With Detroit's public school district facing a $327 million budget deficit, the state-appointed Emergency Financial Manager has proposed closing half the district's schools and putting up to 60 kids in a classroom.
Robert Bobb admits that his deficit elimination plan could be disastrous for students — he calls it "draconian" — but he may have no choice but to implement it.
During the fighting this week in Libya, government forces have attacked the opposition in the eastern part of the country with aircraft. And the rebels have asked the international community to consider possible military action.
The most talked about option is a no-fly zone — to keep Libyan military aircraft out of the skies. No-fly zones have been enforced before, but they are a military and diplomatic challenge.
Retired Navy Capt. Tom Parker knows a few things about no-fly zones.
Many of the biggest oil suppliers are in harm's way as political strife besets North Africa and the Middle East. At the same time, worldwide demand for oil is up, which means gas prices are rising. That's put the subject of "energy independence" back into the political spotlight.
With places like China and Brazil growing fast and the U.S. economy shaking off its recession, the crisis in Libya, Egypt and parts of the Middle East just adds a second layer of distress, says Richard Newell, who heads the government's Energy Information Administration.
Two U.S. troops have been shot dead in Germany. They died when a gunman opened fire on a bus carrying U.S. military personnel at Frankfurt airport. NPR's Eric Westervelt is at the scene, and he speaks with host Melissa Block.
The Old Testament will have a new look in the next edition of the New American Bible, one of the most popular English-language Bibles. And it'll also have some big changes — in many cases, words like "booty" and "virgin" are removed in the new translation.
Scholars translating from ancient Hebrew and Greek for the new Bible decided that the meaning of those words had shifted in the 40 years since the Old Testament was last updated in the New American Bible.
Here are some of the swaps included in the new Bible: