Senate candidates spar over national security The war in Iraq and homeland security are likely to be the biggest issues in this year's U.S. Senate race. The major party candidates have been airing their differences on those topics this week.5:19 p.m.
Northwest appeals decision allowing flight attendants to strike Northwest Airlines says it has appealed a bankruptcy court decision allowing flight attendants to go on strike. Bankruptcy experts say Northwest has an uphill battle in its appeal, and the most likely way out of a strike will be intense negotiations.5:23 p.m.
Tobacco companies must keep turning over documents to Minnesota A federal judge ruled Thursday that tobacco companies conspired to mislead the public about the dangers of smoking. Tucked into the 1,600-page decision, U.S. District Judge Gladys Kessler ordered tobacco companies to continue to provide documents to a vast information depository located in Minnesota.5:44 p.m.
Responding to the news
In an earlier era, there weren't many ways to respond to the news. For the papers, you could write a letter to the editor. On TV in years gone by, you could write in, and if you were one of the lucky few, you might be chosen to reply to the station's editorial on the air. Both options were pretty limited. In the Web age, there are many more ways to comment on the news we consume. Some are more effective than others. Media analyst David Brauer has been looking at some of the ways we can respond to to the media today.5:52 p.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Israel Hopes U.N. Peacekeepers Will Do Their Job
Israel is hopeful that the U.N. peacekeeping force will achieve its goals of disarming Hezbollah and pushing it north of the Litani River, says government spokesman Mark Regev. Israel is eager for the U.N. peacekeepers to come in, he says, but believes its members should come from countries that have good relations with both Israel and Lebanon.
Lebanon Begins Post-War Recovery Effort
Hezbollah is at the center of recovery efforts -- and controversy -- in southern Lebanon. With the countrty facing $3.6 billion in direct economic damage from the war, Hezbollah is promising housing and furniture to the tens of thousands who lost a home. Hezbollah spokesmen also say that "the resistance" will remain in southern Lebanon, much as it did before the war.
Mideast Press Tries to Name the War
What should the conflict between Israel and Hezbollah be called? Nearly a dozen labels are emerging in the Arab and Israeli press, from "The 6th War" to "The Hezbollah War" to "The Latest Israeli Aggression." Some war watchers think the simple and neutral "The 2nd Lebanon War" will stick. But one Lebanese journalist points out that this name ignores his country's other conflicts.
Budget Cuts Trigger NASA Resignations
Three top NASA science advisers have resigned. Two were asked to step down by NASA's administrator. All three had concerns that the space agency's science programs were losing out in the push to return humans to the moon, with large cuts to earth science and astronomy programs.
Space Shuttle Tests: Whole Lotta Quaking
When space shuttle rocket engines are tested a mile from listener Stephan Howden's office in Mississippi, some folks think it's an earthquake. Howden says the rumbling reminds him of being close to a train that's going by.
Resistant TB Strikes South Africans with HIV
A disturbing form of tuberculosis has shown up among people infected with HIV in South Africa. It's resistant to all known TB drugs and is usually fatal. Health experts are concerned it will spread. But they also say new forms of this superstrain can be prevented by distributing TB drugs along with anti-HIV drugs.
The Call for Routine HIV Testing Grows in the U.S.
To stop the spread of HIV among populations where the infection is on the rise, federal health experts are proposing HIV testing as a routine part of medical care. The hope is that people who know they are infected would seek care and would not infect others. But there is a risk that without proper counseling and resources, people who test positive may be afraid to come forward for treatment.
Tutsi Still Seen as Outsiders in Congo
A new government's challenges include what to do about 200,000 people living in refugee camps. Many are Tutsis who have lived in eastern Congo for generations, but face continued difficulty blending into the society.
'The Illusionist': A Gorgeous Bag of Tricks
Hollywood does not regard summer as a time for costume epics, unless the costumes are made of spandex. Historical movies tend to be released in the fall. But The Illusionist, a romantic drama set in the early 1900s, is bucking that tradition.
'Illusionist' Director Shows Real Magic
Neil Burger, writer and director of the movie The Illusionist, says he tried not to use film effects to create the magic captured on screen. He also talks about how he became interested in magic. Based on a short story, the film stars Paul Giamatti, Edward Norton and Jessica Biel.