Immigrants rally in Powderhorn Park
The main Twin Cities event for A Day Without Immigrants is a rally at Powderhorn Park in Minneapolis. The rally features music and dance as well as some speeches. It started around 3:00 this afternoon and is scheduled to continue until 8:00 tonight. Minnesota Public Radio's Annie Baxter joins us from the rally4:19 p.m.
Violence in Darfur escalates despite peace talks The U.S. hopes to prop up struggeling peace talks in Nigeria aimed at ending the ethnic and political conflict in Darfur, Sudan. Hundreds of thousands have died and millions are homeless. Meanwhile, the Minneapolis-based American Refugee Committee tries to provide relief on the ground.4:48 p.m.
Twins brutally outscored in Detroit
The Twins are returning from what might be the most brutal road trip in team history, including a three-game mauling by the Detroit Tigers, in which they were outscored 33-1. It was the second time during the road trip they were swept.5:24 p.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Protesters Hail 'Day Without Immigrants'
From Philadelphia's Liberty Bell to the streets of downtown Los Angeles, pro-immigrant rallies are taking place in most major cities across America. In New York and elsewhere, marchers formed human chains. In Chicago, authorities estimated some 500,000 people marched.
In Los Angeles, Fellow Immigrants Close Shop
In Los Angeles, Koreatown merchants are closing their businesses and factories so thousands of workers can take part in the national immigrant boycott and march. Korean merchants employ between 30,000 and 50,000 mostly Latino workers.
On the Streets with Protesting Immigrants
How many undocumented immigrants are currently working in the United States? Where are they coming from and how much do they make? We profile illegal immigrants in the United States.
U.S. Hamas Policy Not Proactive, Experts Say
The U.S. approach to the Hamas government in the Palestinian territories -- depriving it of foreign aid -- is too simplistic, policy experts say. The United States and its European allies tie aid to demands that Hamas recognize Israel and renounce violence. But experts say that policy may not be sustainable.
Getting Tough with Iran, Softening Up on Oil
Efforts to take coercive action against Iran are not likely to succeed, says Daniel Schorr, NPR senior news analyst. The United States does not have the support it needs from Russia and China to impose economic sanctions -- and Iran's oil minister is warning that punishing Iran would send oil prices higher.
Technology No Longer Distances Deaf Culture
Gallaudet University for deaf students has announced a new president, Jane Fernandes. In the 18 years since the school selected its last president, much has changed for deaf people. Students know they must struggle to make their way in both the deaf and the hearing world, but technology is increasingly helping them.
Psyching Out NFL Prospects on an IQ Test
The NFL draft took place this past weekend. The Tennessee Titan's first-round pick, quarterback Vince Young, is rumored to have scored very poorly on the "Wonderlic Test," a type of intelligence-measuring test given to draft candidates. But the test has critics of its own.
Steep Gas Prices Do Little to Halt RV Popularity
You might think that sales and rentals of gas-guzzling recreational vehicles would be an early casualty of soaring gasoline prices. But business is brisk in RV-land. Many RV drivers say they're still economical when compared with home mortgages or pricy air travel.
Report Faults Energy and Health Efforts in Iraq
Two significant programs in Iraq have not met expectations, says a U.S. expert. One is a security program to protect the energy infrastructure. The other is to construct primary health care centers throughout Iraq. May 1 marks the third anniversary of President Bush's declaration of the end of major combat in Iraq.