Pawlenty names new MnDOT chief Gov. Tim Pawlenty has named Tom Sorel, an official with the Federal Highway Administration, as the state's next transportation comissioner.5:20 p.m.
Police error leads to DWI dismissals Clay County has thrown out 10 drunk driving cases because police made a mistake that could have led to inaccurate blood alcohol tests.5:50 p.m.
New novel combines development, kung fu and brussels sprouts When author Don Lee began writing his latest novel, "Wrack and Ruin," he wanted to do something light. He wanted to set the story in a small northern California town, and make one of his characters a farmer. He said the choice of crops was narrow, and one stood out: brussels sprouts.6:19 p.m.
Peter Smith on the Wild The hockey season is over in Minnesota. On Saturday, the Wild lost the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs four games to two. Commentator and reluctant hockey fan Peter Smith says he should have known better.6:26 p.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Obama Says Loss in Pa. Won't Hurt His Chances
In the final hours before the Pennsylvania primary, Sen. Barack Obama tells NPR that he's not predicting he'll win. But he says a loss doesn't mean his campaign can't defeat Sen. John McCain, the presumptive Republican nominee, in November.
The Disquieting Resonance of 'The Quiet American'
Can we learn from our past mistakes? Pico Iyer finds modern meaning in Graham Greene's novel about a naive American who arrives in a foreign place full of ideas about democracy, and how he can teach an ancient culture a better, "American" way of doing things.
U.S. Military Plan for Dying Afghan Girl Goes Awry
Despite good intentions, a communication lapse in the case of an ailing 6-year-old Afghan girl has left a life in jeopardy. Funding for surgery and transportation logistics remain unclear as her condition worsens.
Obama Seeks to Close Gap in Pennsylvania
Sen. Barack Obama storms across Pennsylvania in a final effort to catch Sen. Hillary Clinton and win Tuesday's Democratic primary. Can he grasp another chance to close out his rival?
Clinton Confident on Eve of Pa. Primary
Sen. Hillary Clinton finishes strong in Pennsylvania, where a big win in tomorrow's primary can end talk of her conceding the Democratic nomination to Sen. Barack Obama.
In Selma, McCain Praises Civil Rights Pioneers
Sen. John McCain says Selma, Ala., and other communities on his "It's Time for Action" tour have suffered the "sins of indifference and injustice." He lauded the courage shown by civil-rights advocates who were beaten as they marched across Selma's Edmond Pettus Bridge in 1965.
Chicago Police Probe Rash of Shootings
At least 30 people were shot over the weekend in Chicago. Six died. Authorities point to the usual culprits — gang warfare and easy access to guns. Police had just released statistics showing the city's murder rate fell in March compared to a year earlier.
Indiana Jones: Saving History or Stealing It?
With that bullwhip and fedora, he's not your typical archaeologist. Sometimes, in fact, Indy's more treasure hunter than scientist. In the real world of archeologists, Indy's adventure-addicted character doesn't quite match the facts.
Letters: Take Heart, Sarah Marshalls
In the wake of a less-than-flattering promotional campaign for the movie Forgetting Sarah Marshall several listeners send messages of encouragement to the Sarah Marshalls of the world. One of those listeners is named Annie Hall.
Food-Bank Organizers Face Shortages
Global food shortages and a faltering U.S. economy are hurting food banks. Leaders in the food bank community are finding creative ways to cope. Two food-bank organizers discuss their approach to the problem.