Minneapolis seeks help paying Target Center's bills Minneapolis' top priority during the upcoming legislative session will be some relief in the form of state aid for the Target Center. Once new, the facility isn't attracting high-profile acts, and it's running in the red.5:24 p.m.
Iraqi Refugees Suffer Long-Term Effects of Torture
According to the U.N., one in five Iraqi refugees has been tortured or has suffered from other violence. They can heal from the physical wounds, but the long-term psychological damage can be profound.
Actress Swinton Moves from Art House to Hollywood
Scottish actress Tilda Swinton was recently nominated for a Golden Globe for her portrayal of a slowly unraveling lawyer in Michael Clayton. But Swinton spent the early part of her career making art-house films.
Does 'Superior Mirage' Explain Texas UFO Reports?
Many listeners wrote in about Wade Goodwyn's story on UFO sightings in Texas, and one pointed out that we missed a teaching opportunity about superior mirage phenomenon. Robert Siegel talks with Christine Pulliam, a spokeswoman for the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, to find out more.
Obama Takes Swipe at Clinton's Economic Plan
Presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) knows that people across the country are struggling, and his mix of tax cuts and direct spending — not his rival, New York Democrat Sen. Hillary Clinton's plan — will give the economy a fast-acting fix, he said.
Thompson Outlines Economic Plans, Defends Style
Republican presidential hopeful Fred Thompson says the economy is headed in the wrong direction, with unemployment up to 5 percent nationwide and the consumer credit market tightening. In an NPR interview, he outlines his economic plans and defends his campaign style.
Climate Change Tests L.A.'s Conservation Success
A change in climate will herald a shift in how Southern California gets its water. Less snow and more rain in the Sierras will force the region to change its methods. Los Angeles is already ahead of the game.
Co-Creator of Frisbee and Hula Hoop Dies at 82
Richard Knerr co-founded Wham-O, the Pasadena, Calif., toy company responsible for turning the Hula Hoop, Frisbee and many other ingenious creations into iconic toys. Knerr died Monday in southern California at age 82, leaving behind a legacy of fun.
Candidates Don't Fit Carolinians' Conservative Mold
The South Carolina GOP primary is just days away, but many Republican voters still haven't made up their minds about whom to support. They find that most of the candidates don't fit in to the traditional conservative mold.
Letters: Lone Ranger, Tonto and UFOs
Melissa Block and Robert Siegel read from listener e-mails, which include comments on Robert Siegel's story on The Lone Ranger. Some listeners enjoyed hearing the familiar William Tell Overture, while others were curious about the origins of the name Tonto. We also got mail about UFO sightings in Texas — from skeptics, believers and scientists.
Bernanke Urges Quick Action to Boost Economy
President Bush and Federal Reserve Chief Ben Bernanke have both endorsed the idea of a stimulus package for the economy. Bernanke said at a House Budget Committee hearing that if Congress is going to act, it should do so quickly and make sure its actions are temporary. The president said he'll lay out his plan Friday.