Minnesota moves one step closer to embracing smoking ban The "Freedom to Breathe Act" would toughen Minnesota's
groundbreaking 1975 Clean Indoor Air Act by prohibiting smoking in
virtually all enclosed public places, including taxis, transit
terminals and even bus stop shelters.5:20 p.m.
Deconstructing Bob Dylan They call themselves Dylanologists, and in
the words of one of their leaders, there's something wrong with you if you're not "intrigued, enthralled and obsessed" with Bob
Dylan. They are wrapping up a four-day symposium in Minneapolis, examining the career of the Minnesota-born singer and songwriter.6:20 p.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Senate Keeps Timeline in Bill to Fund Iraq Troops
In the Senate, Democrats affirm a measure setting a timetable of next spring for the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq. The deadline is attached to a $122 billion spending bill funding the war for the rest of the fiscal year. President Bush has said he will veto any Iraq legislation containing a time requirement.
Democratic Allies Split on Senate's Iraq Bill
Last month, Sen. Mark Pryor (D-AR) was one of two Democrats, along with Sen. Ben Nelson, to oppose a nonbinding resolution to withdraw from Iraq. But now, Nelson is supporting the bill before the Senate that includes a withdrawal date. Pryor says that any timetable should be classified.
FBI Chief Chastised in Senate Panel Hearing
Senators buffeted FBI Director Robert Mueller with complaints about his agency's misuse of terrorist surveillance laws and other flaws at a Senate Judiciary committee hearing. Mueller defended his agency against the charges, as well as accusations of incompetence related to the FBI's failure to account for all its laptops and weapons.
New Royalty Rules May Reshape Internet Radio
Webcasters and others who transmit music digitally say a recent ruling that raises the royalty rates for online music could put them out of business. The claim comes in the wake of higher royalty rates for Internet radio sites and others streaming music online.
The Music Room: A Jumble of Practice
Listener Joanna Zattiero teaches at a school in Moscow, Idaho. In one building, you can hear students practicing all manner of music, including opera and jazz — all at once.
Arab Leaders May Take Up Israeli Peace Plan
Arab leaders are gathering in Riyadh for a summit conference that may reaffirm a five-year-old offer of peace with Israel. The plan, drafted by Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah when he was crown prince, calls for Israel to withdraw from territory it took in the 1967 war.
Rice Gets Olmert, Abbas to Meet; What's Next?
Secretary State Condoleezza Rice says that Israeli Prime Minister Olmert and Palestinian President Abbas have promised to meet every two weeks. Analysts say that at the least, the move may blunt some of the criticism of the White House for its approach to the Middle East.
A First Novel that Pits the Far East with Canada
Madeleine Thien, the daughter of Malaysian-Chinese immigrants, lives in Quebec City, Canada. Her first novel, Certainty, has just been published in the United States. The book is ripe with juxtapositions.
A Home Recorder's Dream: Playing with Pros Online
It takes place every day and every night, in backrooms, basements and garages: Amateur musicians use computers to make home recordings that sound like they came from a studio. Home-studio devotee Jeffery Pepper Rogers is going a step further, outsourcing part of his creative process.
Tony Snow Says His Cancer Has Returned
The White House press secretary has suffered a recurrence of the colon cancer that he battled more than two years ago. Tony Snow, who has been President Bush's spokesman for nearly a year, had surgery Monday to remove a small growth on his abdomen. Doctors found the cancer, which has spread to Snow's liver.