Real Norwegians don't use central air Even though we've had a recent run of cool weather, the air conditioning at commentator Peter Smith's house has been running almost non-stop. And he's not happy about it.8:45 a.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Kathy Griffin's Life: All D-List, Even This Interview
Red-headed comedian Kathy Griffin, star of the Bravo reality show My Life on the D-List, says even her glimpses of A-list celebrity status are overshadowed by her D-list realities. And to Griffin, being interviewed on NPR is clearly a D-list gig.
Marijuana Vendors Lobby To Pay Higher Taxes
Voters in cash-strapped Oakland, Calif., will soon decide whether to approve a 15-fold increase in the taxes imposed on medical marijuana dispensaries. Dispensary owners support the measure because they see it as a way of legitimizing their businesses.
Foreign Companies Bid On Iraqi Oil Licenses
Foreign companies could soon be pumping Iraqi oil for the first time in nearly 40 years. The companies are so eager for a crack at Iraq's vast oil wealth that they are willing to overlook some big negatives. But the deals currently on the table won't necessarily be highly profitable for the oil companies.
U.S. Troops Withdraw From Iraqi Cities
Iraqi forces are in full formal control of Baghdad and other cities. American troops have handed over security in urban areas to Iraqi troops in a defining step toward ending the U.S. combat role in the country.
Iran Blames U.S., Others For Post Election Protests
A large police force continues to patrol key points in Tehran. Iran's leaders have intensified their campaign to paint protesters as the work of the United States, Britain and Israel. It is believed more than 2,000 people have been arrested.
Supreme Court Rules In Favor Of White Firefighters
The U.S. Supreme Court has wrapped up its term with a major decision on employment discrimination. The court ruled in favor of white firefighters in New Haven, Conn., who claimed that the city's decision to set aside the results of a promotion exam amounted to illegal race discrimination. The decision reversed a ruling by a federal appeals court panel that included Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor.
$20 Billion Needed For Highway, Transit Projects
The Highway Trust Fund is almost out of money and current law is about to expire. Lawmakers in the House want to pass a six-year, $500 billion plan to improve congested highways, crumbling bridges and under-funded mass transit. But Senate lawmakers are siding with the Obama administration in calling for a less expensive, 18-month stopgap bill.
Is Drilling To Blame For Texas Quakes?
People in North Texas worry about tornadoes, not earthquakes. That's not the case in Cleburne, just south of Fort Worth. So far this month, they have had six quakes; some wonder if they're related to drilling of a recently discovered natural gas deposit.
Europeans Want Money Lost To Madoff Back
French investors lost an estimated $700 million in funds tied to Bernard Madoff's Ponzi scheme. France's top market watchdog pushed the giant Swiss bank UBS to reimburse investors for their losses. UBS acted as a "custodian bank" to those funds. In a statement, UBS said investors and their advisors knew their money was being placed with Madoff, so it's not responsible for the losses.
States May Probe National Banks For Discrimination
The Supreme Court has ruled on a case that pitted state attorneys general against national banks and their federal regulator. The court ruled that states may enforce their own fair-lending laws against national banks — if they go through the courts. Proponents say it's a big win for consumers.