Lawmakers aim for 2007 "energy session" Minnesota has a new law establishing one of the most aggressive standards for renewable energy in the country. The governor and lawmakers say it's just the first of several energy-related proposals they hope to pass this session.5:20 p.m.
Measuring the Iraq War's Toll: Life at Fort Hood
Next month, the United States will enter its fifth year of war in Iraq. The conflict has had a deep impact on communities across the country — and perhaps nowhere more than Fort Hood in Killeen, Texas, home to two active military divisions.
Human Cloning May Be Just Around the Corner
Ten years after Dolly the cloned sheep was introduced to the world, scientists have yet to successfully clone a human embryo. But even mainstream scientists say it's still only a matter of time.
Letters: Illinois Mascot; Tiny Preemie; and Bowling
Melissa Block and Robert Siegel read from listeners' letters. Among this week's topics: our story on the retirement of the University of Illinois' mascot, Chief Illiniwek; also, our interview with a doctor who cared for Amillia Taylor, possibly the tiniest premature baby ever to survive; and a correction about a SoundClip that came from Windsor, Ontario.
Egyptian Blogger Sentenced to Four Years in Jail
A young Egyptian blogger has become the first person in Egypt sentenced to a jail term for opinions expressed on the internet. Human rights groups condemned what they called the "chilling precedent" set by an Alexandria court when it sentenced Abdel Kareem Suleiman to four years in prison for insulting Islam and President Hosni Mubarak.
Israeli Envoy Calls for Resolve on Iran, Hamas
Sallai Meridor recently arrived in Washington to serve as Israel's ambassador to the United States. His tenure begins at an important juncture: The Middle East peace process is in a multi-sided stalemate. And the region is adjusting to the news that Iran has defied the United Nations in enriching uranium.
Padilla Is Unfit for Trial, Attorneys Say
A federal judge in Miami is holding a hearing to determine if Jose Padilla is competent to stand trial. Padilla is a U.S. citizen arrested nearly 5 years ago and accused of being an al-Qaida operative. His attorneys say that Padilla, who was held in almost total isolation in a Navy brig, suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder.
Whole Foods Looks to Grow by Adding Wild Oats
The Whole Foods supermarket chain says it will buy Wild Oats, its smaller competitor. The buyout would allow the new company to better compete with traditional grocery stores as they increase the amount of organic and health foods on their shelves, Whole Foods says.
Attention Shoppers: Bring Our Cart Back
February is National Return Shopping Carts to the Supermarket Month. A new proposal in Oregon calls for a 24-hour, toll-free number for residents to report abandoned carts. Grocers would have 72 hours to retrieve their wayward carts or face a fine.
U.S. Soldiers, Iraqi Police Unite to Redeem Ramadi
American soldiers try to improve their counterinsurgency strategy in Anbar province by joining with Iraqi police and getting buy-in from local sheiks. There are signs of improvement, but insurgents continue to plague the city center, and they constantly adjust to U.S. tactics.
Medieval Mosques Illuminated by Math
Historic buildings in the Islamic world are often covered with breathtakingly intricate geometric designs. Both artists and mathematicians have long puzzled over them, wondering how the patterns were created. A new study suggests the artisans worked from templates that drew upon advanced math principles.