NPR's Howard Berkes reports reports that guilty verdicts were just handed down in Salt Lake City for Brian David Mitchell, who in 2002 kidnapped 14-year-old Elizabeth Smart from her home -- a crime that drew national attention at the time and national horror later as details emerged about what happened to the girl during her nine months with Mitchell and his wife.
The people of Southern Sudan vote next month on whether to split Africa's largest country and create one of their own. Whether things turns bloody -- as they often have in Sudan -- may hinge on what happens in Abyei, a disputed region along the border between the north and south.
Abyei, an oil-producing county, is supposed to choose whether to join the south in a vote to be held simultaneously with Southern Sudan's Jan. 9 referendum on independence. But it appears Abyei's planned January vote will either be postponed or even canceled.
Feeling a little heartburn? Skip the Rolaids Softchews, unless you like your antacids chunk-style.
In its latest big recall because of quality problems, Johnson & Johnson is pulling all batches of various Rolaids Softchews. The problem? Some consumers have found pieces of metal and wood inside the squishy acid-fighters.
J&J's McNeil division, marketer of these products and a slew of others dogged by quality issues, says an investigation revealed the contamination could have happened at a contract manufacturer.
You can fly across much of Southern Sudan, a territory nearly the size of Texas, and see nothing but scrub and mud and thatched huts, called tukels. No paved roads, no electricity. The landscape probably hasn’t changed in a century or more.