Identity of historical bones remains a mystery A skeleton that's said to be that of Jesse James gang member and bank robber Charlie Pitts has been held by a couple of historical groups in southern Minnesota for more than 25 years. But now there's some question whether the skeleton is, in fact, Charlie Pitts.4:45 p.m.
Cottonwood marks anniversary of school bus crash Residents of Cottonwood are looking ahead today as they put behind them the first anniversary of a fatal school bus crash that killed four students. On Thursday, students, parents and residents looked back on 12 months that changed each one of them forever.5:45 p.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Father, Daughter Face Life After Layoffs
Gary Peterson was proud to get his daughter a job at the mill where he'd worked for the past 35 years. Now that the mill is closing, both of them are out of a job and they're not sure what to do next.
Guns From U.S. Play Key Role In Mexican Violence
Smuggling between the U.S. and Mexico is normally seen as a one-way street — the influx of drugs into America. But increasingly, authorities are noticing that guns and ammunition, which are feeding the drug and gang wars in Mexico, are crossing the border, north to south.
Family Dollar Boosts Profits, A Buck At A Time
Bad economic news is everywhere these days, but for one chain of small stores, the current economy has meant big money. Family Dollar outperformed all other stocks on the Standard and Poor's 500 last year, and it's attracting wealthier customers.
In Canada, Obama Pledges Stronger Ties
President Obama embarked on his first foreign tour as head of state today, traveling north of the border to visit Canada. Talks with Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper focused on the economy, trade, energy and Afghanistan.
Clinton's Exercise In Public Diplomacy
On her first official trip abroad since joining the Obama administration, Hillary Clinton is defining the kind of secretary of State she wants to be. Because she is well-known and admired, ordinary people, especially young people, have been eager to hear her.
Man Who Tried To Bomb Israeli Targets Released
Khalid Al-Jawary, 63, was released from prison Thursday into the custody of U.S. immigration officials. His attempts to bomb Israeli targets in the 1970s failed, and he was arrested in 1993 after a global manhunt. U.S. officials are trying to link him to other terrorist acts.
Congressman On Gaza Trip Discusses Visit
Three Democratic lawmakers toured the Gaza Strip Thursday, a month after Hamas militants fought Israel in the area. It was the highest-profile visit to the territory in years. Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN), who was on the trip, says the humanitarian situation in Gaza is "grave."
Answers To Questions On Economic Stimulus
President Barack Obama this week signed into law the $790 billion economic stimulus plan. The plan includes both spending programs and tax credits for millions of Americans. Many listeners had questions about the plan and NPR correspondents answers some of them.
Suspects Acquitted In Russian Journalist's Murder
The trial of three men accused of taking part in the killing of Russian investigative journalist Anna Politkovskaya ended in acquittal Thursday. The case is yet another reminder of the dangers facing those who publicly criticize the Russian government.
Calif. Lawmakers OK Budget Deal
California lawmakers broke Thursday the deadlock over how to fix the state's $42 billion deficit. They passed a budget comprising tax increases and big spending cuts. The deal came down to last-minute horse-trading with a lone Republican state senator.