Turbocharged plants A Minnesota researcher is the first to successfully clone a gene that regulates plant growth. It's a small piece of a big puzzle, but the finding has the potential to increase food production and grow plants genetically engineered for ethanol production.7:20 a.m.
Duluth paper launches 'mayoral madness' The Duluth News Tribune has come up with an unusual way to introduce the city's 12 mayoral candidates. It has launched an NCAA-style tournament. MPR's Cathy Wurzer talked with Robin Washington, editorial page editor at the Duluth News Tribune.7:25 a.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Alter Egos in a Virtual World
As the old New Yorker cartoon said, "On the Internet, nobody knows you're a dog." And if you're an online gamer, your opponents may not know that you're a 27-year-old white mother pretending to be a large, black male warrior.
FDA Panel: Keep Diabetes Drug on Market
Avandia, a pill to treat diabetes, needs strong new warnings about potential heart-attack risks, an FDA panel says. But the panel also said the widely used drug should remain in use.
Angry Drivers Target California Road Crews
Traffic on a state highway on the outskirts of Los Angeles is slowed by repairs. But irritated drivers have aimed threats, burritos, vehicles and even pellet guns at road crew members.
Movie Stardom May Await If Lohan Can Grow Up
Glance at reports of drunken-driving charges and lurid tabloid coverage and it's easy to see 21-year-old actress Lindsay Lohan as just another bad-girl celeb. But some in Hollywood defend her as a real talent, battling child-star demons.
'Simpsons Movie' Rakes in the Dough
The first feature-length film featuring Springfield's favorite animated family is off to a great start at the box office. The Simpsons Movie made more than $74 million in its first weekend.
Federal Agents Search Stevens' Alaska Home
FBI and IRS agents comb through the home of Sen. Ted Stevens, the Alaska political pioneer who is the longest-serving Republican in the Senate. It's part of an ongoing investigation into his links with an oil contractor.
Deadline Looms for Taliban Hostages
A man shot the man in the head and left in a clover field beside a road in Afghanistan was the second of 23 Christian missionaries held by the Taliban after a kidnapping. The Taliban is threatening to kill more of the hostages if their demands are not met by a new deadline set for Wednesday.
Sunni Militants in Baghdad Shift Loyalties
Not more than a week ago, Sunnis in Baghdad's western neighborhood of Amiriya were on the side of al-Qaida. Now they're fighting alongside U.S. forces to capture or kill members of the terrorist group.
Making the Journey to the Syrian Border
The drive from Baghdad to Syria — through the Sunni Triangle — is a dangerous trip for an Iraqi Shiite. But equipped with tips, trade secrets and a good driver, former NPR Iraqi staffer Abdulla Mizead has made the trek.