In August, there were reports that the terrorist network was planning new attacks. Since then, officials tell The New York Times, there's been a sharp drop in the number of messages being passed between al-Qaida operatives. They think the leaks lead terrorists to go quiet.
The defendant, who is an ex-military intelligence officer, claims it was all cover for a secret CIA operation.
On Friday, a New Jersey judge ruled the state must allow same-sex couples to marry citing the Supreme Court's decision to strike down parts of the Defense of Marriage Act. Guest host Celeste Headlee speaks with Brad Sears of the Williams Institute about what the ruling could mean in the Garden State, and beyond.
Latinos are making a mark in American media, but a new blog is giving power to the people, not the pundits. Guest host Celeste Headlee talks to Julio Ricardo Varela about the mission behind his Latino Rebels blog.
Over the last few years, thousands of undocumented parents have been deported or detained by the federal government. Guest host Celeste Headlee speaks with professor and social worker Monica Faulker, and NPR's Ted Robbins, about the process and its effects.
A New Jersey judge ruled the state must allow same-sex couples to marry, citing the Supreme Court's decision to strike down parts of the Defense of Marriage Act. Guest host Celeste Headlee speaks with Brad Sears of the Williams Institute about what the ruling could mean in the Garden State, and beyond.
Before leaving for America Sunday, the Israeli leader promised to warn officials in Washington that they should maintain pressure on Iran to cease its nuclear program.
As Washington grapples with its budget and what has become a rather operatic countdown to a government shutdown, here in New York, an opera house is grappling with a budget drama of its own. The New York City Opera needs to raise $7 million dollars by the end of today, or it will close its doors for good. The City Opera has been trying everything to raise the cash it needs -- it even launched a million dollar kickstarter campaign.
"We have no cash, we have no credit. And we have been skirting cash flow pitfalls every week since I got here, and it’s finally caught up with us," says George Steel, general manager and artistic director for the New York City Opera. He points out that the company's budget has been balanced for the past two years, and that its latest opera, "Anna Nicole," based on the life of Anna Nicole Smith, has been selling out.
However, ticket sales typically cover less than a third of a company’s expenses, says Marc Scorca, president of Opera America, an advocacy group. "Opera companies always struggle with the budget," Scorca says, adding, "It was George Bernard Shaw who said 'Opera is the most expensive invention of man, second only to war.'"
Art institutions such as the City Opera are increasingly at war over a shrinking pool of donors, most of whom are giving to big, established names, like the New York Metropolitan Opera. That could mean the end of smaller companies, which tend to be more financially accessible; New York City Opera tickets start at $25. If those smaller companies don't survive, says says Aram Sinnreich, a media professor Rutgers University, "That means that middle class people won’t have any relationships to live opera as an artform at all."
All the New York City Opera can do now is hope for a big donor to come to the rescue, in the final act, says Steel. If that doesn't happen, he says, "Tomorrow the company will begin filing bankruptcy papers, everyone in the company, myself included, will lose our jobs this week and a great company and a center of the country’s artistic life will be no more."
Royal Dutch Shell is going to sell its stake in the Eagle Ford Shale formation; 106,000 acres on top of oil and natural gas reserves. It’s a story that sounds a lot like a country-music song.
You’ve got a southern gem (the Eagle Ford Shale) which catches the eye of an international big-spender (Shell). And then Shell decides the Eagle Ford formation just isn’t worth the time.
Bye, bye South Texas.
But before you pull out your Kleenex, you should know there are other suitors for Eagle Ford’s oil and gas reserves.
Thomas Tunstall, research director for the Institute for Economic Development at the University of Texas at San Antonio, says independent companies have an edge. Those smaller companies are the ones who figured out how to get the oil and gas out of the shale, says Tunstall, “the larger oil companies are still learning about them. They don’t know as much about these production techniques as these independents do.”
And there are other reasons Shell’s backing out. Phil Flynn, with the PRICE Futures Group in Chicago, says Shell was late to the shale gas boom. As the price of natural gas has dropped, it’s been hard for the company to make big money. “For Shell at this point, it’s small potatoes for them, and they want to focus on their core business,” says Flynn.
So the company is out.
But, David Goldwyn, from Goldwyn Global Strategies doesn’t think the shale gas boom “is in any danger of becoming a bust.” Right now, he says, demand just isn’t there for a company like Shell to stick with the investment.
Even if it’s hard to walk away.