FBI to investigate gang strike force Minnesota Public Safety Commissioner Michael Campion said the credibility of the Metro Gang Strike Force has "been called into question" after an audit found lax bookkeeping at the strike force.5:20 p.m.
U.S. Boosts Effort To Train Afghan Police
Building a professional Afghan police force is considered key to the war against the Taliban. U.S. and British military teams are training recruits of the Afghan National Police in Helmand province, a haven for Taliban insurgents and the main source of their cash: the poppy fields that produce heroin.
Diabetes: Is It An Issue For The Supreme Court?
Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor has Type 1 diabetes. Medical experts say this does not disqualify her from the court. Others say it should be a factor in her confirmation as diabetics have a shorter life expectancy than people without the disease.
GM Heads Toward Bankruptcy
A slimmed down and possibly healthier version of Chrysler could emerge soon after a key bankruptcy court hearing in New York. The carmaker's bankruptcy is moving quickly. And as Chrysler appears on its way out of bankruptcy, General Motors could be on the way in.
GM Workers Likely To OK Deal With Automaker
General Motors has a tentative restructuring plan with the United Auto Workers union that would give a union trust fund up to 20 percent of GM's stock in exchange for concessions. Most UAW members appear likely to hold their noses and ratify the agreement.
In Calif., Gay Marriage Fight Moves To Next Round
The California Supreme Court's ruling upholding the voter-approved ban on marriage is not the final word. A lawsuit filed Wednesday seeks to challenge Proposition 8 in federal court. Still others are trying to take another crack at the ballot box.
Youth Killings Reach Crisis Level In Chicago
At least 36 Chicago Public School students have been killed this school year; most died from gunshots. Community leaders say violence has reached a crisis level, and many blame gangs. One pastor is flying a flag upside down at a Catholic church to signal a call for help.
Littell's Novel Transcends Genre
It happens to the best of them, seasoned thriller writers taking it upon themselves to write a novel that extends the boundaries of the genre as a way of making a bolder, larger statement about life in the writer's time. Robert Littell's new novel, The Stalin Epigram, happens to be one of those books.
Somaliland Struggles For Recognition
Somaliland has called itself an independent republic since the 1990s. But the rest of the world calls it the northern region of Somalia. The more than 3 million Somalilanders have their own president, their own Parliament and their own passports. They now want the rest of the world to show them a little respect.
World Has Few Options Left On North Korea
NPR Senior News Analyst Daniel Schorr remarks on the growing concern about North Korea's nuclear program. Pyongyang announced it had conducted an underground nuclear test Monday. It has also launched several missile tests this week.