The Top 10 Stories of April 25, 2012

By Duane Shank 4-25-2012

Quote of the day.
"It’s risky for the teachers and it’s risky for the students, but these underground schools show the thirst people have for education under the Taliban." - Shukriya Barakzai, an Afghani parliamentarian who ran her own underground school when the Taliban held power in the 1990s, speaking of the recent growth in underground school networks for girls.
(Washington Post)

1. Romney turns campaign toward money, reconciliation.
The Republican presidential nomination all but in hand, Mitt Romney is refocusing his efforts on challenging President Barack Obama, raising cash for the battle ahead and reconciling with onetime primary rival Rick Santorum.
(Associated Press)

2. Supreme Court to hear arguments over Arizona immigration law.
In what is shaping up as Round Two for the Supreme Court and President Obama, the justices will today hear a highly charged clash over Arizona’s planned crackdown on illegal immigrants and the administration’s effort to block it.
(Chicago Tribune/Los Angeles Times)

3. Death penalty support shifts.
The campaign to abolish the death penalty has been freshly invigorated this month in a series of actions that supporters say represents increasing evidence that America may be losing its taste for capital punishment.
(USA Today)

4. Former BP engineer arrested on U.S. criminal charges.
A former BP drilling engineer was arrested Tuesday on charges of intentionally destroying text messages sought by federal authorities as evidence in the wake of the April 20, 2010, Deepwater Horizon oil spill disaster, the Justice Department said.
(Washington Post)

5. Debt collector is faulted for tough tactics in hospitals.
One of the United States' largest medical debt-collection companies is under fire in Minnesota for placing employees in hospitals and demanding patients pay before receiving treatment, documents show.
(New York Times)

6. Marines moving women toward the front lines.
The Marine Corps, the most male of the armed services, is taking its first steps toward integrating women into war-fighting units, starting with its infantry officer school at Quantico, Va., and ground combat battalions that had once been closed to women.
(New York Times)

7. NATO misleads with 'Afghan-led' label.
A new report Wednesday by a Kabul-based think tank accuses international forces of misleading the public by calling military operations "Afghan-led" even in cases where NATO or U.S. forces are the only troops on the ground.
(Associated Press)

8. Annan says Syria violence unacceptable.
The United Nations special envoy to Syria has told the Security Council that the country is still experiencing unacceptable levels of violence, despite an April 12 ceasefire.
(Al Jazeera)

9. Israel military chief says Iran won't go nuclear.
The head of the Israeli military says he does not think Iran will develop nuclear weapons, partly because international pressure is bearing fruit.

10. Israel retroactively legalizes three West Bank settlements.
The Israeli government on Tuesday retroactively legalized three Jewish settlement outposts in the West Bank, and moved to delay the scheduled evacuation of a fourth, in a provocative move that some critics said marked the first establishment of new settlements in two decades.
(New York Times)

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