Minnesota teen wins national photo contest Joelle Linhoff, 18, of Minnetonka, snapped the winning image of a fog-shrouded valley in New Zealand to win Smithsonian Magazine's fourth photography contest.3:50 p.m.
The need to read Twin Cities libraries have kicked off a summer reading program for teens. Librarians say busy teenagers don't typically make time for reading, yet summer reading can help them academically.6:20 p.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Beirut Attack Is Latest in String of Targeted Killings
In Beirut, a bomb claimed the lives of an anti-Syrian member of parliament, his son and several others Wednesday. The explosion is the latest in a string of targeted killings stretching to the assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri two years ago.
Group Protesting Violence Draws Fire in Gaza Strip
Hamas militants appear to be gaining the upper hand in the fight against gunmen from the rival Fatah movement in the Gaza Strip. There is now no talk of a cease-fire, and the "unity" government has collapsed. A group of Palestinians staged a protest against the fighting and came under fire.
Ex-Bush Aides Subpoenaed in Fired-Attorney Inquiry
Two congressional committees have issued subpoenas for testimony from former White House counsel Harriet Miers and former political director Sara Taylor regarding their roles in the firings of eight federal prosecutors.
Don Herbert, TV's 'Mr. Wizard,' Dies
Actor Don Herbert, who explained the world of science to young viewers in the 1950s and '60s, has died at the age of 89. His show, "Watch Mr. Wizard," ran for 14 years. Science Friday host Ira Flatow talks about Herbert's legacy with Robert Siegel.
Motorsports Store Stages Annual Engine Blowout
For the past 15 years, Reynolds Motorsports in Maine has celebrated a unique form of conspicuous consumption. As part of its annual open house, employees take a beat-up old motorcycle, tape the throttle wide open and take bets on how long it takes the machine to die.
Larry Peterson: Life After Exoneration
In the concluding story in a two-part special report, Larry Peterson finally wins exoneration — and his freedom. But life after incarceration proves difficult, as is his battle to seek compensation for the years he spent in prison.
Attack on Iraqi Shrine Prompts Fears of Retribution
Another attack on one of the holiest Shiite Muslim shrines in Iraq has raised fears of a new wave of sectarian bloodletting. Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki blamed al-Qaida for the attack and ordered a curfew in Baghdad to prevent new violence.
How Do Shrine Attacks Affect U.S. Strategy in Iraq?
Retired Army Gen. Barry McCaffrey, who went to Iraq earlier this year, explains what the latest bombings of the holy Shiite mosque in Samarra mean for the U.S. military strategy in Iraq and why insurgents continue to target the shrine.