Roller coaster safety
The Wild Thing roller coaster at Valleyfair amusement park remains shut down after an accident yesterday injured 18 people. Valleyfair said today that the coaster will be left untouched until an independent investigation is completed. The rear car of one of the coaster's trains separated as the ride was slowing and entering the station, tipping the car over and sending some riders to the hospital with scrapes and sprains.6:19 p.m.
FBI: Rep. Jefferson Took $100,000 Bribe
The FBI says it has video footage of Rep. Bill Jefferson (D-LA) accepting $100,000 from an FBI informant. Jefferson, who has not been charged with anything, insists that he has committed no crime. NPR's Brian Naylor reports.
Buying Leniency: Small-Scale and Widespread
In the criminal courts of eastern Washington, people arrested for offenses such as drunk driving could routinely get a lenient sentence by contributing money to prosecutors' favorite charities. A prominent defense lawyer in Wisconsin calls the practice the "dirty little secret" of criminal courts in America.
WHO Leader Dies After Surgery for Blood Clot
The doctor who led the World Health Organization's battles against SARS and bird flu has died following surgery for a blood clot on the brain. Dr. Lee Jong-Wook, the first South Korean to head a U.N. agency, was 61.
Tehran May Set Aside Washington Talks
Iran is no longer interested in a dialogue with the United States, according to officials in Tehran. Word that proposed talks are not likely to get off the ground came after Zalmay Khalilzad, the U.S. ambassador to Iraq, renewed an offer of talks in an interview with the Associated Press.
Leaving Guantanamo: Enduring a Harsh Stay
In late November, three Guantanamo detainees were released and sent back to Bahrain. The men had been held by the United States for about four years, first in Afghanistan and then in Guantanamo. None were ever charged, nor were they told why they were being held or why they were finally released.
Locking In Gas Prices When They're Low
There you are, steamed at paying $3 for a gallon of gasoline. So how does it feel to learn that some people are paying $2 dollars, or even a buck a gallon? That's because they bought from a Minnesota chain that allows customers to purchase gasoline at market prices, then stockpile for periods when gas is more expensive.
Recalling Choreographer and Activist Dunham
Dancer, choreographer, and activist Katherine Dunham died Sunday morning at the age of 96. Michele Norris talks with Harry Belafonte about the life and work of Dunham, who brought African and Caribbean influences to the dance world at a time when it was very Euro-centric. Dunham is also remembered for the work she did with poor communities in East St Louis, and for her 47-day hunger strike in 1992 on behalf of Haitian boat people.
Forecasters Call for Another Busy Hurricane Season
A hectic, above-normal tropical storm season could produce between four and six major hurricanes in the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico this year, but conditions don't appear ripe for a repeat of 2005's record activity, the National Hurricane Center predicted Monday.
Laying Out a Vision for New Orleans
With Mayor Ray Nagin set to return for another term in New Orleans, those on the Bring New Orleans Back Commission and other planning panels are making recommendations for rebuilding the city and its infrastructure. Kim Boyle is the chair of the Health/Social Services Committee of Bring New Orleans Back, as well as co-chair of the Committee for a Better New Orleans/Metropolitan Area Committee. Boyle says the future of New Orleans is exciting, but a main challenge remains the city's health care system. Michele Norris talks with Boyle, member of the Louisiana Recovery Authority Board, and partner in the Employment Group with the law firm of Phelps Dunbar LLP.