Why the water overwhelmed Duluth Last week, Duluth residents awoke to the worst flooding in recent memory. Water overwhelmed a system designed to handle big storms, but not this big. It became apparent that Duluth's aging sewers could not handle so much water. City officials acknowledge that it may not be possible to prepare for such a storm.5:18 p.m.
Influx Of Puerto Ricans Changes Fla.'s Voter Calculus
There are now almost as many Puerto Ricans in Florida as Cubans. And around Orlando, there are far more. Puerto Ricans tend to vote Democratic, but local Republicans are doing what they can to cut into the Democrats' margin.
Is A Protest Camp Still Needed In Yemen?
In Yemen's capital, Sanaa, a sprawling tent city that was home to thousands of protesters for more than a year is beginning to be dismantled. Some refuse to leave Change Square. Others say it's time to get on with building a country.
After Arizona Immigration Ruling, Panic And Protests
Days after the Supreme Court upheld a key part of Arizona's law, human-rights groups say they're getting calls from worried undocumented residents who are afraid of being turned over to immigration officials. But the ruling has also emboldened opponents of the measure.
A Peek Inside Astronomer Carl Sagan's Mind
The astronomer Carl Sagan made it his life's work to engage the public in the world of science and exploration. The Library of Congress announced Wednesday that it's acquired his personal papers. Host Audie Cornish talks with Ann Druyan, Sagan's widow.
As Leaders Meet To Save Euro, Nations Face Trade-Off
Europe's leaders are gathering in Brussels to salvage the euro and work toward a tighter fiscal union. But coming together also requires a tough trade-off for each country: surrendering significant control of the national budget for greater economic stability.
A Symbolic Handshake Shows Progress In Northern Ireland
Queen Elizabeth visited Northern Ireland Wednesday and shook hands with Martin McGuinness, former commander of the Provisional Irish Republican Army. The queen's cousin was among the nearly 2,000 victims of the Irish Republicans' violent campaign against British rule.
Defense Giant Says Budget Cuts Could Mean Pink Slips
With dramatic cutbacks in defense spending looming if Congress fails to reach a budget deal, defense systems manufacturer Lockheed Martin says it will be forced to send layoff warnings to more than 100,000 employees this fall.
'Beasts' Finds Its Heart In A 6-Year-Old Heroine
The film Beasts of the Southern Wild won top honors at Sundance and took a prize for best first film at Cannes. NPR's Melissa Block talks to director Benh Zeitlin about the isolated community he's imagined — and the extraordinary girl who narrates the picture.
Fire Rages Across Colorado With Historic Gusto
The Waldo Canyon wild fire in Colorado is threatening the city of Colorado Springs and the U.S. Air Force Academy there. The fire doubled in size overnight. Public safety officials have issued more than 32,000 mandatory evacuation orders. This latest fire is now one of the largest in the state's history.
Colorado Fire Consumes 'Taste Of The Old West'
The Waldo Canyon fire in Colorado has claimed a long-time beloved attraction: the Flying W Ranch. The ranch burned to the ground Tuesday. It billed itself as "a taste of the Old West," offering chuck wagon suppers and Western-style entertainment. Host Melissa Block talks with assistant general manager Aaron Winter about the damage and whether it will be rebuilt.