Minnesota fans root USA's success at the World Cup To get a sense now of how soccer fans in Minnesota are following the World Cup, All Things Considered host Tom Crann ventured out into Cedar-Riverside neighborhood in Minneapolis, a hotbed for soccer interest.5:18 p.m.
North Mpls. cyclists feel left out of bike sharing program For nearly two weeks, thousands of people have been riding bright green bicycles around parts of Minneapolis.
The bikes, from an organization called Nice Ride, are available for rent by the hour or by the day, but they are not available in north Minneapolis.5:50 p.m.
Petraeus To Replace McChrystal In Afghanistan
A day after Gen. Stanley McChrystal's derogatory comments about the Obama administration were made public, President Obama ousted him as the top commander in Afghanistan and replaced him with Gen. David Petraeus. The president said he did not make the decision "out of any sense of personal insult," but that it was the right decision for "our national security."
Troops Surprised About Gen. McChrystal's Ouster
Gen. Stanley McChrystal is being replaced as commander of forces in Afghanistan by the former top commander in Iraq, Gen. David Petraeus. NPR Pentagon correspondent Tom Bowman, who is in Kandahar province, tells Michele Norris troops did not expect McChrystal to be fired.
U.S. Advances In World Cup After Late Goal
Robert Siegel talks with NPR's Mike Pesca about Landon Donovan's goal in stoppage time against Algeria on Wednesday, allowing the U.S. to advance to the second round of soccer's World Cup. The 1-0 win put the U.S. in first place in its group, just ahead of England, which also advanced after its 1-0 win over Slovenia.
Judge Who Struck Down Moratorium Invests In Oil
The federal judge who struck down the Obama administration's six-month moratorium on deepwater oil drilling has a number of investments in oil- and gas-related companies. Questions are now being raised about whether Judge Martin Feldman's decision Tuesday could have been influenced by those investments.
BP Suffers Setback With Oil Containment Cap
BP removed the cap collecting oil from the blown-out well in the Gulf today, and as a result, the flow of oil into the ocean has increased substantially. Officials say an underwater robot may have accidentally shut one of the valves on the cap, creating a hazard on the Enterprise drill ship. It's not clear when BP will be able to replace the cap and resume collecting oil. Michele Norris talks with NPR's Richard Harris.
Push To End Secret Holds In Senate Gains Steam
Secret holds are an obscure tradition in which senators anonymously threaten to filibuster executive and judicial nominations. Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill of Missouri, who is leading the drive to abolish the practice, says she has the support of two-thirds of the Senate to get the Rules Committee to stop them.
Cassey Affleck Drawn To Conflicted Characters
Michele Norris interviews actor Casey Affleck, who plays the lead character in the new film The Killer Inside and whose understated career belies one of Hollywood's most talented young stars.
Turning The Public Into Performers With 'Street Pianos'
"Play Me I'm Yours" is an art installation in New York by British artist Luke Jerram. It features 60 painted pianos in parks, on sidewalks and on street corners, left for anyone to play. Though they sometimes sit idly, the pianos occasionally inspire average people to become street musicians.