Comedian Eddie Murphy stepped aside Wednesday after the show's producer Brett Ratner resigned amid controversy about a gay slur. Murphy — whose new film "Tower Heist" is also Ratner's latest directorial effort. NPR's Ina Jaffe has details.
Penn State football coach Joe Paterno had announced Wednesday afternoon that he would retire at the end of the football season. But later that day, he was fired from the position he has held for decades by the school's board of trustees. Penn State and Joe Paterno have been criticized for the handling of a child sex abuse case.
And attention quickly shifted last night from the debate to a development rocking the sports world. The coach with the most victories in college football history was fired last night, the latest turn in a child sexual abuse scandal that's enveloping Penn State.
Meanwhile, the NBA lockout goes on. And in Major League Baseball, a promising young player has reportedly been kidnapped. For more on all of this, we turn, now, to NPR's Mike Pesca. He joins us from our bureau in New York. Good morning, Mike.
House Republicans have released emails related to solar panel maker Solyndra which got $535 million in government loan guarantees and then went bankrupt. Republicans say the emails show an Obama campaign bundler used his influence at the White House to make the loan happen.
The Obama administration's first attempt to try a Guantanamo detainee in a military commission began Wednesday with the arraignment of the man accused of masterminding the bombing of the U.S.S. Cole. The incident killed 17 servicemen and women in Yemen in 2000. Human rights groups object to trying terrorists in a parallel justice system hundreds of miles off U.S. shores.
Presidential hopefuls and voters alike sometimes get upset about so-called gotcha questions from reporters that seem designed to embarrass contenders. But Wednesday night's Republican debate outside Detroit demonstrated how some candidates have done a perfectly good job of "getting" themselves.
The debate had some dramatic moments — including one excruciating moment that Texas Gov. Rick Perry would probably like to forget. The comments focused on the economy and jobs, but there were also questions about the sexual harassment allegations against front-runner Herman Cain.
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American astronomer Edwin Hubble looks through the eyepiece of the 100-inch telescope at the Mount Wilson Observatory in Los Angeles, 1937. In 1929, Hubble proposed that the more distant a galaxy is, the faster it appears to be receding from us, a concept that has become known as Hubble's law.
President Obama prepares to board Air Force One before departing Andrews Air Force Base for Philadelphia on Tuesday. He heads to Hawaii this week, where the U.S. is hosting the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum.
President Obama flies to Honolulu on Friday to begin the third Asia trip of his presidency. He'll visit Hawaii, Australia and Indonesia in a nine-day trip that's meant to reaffirm a fundamental shift in America's foreign policy.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has described this reorientation as "America's Pacific Century."