Morning Edition for July 17, 2012
Jul 17, 2012 — The University of Virginia's board of governors last month fired then rehired its president. One reason some board members called for her ouster was that she had not moved quickly enough to expand the university's online courses. On Tuesday, school officials plan to announce a partnership with Silicon Valley company Coursera that will do just that.
Jul 17, 2012 — Yahoo has hired Google executive Marissa Mayer to run the struggling Internet company. Mayer, a 13-year Google veteran, will face a tough task trying to reverse Yahoo's sagging fortunes.
Jul 17, 2012 — Athletes and fans from around the world have begun to arrive in London for the Summer Olympic Games. On Monday, Heathrow saw a record number of arrivals. Meanwhile, a giant security firm failed to recruit the number of Olympic guards it promised. The London Olympics start July 27 and end Aug. 12.
Jul 17, 2012 — Truvada, the first HIV prevention pill, costs about $13,000 a year, and it's not clear whether insurers will pay for it. And while taking a daily pill sounds simple, the new prevention strategy involves some complicated issues.
Jul 17, 2012 — Opening statements will be made Tuesday in the trial of a former Air Force instructor accused of rape and sexual assault of young trainees in his care at Lackland Air Force Base in Texas. Staff Sgt. Luis Walker faces 28 charges and could be sentenced to life in prison. Other instructors are also under investigation.
Jul 17, 2012 — The Republican presidential candidate says he wants to revive an idea first tried under the Bush administration: the personal re-employment account. Long-term unemployed people would get a lump sum to spend on job retraining and education. The idea was tried in eight states in 2004 and 2005.
Jul 17, 2012 — The musician describes his life in the '80s as a "drug-fueled haze," but he says he turned it all around after meeting Ryan White, a teenager who contracted AIDS through a blood transfusion. In Love Is the Cure, John recounts his journey from substance abuse to AIDS advocacy.
Jul 17, 2012 — When Billie Holiday died on July 17, 1959, thousands of mourners attended her funeral at St. Paul the Apostle Roman Catholic Church in New York City. But Holiday isn't buried in New York's Woodlawn Cemetery, near Duke Ellington and Miles Davis. Instead, she's "way, way, way out" in the Bronx.
Jul 17, 2012 — For nearly 20 years, the NOAA's Aquarius Reef Base has operated off Key Largo 60 feet underwater as the world's only undersea research station. The Obama administration has essentially killed its funding, and the staff is now working to find other money to keep the research station alive.