Somalis in Minnesota react to barrage of bad news Somalia has been dominating the headlines in recent weeks, with various news stories in Minnesota and around the world focusing on events related to that African country. Somalis in Minnesota are reacting in various ways to the avalanche of publicity about their homeland.5:50 p.m.
Liberian President visits Minnesota Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is
telling Minnesota's large Liberian population she supports the bid
by many to obtain permanent U.S. residency but also hopes some
return to participate in the country's rebuilding.5:55 p.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Obama Points To Signs Of Life In Economy
President Obama says the economy is still stressed out, but there are "glimmers of hope." After meeting with economic advisers, the president says those include low mortgage rates leading to refinancing, increases in small business loans and stimulus tax cuts making their way into paychecks.
What Is The Real State Of The Economy?
Nobel laureate economist Paul Krugman of the New York Times and Robert Samuelson of Newsweek discuss conflicting reports as to whether the economy is showing signs of life — or it's still skidding downward.
Presidential Puppy Arrival Kept On Tight Leash
For much of the public, it is the most widely anticipated appointment to the new Obama administration: Who will be the first dog? Rumors abound about when the dog will arrive, and Portugese water dog breeders are practically chasing their tails with excitement.
In Pakistan, Villagers' Basic Needs Unmet
Pakistan has failed to deliver basic services such as health care and education across much of the country, resulting in a segment of the population that is ill-trained, illiterate and angry. The government's failures can be seen in stark relief in Barakau, a village in the country's heartland.
Tax Preparer: More People Filing Taxes From Home
Jeff Alvey, the president of Fair Tax in Sioux Falls, S.D., says he expects to see 70 to 100 clients a day ahead of the April 15 deadline for filing tax returns. Alvey tells Melissa Block he's seeing a dip in clients because people are trying to file from home.
Some Homebuyers Find Tax Credit Is Not A Break
Legislation enacted last year gives a $7,500 tax credit for some first-time homebuyers who purchased in 2008. The catch: They have to pay the money back. But those who buy this year get an $8,000 tax break free and clear.
California Lists People Who Owe A Lot In Taxes
California is trying to turn up the heat on what it says are its biggest delinquent tax payers. On the list are singer Dionne Warwick and comedian Sinbad, who the state says owe more than $2 million each.
Pill For Alcoholism May Also Dampen Urge To Steal
For people with kleptomania, stealing can provide an intense high or rush. But a new study says that a pill long used to treat alcoholism may also take the thrill out of stealing. It may help people with kleptomania overcome what can feel like an uncontrollable need to steal.
Lisa Hannigan Sews Together A Solo Debut
Two years after her sudden dismissal from Damien Rice's band, in which she sang backup for seven years, the Irish singer has crafted her first solo album. Literally, crafted: Not only did Hannigan write the music, but she also hand-stitched the liner notes.
How U.S. Captain Is Faring Under Pirates' Hostage
Pirates continue to hold commercial Capt. Richard Phillips hostage on the high seas off the Horn of Africa as the U.S. Navy beefs up its presence nearby. Phillips unsuccessfully tried to escape Friday.