8:34am

Fri April 19, 2013
Top Stories

Tennessee Pill-Mill Owner Sentenced to 21 Years

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The owner of a Maryville pill mill who jumped bond during her federal trial for conspiracy, drug charges and money laundering has been sentenced to spend more than 21 years in federal prison.

The Knoxville News Sentinel reports (http://bit.ly/Zwo9hZ) U.S. District Judge Tom Varlan on Thursday also ordered all of Tammy Guzman's assets forfeited.

The 42-year-old was convicted earlier this year in a pills-for-cash scheme at her Maryville Pain Consultants clinic that netted at least $2 million over two years.

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8:32am

Fri April 19, 2013
Top Stories

Nashville High School Closed After Threat

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A private high school in Nashville has been closed after receiving some type of threat.

WSMV-TV reports (http://bit.ly/ZDw6xZ) all campus activities at Father Ryan High School were canceled Friday after police informed school officials of the threat.

Officials have said only that the threat was posted online in some form.

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8:29am

Fri April 19, 2013
Top Stories

UT Grad Wounded in Afghanistan Bombing

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A U.S. State Department worker and former copy editor at the Knoxville News Sentinel is recovering in the U.S. after she was wounded in a suicide bombing in Afghanistan.

The News Sentinel reports (http://bit.ly/XKyWo7 ) that Kelly Hunt was one of a group on a goodwill mission to deliver textbooks to students at a school on April 6 when a suicide bomber drove an explosives-laden vehicle into their convoy.

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6:28am

Fri April 19, 2013
Shots - Health News

With Bird Flu, 'Right Now, Anything Is Possible'

Originally published on Fri April 19, 2013 8:27 pm

A health worker collects pigeons from a trap at People's Square in Shanghai, China, earlier this month. So far, workers have tested more than 48,000 animals for the H7N9 flu virus.
ChinaFotoPress Getty Images

An international dream team of flu experts assembled in China today.

Underscoring the urgency that public health agencies feel about the emergence of a new kind of bird flu, the team is headed by Dr. Keiji Fukuda, the World Health Organization's top influenza scientist.

Before he left Geneva, Fukuda explained the wide-open nature of the investigation in an interview with NPR.

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6:13am

Fri April 19, 2013
The Two-Way

Book News: Two Authors Make 'Time' List Of '100 Most Influential People'

Hilary Mantel attends the Costa Book of the Year awards in London, England.
Stuart Wilson Getty Images

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

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3:33am

Fri April 19, 2013
The Two-Way

'The Hunt Is Over:' Police Apprehend Marathon Bombing Suspect

Originally published on Sat April 20, 2013 6:11 am

Police officers guard the entrance to Franklin Street in Watertown, Mass., where Boston Police say they have captured the second suspect in the marathon bombings.
Matt Rourke AP

(We most recently updated this post at 11:10 p.m. ET on Friday. See this note about how we cover news such as this. For our running post about developments on Saturday, go here.)

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1:46am

Fri April 19, 2013
StoryCorps

Losing A Leg, But Gaining A Sense Of Purpose

Originally published on Fri April 19, 2013 8:30 pm

Jack Richmond and his daughter, Reagan, visit StoryCorps in Knoxville, Tenn.
StoryCorps

In 1987, Jack Richmond was driving a forklift at work when the vehicle overturned onto him, crushing his leg below the knee. His daughter, Reagan, was just 2 months old at the time.

"Initially when they told me I would lose my leg, I was in denial and disbelief and kind of like, 'What, why? Can't you fix it?' " Jack tells Reagan in a visit to StoryCorps in Knoxville, Tenn. "But it just couldn't be saved."

"And you had a brand new daughter — me," says Reagan, now 25. "What were you thinking?"

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1:46am

Fri April 19, 2013
Latin America

Post-Chavez Venezuela Grows More, Not Less, Polarized

Originally published on Fri April 19, 2013 7:37 am

Supporters of Venezuelan opposition presidential candidate Henrique Capriles protest in the area of Altamira, in Caracas, capital of Venezuela, on Monday.
Mauricio Valenzuela Xinhua/Landov

Under the rule of its late president, Hugo Chavez, Venezuela became a nation sharply divided between those who supported his self-styled socialist revolution and those who opposed it.

But after a disputed presidential election in which Chavez's deputy was ruled the winner by a razor-thin margin, the country appears more polarized than ever.

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1:44am

Fri April 19, 2013
Around the Nation

As Florida Bill Looks To Aid Feral Cats, Opponents Claw Back

Originally published on Fri April 26, 2013 5:59 pm

The Miami-based Cat Network operates a program that traps, neuters and releases feral cats back to their colonies. A bill before the Florida Legislature would offer legal protection to those programs.
Greg Allen NPR

In state legislatures around the country, lawmakers are debating important subjects — education reform, election laws, gun control and abortion. But in Florida, one of the hottest issues to come before the Legislature this term involves cats.

There, lawmakers are considering a contentious bill that would offer legal protection to groups that trap, neuter and return feral cats to their colonies.

An Alternative To Shelters

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6:18pm

Thu April 18, 2013
Explosions At Boston Marathon

Boston In Collective Mourning After Marathon Attack

Originally published on Thu April 18, 2013 9:26 pm

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ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

Organizers gave that service in Boston a title: Healing Our City. Thousands of people took part both inside the cathedral and outside.

NPR's Jeff Brady spoke with Bostonians about this moment of collective remembrance.

JEFF BRADY, BYLINE: A theme emerged during the service, expressed here by Rev. Nancy Taylor.

THE REV. NANCY TAYLOR: We are shaken, but we are not forsaken. Another's hate will not make of us haters.

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