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Add to-do list, weather, and pretty backgrounds to Chrome's new tab page

Inspirational or not, Momentum is a Chrome extension that adds a couple of useful features to Chrome's new tab page.<p>I could do without the heavenly wallpaper and inspirational quotes, but Chrome extension Momentum does add a couple of useful items to Chrome's new tab page.<p>The first time you open a …

Take This State And Shove It: The New Secession Movement

There's a big race right now to become the 51st state.<p>Forget traditional contenders like Puerto Rico. In several existing states, residents of less populous areas are hoping to create new states of their own.<p>Citizens in 11 mostly northeastern Colorado counties are among them. They'll vote on Nov. 5 …

How California Is Turning The Rest Of The West Blue

Colorado's politics have become positively Californian lately. There are new restrictions on guns. Pot is legal. The legislative agenda featured an expansion of alternative-energy use requirements for rural consumers. Gay couples can now enter into civil unions.<p>There's a reason for all this.<p>Lots of …

A Summery Spread That's As Cool As A Cucumber

Cream cheese, cucumber juice and a touch of onion. That may sound like an unlikely combination, but Benedictine is a Kentucky favorite. Gwynne Potts, a self-proclaimed aficionado, says it's delicious.<p>"The best thing to eat Benedictine on is just white bread," Potts says. "No special bread; it only …

Supreme Court Upholds Warrantless Collection Of DNA

By a 5-4 vote, the U.S. Supreme Court has upheld a Maryland law that allows police to collect DNA, without first getting a warrant, from persons who are arrested.<p>"When officers make an arrest supported by probable cause to hold for a serious offense and bring the suspect to the station to be …

Former Justice Official In Line To Be Named FBI Chief

NPR has learned that former Justice Department official James B. Comey is in line to become President Obama's choice as the next FBI director, according to two sources familiar with the search.<p>Comey, 52, has an extensive track record at the highest levels of federal law enforcement. He served as …

Police Say Ricin-Laced Letters Sent To New York Mayor Bloomberg

Police in New York say preliminary tests of two threatening letters sent to Mayor Michael Bloomberg contained traces of ricin.<p>The anonymous letters, both addressed to Bloomberg, were opened Friday in New York at the city's mail facility and Sunday in Washington, D.C., at the headquarters of the …

New Data Confirm The Economy Isn't Growing As Fast As Hoped

The U.S. economy grew at a 2.4 percent annual rate in the first quarter, the Bureau of Economic Analysis reported Thursday morning.<p>That basically confirms what the agency said a month ago, when it released its initial estimate for gross domestic product growth in the quarter. Then, it reported the …

LA Bluejeans Makers Fear Their Business Will Fade Away

Los Angeles is the world leader in the most American of clothing items: bluejeans. High-end, hand-stitched, designer bluejeans that will you run well over $100 a pair.<p>But as the U.S. apparel industry continues to shrink, LA's bluejeans business faces a threat: a nearly 40 percent tariff, imposed by …

Court Rules That Arizona Sheriff Engages In Racial Profiling

A U.S. district court has ruled that Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio's department has violated the rights of Latino drivers by racially profiling them as part of a crackdown on illegal immigration and issued an injunction to halt the practice.<p>The decision on Friday marks the first time that the …

Bans Of Same-Sex Marriage Can Take A Psychological Toll

As the country awaits two important Supreme Court decisions involving state laws on same-sex marriage, a small but consistent body of research suggests that laws that ban gay marriage — or approve it — can affect the mental health of gay, lesbian and bisexual Americans. When several states passed …

Turning Up The Heat On Civil Rights-Era Cold Cases

Six years ago, the FBI took on a challenge: To review what it called cold-case killings from the civil rights era. The investigation into 112 cases from the 1950s and 1960s is winding down, and civil rights activists are weighing the FBI's efforts.<p>The review comes with word this week of the death …

Internships: Low-Paid, Unpaid Or Just Plain Illegal?

Summer is almost here, and with it comes the army of interns marching into countless American workplaces. Yet what was once an opportunity for the inexperienced is becoming a front-line labor issue.<p>More and more, unpaid and low-paid interns are feeling their labor is being exploited. Some are even …

Price Break For Cervical Cancer Shots In Developing World

Cervical cancer takes its greatest toll in the countries whose economies and health systems are poorest.<p>Women in those places are less likely than those in rich countries to get regular Pap tests to detect the cancers when it can be treated effectively.<p>Of the 275,000 women who die of cervical …

Syrian Conflict Raises Thorny Issues Beyond The Mideast

The conflict in Syria has had repercussions far beyond its borders, with refugees streaming into neighboring states and countries around the world choosing sides. NPR commentator Ted Koppel weighs in on what the ongoing upheaval in Syria could mean for the rest of the world.<p>Transcript<p>NEAL CONAN, …

Democrats Skeptical Of Republican 'Debt Prioritization' Bill

House Republicans have passed a bill that would tell President Obama which bills to pay first, should the U.S. Treasury run out of cash and risk default, like it almost did two summers ago. The proposal is not likely to move in the Democratic Senate, and the issue itself is fading in urgency as the …

Tamerlan Tsarnaev Spoke Of Jihad With Mother, Reports Say

Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev "vaguely discussed" jihad during a 2011 phone conversation with his mother, according to a U.S. official who described the recording to the Associated Press. The call, taped by a Russian government agency, reportedly did not include any mention of a …

For Afghan Policewomen, Danger Often Comes From Colleagues

It seems almost trivial at first: the latest Human Rights Watch report on Afghanistan says female police officers need their own toilets. Sure, who's going to argue with that. But why is it a big deal?<p>Here's how it unfolds.<p>Female police officers are experiencing high levels of harassment, sexual …

Weekly Jobless Claims Dip To Near Five-Year Low

There were 339,000 first-time claims for unemployment insurance last week, down 16,000 from the week before, the Employment and Training Administration says.<p>The drop brought claims down to around their lowest level since early 2008, when the latest recession was just getting started and before the …

Brendon Ayanbadejo's Bod, Workout Regimen

Writes Brendon Ayanbadejo on Facebook today with the photo above:<p>Attacking today with an enthusiasm unknown to man kind!<p>Today's work out:<p>Chest press …

Responding To North Korea, U.S. Sends Missile Defenses To Guam

The United States said it was sending its Terminal High Altitude Area Defense System to Guam in the coming weeks.<p>The move to deploy the missile defense system comes in response to continued heated rhetoric from North Korea. The BBC reports:<p>"The Pentagon said in a statement the missile system would …

Grand Jury Indicts Dozens Of Atlanta Educators Over Cheating Scandal

A grand jury has indicted dozens of Atlanta Public Schools educators caught up in a massive cheating scandal, NPR member station WABE reports.<p>Among those indicted is former Atlanta superintendent Beverly Hall, who in 2009 was crowned the national superintendent of the year. This means that a grand …