Researchers link E. coli, ethanol by-product U.S. Agriculture Department scientists and university researchers are studying whether a feed made from an ethanol by-product increases the prevalence of E. coli in cattle. Some research suggests distillers grain promotes growth of the bacteria, which can be deadly to humans.6:50 a.m.
Hummingbirds make their spring return Every year, people marvel as the swallows come back to San Juan Capistrano in California. But each spring commentator Peter Smith looks forward to the arrival of a different winged species in Minnesota. For him, it's a chance to observe the natural order of things.7:55 a.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Afghanistan's Hidden Treasures on Display in D.C.
Centuries ago, Afghanistan was a vital stop along the ancient Silk Road where cultures of the East and West converged. Artifacts from that rich cultural crossroads are currently on display at the National Gallery in Washington, D.C. — after being hidden away for more than two decades in Kabul.
Same-Sex Ruling Drives Wedding Business in Calif.
As soon as the state's Supreme Court announced it would legally recognize gay marriage, wedding companies started getting calls. Same-sex weddings could swell the industry's coffers by $684 million, according to a UCLA study.
Immigration Issue Doesn't Divide McCain, Obama
Immigration is getting little play on the presidential campaign trail, in part because the two candidates' stances aren't very different. Both supported a Senate bill that would have legalized millions of immigrants and created a guest-worker program.
Bush Meets with 'Friendly Faces' in Last Europe Trip
President Bush is meeting with European leaders Tuesday in Slovenia for the annual U.S.-European summit. It's the first stop on the last scheduled European trip of his presidency. The weeklong tour will take him to Britain, Germany, Italy and France. NPR White House correspondent Don Gonyea says he's meeting mostly with his longtime allies.
Soaring Diesel Prices in Europe Fuel Protests
While Europeans are used to paying a lot for unleaded gasoline, the sudden rise in the more popular and usually cheaper diesel fuel has come as a shock. In Spain this week, truckers blocked roads and stopped making deliveries to protest the soaring fuel costs. Spanish fishermen are also striking, and the French Navy has canceled three summer missions.
'David vs. Goliath': City Takes On BAE Systems
A small suburb of Detroit takes on BAE Systems, alleging the giant British defense contractor funneled payments to a member of the Saudi royal family. The case, involving the city's pension fund, has players ranging from Tony Blair to a substitute teacher.
SomethingStore Sends $10 Surprise to Your Door
You know that feeling you get when someone hands you a gift box and you don't know what's inside? Now there's a company that will sell you that feeling any time you want. For $10, the SomethingStore will sell you something. And you won't know what it is until it arrives at your door and you open the box.
'Rainbow Nation' Still Only a Dream
Nelson Mandela's vision of a "rainbow nation" is still far from being fulfilled. Much tension still exists between black and white South Africans. This tension has boiled over into violence in several recent incidents.
Report: Zimbabwe's Ruling Party Torturing Voters
A new Human Rights Watch report blasts the government of Zimbabwe for inciting brutal attacks against opposition supporters. The report says President Robert Mugabe's violent campaign virtually rules out any chance of a fair runoff election. It also says the ruling party has set up torture camps to force voters to support Mugabe.