10:31am

Thu May 9, 2013
The Two-Way

California's Bay Bridge Hits Trouble Ahead Of Opening Day

Originally published on Thu May 9, 2013 2:48 pm

It's uncertain whether the Bay Bridge connecting San Francisco and Oakland will be ready for its planned grand opening on Labor Day, as engineers work to solve a problem stemming from broken steel rods.
San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge Project

Faced with lingering safety concerns over the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge's new eastern span, California transportation officials say it will take more work — and up to $10 million — to get the bridge ready for its planned grand opening on Labor Day.

They discovered the problem after massive steel bolts were tightened to anchor part of the bridge's seismic safety system. Of the 96 that were tightened, 32 broke.

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10:18am

Thu May 9, 2013
It's All Politics

Five Reasons Vetoes Have Gone Out Of Style

Originally published on Thu May 9, 2013 2:40 pm

President Obama may not like the bills Congress considers, but he has vetoed only two of them.
Chip Somodevilla Getty Images

President Obama in recent weeks has twice threatened to veto legislation before Congress. Don't hold your breath that it will happen.

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9:50am

Thu May 9, 2013
The Two-Way

Feds Didn't Tell Boston Police About Probe Of Tsarnaev

Originally published on Thu May 9, 2013 1:29 pm

Boston Police Commissioner Edward Davis.
Michael Reynolds EPA /LANDOV

(We put a new top on this post at 1:25 p.m. ET.)

"The FBI never told the Boston police or the Massachusetts State Police about possible Russian terror connections of the suspected Marathon bombers until three and half days after the attack, law enforcement officials testified today before the House Homeland Security Committee," ABC News writes.

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9:07am

Thu May 9, 2013
The Two-Way

Jobless Claims Stay Near 5-Year Low

Originally published on Thu May 9, 2013 10:16 am

There were 323,000 first-time claims for unemployment insurance last week, down 4,000 from the week before, the Employment and Training Administration says.

Note: As often happens, the previous week's figure is a slight revision from what was reported earlier. Initially, the ETA said there had been 324,000 first-time claims during the week ending April 27. Now, it says there were 327,000 that week.

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8:06am

Thu May 9, 2013
The Two-Way

Reports: Cousin Of Boston Suspects Is A 'Prominent Islamist'

Originally published on Thu May 9, 2013 8:38 am

This image from a surveillance video, taken near the finish line of the Boston Marathon, helped investigators identify Tamerlan Tsarnaev (in black cap) and his brother, Dzhokhar (in white cap), as the main suspects in the bombings.
FBI.gov

Russian investigators have questioned a distant cousin of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev about meetings the two of them had in Dagestan during 2012, Time magazine reports.

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7:22am

Thu May 9, 2013
Around the Nation

Former Heavyweight Champ Wants To Try Shakespeare

Mike Tyson tells the New York Daily News he would like to play Othello. Reviews of his acting have been mixed, but Tyson says he could do it, given time to prepare. "They say my skills are horrible," he says, "but I have the natural timing."

7:16am

Thu May 9, 2013
Around the Nation

Gas Scare Attributed To Firm's Educational Cards

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

Good morning, I'm David Greene.

A natural gas company in Great Falls, Mont., wanted to educate consumers. So it printed up 25,000 scratch-and-sniff cards to show how a gas leak would smell. Then yesterday, the company tossed some of the cards. And as they were crushed in a garbage truck, the gas smell filled the town.

Several buildings were evacuated after people reported gas leaks. The company apologized, but said that their campaign, in a sense, worked.

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7:16am

Thu May 9, 2013
The Two-Way

Book News: Hacker Leaks Part Of 'Sex And The City' Author's New Book

Author Candace Bushnell attends the March 2010 DVF Awards at the United Nations in New York City.
Neilson Barnard Getty Images

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

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7:14am

Thu May 9, 2013
The Two-Way

Prosecutors May Seek Death Penalty For Cleveland Kidnapper

Originally published on Thu May 9, 2013 7:31 pm

Ariel Castro during his arraignment Thursday at Cleveland Municipal Court. He's accused of kidnapping and raping three young women, and then holding a daughter born to one of those women captive. The women had been missing for about a decade. The child is now six years old.
Emmanuel Dunand AFP/Getty Images

(Most recent update: 7:24 p.m. ET.)

The three young women who were missing for about a decade before being rescued Monday from a home in Cleveland where they say they were chained, tortured and sexually assaulted, have given police similar accounts about how their long nightmares began.

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6:08am

Thu May 9, 2013
Education

Perry's Vision For University Of Texas Criticized

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

It's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm David Greene.

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

And I'm Steve Inskeep. It's college graduation season, a time when young people stop worrying about final exams and start worrying about getting a job. In a minute we'll hear some popular career advice dished out by commencement speakers. First, there's an ongoing debate over how well universities are preparing graduates for the real world and whether colleges themselves should operate more like businesses.

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