After weeks in Rwandan jail, Erlinder arrives in Minn. Peter Erlinder, the Minnesota law professor who was imprisoned in Rwanda, says he's relieved to be back home. Erlinder returned to the Twin Cities Tuesday after a Rwandan judge granted him bail on humanitarian grounds.5:25 p.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Executions In China Under Growing Scrutiny
China's government is coming under increasing pressure to reduce its use of the death penalty. Beijing classifies the number of people it puts to death as a state secret, but it's believed to be nearly as much as all other countries combined. Legal experts are watching the case of a man in southern China who was sentenced to death three times to see how effective recent legal reforms are.
Judge Blocks 6-Month Moratorium On Gulf Drilling
A federal judge in New Orleans has blocked the government's six-month moratorium on deepwater oil drilling. Judge Martin Feldman ruled that the decision to shut down all rigs drilling in waters over 500 feet was overly broad and could cause economic harm to people and businesses that depend on oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico. Michele Norris talks to NPR's Robert Smith about the impact of the ruling.
Carnahan Plays Up Her Missouri Roots In Senate Race
Robin Carnahan, the leading Democrat in the race to replacing retiring Sen. Kit Bond, is the daughter of a Democratic dynasty. On the campaign trail, she talks about her experience running her family's farm in Rolla, Mo., and how it's taught her "to know bull when I see it."
'Shocking' Report: U.S. Funding Afghan Warlords
American tax dollars are supporting warlords who provide protection for U.S. supply convoys in Afghanistan, according to a new congressional report. A House subcommittee chairman calls this "a protection racket in Afghanistan that would make Tony Soprano proud."
Memorable Summer Jobs
As part of our ongoing series on summer jobs, Michele Norris and Robert Siegel hear some of the valuable lessons learned while on the job. Advice columnist Amy Dickinson talks about learning how to be a good employee; Utah Sen. Bob Bennett talks about being a mailboy in his grandfather's paint company; and we hear letters from two listeners, one who quit her summer job rather than do something unethical, and another who was wrongly accused of misbehavior.
Job Ad In China: White Man. No Experience Needed
Mitch Moxley, a freelance writer who lives in Beijing, discovered that he could make a living as a fake American businessman. He wrote about his experience making $1,000 a week as a fake quality control expert in The Atlantic article "Rent A White Guy: Confessions of a Fake Businessman from Beijing."
Obama's Former Senate Seat Up For Grabs
Republican Rep. Mark Kirk had been favored over Democratic state Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias. Both candidates have their share of controversy, but recently Giannoulias has turned up the heat on Kirk for exaggerating his military record and other parts of his resume.
FCC Eyes Broadband For Indian Reservations
High-speed broadband is rarely available on rural reservations. Members of the Karuk tribe in Northern California say the lack of connectivity is dangerous during emergencies. The FCC is appointing a new liaison to help bring broadband to more tribes.
McChrystal Faces Obama At The White House
The top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, Gen. Stanley McChrystal, has been ordered to attend the monthly White House meeting on Afghanistan and Pakistan in person Wednesday. He and his aides are quoted in a Rolling Stone article making disparaging comments about top Obama administration officials.