The Battle of Midway By the end of this year, there'll be about two dozen SuperTargets in the Twin Cities. The stores are making Minneapolis-based Target a powerful player in an increasingly competitive grocery market.4:50 p.m.
The Beckham effect Minnesota's biggest soccer event in decades is coming up in October, when superstar David Beckham and the LA Galaxy will play an exhibition game at the Metrodome. Minnesota's pro soccer team, the Thunder, hopes Beckham's appearance will boost pro soccer's popularity in the state.4:54 p.m.
Pawlenty may veto tax bill Gov. Pawlenty says he may veto one of the major bills that lawmakers passed in the final hours of the session Monday night. The governor has his eye on the tax bill, after lawmakers included a provision he opposes. But even if he vetoes the bill, it wouldn't necessarily force a special session.5:20 p.m.
Budget falls short on health care goals Gov. Pawlenty says the latest version of the nearly $10 billion health and human Services bill is still too big. But, he suggested Tuesday that it might win his approval anyway.5:24 p.m.
Bipartisan Immigration Bill Faces Bipartisan Critics
The Senate has opened debate on the bipartisan immigration reform plan backed by President Bush. Its supporters say that amendments to the compromise could threaten the delicately negotiated measure — even before it gets to the House.
U.K. Moves to Extradite KGB Agent for 2006 Death
British prosecutors have accused a former KGB officer of murder in the case of Alexander Litvinenko, the one-time KGB officer turned Russian dissident who was killed with a radioactive poison in London last year.
Book Takes Unvarnished Look at Fertility Technology
A new book, Everything Conceivable, examines the multibillion-dollar fertility industry and the decisions faced by couples using assisted reproductive technology. Author Liza Mundy describes the significant risks associated with such pregnancies.
U.S., China Discuss $233 Billion Trade Gap
The United States and China are holding high-level trade talks in Washington this week. At the heart of those talks is America's $233 billion trade deficit with China. Robert Siegel talks with Pietra Rivoli, author of The Travels of a T-Shirt in the Global Economy and professor of business at Georgetown University, about the gap.
Air Pollution Grows in Tandem with China's Economy
The city of Linfen in Shanxi province has topped China's pollution charts for the past three years. A visit there illustrates how the industrial revolution transforming the world's most populous country is also destroying its environment.
Hurricane Predictors Expect a Busy Storm Season
Amid renewed interest in the link between global warming and hurricanes, scientists still don't agree on how climate change affects these storms. But they do agree that the risk of storm damage is increasing for coastal communities.
Laurence Olivier: One of a Kind, Twice Over
Today marks the centennial of the birth of the 20th century's greatest classical actor. Laurence Olivier was also a 1940s matinee idol who married Scarlett O'Hara. NPR's Bob Mondello offers an appreciation.
Democrats' New Iraq Funding Bill Drops Timeline
Congressional Democratic leaders seem to have blinked in the staredown with President Bush over a bill to fund four more months of the Iraq war. Democrats say their bill no longer contains a timeline for troop withdrawal from Iraq — a point that prompted a veto of earlier legislation.
Lull in Fighting Allows Refugees to Flee
Thousands of have fled a crowded refugee camp in Lebanon during a lull in the fighting between Lebanese troops and Islamic militants holed up inside the camp. U.N. relief officials in another camp nearby say they expect 10,000 Palestinian refugees to arrive throughout the night. Michele Norris talks with NPR's Deborah Amos.
Iran Accuses Iranian-American Scholar of Spying
Iran has charged a detained Iranian-American academic with seeking to topple the ruling Islamic establishment. Haleh Esfandiari, 67, director of the Middle East Program at the Washington-based Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, has been held since early May.