Jury selection a deliberate process Picking a jury pool in a high-profile case is a bit of art and science. Lawyers interview people looking for some very specific qualities and characters.4:48 p.m.
Sweat it out
It's finally feeling more like a normal Minnesota summer today, after several days of unusually high temperatures across the region. Over the weekend gardeners, festival-goers, and triathletes all toughed out the heat. How did they do it? Perspiration. We asked our regular medical analyst, Dr. Jon Hallberg, to tell us more about the body's natural cooling system.4:52 p.m.
Entenza withdraws from AG race; sets off DFL scramble Matt Entenza, the DFL-endorsed candidate for attorney general dropped his candidacy Tuesday, setting off a flurry of last-minute filings for the September primary. Five DFL candidates are now in the running.5:19 p.m.
Familiar causes lead to new rise in crime in Minneapolis Getting tough on crime in this country has had mixed results. Many ex-convicts are getting out of prison, and are ill-prepared to resume life. At the same time, police and youth workers report a rising number of disaffected young people turning to a life of crime for the first time.5:46 p.m.
Walk in and sing a masterpiece Informal gatherings to sing great choral works are a summer tradition in New England. A conductor who recently moved to the Twin Cities from Boston is hoping Open Sings catch on in Minnesota too.6:22 p.m.
National Public Radio Stories
U.N. Envoy Pushes Peace in Talks with Israel
In Jerusalem, talks are under way between United Nations and Israeli officials on the possibility of a cease-fire in the weeklong violence between Israel and Lebanon-based Hezbollah. U.S. Marines helped Americans evacuate the region between Israel and Lebanon.
Syria Called Upon to Soften Hezbollah
The Syrian government is coming under new pressure from Israel, the United States and other nations to use its influence to persuade Hezbollah to reach a peace accord with Israel. But how much influence Damascus has with the Lebanese Islamist movement is a matter of debate.
U.S. Diplomats Search for Long-Term Solution
Robert Siegel talks with U.S. Undersecretary of State for political affairs Nicholas Burns about the current conflict between Hezbollah and Israel, and the United States' plans for diplomacy. In Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said today the United States wants a cessation to violence in the region, but she added that whatever is done must be of lasting value.
Family Resurrects Dream House on Mississippi Coast
In Gulfport, Miss., attorney Jim Wetzel and his wife, Garnette, have almost completed rebuilding their 20-year-old Georgian Manor on the coast. It's about the only home on Beach Boulevard that's still standing. The mayor of Gulfport calls it an inspiration to the community.
Unrest in Somalia Leads to Calls for Envoy
Somalia's potentially explosive mix of instability and radical Islam lead to calls for the United States and its allies to untangle a complicated conflict. U.S. officials fear that Somalia, which has been without a government for 15 years, could become a haven for terrorists.
Citizens, Monitors Pin Hopes on Congo's Elections
The Democratic Republic of Congo is preparing for its first democratic elections since 1960. Western nations are spending $400 million to help the polling go smoothly. The United Nations has dispatched 17,000 troops -- its biggest peacekeeping mission in the world -- to help stabilize the vast country.
A 'Squeaky' Clean Family Tradition
We learn about a Grand Junction, Colo., family's "musical" tradition of entertaining with squeaks in a wet bathtub. R. Pace tells us about how his uncle introduced squeaks when his corpulent body moved around in a tub raised on legs. We get a demonstration.
Boston's Spectacle Island Lives Up to Name
Boston's Spectacle Island was once the prime example of all that was wrong with Boston Harbor: Trash and pollution had even driven the local bird population off its shores. Now, the island is Massachusetts' newest park.
For Tom Brosseau, a Sweet Voice Gets Louder
Record producer Gregory Page was sitting in the back office of an Ocean Beach coffee shop called Java Joe's on an open-mic night when he heard what he thought was a female singer with a beautiful voice. He went into the shop and discovered that the voice belonged to a man: a folk singer and songwriter named Tom Brosseau.
New Orleans Doctor, Nurses Charged with Murder
A doctor and two nurses were arrested overnight in New Orleans, where they are charged with second-degree murder in connection with patient deaths at a city hospital. The deaths occurred in the chaotic days after Hurricane Katrina.