Laurent Tirard seeks Moliere's missing months The French hold the playwright Moliere in the high esteem the English-speaking world reserves for Shakespeare. Like the Bard of Avon, there is mystery about Moliere's life.
Now a new film explores what may have happened during a six-month period in 1644, when Moliere disappeared.4:20 p.m.
Heavy trucks strain roads and bridges It's likely that many factors played a role in the collapse of the I-35W bridge. One of those factors is the weight of the many trucks that travel the nation's interstate system.4:50 p.m.
Despite drought Minnesota's harvest down only slightly A prediction of a near normal corn crop in Minnesota this year is being met with skepticism by farmers and others. The U.S. Agriculture Department estimates an average statewide yield of 156 bushels an acre. With much of the state in drought conditions, some wonder how accurate that figure is.5:50 p.m.
National Public Radio Stories
'War Czar' Concerned over Stress of War on Troops
Lt. Gen. Douglas Lute says he is concerned about the toll the war in Iraq and extended deployments are taking on U.S. forces. The "war czar" also says that from a military standpoint, a return to a draft should be part of the discussion.
What Does Britain's Basra Pullout Mean for U.S.?
The Bush administration is concerned about the imminent withdrawal of British troops from the southern Iraq city of Basra. When they leave, the U.S. will have to move in, in large part to protect valuable supply lines from Kuwait up to Baghdad.
No Sign of Miners, But Air in Collapsed Shaft is Good
A microphone lowered into the collapsed Utah mine detects no signs of life. But rescuers say there's still reason to hope that the six trapped men are alive. Officials at the scene say air quality in the mine was measured and is good enough to sustain the miners.
Weeki Wachee Mermaids Battle Water District
Weeki Wachee Springs, home of the underwater mermaid shows since 1947, is at the center of a legal fight between the small Florida town that now owns the tourist attraction and the Southwest Florida Water Management District.
Romney Needs Big Win at Ames Straw Poll
Iowa Republicans' quadrennial straw poll in Ames is Saturday, allowing anyone with $25 to express a preference for president — five months ahead of the first-in-the-nation caucuses. Several front-runners have decided not to contest the straw poll. So Mitt Romney, who leads in the state, needs to win big.
State Fair Serves as Opening Act to Straw Poll Washington Post political reporter Dan Balz, who is in Iowa for Saturday's straw poll and for the state fair, talks with Michele Norris. Balz will talk about what's happening on both sides of the presidential race.
Lamprey Harvest Turns Bloodsucker into Treat
It's a traditional food gathered every summer by the Native Americans in the Pacific Northwest, but it sure isn't pretty. The eel-like Pacific lamprey has a giant, round, bloodsucking mouth — with teeth.
Fed Floods Bank System with Cash to Avoid Crisis
The Federal Reserve has moved to calm market jitters by pumping additional cash into the banking system. Altogether, the Fed made some $35 billion available at low interest rates in order to ease the strain of a growing credit crisis.