2 of 400: A conversation with voters Four hundred ballots. That's what Minnesota's U.S. Senate race appears to have come down to. All Things Considered had a conversation with two of the 400 voters who's ballots are suddenly the center of attention.4:50 p.m.
Why Norm Coleman continues to fight Though it looks like Norm Coleman will not prevail before the three-judge panel hearing the Senate election case, the battle is far from over.4:54 p.m.
Sacrificing a home to save others As the Red River slowly recedes from a record flood crest, many area residents are returning to assess damage. It will take days, perhaps weeks for city officials in Fargo and Moorhead to get information on how many homes have been damaged or lost. But there are pockets in each city where neighbors will begin to tell their stories of lost basements, lost possessions and even some homes that area a total loss.5:20 p.m.
Senate education bill cuts spending The Senate education committee unveiled a bill Wednesday that would reduce school spending by $972 million. But that number would be cut in half when federal stimulus money is factored in.5:24 p.m.
Southwest adding nonstop service to Denver Southwest Airlines likes the response it's getting in Minnesota. Less than a month after the low-cost carrier launched service between the Twin Cities and Chicago, Southwest plans to add nonstop service to Denver next month.`5:50 p.m.
St. Olaf students win Rube Goldberg competition How many St. Olaf College students does it take to change a light bulb? Apparently the answer is 11 -- and it takes them 239 steps and nearly two full minutes to get the job done.6:23 p.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Wave Of Fraud Cases Stretches FBI Ranks
After the Sept. 11 attacks, the FBI shifted hundreds of agents from its criminal investigations unit into counterterrorism. Now, as the FBI prepares for the flood of cases related to the financial crisis, it is forced to make some difficult choices.
In Rural Wisconsin, German Reigned For Decades
In the contentious debate over immigration, critics often assert that immigrants and their children are not learning English as quickly as previous waves of newcomers did. In one Wisconsin town, German flourished as a dominant language and culture almost until World War II.
'Hey I'm Dead!' The Story Of The Very Lively Ant
How do ants know when another ant is dead? Play a little trick on them by creating an artificial corpse — a zombie ant from the living dead. What did the most eminent ant scholar find out? Hint: It stinks!
Obama Urges Joint Action On Economy
President Barack Obama said Wednesday the world's economic problems can only be solved through coordinated action. The comments were made in London, a day ahead of a meeting of the Group of 20 nations. On Wednesday, Obama met with Russia's president, the British prime minister and Queen Elizabeth II.
EU Envoy Explains Europe's Stimulus Concerns
President Obama has called on Europe to increase spending to kick-start the global economy. But E.U. Ambassador John Bruton tells NPR that many European countries are having trouble borrowing money themselves. He expects G-20 leaders to talk Thursday about bolstering the International Monetary Fund.
White Wine Stains Teeth, Too
If you choose white wine over red in an effort to keep your smile bright, think again, says a new study. Even though white wine is largely colorless, the acid in all wines — and some other beverages — corrodes your tooth enamel and leaves the surface vulnerable to picking up stains.
Petraeus: Taliban Gaining Strength
The commander of U.S. forces in Iraq and Afghanistan told a Senate panel Wednesday that militants in Afghanistan were becoming stronger. Gen. David Petraeus said, however, U.S. forces will fight "relentlessly and aggressively" against the militants.
With No Clear Mission, NATO Has Little Power
NATO celebrates its 60th anniversary this weekend. NPR Senior News Analyst Dan Schorr reported on NATO's creation. He now says he believes the alliance has lost its sense of mission with the end of the Cold War.
Mayor: Fargo Evacuation Would Have Flooded City
When record-breaking floodwaters threatened Fargo, N.D., last week, state and federal officials urged Mayor Dennis Walaker to issue a broad, mandatory evacuation. He, however, did the opposite. Walaker explains his decision.
The State Of DRM: Is The Customer Right?
As of today, Apple is offering all the songs in the iTunes Music Store without Digital Rights Management, or DRM. While the technology was initially developed to keep people from sharing copies of files illegally, it also prevents law-abiding customers from making backup copies of their purchases or enjoying them portably. But is this truly the end of DRM?