Medtronic stops selling heart device Medtronic has suspended distribution of its
Sprint Fidelis defibrillation leads, after identifying five patient deaths in which a lead fracture may have been a contributing factor.5:24 p.m.
When 'Lust' Meets Caution, Is It Still Art?
Director Ang Lee had to cut nine minutes from his racy Lust, Caution before the film could be released in China — and performers as diverse as Gwen Stefani and Ian McKellen have recently been asked to cover up rather than offend local audiences.
South American Hummingbird Spotted in Wisconsin
A rare visitor to Joan Salzberg's backyard has drawn hundreds of ornithology devotees to her Beloit, Wis., home. The South American green-breasted mango hummingbird has been a star attraction for the past few weeks.
U.S. Commanders Encourage Shiite-Sunni Truce
Amid ongoing sectarian violence, the catch phrase for the U.S. military in Iraq today is "neighborhood reconciliation." The daily death toll reveals what a challenge that is. But there is some success to report in Baghdad communities where U.S. army units are based, as company commanders try to get Sunnis and Shiites to talk to each other.
Yipping Pups are Music to Coyote Tracker's Ears
Jon Way spends most of his night combing the woods and roadsides of New England, tracking coyotes. On a recent evening, he tracked the movements of an animal he's been watching for years. This audio postcard comes from Cape Cod.
Scientists Wary of Iron as Proposed Climate Fix
Two companies say the best way to slow global warming is to dump iron into the oceans. The iron would trigger blooms of tiny plants that suck carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere and then keep it trapped deep in the ocean. But scientists are wary.
Florida Lawmakers Urge Bush to Pass Water Bill
President Bush has promised to veto a water resources bill passed by the House and Senate, but because it contains funding to restore the Everglades, the Republican governor of Florida and state lawmakers have sent the president letters asking him not to veto it.
Surveillance Expansion Started Before Sept. 11
Warrantless surveillance of U.S. citizens is often defended as a necessary security measure in a post-Sept. 11 world. But NPR Senior News Analyst Daniel Schorr says the administration's push for expanded surveillance powers actually began months before the Sept. 11 attacks.
Americans' Theory for Maximizing Gains Wins Nobel
The Nobel Prize for economics has been awarded to three Americans. Leonid Hurwicz, Eric S. Maskin and Roger B. Myerson are credited with developing a theory that helps explain how sellers and buyers can maximize their gains from a transaction.
Americans Getting Less Cancer, Report Shows
A new report in the journal Cancer shows that Americans are getting cancer less often. The study also shows that the decline in cancer deaths has accelerated in recent years.