The Top 10 Stories of April 16, 2012

By Duane Shank 4-16-2012

Quote of the day.
"Baseball likes to say things are getting better. It's not getting better. It's only getting worse. We've been in a downward spiral for a long time, and the numbers keep declining." - Dave Stewart, former 20-game winner and front office executive, now a player agent, on the number of African-Americans in major league baseball.
(USA Today)

1. G.O.P. lawmakers and Romney face a delicate tango.
As Congress was set to reconvene on Monday, House Republicans said Mr. Romney could go his own way on smaller issues that may help define him as separate from his Congressional Republican counterparts. But, they said, he must understand that they are driving the policy agenda for the party now.
(New York Times)

2. Overworked and underpaid?
Americans were pushed to their limit in the recession and its aftermath as they worked longer hours, often for the same or less pay, after businesses laid off almost 9 million employees.
(USA Today)

3. Many U.S. immigrants' children seek American dream abroad.
In growing numbers, experts say, highly educated children of immigrants to the United States are uprooting themselves and moving to their ancestral countries. They are embracing homelands that their parents once spurned but that are now economic powers.
(New York Times)

4. '99 Percent Spring' protests gearing up.
Occupy Wall Street encampments have been swept away in most cities, but their rationales live on in the “99 Percent Spring.” That’s the new shorthand for Occupy’s heir — an ongoing protest movement that covers a range of issues and actions.
(Kansas City Star/McClatchy Newspapers)

5. Obama ends summit on defensive about inviting Cuba.
President Obama concluded a contentious hemispheric summit on the defensive Sunday as it ended without agreement on whether Cuba’s Communist leaders should be invited to the next meeting, something the United States firmly opposes.
(Washington Post)

6. Taliban lead attacks on U.S. bases and government sites across Afghanistan.
Taliban-led insurgents opened a spring offensive Sunday with a wave of coordinated suicide missions, firing at embassies and government offices from seized buildings in Kabul and attacking U.S. bases and police stations in three eastern provinces.
(McClatchy Newspapers)

7. Iran nuclear talks termed constructive.
Iran and Western powers have agreed to hold another round of talks on Tehran’s nuclear programme after a meeting in the Turkish city of Istanbul that was described as "useful" and "constructive".
(Al Jazeera)

8. Sudanese air force bombs U.N. camp.
The United Nations mission in South Sudan has confirmed that a UN peacekeepers'' camp was among targets bombed by Sudanese warplanes amid border clashes between the two countries'' armed forces.
(Al Jazeera)

9. Increasingly in Europe, suicides 'by economic crisis.'
The economic downturn that has shaken Europe for the last three years has also swept away the foundations of once-sturdy lives, leading to an alarming spike in suicide rates.
(New York Times)

10. Israel blocks entry to pro-Palestinian activists at airport.
Dozens of international pro-Palestinian activists have been refused entry into Israel in a large-scale security operation that ensured a high profile for the protesters'' attempted show of solidarity with the people of the West Bank.

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