Hatch renews call for embryonic stem cell research DFL candidate for governor Mike Hatch is trying to make embryonic stem cell research a key issue in this year's campaign. For the second time in a month, Hatch held a news conference to propose a $100 million state investment in stem cell research.5:19 p.m.
Remembering Bill Norris William C. Norris, founder of Control Data Corp. died today at age 95, following a long battle with Parkinson's disease. Fred Zimmerman, a retired University of St. Thomas expert on engineering and management, remembers working with Norris at Control Data in the 1960s and '70s.5:24 p.m.
Eagle center gets infusion of cash Bald eagles have been drawing people to the banks of the Mississippi River near Wabasha for years. But community leaders are hoping to attract many more tourists in the years to come. City officials and residents have broken ground on a new 14,000-square-foot expansion of Wabasha's National Eagle Center.5:49 p.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Saddam Refuses to Plead in Genocide Trial
Unseated Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein refuses to answer charges connected to the infamous Anfal campaign. In the case, Hussein and six co-defendants are accused of orchestrating the killings of tens of thousands of Iraqi Kurds during the late 1980s.
Views of Iraq from Indiana
What do voters deep in the heartland of the United States think of the war in Iraq? Many U.S. military recruits come from rural areas -- but is popular sentiment behind the conflict they're signing up to fight in? NPR's Linda Wertheimer reports from Indiana.
Alaska's Murkowski Faces Challenging Primary
Alaska's Gov. Frank Murkowski faces a primary election for his second term Tuesday. Polls show the former senator with a positive rating of only about 20 percent in his own party. Murkowski has been criticized by many as being too close to the oil industry, and his primary challengers say they would renegotiate unpopular deals.
Business in Russia: Like Pulling Teeth
In post-Communist Russia, foreigners who try to run their own small businesses face many challenges. Once an inviting destination for American entrepreneurs, Russia has proved to be a tough place to do business. It is an environment rife with government corruption, crooked business partners and gangsters.
Iran's Khamenei: Nuclear Program to Continue
Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, says that Iran has no intention of stopping its uranium enrichment program, despite a U.N. incentives package to contain its nuclear goals. Iran's self-imposed deadline to respond to the offer arrives Tuesday.
Deciphering the Matter of Dark Matter
Astronomers say they have proven that a mysterious material that fills our universe, called dark matter, actually exists. Dark matter is dark, so it can't be seen directly. But it is thought to account for 90 percent of the matter in our universe. Now, astronomers studying the collision of two galaxies say that cosmic crash reveals the presence of dark matter. But what the matter is actually composed of remains one of the biggest mysteries in our universe.
The Minds Behind 'Brothers of the Head'
The new film Brothers of the Head tells the story of conjoined twins who become rock stars in mid-1970's England. The faux-documentary project is the work of Keith Fulton and Louis Pepe, the two directors who made Lost in La Mancha, the acclaimed documentary about Terry Gilliam's failed attempt to film, The Man Who Killed Don Quixote.
Britain Charges 11, Releases 1 in Aug. 10 Case
In London, 11 people have been charged in the alleged plot to blow up trans-Atlantic jetliners. With the release of one woman, an additional 11 suspects remain in custody. A police spokesman says that in conducting 69 searches, officers seized 400 computers.
Bush Defends Iraq Strategy, Resists Call to Leave
President Bush defends the U.S. mission in Iraq, saying that calls for American troops to leave the country are premature. The president warned that the situation would only worsen without U.S. troops -- and that "chaos in Iraq would be very unsettling in the region."
Palestinians Look to Lebanon for Lessons
With the end of the fighting between Israel and Hezbollah, Palestinians are hoping that the world's attention will return to their cause. Most Palestinians believe Hezbollah won the war just by surviving -- and piercing the myth that Israel's army can't be challenged. Some Palestinians say more resistance to Israel is the answer; others hope an international force like the one that will be deployed in Lebanon could be placed in the West Bank and Gaza. Many Palestinians say the war in Lebanon offers a new chance for a solution.