April 30, 2003 Federal and state officials say they've filed more than 50 suits alleging fraud via the Internet. Most cases involve sellers who fail to deliver the goods, but some are more elaborate. And Virginia passes the toughest anti-spam law in the nation. Hear NPR's Jack Speer and NPR's Neda Ulaby.
April 30, 2003 A study shows the number of black children living in extreme poverty is at its highest since 1980. The study, released by the Children's Defense Fund, says the number of impoverished children rose dramatically in 2000 to nearly a million children. NPR's Melissa Block talks with Marian Wright Edelman, Children's Defense Fund president.
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April 30, 2003 Since the Sept. 11 attacks, "information sharing" is a mantra of federal agencies focused on homeland defense. But a report says agencies are struggling to manage data such as terrorism "watch lists" meant for distribution to police and airlines. State and local police say they're still having trouble getting the information. NPR's Larry Abramson reports.
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April 30, 2003 Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan says he believes the economy is poised for a rebound and that its long-term growth potential "remains solid." Testifying before a House panel, Greenspan also reiterates his warning that any tax cuts should be accompanied by spending cuts or tax increases in other areas. Hear NPR's Carol Anne Clark-Kelly.
April 30, 2003 Bush to Declare End of Combat President Bush will address the nation Thursday from a Navy aircraft carrier to say that major combat in Iraq is over and to formally declare the beginning of the rebuilding phase, White House spokesman Ari Fleischer says. But Fleischer says the president will not declare victory in Iraq, nor say the war is over. Hear NPR's Don Gonyea.
April 30, 2003 A sharply divided Supreme Court upholds a 1996 law requiring that legal immigrants who have criminal records be detained while awaiting deportation hearings, even in cases where the government concedes there is no risk of flight from justice or of a danger posed to society. Hear NPR's Nina Totenberg.
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April 30, 2003 The stock market makes a modest comeback since U.S. forces topple Saddam Hussein's regime. Consumer confidence shows its largest jump in 12 years, and companies in the S&P 500 index release strong quarterly reports. But some analysts urge caution, pointing to rising unemployment and overall uncertainty about the economy. Hear NPR's Chris Arnold.
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April 30, 2003 At a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing, Secretary of State Colin Powell calls France's opposition to the war in Iraq "very much regretful" and that the country should face consequences. Meanwhile, some lawmakers propose continued boycotts of French goods and a halt to French food services company Sodexho's contract with the Pentagon. Hear NPR's Andrea Seabrook.
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April 29, 2003 The Supreme Court upholds a law requiring immigrants convicted of some crimes to remain jailed while awaiting deportation hearings. And justices refuse to consider a challenge to a South Carolina abortion law that permits the state to inspect and copy patient records at clinics. NPR's Nina Totenberg and NPR's Kathy Lohr report.
April 29, 2003 Kalamazoo, Mich., braces for the possibility of massive layoffs at Pfizer Inc. as the drug company prepares to announce organizational and structural changes. One official says the move would create challenges for the city, which has relied on the pharmaceutical industry for more than a century. Hear Gordon Evans of WMUK.
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April 29, 2003 Tobacco giants RJ Reynolds and Lorillard sue the state of California in federal court, alleging the state's anti-smoking TV commercials unfairly "vilify" their executives and taint potential jury pools in tobacco cases. Hear NPR's Ina Jaffe.
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April 29, 2003 Federal regulators complete details of a $1.4 billion settlement with 10 Wall Street firms accused of misleading investors with questionable stock recommendations. In addition to the penalties, the brokerages will also alter research practices. Hear NPR's Scott Horsley.
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April 28, 2003 Wall Street analyst Henry Blodget of Merrill Lynch agrees to a $4 million fine to settle charges that he misled investors about the value of stocks he recommended. Blodget's fate is announced as regulators finalize a $1.4 billion settlement against 10 Wall Street firms. But will the fines promote change in the industry? Hear from NPR's Jim Zarroli, NPR's Robert Siegel and Duke University Law School professor James Cox.
April 28, 2003 The federal government defends using the Guantanamo Bay naval base to hold and interrogate suspected Al Qaeda and Taliban fighters. Recently officials showed reporters what it calls improved conditions under which the prisoners are being held. But human rights groups and international law experts continue questioning the detainees' lack of fundamental rights. NPR's Gerry Hadden reports.
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April 28, 2003 The online job search company Monster.com angers some Iranian-Americans who say they're discriminated against by a new policy. Monster says it's trying to comply with federal law that limits trading with some countries, by refusing to allow users from those countries to say where they are. NPR's Greg Allen reports.
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