Two northwest Wis. VA clinics close over funding problems Two recently opened Minneapolis VA clinics in western Wisconsin were abruptly shut down this week by the company under contract to run them.
Kentucky-based Corporate Health and Wellness says it lost hundreds of thousands of dollars opening the clinics.5:19 p.m.
Feds grant $156.8M for Northstar rail line State and federal officials signed documents
Tuesday that bring nearly half of the funding for the $320 million Northstar commuter rail line between Minneapolis and Big Lake.5:23 p.m.
Sen. Coleman offers plan to combat foreclosures Since President George Bush outlined his plan to freeze interest rates on some risky mortgages last week, more than 45,000 people have called the subprime hotline set up to assist those looking for advice and trying to avoid foreclosure.5:51 p.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Fed Issues Third Key Rate Cut in Three Months
The Federal Reserve cut a key interest rate by one-quarter of a percentage point to 4.25 percent Tuesday, and Wall Street plunged after the announcement. It's the third cut in three months, and it comes amid a worsening mortgage crisis, a housing slump and a credit crunch.
Cardboard Boxes Among Many Indicators for Fed
The Federal Reserve took a cautious path Tuesday, lowering interest rates by a quarter-point. The move may indicate that the economy is not as soft as some thought. One indicator that Fed economists look at is the demand for cardboard boxes — which seems to be holding up just fine.
Death Toll Climbs in Algerian Bombings
Car bombs exploded minutes apart Tuesday in central Algiers, heavily damaging a United Nations building and ripping the facade off the wing of a government office. Dozens were killed, including some U.N. employees, and the death toll is still climbing.
Refugees Returning to Iraq Find Homes Occupied
As Iraqi refugees begin to return to Baghdad and other cities, some are finding their homes occupied. The Iraqi government has not yet devised a plan to resolve the disputes. That means local community leaders and U.S. troops end up trying to find solutions themselves.
Candidates' Money Trails Through Primary States
As the presidential candidates trample through the early primary states, they're leaving behind a trail of dollars. For example, Mitt Romney's political action committee contributed to local candidates in early primary states. Such contributions are useful to building connections.
New York Philharmonic Plans Concert in N. Korea
The New York Philharmonic on Tuesday disclosed the details of a February visit to North Korea. The orchestra's visit comes at a time of hints of thawing relations between Washington and Pyongyang. But at Tuesday's news conference, both American and North Korean spokesmen kept politics at a distance.
Assads Mix Classical Guitar, Brazilian Heritage
Brothers Sergio and Odair Assad of Brazil began playing guitar together more than 40 years ago. Today, they're classical-guitar legends, renowned for their unified sound and their adventurous repertoire. The Assad brothers have just released their seventh CD.
Senators Grill CIA Director Behind Closed Doors
On Capitol Hill, Senators grilled the head of the CIA about interrogation techniques and the destruction of interrogation videotapes. Michael Hayden announced last week that two tapes showing tough interrogations were destroyed in 2005.