All Things Considered for April 29, 2014
Apr 29, 2014 — NBA commissioner Adam Silver announced that Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling is banned for life from the league. The decision, coupled with a $2.5 million fine, comes in the wake of Sterling's racist remarks.
Apr 29, 2014 — The LA Clippers' owner had a track record of discriminatory behavior. Though the NAACP rescinded a planned award for him after his racist rant, it has honored him in the past.
Apr 29, 2014 — Lovebirds write their names on a padlock, attach it to something and toss the key. Sweet, right? Non, say opponents in Paris who want to ban a practice they say is damaging architecture and more.
Apr 29, 2014 — In an interview with NPR, Egypt's Foreign Minister Nabil Fahmy pushes back against critics, insisting that his government will restore democracy and saying that the courts are acting independently.
Apr 29, 2014 — As President Obama returns from his trip to Asia, he's defending the trip's modest diplomatic accomplishments. He says that, while such efforts may not be sexy, they're better than unforced errors.
Apr 29, 2014 — Russia reacted angrily to new EU and U.S. sanctions, which were imposed in response to Russian interference in Ukraine. Russia's deputy foreign minister vowed to deliver a "painful" response.
Apr 29, 2014 — California's drought has developed an interesting relationship between farmers and oilers: California oil wells produce more water than oil, and Chevron filters that water and sells it to a local water district. Interest in the technology is growing in the Central Valley, but high costs and uneasy relations between oil and agriculture might get in the way.
Apr 29, 2014 — The Supreme Court is upholding a major EPA air pollution rule. The rule seeks to rein in pollution from power plant smoke stacks which can make the air in downwind states unhealthy. Researchers say the rule finally addresses a disconnect between the science of air pollution and the laws that had tried to clean it up.
Apr 29, 2014 — In the late 1800s, Jewish immigrants brought the Eastern European tradition of synagogue murals to Burlington. Now one such mural, painted in 1910, is being restored.
Apr 29, 2014 — A White House task force issued a report Tuesday aimed at dealing with sexual assault cases at colleges. The report offers basic guidelines for schools and sets up a national reporting system.