Now the return of the car. March was a good month for the auto industry. Almost all the major companies - foreign and domestic - saw their sales go up. And it was an especially good month for the car - the regular old sedan or coupe. In the U.S., cars outsold trucks by 54 to 46 percent. That's a trend that keeps going up, and it's very different from the middle of the last decade, when trucks outsold cars. To find out what's behind this trend, we turn to NPR's Sonari Glinton. Hi, Sonari.
Abdulhadi al-Khawaja is a human rights activist from Bahrain who's in prison there and has been on hunger strike for eight weeks. After taking part in last year's demonstrations urging a dialogue between Bahrain's Sunni Muslim ruling family and the country's Shiite majority, al-Khawaja was arrested. Last spring, he was charged with organizing and managing a terrorist organization.
A court in Europe has cleared the way for Britain to begin the process of extraditing five terrorism suspects to the U.S. Europe's human rights court was asked to consider a question about the maximum security prisons in the U.S. where these suspects might be held, the so-called supermax prisons. The court ruled that conditions in those prisons do not violate inmates' human rights. Vicki Barker has the story from London.
Rick Santorum announced on Tuesday that he is suspending his campaign for the Republican nomination for president. Surrounded by his family on stage, the senator said he had run a great race "against all odds" and won a kind of victory. Audie Cornish talks to Don Gonyea for more.
Bo Xilai, once a rising star in the Chinese Communist Party, has been removed from his highest posts in the party. The news comes as Bo's wife is under investigation in connection with a murder case. Audie Cornish speaks with James Fallows of The Atlantic, about the political rise and fall of Bo and the details of the case.
Audie Cornish talks to Chris Benson, associate professor of journalism and African American studies at the University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign, about what constitutes a hate crime and what role it's playing in recent headlines.
A new program is designed to make your smartphone worthless if it's stolen. The phones have become tempting targets for thieves around the country. The mobile phone industry, along with police and regulators, hope to reduce thefts by drying up the market for stolen smartphones.
Rick Santorum, Republican candidate for president, has suspended his campaign. From his home state of Pennsylvania and surrounded by his family, Santorum told the assembled crowd that though his race was over, the fight to defeat President Obama would continue.