Originally published on Tue September 17, 2013 7:10 am
The sprawling Washington Navy Yard, scene of a deadly shooting Monday, is the Navy's oldest shore establishment and has long been considered the "ceremonial gateway" to the nation's capital.
The yard went into operation at the turn of the 19th century. Today, it employs thousands of people and is regarded as the "quarterdeck of the Navy" for its role as headquarters for the Naval District Washington.
Originally published on Mon September 16, 2013 2:36 pm
New York City Democrats breathed a sigh of relief late Monday morning when Bill Thompson conceded the mayoral primary to Bill de Blasio, avoiding what could have been a nasty intraparty battle.
Thompson, 60, made his announcement on the steps of New York's City Hall in lower Manhattan, flanked by de Blasio and New York Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
"I am proud to stand here today and support Bill de Blasio to be the next mayor of the city of New York," said Thompson, a centrist former city comptroller who finished a distant second in last week's nine-candidate primary.
We will go to NPR's business news in a moment. Right now, let's get an update on what we do know about a shooting at the U.S. Navy Yard in Washington, D.C. today. We have to begin by being frank. What we do not know exceeds what we do. NPR's Jennifer Ludden is on the scene of that shooting today - or near it - and she's on line. And Jennifer, what have you been learning?
Secretary of State John Kerry discusses the U.S.-Russia plan to eliminate Syria's chemical weapons with top British diplomat William Hague (left) and French diplomat Laurent Fabius, on Monday. Former weapons inspector David Kay says the plan includes "unrealistic" deadlines.
Originally published on Mon September 16, 2013 10:26 am
The U.S.-Russia plan to rid Syria of chemical weapons by next summer faces many hurdles and includes "unrealistic" deadlines, says former U.N. weapons inspector David Kay, who worked on efforts to detail chemical weapons in Iraq.
Kay says the plan will require an international military presence — "boots on the ground" — to make sure the weapons don't fall into the wrong hands.
Workers emerge from a building after a deadly shooting at the Washington Navy Yard on Monday. There are multiple injuries and deaths, and one gunman is dead. Police say they are searching for two other "potential" shooters.
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A police helicopter flies overhead as officers walk on the roof of a building.
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A Park Police helicopter removes a man from the scene of the shooting.
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Workers emerge from a building after a deadly shooting at the Navy Yard. Alexis's motive is still uncertain but, D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray said in a press conference that there is "no reason to suspect terrorism."
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A military guard stands at the scene of the shooting. Shots were fired at around 8:20 a.m. ET.
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Washington, D.C., Police Chief Cathy Lanier and Mayor Vincent Gray speak to the media.
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President Obama said the federal government will do all it can to ensure that "whoever carried out this cowardly act is held responsible."
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Office workers, who had been under lock down since the shootings this morning, leave the area around the Washington Navy Yard on Monday in Washington, D.C. Thirteen people were killed, including the suspected gunman, and several were wounded.
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Brittany Carter, of Bowie, MD., (left) Jibri Johnson, of Landon, MD., (center) and Bryan Beard of Washington D.C. hold candles in remembrance of the 12 victims killed in a shooting at the Washington Navy Yard earlier in the day.
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This undated cell phone photo provided shows a smiling Aaron Alexis in Fort Worth, Texas.
NPR's Sylvia Poggioli on the salvaging of the Costa Concordia
The effort to shift the luxury cruise ship Consta Concordia into an upright position has begun, and several news outlets are streaming their coverage of what's said to be the biggest such operation of its kind ever.
As many as 5,000 Syrian refugees are moving to Germany this month after Chancellor Angela Merkel's government agreed to a U.N. request to host them. But they aren't receiving the warmest welcome in a country where a growing number of Germans are unhappy about the steady stream of asylum seekers. Fanning the flames are right wing extremists, who want Germany to close its doors to refugees.