Mother recalls soldier's love of classical music, numbers Lori Wilfahrt spoke with Morning Edition about her son Cpl. Andrew Wilfahrt, who died Sunday in Afghanistan when insurgents attacked his patrol. He is the first known gay member of the military from Minnesota to be killed in the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.7:25 a.m.
Dancers explore the darker side of the Carpenters' story For people of a certain age, the prospect of an evening of Carpenters music probably raises some mixed emotions. The brother-sister team of Richard and Karen Carpenter pumped out hit after hit in the 1970s.
However behind the scenes the Carpenters were troubled. Karen struggled with an eating disorder which was to claim her life in 1983. That facade of pop music happiness covering a real life tragedy forms the basis of a new dance presentation in Minneapolis this weekend.8:45 a.m.
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Rebels Brace For Attacks By Pro-Gadhafi Forces
Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi seems to have suppressed open opposition to his rule in the capital Tripoli and some surrounding towns. The rebels, meanwhile, appear to have solidified their hold on a number of areas, particularly in eastern Libya. But the rebels say they are prepared for attacks by forces loyal to Gadhafi.
For Reagan, Gadhafi Was A Frustrating 'Mad Dog'
Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi was Ronald Reagan's nemesis throughout his presidency. Reagan called Gadhafi the "mad dog of the Middle East," and some thought the president was too fixated on the Libyan. Still, despite Reagan's efforts, Gadhafi clung to power.
Leaving 'Guantanamo North'
Inmates, including those convicted on terrorism charges, of the Communications Management Units receive little to no rehabilitation upon their release.
U.S. Says Missing Former FBI Agent Is Alive
Evidence emerged recently that former FBI agent Robert Levinson, who disappeared in Iran four years ago, is alive. The U.S. government says he is being held somewhere in Southwest Asia. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is appealing to Iran to secure his release.
Heating Oil Suppliers Feel The Heat Of Rising Prices
Higher oil prices are not just taking a toll on consumers; they are also wreaking havoc on home heating oil suppliers. Especially for small family-owned businesses, buying oil has become a high-stakes gamble. Dealers are grappling with the much more complex world of futures and hedges.
Census Shows More Blacks, Hispanics Moving To N.C.
The state's population has been increasing over the past 10 years. William Frey of the Brookings Institution says the Census figures indicate two major trends: black migration back to the South, and a growing Hispanic population in a region where traditionally race meant only black and white.
On TV, Interracial Couples In A Too-Perfect World St. Petersburg Times TV critic Eric Deggans asks whether mixed-race relationships on network sitcoms reflect real-world experiences — or represent a too-easy version of the awkward social issues such couples face in the real world.
Wis. Gov. Escalates Budget Battle With Democrats
Gov. Scott Walker says he'll issue layoff notices to state workers Friday if no Democratic state senators return to vote on his proposal to balance Wisconsin's budget. The bill would make state workers pay more for their benefits, and it would take away most of their collective bargaining rights. The bill has sparked weeks of protests.
Missouri May Reject Extending Jobless Benefits
The state Legislature is considering turning down money from the federal government to extend benefits for Missouri's unemployed. Republicans say they don't want to add to the federal budget deficit.
School Budget ABCs: Ads Plus Bus Equal Cash
More cities and states are turning to display ads on the sides of school buses for extra revenue. Colorado was one of the first states to allow it. Some parents are worried about the messages children receive from the ads.