A National Guard family's homecoming continues For nearly 3,000 Minnesota National Guard soldiers who returned from the Middle East in May, it's been a summer back at home, working and enjoying time with family and friends. The 34th Infantry Division Red Bulls were stationed in Kuwait assisting with the U.S. military drawdown from Iraq. Capt. Freddy Munoz is back from his second deployment.3:53 p.m.
Senior police officials knew of crime lab problems months ago St. Paul Police Chief Thomas Smith said he became aware of serious concerns about his department's crime lab in the past week, but court records show that Smith's assistant chief and a senior commander knew about the problems months ago.4:49 p.m.
A National Guard family's homecoming continues For nearly 3,000 Minnesota National Guard soldiers who returned from the Middle East in May, it's been a summer back at home, working and enjoying time with family and friends. The 34th Infantry Division Red Bulls were stationed in Kuwait assisting with the U.S. military drawdown from Iraq. Capt. Freddy Munoz is back from his second deployment.5:50 p.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Aurora, Colo., Mayor: 'It Is An Absolute Horror'
Robert Siegel and Audie Cornish have the latest on the shooting early Friday morning at a movie theater in Aurora, Colo. The gunman opened fire during a midnight screening of The Dark Knight Rises.
Eyewitness Testimony Can Be Problematic At Trial
Robert Siegel talks to Elizabeth Loftus, law professor at the University of California, Irvine about how jurors can better evaluate the credibility of "eyewitness testimony" in criminal trials.
Week In Politics: When Guns And Politics Intersect
Robert Siegel speaks with regular political commentators, E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post and Brookings Institution, and David Brooks of The New York Times. They discuss Friday's shooting in Aurora, Colo., as well as the week's developments in the race for the White House.
Syrian Rebels Gain Control Of Growing Area
Kelly McEvers has just completed a journey into what is being called "Free Syria." They are areas along the Turkish border under the control of anti-government rebels. She tells Audie Cornish what she saw.
U.N. Extends Observer Mission In Syria
There was continued heavy fighting in Damascus and several other parts of Syria on Friday. As the casualties mount, thousands of civilians are fleeing their homes. Around 30,000 people have crossed the border into Lebanon in the past two days and others are heading to Jordan, Turkey and Iraq.
MSNBC Gets Academic: Meet Host Prof. Harris-Perry
The newly anointed cable host is a full-time political science professor at Tulane University. Melissa Harris-Perry says she refuses to check the weekly ratings of her show, but she knows she's being watched by more people than she could reach in a lecture hall.
Soul Food Fans Say Goodbye To 'Queen' Sylvia
Sylvia Woods of the legendary Harlem soul food restaurant, Sylvia's, died yesterday at age 86. She made chicken and waffles cool long before today's current crop of retro hipsters decided to take it on.