Bush Foundation breaks new ground for older artists The St. Paul-based Bush Foundation has announced the creation of a significant new grant program for older artists. Its goal is to encourage artists at a time when they're often neglected and carry them through what could be the most productive part of their lives.6:25 a.m.
New school plans bring back memories Duluth school officials are considering a plan to reconfigure, and possibly close, one or more of the city's three high schools. Commentator Robin Washington says the new plans remind him of an old problem: school segregation.7:24 a.m.
High water in Fargo Crews in Fargo are building a temporary levee downtown against rising waters. They're also watching the next storm system moving in with the promise of more rain.8:25 a.m.
National Public Radio Stories
U.S. Missile Defense Plan Draws Kremlin's Ire
When Western leaders meet this week in Europe, they are expected to debate an American plan for missile defense. The Kremlin is furious about U.S. plans, which carry echoes of the Cold War, to install parts of its controversial missile defense system in the Czech Republic and Poland. Both are former Soviet Bloc countries that are now members of the European Union and NATO.
Global Warming to be Touchy Issue at G-8 Summit
President Bush's upcoming meeting with leading industrial nations is marked by the contentious issue of global warming. He is proposing the U.S. and other nations set a long-term goal for lowering greenhouse gases. But European leaders want a commitment that emissions of heat-trapping gases be cut in half over 40 years.
Europe's Carbon Trading Market Sees Brisk Business
To ease the pain of Europe's mandatory carbon cuts, businesses with low carbon emissions are selling their surplus allowances to businesses with high emissions. This system has grown quickly, and in some unexpected ways.
Six Day War: The East Jerusalem Controversy
Shortly after the Six Day War ended in 1967, Israel annexed East Jerusalem, a highly controversial move that is still not recognized internationally. Part of the fallout — the ownership of a Palestinian home in an East Jerusalem neighborhood on the frontline between Israel and Jordan — remains in dispute.
Democratic Presidential Contenders Tell of Faith
The three leading Democratic presidential contenders — New York Sen. Hillary Clinton, Illinois Sen. Barak Obama and former North Carolina Sen. John Edwards — sat down with liberal religious leaders Monday evening to talk about faith.
Rep. Jefferson Indicted on 16 Counts
U.S. Democratic Rep. William Jefferson of Louisiana was charged Monday with soliciting bribes and paying off a Nigerian official. In a 16-count indictment he was charged with fraud, obstruction of justice, conspiracy. He had been accused of storing $90,000 intended for bribes in his freezer.
Bernstein Claims to Reveal the 'Real' Hillary
In his new biography of Sen. Hillary Clinton, writer Carl Bernstein claims to cut through what he calls the "self-generated myth" about the presidential candidate. Bernstein talks about the details of his new book, A Woman in Charge: The Life of Hillary Rodham Clinton.
Blurted Obscenities Don't Breach Decency
A federal appeals panel ruled that blurted obscenities do not violate decency standards. The decision was a strong rebuke of the Federal Communications Commission. Under President Bush, the FCC has taken a much harder line on airing profanities — even unscripted expletives during live broadcasts.
NASCAR Chairman Bill France Dies of Cancer
Bill France, the longtime chairman of NASCAR, lost his battle against cancer Monday. He was 74. He was the son of NASCAR founder William France. Under the leadership of Bill France Jr. the sport grew from a rural Southern diversion into a multibillion dollar enterprise.
New McCartney Album Released by Starbucks
Former Beatles front man Paul McCartney releases his new album, Memory Almost Full, Tuesday on the Hear Music label owned by coffee retail giant Starbucks rather than his longtime label EMI. It's just the latest measure of how much things have changed in the music business.