Thanksgiving tradition in Duluth now draws thousands An army of volunteers is putting the last touches on a Thanksgiving feast for thousands in Duluth. The annual free buffet started 20 years ago as a much smaller event in Superior. Now it draws hundreds of volunteers to cook and serve as many as 5,000 turkey dinners.5:22 p.m.
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Veterans Face New Enemy: Unemployment
More than 2,500 veterans flocked to the USS Intrepid, a decommissioned aircraft docked along the Hudson River in Manhattan, for a job fair Monday. While the unemployment rate in New York is 9 percent, it's nearly double that for combat-age veterans. One challenge is that their skills aren't easily understood by employers.
Teenage Boys More Likely To Be In Fatal Car Crashes
The number of teenage drivers involved in fatal car crashes has dropped dramatically in the past decade. But in those wrecks, male drivers still outnumber females by more than 2 to 1. For Basil Rynestead of Fauquier County, Va., it's a battle against peer pressure and inexperience to stay safe on the road.
The Butterflies And Beetles Behind Evolution
Alfred Russel Wallace was Darwin's colleague, a globe-trotting naturalist who helped shape the theory of evolution. Thirty years ago, an antique shopper wandered into a modest antique shop in Arlington, Va., looking for Chinese carpets and wound up buying a magnificent rosewood cabinet. It contained Wallace's personal collection of 1,600 butterflies and insects.
Obama To Outline U.S. Goals At Climate Summit
President Obama will commit the U.S. to a goal of cuts in greenhouse gas emissions over the next decade at a climate conference in Copenhagen next month. His goal is to cut carbon dioxide emissions by about 17 percent from 2005 levels by 2020.
Stolen E-Mails Raise Questions On Climate Research
E-mails stolen from a climate research center in England reveal that a small group of scientists has been pressuring scientific journals not to publish reports that cast doubt on climate change. The e-mails raise questions about the impartiality of the peer-review process, which is designed to keep poor science out of the technical literature.
Group's Video Equates Flying And Polar Bears
A British environmental group has produced a video that shows falling polar bears slamming into the sides of buildings, onto the sidewalk or into the top of a parked car. The group, Plane Stupid, equates the weight of each bear, 400 kilograms, to the amount of greenhouse gases produced by an average European flight for each passenger it carries. Andrew Revkin, a New York Times reporter who covers the environment, looks at the facts.
Afghanistan Speech A Defining Moment For Obama
Next week, President Obama will lay out his Afghanistan plan in a televised address. NPR Senior News Analyst Daniel Schorr says it's a defining moment for the president — and warns that like war presidents before him, Obama will likely face pressure to escalate the war in the weeks and months ahead.
Wholesale Market Highlights Real-Life Economics
Hunts Point in Bronx, N.Y., is the largest wholesale food market in the country. The action there happens late at night. The ebb and flow at the market, who's buying when, and at what price, are a real-life economics lesson compressed into a single night.
Pakistan Hemmed In By U.S. And Afghanistan
Pakistan is anxiously awaiting President Obama's decision on U.S. strategy in Afghanistan. It's a widely held view in Pakistan that only a political settlement will resolve the Afghan morass.