Adventurous rabbit is Kate DiCamillo's newest hero Perhaps it's appropriate that Valentine's Day marks the release of Minneapolis author Kate DiCamillo's newest novel, "The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane." The book is, first and foremost, about love.4:46 p.m.
Parents want civil rights investigation in Waubun
A group of American Indian parents is calling for an investigation of the Waubun, Minnesota school district.
About 70 percent of the students attending Waubun schools are American Indian. The parents allege the civil rights of Indian students are being violated by school employees.
The school says the complaints come from a small group of disgruntled parents. Minnesota Public Radio's Dan Gunderson reports.5:15 p.m.
Warning to businesses -- prepare for flu pandemic Business leaders from Minnesota and around the nation are being urged to to get moving on their bird flu pandemic response plans. Some of the nations top health officials delivered that message at a summit in Minneapolis Tuesday.5:19 p.m.
Commentary: Valentine's Day
Right about this time of day on Valentine's Day is when more than a few of us panic about bringing home the appropriately romantic holiday gift -- flowers, chocolates, perhaps a sparkling trinket.
But to give a gift truly befitting a "celebration of love," commentator Nanci Olesen suggests we aim a little higher.5:53 p.m.
National Public Radio Stories
U.S. Denies Plan to Isolate Hamas
Steven Erlanger, New York Times Jerusalem bureau chief, talks with Robert Siegel about claims that the United States and Israel are trying to sabotage the political success of newly elected Hamas officials in the Palestinian government. The U.S. government says it has no such plan to destabilize Hamas.
Palestinians Embrace Hamas as Legitimate Power
Hamas' landslide victory last month brings the group to the forefront of power in the Palestinian territories. Israel refuses to negotiate with Hamas and calls the group a terrorist organization. But many Palestinians see Hamas as a legitimate force fighting Israeli occupation, as well as a source of charity.
Hindu Parents Challenge California Textbooks
In California, Hindu parents are taking aim at textbooks from the state's public schools. Two groups are demanding revisions, claiming that some history texts shortchange the Hindu culture. The case raises questions of how far the state should go to accommodate these groups and others with complaints.
U.S. Is Losing That Small-Business Feeling
Immigrants from India run motels all over the United States. Commentator Angeli Primlani grew up in one. When her family sold its motel, she missed the small-business feeling. She recently worked in a bookstore with that feeling, but it's going out of business, too.
China's Communist Elders Fight Censorship
A crackdown on the media in China during the past few months met with a rebuttal Tuesday from several former Communist party officials. In an open letter, they lambasted the propaganda department for censorship, including the closure of a progressive publication known as Freezing Point.
Hearings to Review Human Rights in China
Google, Yahoo, Cisco and Microsoft will be on the Capitol Hill hot seat for their role in helping the Chinese government monitor and censor the Internet. The House International Relations subcommittee on global human rights will hold hearings Wednesday about high-tech firms doing business in China.
Kwan's Departure Leaves Sponsors in a Lurch
U.S. figure skater Michelle Kwan's withdrawal from the Winter Olympics is creating a headache for commercial sponsors. Coke is pulling one commercial that features male cheerleaders rooting for a Kwan victory. But Visa says it will continue to run commercials featuring her.
Video Game Makes Everybody a Graffiti Artist
As graffiti culture goes mainstream, hip-hop impresario Marc Ecko launches a new game, Marc Ecko's Getting Up: Contents Under Pressure. Ecko talks with Robert Siegel about graffiti in modern culture and Robert Holt offers a review of the graffiti game.
Cheney Shooting Victim Suffers Heart Attack
Harry Whittington, the Texas lawyer shot by Vice President Dick Cheney in a hunting accident Saturday, suffers a mild heart attack Tuesday while undergoing evaluation of his condition. Doctors are optimistic about his recovery, but will keep him in the hospital another week.
Cardiologist Sheds Light on Victim's Recovery
Dr. Stuart F. Seides, associate director of cardiology at the Washington Hospital Center, discusses the potential cardiac care of Harry Whittington, the attorney who was accidentally shot Saturday by Vice President Dick Cheney. Whittington suffered a minor heart attack Tuesday.