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Week In The News: Marathon Arrests, Syria, Morning-After Pill

More arrests in the marathon bombing case. The red line and Syria. The morning-after pill.

This photo released May 1, 2013 by the U.S. Attorney's office in a federal criminal complaint, shows fireworks, which the complaint said federal agents recovered from inside a backpack belonging to Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaeva, found in a landfill in New Bedford, Mass. (AP/U.S. Attorney's Office)

This photo released May 1, 2013 by the U.S. Attorney’s office in a federal criminal complaint, shows fireworks, which the complaint said federal agents recovered from inside a backpack belonging to Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaeva, found in a landfill in New Bedford, Mass. (AP/U.S. Attorney’s Office)

Home prices up and hiring up in the numbers this week.  Unemployment at a four-year low.  Even with payroll taxes and sequester, maybe we’re getting somewhere.  Maybe.

Overseas, it’s been the week of Syria and “red line” debate.  Bangladesh, and the downside of cheap t-shirts.  Mexico, and less cooperation in the drug fight.

We’ve got more arrests in the Boston bombings.  A morning-after pill for 15 and up.  Guantanamo protest.  Gun vote recoil.  And gay and out Jason Collins in the NBA.

This hour, On Point:  Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

- Tom Ashbrook

Guests

Dina Temple-Raston, counterterrorism correspondent for NPR. (@nprdina)

Juliet Eilperin, White House correspondent for the Washington Post. (@eilperin)

Jack Beatty, On Point news analyst.

From Tom’s Reading List

The Boston Globe: Three Accused of Obstructing Bombing Investigation — “More than two weeks after the Boston ­Marathon bombings, authorities charged two ­Kazakh nationals and a Cambridge man with trying to destroy or cover up evidence linking their college friend to the deadly explosions. Azamat Tazhayakov and Dias Kadyrbayev, 19-year-olds who have been jailed since April 20 on immigration charges, were accused in US District Court Wednesday with obstructing justice by dumping into the garbage a laptop computer and a backpack belonging to bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who attended the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth with them.”

The Guardian: Syria chemical weapons evidence ‘too degraded’ for proof — “Western intelligence agencies fear they can no longer prove for certain whether the Syrian government was responsible for alleged chemical weapon attacks, because initial samples and evidence trails have degraded over time. Instead, Britain and the US are likely to have to wait for fresh evidence from further attacks before deciding whether to take a military response against the Assad government.”

CNN: Justice Department appeals morning-after pill ruling — “The U.S. Justice Department has filed a notice of appeal over a federal judge’s ruling that directed the Food and Drug Administration to make the morning-after birth control pill available to females of all ages without a prescription. The government on Wednesday also filed a motion for a temporary stay of the FDA’s approval on Tuesday of the availability of the Plan B One-Step emergency contraception pill without a prescription for ages 15 and older.”

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