Foreclosure tough on single women Foreclosure is a scary proposition for any family. But for single people, who don't have a spouse's income or emotional support to tap, saving a home from foreclosure can be especially tough.4:50 p.m.
Dr. Jon Hallberg on Obama's health care speech to the AMA Yesterday, President Obama outlined his hopes for reforming the nation's health care system in a wide ranging speech before an audience of doctors in Chicago. Our medical analyst Dr. Jon Hallberg had some reaction from his perspective as a physician.4:54 p.m.
Smaller cuts still a problem for educators Education officials admit Gov. Tim Pawlenty's cuts to their budgets could have been much worse, but they say the governor's steps will still bring negative consequences.5:24 p.m.
Liberian conference has Minnesota ties About 500 people are gathered in the West African nation of Liberia this week to discuss the affects of county's violent recent history. Ahmed Sirleaf, of the Liberian Truth and Reconciliation Commission Diaspora Project in Minneapolis, is moderating parts of the conference and talked to All Things Considered from Monrovia, the country's capital.5:50 p.m.
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Orszag Defends Health Care Overhaul Plan
The Obama administration is proposing an ambitious overhaul of the health care system. White House Budget Director Peter Orszag says the transformation of the $2 trillion sector is unlikely to occur without some jostling or concerns being raised.
Critic Disappointed At Health Care Proposal
As part of its effort to overhaul the health care system, the Obama administration has called for billions of dollars in cuts in hospital reimbursements. Rich Umbdenstock, president and CEO of the American Hospital Association, has expressed disappointment and concern at the call.
Drivers Expect Steep Road Ahead For Gas Prices
The average price for regular unleaded in California has hit $3 a gallon, and other states aren't far behind. And even though analysts don't expect gas prices to get as high as they did last year, some drivers already have been desensitized into believing $3 is a bargain.
Musical Therapy For A Long, Hot Summer
Summer is a time for cultural froth — action movies, pulp novels and hot dogs on a stick. David Was suggests that no heavy lifting is required when it comes to music as well. Here are some of his lighter-than-air suggestions for the dog days before us.
In Afghan Heat, Marines Prepare For The Storm
At Camp Leatherneck in Afghanistan's Helmand province, Marines of the 2nd Battalion, 8th Regiment, wait — and worry — before they begin their final push into Taliban territory. They are the vanguard of 21,000 U.S. troops deployed as part of President Obama's new Afghanistan strategy.
A Marine Daughter's Graduation Without Dad
Sgt. Maj. Robert Breeden, a Marine with America's Battalion, is on the 13th deployment of his long career in the military. In Afghanistan, the Marine is willing to make the ultimate sacrifice for his country, but he is already making smaller sacrifices on the homefront. This month, he missed his daughter's high school graduation.
Economic Reports Show Slow Rebound For Economy
The U.S. Commerce Department reports that construction of new homes and apartments jumped more than 17 percent last month, the third straight month of improvement. Another government report showed inflation is tame. It's still a terrible market, but there now are some reasons for optimism.
U.S. Wants Cell Phone Tax Law Repealed
The Obama administration is asking Congress to repeal a widely ignored tax on the personal use of company cell phones. Doug Shulman, commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service, said the 1989 law had been rendered obsolete by the passage of time and technological advances.
Uighurs' Translator Reflects On Their Odyssey
After an eight-year ordeal, four Uighurs once jailed at Guantanamo have ended up in Bermuda. Rushan Abbas, who serves as a translator for the men, tells NPR they are relaxing, "trying to get used to this new life."
Palau Buries Soldier Killed In Afghanistan
The war in Afghanistan affected the Pacific island of Palau in another way Tuesday as the country held a military funeral for Army Sgt. Jasper Obakrairur, who was killed earlier this month in Afghanistan while serving with the U.S. Army. Earlier this month, Palau agreed to take Uighurs held at the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay.