MTPR http://mtpr.org en Judge Overturns North Dakota's Strict Abortion Law http://mtpr.org/post/judge-overturns-north-dakotas-strict-abortion-law A federal judge has struck down a North Dakota law banning abortions if a fetal heartbeat can be detected, calling the law "invalid and unconstitutional."<p>The law, <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/03/15/174453025/north-dakota-legislature-oks-bill-banning-abortions-after-heartbeat-is-found">passed by lawmakers in the state just over a year ago</a>, bans abortions as early as six weeks into pregnancy and is considered the most restrictive in the country.<p>U.S. District Judge Daniel Hovland, who is based in Bismarck, cited the 1973 <em>Roe v. Wade</em> decision by the U.S. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 18:23:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 17723 at http://mtpr.org Boston Bombing Defendant Can See Victims' Autopsy Photos, Judge Says http://mtpr.org/post/boston-bombing-defendant-can-see-victims-autopsy-photos-judge-says A federal judge said Wednesday that Boston Marathon bombings suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev may see autopsy photos of the three people who died after the <a href="http://www.npr.org/series/177378595/boston-marathon-explosions" target="_blank">explosions near the finish line of last year's race</a>.<p>District Court Judge George O'Toole "rejected a claim by the government that Tsarnaev should not see the photos because it would disturb the families of the victims," <a href="http://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/boston-bombing-anniversary/tsarnaev-can-view-victim-autopsy-photos-judge-n81996" target="_blan Wed, 16 Apr 2014 17:39:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 17722 at http://mtpr.org Boston Bombing Defendant Can See Victims' Autopsy Photos, Judge Says Washington State Mudslide Death Toll Rises To 39 http://mtpr.org/post/washington-state-mudslide-death-toll-rises-39 The death toll in last month's fatal mudslide in Washington state <a href="http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/04/16/us-usa-mudslide-washingtonstate-idUSBREA3F07920140416">has risen to 39</a>, officials say, after two more bodies were recovered from the debris.<p>Search efforts following the mudslide, near the community of Oso in the Cascades foothills, have been hampered by rain and the difficulty in recovering victims from the mudslide on the north fork of the Stillaguamish River on March 22.<p>Last week, the Snohomish County medical examiner's office <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo Wed, 16 Apr 2014 16:31:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 17720 at http://mtpr.org Washington State Mudslide Death Toll Rises To 39 Medicare Kept Paying Indicted, Sanctioned Doctors http://mtpr.org/post/medicare-kept-paying-indicted-sanctioned-doctors In August 2011, federal agents swept across the Detroit area, arresting doctors, pharmacists and other health professionals accused of running a massive scheme to defraud Medicare.<p>The following month, several of those arrested, including psychiatrist Mark Greenbain and podiatrist Anmy Tran, <a href="http://www.michigan.gov/documents/mdch/MSA-12-03_375514_7.pdf">were suspended from billing the state's Medicaid</a> program for the poor.<p>But the indictment and Medicaid suspensions didn't deter Medicare from continuing to allow the doctors to treat elderly and disabled patients — and didn't s Wed, 16 Apr 2014 16:00:00 +0000 editor 17717 at http://mtpr.org Medicare Kept Paying Indicted, Sanctioned Doctors The Ultimate Animal Experience? Losing A Memory Quiz To A Chimp http://mtpr.org/post/ultimate-animal-experience-losing-memory-quiz-chimp <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JkNV0rSndJ0</p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 15:34:00 +0000 Robert Krulwich 17716 at http://mtpr.org Dozens Of Girls Abducted In Nigeria http://mtpr.org/post/search-dozens-girls-abducted-nigeria Soldiers, "vigilantes and volunteers," <a href="http://www.cnn.com/2014/04/16/world/africa/nigeria-girls-abducted/" target="_blank">CNN writes</a>, are searching for about 100 Nigerian schoolgirls who are reportedly in the hands of the militant Islamist group Boko Haram.<p>The students, along with about 100 other girls, were grabbed by Boko Haram gunmen on Monday in the northeastern Nigerian town of Chibok after a firefight with guards at their school. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 15:06:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 17714 at http://mtpr.org Iraq's Infamous Abu Ghraib Prison Temporarily Closed http://mtpr.org/post/iraqs-infamous-abu-ghraib-prison-temporarily-closed Abu Ghraib, the Iraqi prison that became the center of a 2004 prison-abuse scandal during the U.S. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 15:03:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 17715 at http://mtpr.org Iraq's Infamous Abu Ghraib Prison Temporarily Closed Revisiting Pulitzer Nominees That Touch On Issues Of Race http://mtpr.org/post/revisiting-pulitzer-nominees-touch-issues-race This week, Columbia University handed out the Pulitzer Prizes, which are widely considered among the highest honors in journalism. The occasion gives us a good excuse to shout-out some of the finalists and winning entries that touch on issues of race and culture. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 13:32:00 +0000 Gene Demby 17712 at http://mtpr.org Revisiting Pulitzer Nominees That Touch On Issues Of Race 43-Year-Old Cold Case Closed: South Dakota Girls Died In Accident http://mtpr.org/post/43-year-old-cold-case-closed-south-dakota-girls-died-accident Families and friends who have wondered since 1971 about what happened to two South Dakota girls now have some closure.<p>Authorities said Tuesday that they believe Pamela Jackson and Cheryl Miller died when their 1960 Studebaker Lark accidentally went off a gravel road and into a local creek. "All the evidence would appear to indicate an accident," South Dakota Attorney Gen. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 13:14:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 17713 at http://mtpr.org 43-Year-Old Cold Case Closed: South Dakota Girls Died In Accident Tasting With Our Eyes: Why Bright Blue Chicken Looks So Strange http://mtpr.org/post/tasting-our-eyes-why-bright-blue-chicken-looks-so-strange There's something unsettling — freakish, even — about Lawrie Brown's photos of everyday meals.<p>In one photo, the California-based photographer has placed a shockingly blue raw chicken atop a bed of rice and peas. In another, pink cereal puffs float in a sea of yellow milk. And Brown slathers three hefty scoops of green ice cream with purple fudge in a third, with blood-red cherries as garnish. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 13:03:00 +0000 editor 17711 at http://mtpr.org Tasting With Our Eyes: Why Bright Blue Chicken Looks So Strange