the sweetest part of the week.</i><p>Today: Yossy teaches us to make a beautiful lattice-top pie, filled with the summer's ripest fruits.<p>Most people associate pie with the winter …

Baking

The Only French Toast Recipe You'll Ever Need

We're firm believers that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but not for the reasons that usually inspire this saying. No, breakfast is the most important meal simply because it's the best. Think about it, breakfast is the time when pancakes, bacon, cinnamon rolls, sausage, eggs and …

Blueberry Dumplings The Star Of Lasting Summer Memories

When blueberries are in season, you don't need to turn on the oven to make a delicious dessert. Valerie Erwin says it takes just 15 minutes to make one of her favorite summer dishes, Blueberry Dumplings. She shared the recipe for <i>All Things Considered</i>'s Found Recipes series.<p>Erwin is the chef and …

Family of Henrietta Lacks finally gets rights to her cells, 62 years after they were taken

While 31-year-old Henrietta Lacks laid in a hospital bed, dying of cervical cancer, doctors took two samples of the tumor cells growing inside her. 62 years later, those cells are still growing and have served as the foundation for countless experiments, including vaccine development and drug …

Rehtaeh Parsons suicide: two charged over photos in cyberbullying case

Police in Canada have charged two young men with distributing child pornography in the cyberbullying case of Rehtaeh Parsons, a 17-year-old who killed herself after a photo of her allegedly being raped was shared online.<p>The death of Rehtaeh, who was taken off life support after a suicide attempt in …

Decades After Henrietta Lacks' Death, Family Gets A Say On Her Cells

Morning Edition talks with NIH's Dr. Francis Collins<p><b>Listen</b><p><b>Toggle more options</b><p><b>Download</b><p>The family of the late Henrietta Lacks finally got the chance to weigh in on how scientists use cells taken from her — without consent — more than 60 years ago.<p>The National Institutes of Health and the Lacks family …

Jackie Robinson statue defaced with racial slurs

The Brooklyn statue is now covered up to hide the vandalism.<p>If you felt some love for humanity today, it's probably because you didn't hear the news about the Jackie Robinson statue located outside the Brooklyn Cyclones stadium yet: according to the New York Daily News, the statue was defaced with …

Julius Chambers, attorney who helped shape US civil rights law, dies at 76

Julius Chambers, a North Carolina attorney who helped to shape U.S. civil rights law, died aged 76 on Friday after battling declining health, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People's Legal Defense Fund said in a statement.<p>Chambers and his partners argued landmark civil …

Injured Afghan girl finds a second home in U.S.

MOORESVILLE, N.C. — The dark-haired girl wearing an "American Girl" T-shirt blended in with the other giggling girls flopped on their bellies and watching cartoons inside a darkened classroom.<p>All that distinguished 11-year-old Farida was an eye patch she had decorated with purple glitter and a …

Afghanistan

Smithsonian has 'no plans' to display Trayvon Martin hoodie

As the FBI reviews the evidence in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, museum curators in Sanford are preparing future exhibits that will showcase the life of the 17-year-old teen who Neighborhood Watch volunteer George Zimmerman, 29, shot and killed on Feb. 26, 2012.<p>At the same time, the …

Why Americans All Believe They Are 'Middle Class'

A taxonomy of how we talk about class and wealth in the United States today<p>Last week, President Obama went on the road promoting an economic agenda for the middle class. As expected, John Boehner and other Republicans fired back by charging Obama with “squeezing the middle class.” It’s not even an …

'The Edenfred Files': Darryl Harper's Blues-Infused Jazz

In jazz, the clarinet went into eclipse for awhile, drowned out by louder trumpets and saxes. The instrument has long since made a comeback, and the modern clarinet thrives in settings where it doesn't have to shout to be heard.<p>Take "Spindleshanks," a little out-of-sync boogie-woogie for Darryl …

Roland Martin's Exclusive Washington Watch Interview With Actor & Civil Rights Icon Harry Belafonte

Harry Belafonte…Just the name itself brings forth powerful memories of the star singer, actor, producer, humanitarian and close up witness and …

Black CNN Host Supports Bill O’Reilly’s Race Comments, Blames Hip-Hop Culture — Then Gets Criticized for Position by…White Guest

Fox News host Bill O’Reilly—whose comments about the problems in the black community raised a firestorm this week—has at least one supporter.<p>And he’s African-American and a host for rival network CNN.<p>Don Lemon said Saturday on his “No Talking Points” segment that O’Reilly has “a point. In fact, …

Life as a US drone operator: 'It's like playing a video game for four years'

"It is a lot like playing a video game," a former Predator drone operator matter-of-factly admits to the artist Omer Fast. "But playing the same …

Even Fewer Twentysomethings Have Full-Time Jobs Than Last Year

Regardless of education, the number of young Americans with full-time jobs is lower than it was in 2012.<p>The availability of full-time jobs and the benefits associated with them form the foundation of the American middle class. Full-time employment provides the financial security needed to support …

Demographics

4 in 5 in USA face near-poverty, no work

WASHINGTON (AP) — Four out of 5 U.S. adults struggle with joblessness, near-poverty or reliance on welfare for at least parts of their lives, a sign of deteriorating economic security and an elusive American dream.<p>Survey data exclusive to The Associated Press points to an increasingly globalized …

Outrage In Italy After Black Minister Endures Racist 'Banana Attack'

Immigration Minister Cecile Kyenge was speaking at a Democratic Party (PD) rally on Friday when an unidentified spectator threw bananas at her, missing the stage but sparking reactions of disgust from across the country.<p>Shocking cases of abuse have multiplied against Kyenge, an Italian citizen born …