Talks between nurses, hospitals make 'zero progress' The spokesman for the Minnesota Nurses Association said in an email that "zero progress" has been made between representatives from 14 Twin Cities hospitals and their nurses, as the two sides work to avoid a one-day nurse strike.4:45 p.m.
Senate panel reprimands Chaudhary over fish flap A state senate ethics panel today reprimanded DFLer Satveer Chaudhary of Fridley for "violating the accepted norms of Senate behavior and threatening public confidence in the Legislature."5:20 p.m.
Rwandan prosecutor says Erlinder retracted statements on genocide The Rwandan government's controversial detention of a Minnesota law professor took a series of unexpected turns Wednesday, with Rwandan officials announcing that the professor retracted his statements on the country's genocide and tried to commit suicide in jail.5:23 p.m.
"Winter's Bone" examines rural poverty Film director Debra Granik knew she'd have a challenge portraying the complexities of life in isolated communities in the Ozarks. Her film "Winter's Bone" is getting praise from both critics and the people whose story she tells.5:53 p.m.
Netanyahu Defends Israeli Raid On Flotilla
In his first substantive comment on the deadly Israeli raid on a Turkish ship carrying relief supplies to Gaza, Israel's prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, said the Israeli navy had no choice but to stop the vessel and five others to ensure that there were no arms on board destined for Hamas.
Did Israeli Raid Violate International Law?
When Israelis boarded the aid flotilla in international waters, were they violating international law? To discuss that issue, Robert Siegel talks to Myron Nordquist, professor of international law and associate director of the Center for Oceans Law and Policy at the University of Virginia.
Israel's World Standing Hits A Low Point
NPR Senior News Analyst Dan Schorr says Israel's commando raid on the "Freedom Flotilla" to Gaza has brought Israel's position in the community of nations to a new low, and at the same time, improved Hamas' position. It has also put peace talks in jeopardy.
Militants Attack Afghan Peace Conference
It was supposed to be a conference on peace, but it felt and sounded more like a war zone in Kabul on Wednesday as the long-awaited peace jirga to find a way to end the insurgency got under way. The Taliban pounded Kabul with rockets and sent three suicide bombers who were stopped by Afghan security forces. Inside the tent, President Hamid Karzai urged the 1,600 delegates to deliver a message of hope to the Afghan people when they finish their meeting on Friday.
'The Shallows': This Is Your Brain Online
Author Nicholas Carr is says the Internet is changing the way we think — and not for the better. In his new book, The Shallows, he laments that the Web has returned humans to the "natural state of distractedness" that served us well back when we were cavemen.
In Teacher Layoffs, Seniority Rules. But Should It?
Like many districts nationwide, Cleveland schools CEO Eugene Sanders is facing a monster spending gap and may have to cut more than 500 teachers. But he's bound by a law to cut the last hired first. While the Cleveland Teachers Union supports this rule, Sanders and others find it frustrating -- and say it makes the process more painful.
School Sports Teams Face Cuts
As states across the country cut school budgets to try to reduce large deficits, team sports are taking a hit. In New Jersey, local school districts have been forced to eliminate sports for middle schoolers and freshmen, lay off coaches, and reduce the number of games played within a season. At more affluent schools, parents are stepping in and footing the bill.
Oil Cleanup Dirty, Not Toxic, For Workers
About 20,000 workers are toiling long hours to clean up all that oil in the Gulf of Mexico. One New Orleans hospital has seen 11 cleanup workers in the past few weeks with symptoms such as dizziness, headache and nausea. But the greatest risk is not chemicals, it's likely heat stress from people working long hours in temperatures hovering around 95 degrees.
Next Stop On Blagojevich PR Tour: Court
He's been on The View, Late Night with David Letterman, Celebrity Apprentice and a host of other shows -- all to profess his innocence. Rod Blagojevich, the former governor of Illinois, has conducted his own PR campaign as he fights federal charges of corruption. Jury selection in his trial began Wednesday.
Book Reviews: New Thrillers
Book critic Alan Cheuse offers reviews of four new thrillers just out: Stieg Larsson's The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest; Alan Furst's Spies of the Balkans; Michael Gruber's The Good Son; and Justin Cronin's The Passage.