Morning Edition for May 8, 2014
May 8, 2014 — Syrian rebels have pulled out the central city of Homs, which was known as the birthplace of the uprising against the government. Forces backing President Assad have retaken the town.
May 8, 2014 — President Obama visited Arkansas on Wednesday, where he surveyed the damage of last month's tornado and met with residents. It's a task he and many presidents before him have had to do far too often.
May 8, 2014 — Andrea Turkalo spent 22 years in central Africa, studying rare forest elephants. Then civil war forced her to flee — and poachers killed many of the elephants she'd shared a life with.
May 8, 2014 — Farley Mowat wrote Never Cry Wolf. He was an ardent campaigner for environmental causes well into his later years.
May 8, 2014 — It's a single sheet of paper, with the original version of the lyrics to Bruce Springsteen's "Born to Run." A businessman paid almost $200,000 for the manuscript, now on display at Duke.
May 8, 2014 — The annual NFL draft of players starts Thursday with the first round at New York's Radio City Music Hall. The Houston Texans, by virtue of their 2-14 record last season, will have the first pick.
May 8, 2014 — When things go wrong during an execution, the people responsible for carrying it out experience stressful, chaotic scenes. But even when the process goes right, it can take a lasting toll.
May 8, 2014 — Surgeons need rest days, weekends and vacations. But when they come back to work after a break, do they come back refreshed — or rusty?
May 8, 2014 — Rain forest residents had sued the oil giant, and Washington law firm Patton Boggs tried to make the company pay up. But Chevron sued the law firm for fraud — and is now due $15 million.
May 8, 2014 — Bayer has announced it is buying Merck's consumer drugs business, and Pfizer is trying to take over AstraZeneca. Why is this reorganization happening now, and what does it mean for drug development?