Another Rig Explodes Off Louisiana Coast
For the second time this year, an energy rig platform has caught fire and exploded in the Gulf of Mexico off the Louisiana coast. The Coast Guard says all 13 workers have been accounted for.
More On Rig Owner Mariner Energy
Melissa Block talks to NPR's Jeff Brady about Mariner Energy, the company that owns the platform that exploded Thursday in the Gulf of Mexico.
Massey Execs' Access To Mine After Blast Questioned
NPR NEWS INVESTIGATION: The two officials were underground, unsupervised for as long as four hours after the explosion at the Upper Big Branch coal mine in April. Massey Energy says the pair were searching for survivors, but some investigators and experts are concerned they could have tampered with evidence.
Panel Quizzes Bernanke On Financial Crisis
The Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission was established to investigate the causes of the financial crisis. On Thursday, panel members questioned Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke and Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation Chairman Sheila Bair.
California Sen. Boxer, Fiorina Face Off In Debate
In blue, blue California, Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer is in the fight of her political life. Her challenger: Carly Fiorina, the former Hewlett-Packard CEO. The two met in a debate Wednesday night.
Camp David Redux: A Look Back At Lessons Learned
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu have agreed to hold a second round of talks in two weeks. Ten summers ago, the Israelis, Palestinians and Americans met for two weeks of talks at Camp David. President Clinton hoped to settle the conflict, but those talks failed. NPR's Robert Siegel talks to negotiators who were present at Camp David about the experience and the lessons of those talks: Ghaith Omari of the American Task Force on Palestine, who was a legal adviser to the Palestinian delegation; Gideon Grinstein of the Reut Institute, who was the youngest Israeli staffer at Camp David; and Aaron David Miller of the Woodrow Wilson Center, who was a longtime State Department adviser.
Mississippi's Masoli Ordered To Sit Out Season
Ole Miss is appealing a decision by the NCAA that bars quarterback Jeremiah Masoli from playing this year. Masoli transferred to Ole Miss after being kicked off the team at Oregon following legal trouble.
Summer Jobs: FAO Schwarz
We hear the penultimate collection of summer job stories today, as our series winds down. NPR's Melissa Block and Robert Siegel read from listeners' letters about their most memorable summer jobs, and then we hear from listener Ed Film, who talks about the important lesson he learned from two clowns. Ed spent one summer dressed as a life-sized toy soldier for FAO Schwarz.
Mideast Leaders Commit To New Peace Process
Israeli and Palestinian leaders committed themselves to a new peace process on Thursday. Middle East envoy George Mitchell says he and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will go to the region later this month for the next round of peace talks. He says Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas plan to meet every two weeks and set out a framework, which he described as the "fundamental compromises" needed for a final peace deal.
Gaza Youth Yearn For Normalcy, Haunted By War
Almost three-quarters of Palestinians in the Gaza Strip are younger than 30. Most have never left the tiny, Hamas-ruled coastal territory, have never met an Israeli, and have never known a time when there wasn't a conflict outside their doorstep.