Downtown St. Paul scene gets extra shot from Amsterdam Bar The Amsterdam opened in September in a vacant restaurant space owned by the city. The two owners -- Jon Oulman and his son Jarret -- were wooed by Mayor Chris Coleman's staff after seeing what their 331 music club had done in northeast Minneapolis.3:54 p.m.
Courthouse shooting suspect dies in custody The man who was accused of shooting a prosecutor and witness in a Cook County courthouse earlier this month has died in custody. There is no evidence of foul play, according to law enforcement.5:24 p.m.
National Public Radio Stories
'Slow, Plodding' Economy Stalled By Housing Market
Home prices have fallen 35 percent from their peak about six years ago and continue to drop. That makes lenders and potential homebuyers nervous, so sales aren't picking up much despite the lowest interest rates in decades. And the unsolved foreclosure mess continues to push prices down even more.
The Undertakers Of The Retail Industry
Right now is a perfect moment for a liquidator. The economy is bad enough that big companies are going out of business, but good enough that customers will come and buy the stuff that's for sale.
Arab League Monitors Visit Besieged Syrian City
Arab League monitors visited the central city of Homs, an opposition stronghold, besieged and under bombardment by the Syrian army until the monitors showed up. Syrian army armor was withdrawn from the city streets ahead of the visit, but activists say they expect a resumption of the army offensive as soon as the monitors leave. They also complain that they have not been allowed to meet with the Arab League team.
North Korea Prepares To Bury Kim Jong Il
The funeral of former North Korean leader Kim Jong Il is expected to begin Tuesday night, East Coast time. NPR's Anthony Kuhn is watching events from South Korea, and speaks to host Robert Siegel from the capital, Seoul.
With So Many Voices, Will Occupy Still Be Heard?
In just a few months, the movement started a national conversation about inequality. With the end of many encampments, the movement is entering a new phase. Some say this dynamism will ensure success. Others think the movement will fail without political partners and compromise.
There's Something About 'Matilda'
The Royal Shakespeare Company's Matilda the Musical, based on the beloved children's book by Roald Dahl, is taking London by storm.
Electronic Medical Records Catch On In Oregon
Until recently, electronic medical records hadn't really caught on. But the 2009 federal stimulus package provided tens of billions to speed up the process. Now in one state, Oregon, two-thirds of doctors have electronic medical records, and researchers are mining the data to help doctors improve the care they give patients.