Northwest Minnesota counties experiencing drought While much of Minnesota is a bit soggy after a great deal of rain, the northwestern part of the state is seeing drought conditions take hold.
Some crop damage is already reported and experts say unless widespread rain falls this week, the area could soon be in severe drought.4:50 p.m.
Jay Cooke State Park closed indefinitely Jay Cooke State Park in northeastern Minnesota will remain closed indefinitely because of damage to Highway 210 during recent severe flooding, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources said Tuesday.5:24 p.m.
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Tensions Grow Between Former Allies Syria, Turkey
Spokesmen for the rebel Free Syrian Army say the war has reached a crucial stage. Defections of government soldiers are increasing and have weakened the Syrian army. The rebels also say more arms are flowing to their side from other Gulf states. Many of those shipments are intended for Islamist factions within the rebel movement. Deborah Amos talks to Robert Siegel.
Pakistan Reopening Supply Lines Into Afghanistan
The U.S. has announced that Pakistan has agreed to reopen its land routes to NATO convoys heading into Afghanistan. The agreement came after Washington again expressed regret for the deaths of 24 Pakistani soldiers who were killed in an errant American air strike last November.
Common Parasite May Influence Human Behavior
A study shows that women infected with a common parasite are 1.5 times more likely than other women to attempt suicide. The parasite, which is found in cats, is already known to change the behavior of infected animals.
Did Roberts Flip On The Health Care Decision?
Since the Supreme Court's health care ruling — in which Chief Justice John Roberts provided the key vote to uphold most of the law — speculation has raged about whether he changed his mind in the course of deliberations. In many ways, the question of a switch misperceives how the court works.
Colombia Relives Escobar's Reign Of Terror, On TV
Drug lord Pablo Escobar nearly brought Colombia to its knees with a wave of bombings and murders in the 1980s. Now, he is back, in a new TV series that has mesmerized Colombia. The narco-novela tells of the cartel boss's rise and fall — and tries to show his victims' perspectives, too.
A Lanky Teenager On The Path To (Super) Power
Peter Parker's transformation from nerdy teenager to nerdy teenager with superstrength is retold in The Amazing Spider-Man. NPR's Bob Mondello says that star Andrew Garfield is great as the awkward high-schooler with newfound powers, and keeps the movie from feeling superfluous.