Friday marks a not-so-happy anniversary for some of President Obama's biggest supporters: It's exactly one year since Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius decided not to lift the age restrictions on availability of the so-called morning-after pill, Plan B.
People wanted by the police in Pottstown, Pa., are displayed on the Pinterest page of a local newspaper. The police department's social media strategy, which aims to get the images of criminals seen by more people, has also been adapted in Philadelphia.
Apollo 17 was the sixth and final Apollo mission to the moon. Here, lunar module pilot Harrison "Jack" Schmitt, Cmdr. Eugene Cernan and command module pilot Ron Evans pose in the lunar vehicle.
Apollo 17 blasted off just after midnight on Dec. 7, 1972.
Cernan is seen in the command module during the outbound trip to the moon.
Cernan tests the lunar vehicle. He and Schmitt landed in the moon's Taurus-Littrow region. Evans stayed behind, orbiting the moon.
During their stay on the moon, the astronauts set up scientific experiments, took photographs and collected lunar samples.
Cernan photographed Schmitt while he set up a transmitter used in a geological experiment.
Schmitt is photographed standing next to a huge, split lunar boulder at the Taurus-Littrow landing site. The lunar roving vehicle is visible in the background. This photo is made from two frames from one of Apollo 17's cameras.
Schmitt stands by the American flag during a moonwalk. Look above the flag — that's Earth, a quarter-million miles away.
Apollo 17's lunar module rendezvous with the command module.
A camera aboard the Apollo 17 spacecraft captured this glimpse of Earth peeking out above the lunar horizon during the final lunar mission.
Cmdr. Eugene Cernan tests the lunar vehicle on the surface of the moon during the Apollo 17 mission.
On Dec. 7, 1972, NASA launched its final human mission to the moon. Forty years later, Apollo 17 commander Eugene Cernan says he'd love to give up his claim to fame as "the last man on the moon."
"I'd like to be able to shake the hand of that young man or young woman who replaces me in that category," Cernan told NPR. "But unfortunately, the way things have gone and the way things are looking for the future, at least the near-term future, that won't happen in my lifetime. And that truly is disappointing."
Michigan's state house has voted to approve a "right-to-work" bill that would weaken the power of labor unions. Democrats walked out in protest. Audie Cornish talks to Rick Pluta of Michigan Public Radio.
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The Mormon Church has a new website to clarify its position on "same-sex attraction" and to reach out to all of its members, including gays and lesbians, "with love and understanding."
The launching of mormonsandgays.org follows persistent criticism of Mormon involvement in California's ballot measure banning gay marriage, NPR's Howard Berkes reports. Berkes tells our Newscast Desk that scrutiny continued through Mitt Romney's campaign for president.
Frederick Rickmeyer, our hats are off to you and your note-taking ways.
Shortly after the turn of the last century, Frederick started documenting his wife's recipes on the blank memoranda pages of a cookbook. He included titles like My Wife's Own Original Spanish Bun and comments like "as good as ever," along with the ingredients and dates.