Teacher donates $1.8 million to help loons A schoolteacher has left $1.8 million from her estate for the protection of Minnesota's state bird. Iva Weir left the money to the Nature Conservancy in Minnesota for preservation of the loon's habitat. Morning Edition host Cathy Wurzer talked with Chris Weir-Koetter, Weir's niece.7:25 a.m.
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Brothers' Lives Reflect China's Growing Income Gap
The story of the three Gong brothers in Beijing illustrates the many ways China's growing wealth gap has played out: who succeeded in the country's new economy, who failed and how relations among the brothers have frayed.
Pelosi on the Democratic Race, China and Tibet
Superdelegates shouldn't decide the Democratic presidential nomination if it means overturning "the votes of the people," House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says. Separately, she says a boycott of the opening ceremonies of the Summer Olympics should be considered in protest of China's crackdown on Tibet.
Atlanta Family Slashes Carbon Footprint
Malaika Taylor used to live the typical suburban life — the kind that helps make America the world's top contributor to climate change. But fed up with commuting, Taylor and her daughter moved from the Atlanta suburbs to a green loft in the city.
Economy, War Top Agenda as Congress Returns
Congress is back to work on Capitol Hill, and lawmakers have a busy agenda filled with plans to address the housing crisis and make another attempt to force a change in direction in the Iraq war.
Democrats Target Undecided Superdelegates
Democratic presidential hopefuls Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton are campaigning hard these days for the votes — of superdelegates. More than 300 superdelegates to the party's convention have not yet publicly committed to either candidate.
HUD Resignation a Chance to Fix Housing Crisis?
The Bush administration's top housing official announced his resignation Monday. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Alphonso Jackson says much has been accomplished during his tenure, but critics say they hope the change will bring about policies that will help solve the housing crisis.
Northrop Grumman CEO Defends Air Force Deal
The Air Force awarded one of its largest-ever contracts in February to Northrop Grumman and its European partner, EADS. Then controversy erupted. Now Boeing is trying to get the Government Accountability Office to overturn the contract. Northrop's CEO says Boeing's complaints are unfounded.
Western Union to Offer Mobile-to-Mobile Transfers
Western Union is teaming up with two other companies to offer customers money transfers over their cell phones. It's aimed at immigrants, who often don't go to banks or use the Internet to conduct business.
Cell Phone Inventor Envisioned Wireless World
Thirty-five years ago, Martin Cooper invented the cell phone, a device that has transformed communication. He says people thought he was "crazy" to talk about phones in people's pockets. But Cooper's dreams were actually bigger, and he's a little disappointed that more progress hasn't been made.
Europe's Biggest Banks Forecast Huge Losses
Europe's biggest banks are revealing more damage from the risky assets they piled on when times were good. As those assets go sour, Germany's biggest bank, Deutsche Bank, says it expects to lose about $4 billion this quarter. The losses were much bigger for Switzerland's largest bank, UBS.