Lake Superior reaches record temp This year, the normally uncomfortably cool surface waters of Lake Superior aren't so cold, but a researcher stops short of directly blaming global warming.5:25 p.m.
Sioux Falls bracing for more rain, flooding problems The forecast calls for more rain in eastern South Dakota over the next day or so, and that has sparked fears of water problems for Sioux Falls, which has already seen record rainfall of more than 18 inches so far this summer.5:51 p.m.
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GM CEO To Step Down As Company Posts Profit
General Motors chief Ed Whitacre announced he's stepping down as CEO on Sept. 1. The announcement came as the automaker reported its second straight quarterly profit. Whitacre will be replaced by GM board member Daniel Akerson.
Will Consumers Buy The Chevy Volt And Nissan Leaf?
In a few months, GM plans to launch its most anticipated vehicle in ages: the Chevy Volt. After years of hype, the Volt will join Nissan's Leaf as the nation's first mass-market electric cars. And everyone in the auto industry will be watching to see what works, what doesn't -- and if America's automotive future is electric.
Heavy Rains Bring More Mudslides To China
Flooding and landslides in northwestern China wrought devastation in the town of Zhouqu and killed more than 1,100 people. The rain has continued, and more mudslides are possible. NPR's Melissa Block talks to Associated Press reporter David Wivell.
Expanding Inner City Food Co-Ops
As the rate of obesity, diabetes and other nutrition-related health problems rise in the U.S., focus is again turning to low-income neighborhoods that have few healthy food options. Food co-ops are stepping in, in some underserved communities.
In Chicago, A Plan To Quench 'Food Deserts'
Walgreens is piloting several food centers in Chicago after Mayor Daley approached the chain about helping end "food deserts" -- areas bereft of grocery stores and food options. Walgreens is now selling fresh produce and light perishable groceries in low-income and/or black communities in Chicago.
House Panel Investigates Military Death Benefits
The House Oversight Committee is asking Prudential to answer questions about how it handles death benefits for the families of service members killed in action. An investigation by Bloomberg Markets magazine shows that insurance companies are making interest on benefits, instead of paying families upfront.
Eye Injuries Increase In Veterans
NPR's Michele Norris talks to retired Col. Robert Mazzoli, a former consultant in ophthalmology to the Army's Surgeon General, about the increase of eye injuries in veterans, and what's being done about it.
In Italy, A Vintage Way To Chill: The Wine Massage
The Italian town of Torgiano channels its ancient wine heritage not only into the bottle, but into the spa. On offer: Cleopatra-style wine baths and modern-day massages, facials and body peelings employing the fermented fruit of the grape.
As Drug Marketers Embrace Social Media, FDA Mulls New Rules
With so many people getting so much of their information from social media, it's little wonder that drugmakers are entering the arena to sell their wares. Some say the Food and Drug Administration has been too slow to police the new frontier.
Google's Tally Of World's Book Titles: 129,864,880
How many different books are there in the world? It's a question Jon Orwant often hears. He's an engineering manager at Google Books -- part of the tech company's efforts to digitize all of the world's books. Recently, they announced an answer: 129,864,880. Melissa Block talks to Orwant about how Google came up with the number.