Europe
8:12 am
Mon March 19, 2012

Russian Court Case Underscores Corruption Concerns

Russian Businessman Alexei Kozlov had spent two years in jail after being convicted of fraud. He was released in September after the Supreme Court overturned the verdict but was retried and sentenced to five years in prison on Mach 15. His case has been embraced by anti-Kremlin protesters.
Ivan Sekretarev AP

Originally published on Mon March 19, 2012 11:51 am

A high-profile court case in Moscow has again put the spotlight on Russia's judiciary — an issue that opposition protesters often cite as one reason they've taken to the streets.

The Presnenski District Court handed down a five-year prison sentence last Thursday to prominent businessman Alexei Kozlov on charges of fraud and money laundering. The case has attracted wide attention as it has worked its way through Russia's court system for four years. Kozlov was accused of wrongdoing by his former business partner, Vladimir Slutzker, a wealthy ex-member of the Russian Senate.

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The Two-Way
7:35 am
Mon March 19, 2012

VIDEO: Kate Speaks; Duchess Gives First Public Speech

Britain's Duchess of Cambridge during her speech today at a children's hospice in Ipswich, England.
Kirsty Wigglesworth AP

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The Two-Way
7:10 am
Mon March 19, 2012

Three Teams That Could Be This Year's George Mason

D.J. Cooper of the Ohio Bobcats during Sunday's victory over South Florida, in Nashville.
Kevin C. Cox Getty Images

There's somebody like him in every workplace.

The know-it-all who just has to show how smart he is about the NCAA men's basketball tournament.

So, if you're like us and don't have a lot of time to pay attention to March Madness, might we suggest a proactive approach now that the field is down to the "Sweet 16?"

Pick one of these teams — North Carolina State, Ohio or Xavier.

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It's All Politics
6:25 am
Mon March 19, 2012

Monday Political Grab Bag: Romney Wins In PR; Race Heads To Illinois

Mitt Romney at Charlie Parker's Diner in Springfield, IL, March 19, 2012.
Chip Somodevilla Getty Images

Originally published on Mon March 19, 2012 9:45 am

Mitt Romney won Puerto Rico's Republican presidential primary Sunday, adding the commonwealth's 20 delegates to his commanding lead over the other candidates as they compete to reach the 1,144 needed for the nomination. Rick Santorum hurt himself with the island's voters by saying English had to become its official language before it could achieve statehood.

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NPR Story
6:05 am
Mon March 19, 2012

Apple To Buy Back Stock, Pay Dividend

Originally published on Mon March 19, 2012 6:06 am

Transcript

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

NPR's business news starts with Apple's giant pile of money.

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INSKEEP: The maker of iPads, iPhones and computers is sitting on almost one hundred billion dollars in cash and securities. And today, Apple announced that it will spend some of that money paying a stock dividend to shareholders and buying back some company stock. NPR's Steve Henn has been following developments, and joins us on the line from Silicon Valley. Steve, good morning.

STEVE HENN, BYLINE: Good morning.

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The Two-Way
5:45 am
Mon March 19, 2012

Apple To Buy Back $10B In Shares; Pay Dividend Of $2.65 Per Share

On Friday, Apple started selling the latest version of its iPad.
Emmanuel Dunand AFP/Getty Images

The Associated Press just moved this alert:

"Apple says it will use its cash to start paying dividend of $2.65, buy back $10B in shares."

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Washington Government Transparency
5:38 am
Mon March 19, 2012

Washington Scores Well On Transparency, But Up To Citizens To Verify

The Washington Senate chamber and public gallery.
Photo by: Potjie Flickr photostream (Creative Commons licensed)

OLYMPIA -- Washington’s Public Records Act and other transparency measures have earned the state a high score in a nationwide study. The State Integrity Investigation looked at every state’s disclosure practices. It ranked Washington third in the country, with a letter grade of "B-."

But budget cuts are curtailing investigations by government watchdogs. And all three branches of government have tried to put more of their records outside the law’s scrutiny. KUOW’s Amy Radil reports.

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The Two-Way
5:30 am
Mon March 19, 2012

Soldier Suspected In Massacre To Meet With Lawyer Today

Army Staff Sgt. Robert Bales during an August 2011 training exercise at Fort Irwin, Calif.
Spc. Ryan Hallock AFP/Getty Images

Here are some of the latest developments concerning the March 11 killings of 16 civilians in southern Afghanistan and the U.S. Army staff sergeant, Robert Bales, who is suspected of carrying out the massacre:

-- Defense attorney John Henry Browne will today "have his first face-to-face meeting with the 10-year Army veteran, who is being held in an isolated cell at Fort Leavenworth's military prison in Kansas," The Associated Press reports.

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Accused Washington Soldier
5:27 am
Mon March 19, 2012

Seattle Defense Attorneys To Meet With Bales In Kansas

Staff Sgt. Robert Bales
Photo source: High Desert Warrior

FORT LEAVENWORTH, Kansas -- The man accused of killing 16 Afghan civilians has had a brief phone conversation with his wife and two children. But efforts are underway to arrange a face-to-face meeting. That’s according to one of the attorneys for Army Staff Sgt. Robert Bales. Correspondent Austin Jenkins reports Bales’ defense team will spend the next two days interviewing him at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.

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