Local Somalis help with famine relief in home country The United Nations is expected today to declare a famine in parts of southern Somalia, where nearly 3 million Somalis are suffering from acute malnutrition. Minnesota's Somali community and local organizations are responding to what they are calling a dire situation.7:25 a.m.
'Cut, cap, and balance' plan clears House in debt ceiling vote Yesterday, the House passed the so-called "cut, cap and balance" bill which Republicans say they want on the books before voting to raise the debt limit. The bill would cut spending by trillions of dollars, cap future spending and begin the process of amending the Constitution to require a balanced budget.7:40 a.m.
Cameron To Face Parliament Over News Corp. Ties
British Prime Minister David Cameron is expected to address Parliament Wednesday on the phone-hacking scandal. It is thought he'll give details of a public inquiry into the media, the day after Rupert Murdoch and his son were grilled by members of a parliamentary committee.
Does British Scandal Risk Murdoch's Hold On Empire?
So far, the crisis under Rupert Murdoch's leadership has been costly. It killed a $12 billion bid of the largest broadcaster in the U.K. The company's shareholders lost billions of dollars in market value. The News of the World was closed forever, and there are a series of criminal investigations.
Questions Hang Over NASA's Post-Shuttle Future
When NASA wrapped up its spaceship programs Mercury and Apollo, it had new vehicles ready to replace them. But the agency has no such plan now that the space shuttles are retiring. Some people say it's a sign the organization has lost its way, but the agency's leaders say NASA has a robust future.
NBA Players Urged To Play Abroad During Lockout
With no signs that the NBA lockout will be resolved anytime soon, the players union is encouraging its members to take their talents overseas. New Jersey Nets Point Guard Deron Williams recently announced that he will play for a team in Turkey. Steve Inskeep talks with Pablo Torre, of Sports Illustrated, about the possibility more players will follow suit.
Senate Panel To Consider End Of Gay Marriage Ban
The Senate Judiciary Committee hears testimony Wednesday on a bill that would repeal the federal Defense of Marriage Act and, for the first time, give federal benefits to same-sex couples who marry. Even in states where gay marriage is legal, federal benefits are denied.
NYC Holds Lottery For 1st Day Of Gay Weddings
Same-sex marriage becomes legal in New York on Sunday. Officials in New York City have been overwhelmed with more than 1,700 applications for weddings that day. Since they won't be able to handle all the requests, officials are holding a lottery.
Gay Divorce A Higher Hurdle Than Marriage
Nearly three years ago, Rhode Island resident Lisa Lunt split up with the woman she married in Massachusetts. Without a way to legally divorce in her state, she's been trapped ever since.
China To Buy Canadian Energy Company
Chinese energy giant Cnooc is paying about $2 billion for Opti Canada, an oil producer that operates in the country's oil sands. The Canadian firm filed for bankruptcy after running out of cash.
Anti-Austerity Riots Curb Tourist Visits To Athens
Despite Greece's economic crisis, tourist visits have actually increased by 10 percent this year. That's due in large part to continued unrest in Egypt and other parts of North Africa. But Athens is not feeling the love. Reports of anti-austerity riots outside Parliament and rising crime in the Greek capital are scaring tourists and investors away.
When You Call A Locksmith, Will A Con Man Answer?
People needing a locksmith sometimes find their calls answered by an out-of-state phone bank — which then sends a swindler out on the service call. The con men are listed in the phone book and online — and that's a problem for genuine locksmiths.