MnSCU makes plans to cope with possible government shutdown Officials with the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system say they're determined to offer classes to their students in the event of a state government shutdown, but that will depend on whether MnSCU has access to tuition revenue and reserve funds, money that's controlled by the state.5:23 p.m.
Britain, France Plan To Offer U.N. Resolution On Syria
Britain and France, with U.S. backing, are planning to introduce a resolution at the U.N. Security Council condemning the Syrian government's crackdown on protesters around the country. It is far from clear if Russia and China, the other two veto-wielding members of the Security Council, will vote for the resolution.
In Syria, Tanks Head To Northern Town
A column of some 50 Syrian army tanks is headed toward the northern town of Jisr al-Shughour, the scene of heavy fighting over the past few days — much of it between security forces and soldiers who defected and joined anti-government protesters. A resident says the town is mostly deserted now after thousands of people fled to the surrounding countryside or the nearby border with Turkey. NPR's Deborah Amos talks to Melissa Block.
OPEC Decides Not To Increase Oil Production
Oil prices rose Wednesday after OPEC, in a surprise, decided not to increase oil production. Saudi Arabia, traditionally the most influential OPEC member, was overruled by several members, including Iran, Iraq and Venezuela.
Yemeni Photographer Turns Her Lens On The West
Earlier this year, Amira Al-Sharif came to New York City to document the lives of young American women. The 28-year-old was born in Saudi Arabia, grew up in Yemen and was the first person from her family to graduate from university. And while Western journalists often document Arab women, Al-Sharif wanted to flip the script.
How Do Officials Find An E. Coli Oubreak's Source?
An outbreak of a nasty strain of E. coli in Germany has killed more than two dozen people and sickened more than 2,700 others. German authorities are still struggling to determine the source of the virus. Melissa Block talks to food safety expert Dr. David Acheson, formerly of the Food and Drug Administration, about the forensics of tracking down food contamination.
Despite Radiation, Some Japanese Villagers Stay Put
Radiation levels in one Japanese village are twice the level requiring evacuation, but some farmers are still trying to salvage what they can of their crops and livestock. "If you've got 600 cows, it's not that easy to get rid of them," one resident says.
Obama Takes Heat From Some Environmentalists
Some environmentalists have been quietly grumbling about the Obama administration for months. Now one of the country's most prominent conservationists — former Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt — is retaking the public stage to scold President Obama.