Mpls law firm blocked turmeric patent, curried favor in India A number of Minnesota companies are in India this week, trying to forge new business connections during Gov. Pawlenty's trade mission there. One Minneapolis-based law firm in the delegation already has a strong foothold on the subcontinent. Merchant & Gould helped overturn a U.S. patent on an ancient Indian herbal medicine.5:47 p.m.
National Public Radio Stories
'Identical Strangers' Explore Nature Vs. Nurture
Paula Bernstein and Elyse Schein were both adopted as infants. They met for the first time when they were 35 years old. That's when they discovered they are identical twins — separated at adoption and subjects in a secret research project.
'Miracle Workers' Save Lives at Balad Field Hospital
Balad Air Base in Iraq has the most advanced forward-operating combat hospital in the history of warfare. What the trauma doctors see is intense. A single patient may have shrapnel embedded in the body, massive chest wounds and missing limbs.
The New Pornographers, a 'Real' Supergroup
Critics have been calling The New Pornographers a supergroup for years. Meredith Ochs calls the designation a misnomer, though the vibrant pop arrangements of the band's new album Challengers lead her to reconsider her nomenclature.
Iran Sanctions Target Military, Weapons Financing
The White House on Thursday rolled out new sanctions against Iran, designating Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps as a proliferator of weapons of mass destruction and its elite Quds Force as a supporter of terrorism.
Campaign-Trail Debate Shifts from Iraq to Iran
Iran has been the focus of increasingly strong rhetoric and warnings from the Bush administration, and it has become more of an issue on the campaign trail, too. There is agreement that Iran should not have nuclear weapons, but even candidates of the same party are split on how to achieve that.
Obey Decries Bush's War-Spending Request
This week, President Bush asked Congress for another $46 billion in funding for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, saying Congress must approve the money by the end of the year. U.S. Rep. David Obey (D-WI) says he has no intention of considering more spending until the president changes his policy.
Fires Highlight Safety Needs of Migrant Workers
San Diego County is home to tens of thousands of immigrant workers — legal and undocumented. Their homes and workplaces may be at risk, but poor access to services and fear of immigration authorities at evacuation centers may keep some from seeking shelter.
Insurance Claims Stream In from California Fires
What kind of insurance protection is available for people in the fire-affected areas of Southern California? Candysse Miller, executive director of the Insurance Information Institute of California, says 5,000 claims have come in — not nearly as many as they saw in the 2003 fires.
Letters: Eichenwald, Drought, Torre, Apple Tart
Robert Siegel reads from listener's letters about the stories of the past week, from former New York Times reporter Kurt Eichenwald's epilepsy, to the Southern drought, to the departure of the Yankees' manager, to a delectable apple dessert.
Bush Views California's Wildfire Damage
With a million people evacuated and more than $1 billion in damage in San Diego County alone so far, President Bush toured the Southern California fire sites.