Researcher looks at impact of file sharing on music industry When file-sharing websites like Napster first appeared years ago, many in the music industry predicted a devastating effect on new artists breaking into the business, and a chilling effect on creativity. But, that hasn't happened, according to a researcher at the University of Minnesota.4:21 p.m.
State employees rally at Minn. Capitol Public employees packed the State Capitol rotunda Tuesday to defend themselves from what they see as an assault on collective bargaining. The union rally followed a House committee hearing on a bill that would cut the state workforce and freeze salaries.5:20 p.m.
Researcher looks at impact of file sharing on music industry When file-sharing websites like Napster first appeared years ago, many in the music industry predicted a devastating effect on new artists breaking into the business, and a chilling effect on creativity. But, that hasn't happened, according to a researcher at the University of Minnesota.6:24 p.m.
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Coalition airstrikes have pushed forces loyal to Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi away from the rebel stronghold of Benghazi. But the opposition has been unable, so far, to make much progress at all. They keep getting pushed back when they try to fight forward into the town of Ajdabiya.
Sen. Kerry Discusses U.S. Mission In Libya
Democratic Senator John Kerry, the chairman of the Senate foreign relations committee, has been traveling throughout the Middle East. He's had meetings with leaders in Egypt and Israel — and Libya has been high on the list of topics of discussion. Melissa Block talks with Kerry about the U.S. involvement in the no-fly zone over Libya and what exactly the U.S. mission is.
Defense Secretary Gates Defends No-Fly Policy
The most vocal critic of the coalition-backed military mission in Libya is now being forced to defend it. Defense Secretary Robert Gates — while traveling in Russia Tuesday — fielded criticism from his Russian counterpart, who accused the coalition of adding to the civilian death toll in Libya. The Russian defense minister also called for an immediate ceasefire. Gates strongly rejected the criticism and said the mission is sticking closely to actions authorized by the United Nations.
Judge Rejects Google Books Deal
A federal judge has rejected a class action settlement that would have allowed Google to distribute some of the many books it has scanned. That scanning is part of Google's ambitious project — the largest in the world — to digitize millions of printed books so they can be searched. Melissa Block talks to NPR's Laura Sydell.
Women In Spotlight As U.S. Debates Libya Policy
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Looking At Arab League's Position On Libya Military Action
Over the weekend, Arab League Secretary-General Amr Moussa said that the Western bombing campaign "differs from the goal of imposing a no-fly zone." He said, "We want the protection of civilians and not bombing other civilians." By Monday, Moussa had backed off those comments. So just what is the position of the Arab League now? Melissa Block talks with Nassif Hitti, head of the League of Arab States Mission in Paris.
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Supreme Court Rebuffs Big Pharma In Zicam Suit
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