New rules on greenhouse gases could strain impacted industries In a change that could bring challenges to Minnesota's mining industry, utilities, refineries and paper mills, large industries that emit significant amounts of greenhouse gases will soon need to obtain permits from the federal government.4:53 p.m.
Retailers rebound after storm-filled shopping weekends Consumers got a chance this past weekend to make up for lost shopping time caused by the big snowstorm earlier this month, but it will be a while before sales reports reveal if shoppers really step up their holiday spending this year -- or not.5:20 p.m.
Pentagon Plan Won't Cover Brain-Damage Therapy
NPR News/ProPublica Investigation: Tricare, which covers nearly 4 million troops and military retirees, denies coverage of cognitive rehabilitation to traumatic brain-injury victims, despite consensus from medical specialists who say it improves the quality of life.
Taliban's Cash Flow Grows From Heroin Trade, Crime
U.S. gains against the Taliban on the battlefield have not stemmed the flow of money into Taliban coffers. Analysts say that donations from backers could become secondary to the group's growing ability to generate cash on its own through the drug trade and other avenues.
For 'Sole Man' In China, One Shoeless Step At A Time
Englishman Arthur Jones lives in Shanghai and has embarked on a yearlong mission to live his life barefoot. He is one of a growing tribe of "barefooters" who have sworn off footwear, whatever the weather. Jones says despite the downsides, going barefoot makes "everyday life more exciting."
Planning A Flash Mob? Better Keep It Quiet
Flash mobs are surprise gatherings of people who briefly perform an unusual act, and then disperse. But a Facebook plan for people to sing Christmas carols inside the Washington, D.C., Metro system was partially foiled by social media buzz and the ensuing media coverage.
Wintry Weather Disrupts Holiday Travel In Europe
Severe weather in Europe has caused massive transportation problems for travelers. Roads are blocked, flights have been canceled, and rail services disrupted by heavy snow. Three of London's airports were closed for a time, hitting many trans-Atlantic travelers. There's been criticism that the private companies running some of the busiest airports in the world have failed to invest enough in snow-clearing equipment.
A Holiday Shopping Primer: SD Cards
If you're buying a digital camera or other electronic gadget this holiday season, you'll probably need to pick up an SD card as well to store all those photos or videos. But the options can be overwhelming. NPR's Robert Siegel gets SD card advice from Dan Ackerman, a senior editor at CNET.com.
'Flash' Is The Key To A Joyful Mob's Success
When the news media got word of plans for a "flash chorus" in Washington, D.C., it ruined the organizers' plans. But a Kansas City mob's Hallelujah Chorus was a huge hit because of the surprise factor.
Soldiers Mixed On 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' Repeal
President Obama is expected to sign the repeal of the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy into law on Wednesday. At military bases around the country from Fort Drum in New York to Fort Campbell in Kentucky, soldiers express both nonchalance and worry that openly gay troops will be a distraction.