The worst assignment in Iraq Lt. Col. (ret.) Deanna Germain was a nurse and caregiver to the U.S. soldiers and Iraqi prisoners at Abu Ghraib.4:50 p.m.
Ramstad announces his retirement from Congress After years of commuting from Minnesota to Washington, Ramstad
acknowledged, "I'm burned out. I'm tired. I still have the passion
for policymaking, I still have the passion for politics. But I want
to be home."5:20 p.m.
Learning from the garden A north Minneapolis elementary school aims to help students grasp new concepts by getting them out of the classroom, and into the dirt.5:55 p.m.
Junot Diaz and 'The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao' While most authors strive for clarity, Junot Diaz says he wanted to create a story that would be difficult to grasp.
The New York Times described his new novel as "Mario Vargas Llosa meets "Star Trek" meets David Foster Wallace meets Kanye West."6:20 p.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Lawyers Give AG Nominee Strong Marks
President Bush's nominee to succeed Alberto Gonzales as attorney general is retired federal judge Michael Mukasey of New York. Attorneys who have argued cases in Mukasey's courtroom say he is smart and fair.
Iraq Pulls Blackwater's License for Security Work
Iraqi authorities have revoked the U.S. security firm Blackwater's license to work in Iraq, but the impact of the move is unclear. Over the weekend, Blackwater personnel guarding a convoy opened fire, reportedly killing nine civilians and wounding at least 15 others.
What Was Blackwater's Role in Iraq?
Since 2003, the North Carolina-based company Blackwater has provided security services in Iraq. But the Interior Ministry revoked the firm's license Monday following a gun battle in Baghdad that left nine civilians dead.
Climate Changes Lives of Whalers in Alaska
Traditionally, the Yupik people have survived on St. Lawrence Island by hunting whales and walrus in the surrounding ice sheets. Later freezes and earlier thaws are changing the island's landscape and the community's livelihood and culture.
'Back to You' Crew: Sitcoms Are Serious Business
The cast and creative team on Fox's new comedy have worked on plenty of the half-hour TV hits (and some of the flops) of the last three decades. They say that while their show's setup has some built-in laugh potential, ultimately the "sit" in "sitcom" is less important than the execution.
Mukasey Nomination Finds Friends on Hill
Democrats offer a positive initial reaction to the nomination of retired federal judge Michael Mukasey as attorney general, saying they believe President Bush listened to Congress in choosing a candidate acceptable to both parties.
White House Took Care in Vetting Mukasey
The White House made sure Attorney General nominee Michael Mukasey would fly with potential opponents: conservative Republicans as well as various Democrats. President Bush stayed away from more volatile choices.
Clinton Unveils New Health Care Plan
Sen. Hillary Clinton's new universal health care proposal calls for businesses to obtain insurance for employees and offers health insurance tax credits for individuals and companies.