Dayton, leaders agree on a disaster-only special session Minnesota House and Senate leaders have agreed to hold a one-day special session on Sept. 9th that will be limited to providing disaster aid to 18 counties. They will not take up any of the recent proposals to revisit tax measures passed last session.5:20 p.m.
In Milan, Micronesian immigrants add vibrancy One Minnesota community that has been able to establish a vibrant identity in the face of the pressures on rural America is Milan, near the South Dakota border. One reason has been an influx of immigrants from Micronesia -- islands in the South Pacific Ocean.5:24 p.m.
Syrian Government Accused Again Of Using Chemical Weapons
Anti-government activists in Syria are accusing President Bashar al-Assad's forces of deploying a chemical weapons attack on the suburbs of the capital, Damascus. The government denied the attack, but the allegations have prompted the United Nations to call an emergency meeting. Melissa Block talks to Washington Post reporter Loveday Morris for more.
Russia Defends Syria Amid Chemical Weapons Allegations
The U.S. and its allies are calling for a swift investigation into the latest reports of chemical weapons use in Syria. Russia, though, is casting doubts on the allegations, which come just as UN inspectors begin their long-delayed mission to look into past reports of chemical weapons use. Russia says the timing suggests that "we are dealing with a pre-planned provocation" by the rebels. Rebels say that hundreds of people, including children, have been killed and Britain's foreign ministers says, if true, it marks a shocking escalation to the conflict.
Facebook CEO's Internet Crusade Hopes To Bring Billions Online
Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg has teamed up with other tech giants to pursue the goal of providing Internet service to five billion people in the developing world. The group, called Internet.org, says data can be used more efficiently and participating partners can work cooperatively to make access to the web affordable in emerging economies. Zuckerberg makes the case on his Facebook page for how a global Internet infrastructure can be created. But the document doesn't have tangible commitments from Facebook or other participating companies.
Inside The Beef Industry's Battle Over Growth-Promotion Drugs
Beta agonists, a class of drugs widely fed to cattle and hogs to make them put on weight faster, are coming under increasing scrutiny. Reports suggest animals fed these drugs can seem reluctant to move — lethargic, unable to walk properly — and may die more often, too.
Meth, Poverty Drive Up Cattle Rustling In Texas
Cattle rustling is on the rise in Texas and Oklahoma. So far this year, authorities have seen a 40 percent increase in thefts. But one of the reasons why may be a bit surprising: Drug users are stealing them.
Morsi Opponent: Democracy The Path Out Of Violence
In Egypt on Wednesday, a judge ordered the release of former president and strongman Hosni Mubarak from jail. The move threatens to further roil political tensions in the country. For one view of Egypt's state of affairs, Audie Cornish talks with liberal parliamentarian, activist and political scholar Amr Hamzawy. Hamzawy is a founding member of the Egyptian Freedom Party.
Secret Ruling Found NSA's Surveillance Violated Constitution
The U.S. intelligence community is releasing a secret court opinion concerning an National Security Agency surveillance program. The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act court opinion is known to have found the NSA program unlawful. But civil liberties advocates have called for it to be made public.
Former High-Profile Chinese Politician Heads To Court
Bo Xilai, the disgraced senior Chinese politician, on trial Thursday. China's leadership hopes Bo's trial will bring an end to the country's biggest political scandal in decades, but observers say few of the charges he will face in court relate to the most embarrassing revelations that have emerged in the case.
Defining A Hole Presents A Philosophical Quandary
Late summer tends to be a slow month for news. But at All Things Considered, we put on a two hour program, no matter what. So — without a trace of irony — one of our science correspondents offered to help fill some holes in the show with a series of stories about holes. Today, he explores the complex philosophical question, what is a hole? And when is a hole not a hole?