Building a house that heats, powers itself One western Wisconsin man is building a house that will produce practically all the heat and power it needs. It's based on a German approach to home-building, called Passive House.6:20 a.m.
Minnesotans perform new music in Indonesia A group of Minnesotans is in Indonesia performing a mix of Christian hymns, and melodic Gamelan music. The Twin Cities-based group is called Sumunar, and it first tried the new renditions of their music at metro area churches.8:45 a.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Goldman Settles With SEC Over Fraud Charges
Goldman Sachs has agreed to pay $550 million to settle SEC charges that it defrauded investors. In 2007, Goldman worked with a hedge fund manager to set up an investment that allowed investors to bet on the housing boom. It didn't tell investors that it had allowed the hedge fund manager to select many of the mortgages that made up the security.
Massey Miners: Disabling Monitors Was Common
NPR News has learned that a February incident in which a mining machine's methane detector was deliberately disabled was not an isolated incident at the Upper Big Branch coal mine in West Virginia. Miners who worked in the mine say the practice was relatively common and was justified with false descriptions of mining regulations. A methane explosion in April killed 29 workers.
In Europe, Obstacles To A More Perfect Union
The creation of the European Union and the advent of the euro currency have done little to dampen fierce nationalism across the continent. NPR concludes its series on Europe with a look at whether the euro, and the notion of European unity, can survive.
Vatican Revises Clerical Sex Abuse Rules
The Vatican has issued a new set of rules in response to the child abuse scandal that has rocked the Catholic Church. The changes in church law include doubling the statute of limitations for disciplinary action against priests to 20 years, and widening the use of fast-track procedures used to defrock those found guilty of molesting minors and the mentally disabled.
Court Hears Challenge To Arizona's Immigration Law
A federal judge in Phoenix heard the first arguments in a case challenging Arizona's tough immigration law Thursday. A police officer is asking for an injunction blocking the law -- saying it's unconstitutional. There are more suits -- including one by the Department of Justice that will be heard next week.
'Inception': What Dreams May Come (And Go Away)
Imagine a world in which thieves can extract secrets from your mind -- or even insert ideas into your head as you sleep. That's the notion behind Inception, a knockout new movie from the writer-director behind The Dark Knight and Memento. (Recommended)
Senate Passes Wall Street Overhaul Measure
Banks and other financial institutions are facing a new set of rules. The Senate followed the House and approved sweeping legislation that gives the government new powers over consumer lending, derivatives trading and other aspects of the banking business. President Obama is expected to sign the measure next week.
States To Reopen Appliance Rebate Program
Months ago, many states said they would use federal stimulus money to help spur sales of appliances. They thought an offshoot of the popular "cash for clunkers" program would lead to a boom in sales. Instead, consumers chose not to claim millions of dollars in rebates. Now there's a move to make sure all the money is used up.
PR Headache: Apple To Deal With iPhone Backlash
Apple plans to hold a new conference Friday to discuss the technical backlash over reception problems with the new iPhone 4. Earlier this week, Consumer Reports confirmed user reports that holding the iPhone 4 over a particular spot drastically reduces the signal strength it receives.