Drought called 'catastrophic' for region's farmers Farmers and ranchers in the Dakotas and western Minnesota are facing their fourth and fifth year of abnormally dry weather. U.S. Sen. Sen. Tim Johnson of South Dakota calls the recent dry spell in the region "catastrophic."5:46 p.m.
Concordia unveils Arabic language camp Arabic is one of the most spoken languages in the world, yet few Americans can speak it. Concordia Language Villages hopes to change that with its new Arabic Language Camp in northern Minnesota.5:50 p.m.
Power Trips: Minnesota members of Congress defend travel In the last few years, Minnesota members of Congress have traveled to Hawaii, Alaska, Israel, South Africa, China, Germany, Turkey, Mozambique and other spots around the globe. Taxpayers didn't foot the bill for these trips -- private interest groups did.6:19 p.m.
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Chechen Rebel Leader Dies in Explosion
The man who claimed responsibility for the bloody Beslan school siege is dead, according to the Russian government. Officials say Chechen rebel leader Shamil Basayev was killed as he was planning an attack to coincide with this week's G8 summit in St. Petersburg.
Basayev's Death and Putin's Standing
Robert Siegel talks with Andrew Meier, author of Chechnya: To the Heart of a Conflict about how Shamil Basayev's death may help Putin at the G8 Summit meetings.
Bush Juggles Schedules, Tough Issues
When President Bush travels overseas later this week, he will be getting away from some tough domestic issues, says NPR Senior News Analyst Daniel Schorr. But the president will be faced with difficult diplomatic problems, including the situations with Iran and North Korea.
Top-Quality Fake IDs, Home Made
A family-run business operating out of Mexico has provided high-quality fake identity documents to people entering the United States illegally for the past two decades.
Ethnic Identity vs. Experience
When commentator Yvette Doss recently read the graphic novel La Perdida, she thought she would identify with its author, Jessica Abel. She was wrong. Yvette Doss is managing editor at Ciudad magazine.
New Orleans Begins Cleanup of Abandoned Cars
Nearly a year after Hurricane Katrina ravaged the Gulf Coast, Louisiana has started hauling way tens of thousands of lost or abandoned vehicles. The job is actually smaller now because thieves have been making off steadily with car parts and even whole cars.
Katrina Books Shed New Light on Disaster
Even after the extensive coverage of Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans journalist Jason Berry say there's much to be learned from new books on the storm: about global warming, how cities live or die, the science of levees and stunning human dramas.
French Have a Word for Zidane: Pourquoi?
Say it ain't so, Zizou! The French soccer star Zinedine Zidane returned home to Paris, a day after being ejected from the World Cup finals for head-butting an Italian player. France is now trying to understand why its legendary star disgraced himself in his final game before retirement. Michele Norris talks with Francois Picard, website news director of cable channel Eurosport.
Getty Museum to Return Greek Artifacts
The Greek government and the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles announce an agreement to return two works currently held in the Getty's collection. The return comes after the Greek government was able to prove the two antiquities were stolen.
Sunnis Targeted in Baghdad Killings
Over the weekend, Shiite militiamen were seen targeting residents of a Sunni neighborhood of Baghdad in response to a car bomb attack against a Shiite mosque. Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, who has been calling for national unity, faces divisions within his own cabinet. Robert Siegel talks with NPR's Jamie Tarabay, who's in Baghdad.