Senate passes bonding bill The Minnesota Senate took unusually quick action Thursday to pass the primary legislation of this year's session, a bill authorizing the state to borrow money for construction projects.5:19 p.m.
Whose side is God on in same-sex marriage debate? Both camps in Minnesota's same-sex marriage debate are making the case that God is on their side. Opponents of a proposed constitutional amendment to outlaw same-sex marriage rallied at the Capitol Thursday, just as supporters did earlier this week. Both rallies put the focus on religious faith.5:23 p.m.
Christian Carion gets his revenge The Christmas Truce of 1914 is a well-known story in some parts of the world. But in France, where French, British, and German troops actually laid down their arms to celebrate Christmas together, the story was buried for years. Now an Oscar-nominated film is changing that.5:49 p.m.
National Public Radio Stories
U.S. and British Troops Free Peace Activists in Iraq
A military operation by U.S. and British troops frees three Christian peace activists in rural Iraq, ending the four-month hostage crisis. The fourth hostage, American Tom Fox, was found shot to death on a Baghdad street earlier this month.
Balad Military Hospital Treats Soldiers, Insurgents
Thousands of American and Iraqi casualties have been treated at the American military hospital in Balad, Iraq. Many of the recent casualties were Iraqi police and soldiers. But the hospital also treats civilians and even insurgents, offering the same care that an American soldier would receive.
Morrison's Dad Discusses College Ball, Famous Son
Gonzaga University basketball star Adam Morrison is in Oakland, Calif., where the Zags will play against UCLA in the Sweet 16. His father, John, himself a former professional player, talks with Melissa Block about basketball, fame, and that goofy moustache his son has been sporting.
Fate of New Orleans Housing Project Hangs in Limbo
Many New Orleanians say the key decisions about the city's future are quietly being made in Washington, D.C. And nowhere is this more obvious than on the question of which of the city's vast public housing projects should reopen.
Video Catches Hospital 'Dumping' Incident
For months, Los Angeles city officials have complained that regional hospitals are dropping off their indigent patients in the city's tough Skid Row area. On Wednesday, a group of city council members released a videotape that seems to have caught one hospital in the act.
Letters: Pre-Emptive War, Banjo, Happiness 101
Robert Siegel and Melissa Block read from listeners' letters and e-mails, including comments on last week's segment about the Bush administration's doctrine of pre-emptive war, reflections on the recordings of the clawhammer banjo, and a report about the "positive psychology" class at Harvard.
'Snakes on a Plane': Phenomenon on the Net
Starring Samuel L. Jackson, the film Snakes on a Plane has generated legions of fans on the Internet long before its scheduled release this summer. The fan base has grown so large that New Line Cinema has added new scenes based on suggestions from enthusiasts.
Climate Change Could Cause Rapid Rise in Sea Levels
Before the last ice age, global sea level was as much as 20 feet higher than it is today. Global warming is likely to push air temperatures back to the levels found 129,000 years ago in the next century so sea levels could rise much faster than expected.