First lady laments
youth violence

Michelle Obama said the nation has to “embrace” youths whose lives are surrounded by violence and “let them know we hear” their concerns.

In a taped interview on CBS’s “Sunday Morning,” Obama discussed violence in her home town of Chicago and her visit with students at a high school in the city’s West Englewood neighborhood.

“One kid told me he felt like he lived in a cage, because he feels like his community is unseen, unheard and nobody cares about it,” Obama said. “What’s our obligation to these kids? We do have one.”

The first lady said the students’ experiences underscore a larger problem with violence in U.S. cities. “We have millions of kids living in these kind of circumstances who are doing everything right, and we, as a nation, have to embrace these kids and let them know that we hear them, we see them.”

Obama has become increasingly vocal about Chicago’s gun violence and homicide rate. Before meeting with the Chicago students last month, she gave a speech in which she said she identified with Hadiya Pendleton, the 15-year-old honors student who was fatally shot this year in a park near the Obamas’ home in the city.

“Hadiya Pendleton was me,” Obama said, “and I was her.”

— McClatchy-Tribune

NRA wraps up its
national meeting

The National Rifle Association on Sunday wrapped up its first national meeting of members since the high-profile mass shootings last year at a movie theater in Aurora, Colo., and Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.

The convention ended with a prayer breakfast and a presentation by rock musician Ted Nugent, which was closed to the news media.

Not only was the convention the NRA’s first national gathering of members since the shootings in Colorado and Connecticut, but it came less than a month after the Senate voted down a measure to expand background checks for gun buyers — a step favored by President Obama and most Americans.

An estimated 70,000 attendees participated in gun raffles and shooting sports and browsed among more than 550 booths selling firearms and myriad gun-related items.

Thermal-vision cameras — similar to equipment used by authorities in hunting for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev — attracted a crowd of onlookers.

— Reuters

60,000 honeybees
removed from home

It was the biggest beehive that Ogden, Utah, beekeeper Vic Bachman has ever removed — a dozen feet long, packed inside the eve of a cabin in Ogden Valley.

“We figure we got 15 pounds of bees out of there,” said Bachman, who said that converts to about 60,000 honeybees.

Bachman was called to the A-frame cabin last month in Eden, Utah. Removing a panel that covered the roof rafters, he had no idea he would find honeycombs packed 12 feet long, four feet wide and 16 inches deep.

The honeybees had been making the cavity their home since 1996, hardly bothering the homeowners.

They didn’t want to kill the honeybees, a species in decline that does yeoman’s work pollinating flowers and crops. So Bachman used a vacuum cleaner to suck the bees into a cage. “It doesn’t hurt them,” he said.

— Associated Press