Pawlenty preps last state of the state in shadow of gridlock Gov. Pawlenty will give his final State of the State address Thursday, and his sixth with the state facing a budget deficit. The state's ongoing budget problems have deeply divided the Republican governor and the Democrats who control the Legislature.7:20 a.m.
National Republicans watching Pawlenty speech closely When the Governor delivers his State of the State speech today, his audience will be larger than the state's 201 legislators. As a potential candidate for the Republican presidential nomination, Pawlenty's words and deeds are being watched carefully by GOP politicians and operatives around the country.7:25 a.m.
Iran Marks Anniversary Of 1979 Islamic Revolution
Dueling protests are likely in Tehran and other Iranian cities Thursday as government and opposition supporters gather to mark the 31st anniversary of the Islamic Revolution. With the government vowing to crack down on the opposition, more violence is anticipated.
Is Pakistan's Most Wanted Man Dead Or Alive?
Pakistani officials say they believe Taliban leader Hakimullah Mehsud is dead — killed in a U.S. missile attack last month. But they acknowledge they have no confirmation, and some Taliban spokesmen continue to insist Hakimullah is alive.
His Name Is Khan (And It's One You Might Know)
Shah Rukh Khan is arguably the biggest movie star in the world. So why is it that many Americans haven't heard his name? Because until now, he's been most famous for Bollywood extravaganzas. But his latest film, My Name Is Khan, is a different sort of story — a drama about a Muslim man with Asperger's trying to right a wrong in the wake of Sept. 11.
Study: Stuttering Is (Often) In The Genes
Researchers have found gene mutations for stuttering, an ancient and common disorder that often runs in families. Scientists and advocates say the discovery demonstrates that stuttering is often a biological condition — not caused by overbearing parents or a psychological disturbance.
Preview: Confidential Informant Series
NPR launches a special investigation into confidential informants. They're a vital crime fighting tool, but what happens if those informants go astray? The confidential informants operate in a secret, largely unregulated world.
Calif. Prison Early-Release Program Stirs Controversy
A California law requiring the state to use early release to thin its prison population is causing controversy and confusion. One released prisoner was arrested for attempted rape, and many county sheriffs let people go free — even though the law doesn't affect them.
Google To Build Experimnetal Broadband Networks
Google says it plans to build super-fast fiber optic networks in some parts of the country. The technology giant has been frustrated by the speed of broadband networks provided by phone and cable companies. Google says its experimental networks would be at least 50 times faster than what's now available. Critics call it a PR stunt.
EU Leaders Focus On Stabilizing Greece's Economy
The debt problems that some European countries are experiencing are shaking confidence in the financial markets. Some European Union member states have emerged from the global financial crisis saddled with mountainous national debts. Some smaller nations, especially Greece, are thought to be in danger of defaulting.
For Some Jobs, Asperger's Syndrome Can Be An Asset
A nonprofit in Chicago is training and hiring people with Asperger's syndrome to test computer software. Aspiritech says this work is a good match for high-functioning autistic people because it leverages their skills such as lack of boredom with repetitive tasks and talent for work precision.
Man Says 'Booty Call' Cellphone Ruined His Life
The girlfriend of a Canadian man broke up with him after she discovered suggestive text messages on his cell phone. But he didn't write them. The Winnipeg man went back to the Virgin Mobile store, where the staff found similar "sext" messages had also been preloaded onto other phones, apparently by pranksters.