Little damage from California quake
People from Los Angeles to San Diego were shaken by the most powerful earthquake in several years. John Rabe, of Minnesota Public Radio's sister-station, KPCC in Los Angeles, talked to people who experienced today's 5.4 magnitude earthquake.3:48 p.m.
Pawlenty proposes health care changes Gov. Tim Pawlenty announced several health care initiatives Tuesday that he said will lead the way to giving consumers more of a say over spending on health care.5:20 p.m.
Deep aquifers, deep questions As water demand grows, researchers are becoming more interested in how fast we're using our water supplies. One growing area of study is underground aquifers.5:48 p.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Could Watchdog Office Probe Taint Justice Inquiry?
The Office of Special Counsel addresses charges of unlawful hiring, like those recently leveled about the Justice Department. But the FBI is investigating the OSC; the special counsel was accused by his deputy of pursuing "political agendas and personal vendettas."
Artist Documents The Final Days Of A Chinese City
Artist and filmmaker Chen Zhong is taking photos, shooting a video and putting up an art installation in Kaixian as an homage to the Chinese city. By the fall, Kaixian will be submerged in the reservoir created by the Three Gorges Dam.
U.S. Women Seek Water Polo Gold
The U.S. women's water polo team hopes to boost its fan base by bringing home the gold from the Beijing Olympics. They won the silver in 2000 and the bronze in 2004.
Speculation Builds On McCain's, Obama's VP Picks
The latest speculation about Democrat Barack Obama's choice for vice president is on three men: Tim Kaine, Joe Biden and Evan Bayh. John McCain, on the other hand, is looking at Bobby Jindal, Tim Pawlenty, Mitt Romney and Tom Ridge.
Mixed Results For McCain's New Campaigning Style
Republican presidential hopeful John McCain has been experimenting with a new style of campaigning, using seemingly casual visits to local attractions to drive home his message. So far, the senator from Arizona has had mixed results.
Candidates Split On 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' Policy
A recent poll found that 75 percent of Americans surveyed think openly gay people should be allowed to serve in the military. The future of the Pentagon's nondisclosure policy may hinge on who wins the White House in November. Obama has said he would overturn it, while McCain says it should be left in place.
In Russia, Migrant Workers Live In Fear Of Racism
Racist crimes in Russia have risen sharply this year. Routine beatings and homicides are spreading fear among migrant workers from Central Asia and southern Russia. They say they live like virtual slaves in a country that depends on their labor.
Russian Proposal Ensures Future Moscow Role
Russia has proposed a new collective security structure that goes beyond the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development and NATO. The proposal may not get very far with the West, but it ensures that Moscow will play a big role in the global dialogue to come.
After Chengdu Quake, Mental Health Still An Issue
Timothy Kelly, a psychologist from Pasadena, Calif., has for the past few years spent time training mental health professionals in China. His last trip coincided with the aftermath of the Chengdu earthquake. He's back there now and offers his insight.