Stimulus-created job numbers due Saturday Kathy Rodriguez's job as a coordinator of a Meals on Wheels program in St. Paul could be one of the jobs saved by federal stimulus dollars. The state of Minnesota must report by Saturday how many stimulus dollars it spent and how many jobs it saved and created -- something that's sure to draw both fire and praise.3:50 p.m.
Stimulus-created job numbers due Saturday Kathy Rodriguez's job as a coordinator of a Meals on Wheels program in St. Paul could be one of the jobs saved by federal stimulus dollars. The state of Minnesota must report by Saturday how many stimulus dollars it spent and how many jobs it saved and created -- something that's sure to draw both fire and praise.5:50 p.m.
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Spacecraft Crashes Into Moon In Search Of Water
NASA successfully smacks a satellite and spacecraft into a crater near the moon's south pole, which was expected to toss up huge plumes of debris visible from Earth. Infrared cameras on the instrument-laden space probe were to search the debris for water ice and vapor. NASA officials say two probes hit as planned, but live images disappeared seconds before impact.
Dollar Loses Its Luster As Reserve Currency
The U.S. dollar has fallen more than 12 percent from its recent peak. Amid worries that it will continue to weaken, some central banks are keeping more of their reserves in euros and yen. There has even been talk of finding an alternative to the greenback as the world's major reserve currency.
Miami Condo Market Heating Up Again
Last year, the Miami condo market was just about dead. Thousands of new units were being delivered, but buyers were nowhere to be found. Now investors, many of them foreigners attracted by drastically lower prices, are again looking to get a piece of Miami real estate.
High School Football Refs: Ghosts Of The Gridiron
Football is often called controlled mayhem, and we have the officials to thank for the controlled part. But any self-respecting football referee would prefer to be invisible during play. "The best game is one where the officials are totally incognito," say high school football ref Rick Gilbert. But take a close look. There's more than black and white stripes.
'Good Hair': Untangling A Knotty (But Big) Business
Spurred by a wistful question from his daughter — "Why don't I have good hair?" — Chris Rock sets out to explore the booming black hair-care industry. The comic doesn't exactly take a fine-toothed comb to the question of why some African-American men and women go to such lengths to keep their 'dos done just so — but he has a good time with the process.
Share Your Deli Stories, Photos
This week in New York, Robert Siegel spoke with David Sax, author of Save the Deli, for an interview to air next week. For his book, Sax traveled around the country looking for authentic Jewish delicatessens, which are not easy to find these days. Because Sax can't be the only one with an interesting deli story, NPR is asking listeners to tell theirs.
World Reacts To Obama's Nobel
World leaders have urged President Obama to seize the surprise award of the Nobel Peace Prize as a chance to increase diplomatic efforts to forge peace in the globe's trouble spots. The announcement is being interpreted by many in Europe as a bid to encourage Obama's diplomatic overtures toward America's enemies.
Mixed Reaction To Obama Prize
Americans from around the country speak out on what they think of President Obama being awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. Obama was the surprise winner of this year's award.
Week In Politics Reviewed
E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post and David Brooks of The New York Times discuss what the Nobel Peace Prize means for President Obama's and his presidency. They also discuss what the award means for U.S. strategy in Afghanistan and Pakistan, or on multilateral diplomacy.