Alabama native sings over second chance It's graduation day at the Hubert H. Humphrey Job Corps center in St. Paul, and one of the graduates, Terrance Cummings, an accomplished vocalist, is so pleased he's graduating, he's inviting the community to come join him in song.4:48 p.m.
Low vitamin D levels tied to higher blood pressure Vitamin D. We all need it. And the most abundant source comes from the sun's rays. While many of us may be getting higher doses of it during the summer months, Vitamin D is also getting more attention lately from the medical community.4:52 p.m.
Northwest grabs Midwest Northwest Airlines could eventually acquire Midwest Airlines. That possibility has emerged in a $450 million all-cash buyout deal in which Northwest is a minority investor. Northwest teamed with TPG Capital, a private equity group, to trump a hostile takeover bid by AirTran.5:50 p.m.
Songs from Scratch There's something magical about a great song, whether it's Stravinsky or Springsteen. But where do great songs come from? How do they go from words and melodies to something more? To find out, we gave three local bands two weeks to take one set of lyrics and put it to music.6:28 p.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Former House Speaker Hastert to Retire
Congressman and former Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert has announced that he won't run for re-election in 2008. He made the announcement in his home district in Illinois.
Is Political Futures Market Looking Bearish for GOP?
David Brooks, a columnist at The New York Times, and Ruth Marcus, a columnist and editorial board member at The Washington Post, talk about a departing Karl Rove; a fraught GOP; a doubting Cheney; and rampant presidential primaries.
Edwards' Ties to Mortgage Company Scrutinized
Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards has a big stake in a company that has been foreclosing on mortgages in New Orleans, not far from where he announced his candidacy as a champion of the poor against corporate greed.
Legal System, Parents Eye Self-Described Pedophile
Jack McClellan used to run a Web site offering tips on how to watch little girls. But he has never been accused of, arrested for or charged with an offense against a child. A judge recently forbid him from getting near any child in the state of California.
Mom's Codeine May Pose Risk to Breast-fed Infants
The Food and Drug Administration warns that some breast-fed infants may be at an increased risk of narcotic overdose if their mothers are taking codeine for pain relief. New genetic tests have confirmed that some women are ultra-fast metabolizers of the drug, which means more narcotic gets into their breast milk.
Iraq: Reflecting on the Past Four Years
John Burnett mines his tapes from the invasion of Iraq in 2003 and compares them with fresh interviews and impressions from July 2007, asking people in Iraq today — from soldiers to Baghdadis — to reflect on what has happened in the past four years.
Purple Martins Make a Comeback in Chicago
Purple martins historically lived along Lake Michigan in the summer, but development in Chicago long ago eliminated much of the birds' natural habitat in the city. Now, the migratory songbird is thriving, thanks in large part to the work of human volunteers.
Two Fine Comedies, Not the Least Alike in Dignity
Sweetly smutty Superbad is a high-school riot, a comedy that's all about raunch; Brit-farce Death at a Funeral is all about stiff-upper-lip reserve. But both push the envelope, and even the English one has little to do with propriety.
Fed Cuts Discount Rate to Calm Markets
It has been another rough week for investors on the volatile world financial markets. Ongoing concerns about the underpinnings of the U.S. mortgage industry are raising questions about the broader economic picture for the domestic economy.