State fair stages prep for severe weather safety This year, there are more than a dozen bands set to play outdoor evening grandstand shows at the Minnesota State Fair. And the fair's deputy general manager Renee Pearson says fair-goers are safe.4:54 p.m.
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Rebels Edge Into Gadhafi's Birthplace
Rebels in eastern Libya are nearing one of the last remaining Gadhafi strongholds outside Tripoli: the Libyan leader's birthplace, Sirte, on the Mediterranean coast. It's unclear whether the city will surrender, but the rebels have gained ground nearby in recent days, capturing the oil port of Ras Lanuf, just over 100 miles east of Sirte. Melissa Block talks to NPR's Soraya Nelson for more.
Russian Rocket Fails En Route To Space Station
News reports from Russia described an explosion and pieces falling to the ground in Siberia. The failure is an unwelcome surprise for NASA, which retired its space shuttles last month. The agency now depends on Russian rockets to carry up not just cargo but also U.S. astronauts.
No Relief In Sight For Somali Refugees In Kenya
The African Union hopes to raise funds and awareness of the drought and famine in the Horn of Africa, especially in Somalia, with a "pledging conference" Thursday. The U.N. is appealing for more than $1.5 billion in donations, as refugees from the war-ravaged country continue to stream into Kenya.
El Nino Seen As Trigger For Violence In The Tropics
An analysis of civil conflicts between 1950 and 2004 found that in tropical countries, conflicts were twice as likely to occur in El Nino years. Researchers say the abnormally warm, dry weather could put a strain on the water and farming resources, which could lead to battles.
Libyan Weapons Stockpiles Remain A Concern
As the Gadhafi regime crumbles, Libya's weapons stockpiles remain a big area of concern. In 2003, Libya agreed to dismantle its weapons of mass destruction. International inspectors oversaw the destruction. The U.S. went on to establish full diplomatic relations with Libya, which was taken off the list of state sponsors of terrorism. But the process to destroy the weapons was not complete. So what weapons remain behind? And who's in charge of securing them? Melissa Block talks with House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers about the security of Libya's weapons.
Restarting Libya's Valuable Oil Exports Won't Be Easy
The revolution in Libya has strangled the country's oil exports for months. Even after the current conflict is settled, restarting production and distribution of the high-quality oil, which makes up 2 percent of the world's supply, could take years.
For Corn Farmers, There's Gold In Them There Fields
Demand from the ethanol and livestock industries, big orders from China and a forecast of lower crop yields all mean one thing: Corn prices are soaring. That's welcome news for farmers. But some aren't sure when to sell because they fear they'll miss the boat on even higher prices.