'Enthusiasm gap' may affect RNC attendance The Republican National Convention is 18 days away. Tens of thousands of people are expected to come to the Twin Cities the week of the convention, but it might not be as many as boosters originally hoped.7:25 a.m.
Future Tense with Jon Gordon More than 20 public transit agencies around the country have been using GPS technology. The technology has allowed the agencies to keep better tabs on their fleets, and gives riders a tool to find out when their bus will arrive.8:20 a.m.
'Little House' has mobile aspirations The Guthrie Theater's world-premiere production of "Little House on the Prairie" officially opens Friday night after nearly two weeks of previews. Hopes are high that the new musical based on the books of Laura Ingalls Wilder will have a life after its performances in Minneapolis end in October.8:24 a.m.
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Bush Offers New Aid To Georgia, Presses Russia
President Bush has offered new support to Georgia, saying the U.S. is sending a huge aid package to help Georgians displaced by the conflict. He is also sending Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to help pressure the Russians to abide by the cease-fire. She'll also visit France, whose president helped to broker the truce.
Terror Group Entrenched In Algeria
As radical Islamist groups across Northern Africa are tempered by government crackdowns, the situation in Algeria is very different. A group known as al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb is a key player.
McCain Touts Foreign Credentials; Obama On Break
With Barack Obama on vacation, John McCain has the campaign trail and the airwaves largely to himself. The presumptive Republican presidential nominee has been displaying his foreign policy credentials on the Georgia-Russia conflict.
Theater Of Weightlifting, And Other Olympic Dramas
For NPR's Tom Goldman, one of the pleasures of being at the Beijing Olympic Games is the opportunity to watch events unfold from start to finish, without interruption. He says he's been fascinated by the drama of the weightlifting competitions.
Calif. Realtor: Job Now Centers On Foreclosures
Bill Santoro works in one of the areas hardest hit by the foreclosure crisis — Riverside and San Bernardino, Calif. Housing prices have dropped as much as 50 percent in some areas, and his business now consists solely of homes in foreclosure.
Pill To Prevent Poison Ivy Itch Proves Elusive
Over the last hundred years, generations of skin doctors and immunologists have worked to develop some sort of pill that will reverse the sensitivity to urushiol — the sticky resin in poison oak, poison ivy and sumac that triggers the itchy allergy.
Wal-Mart Plans 90 New Stores In Brazil
Wal-Mart announced plans to invest more than a billion dollars to open up to 90 new stores in Brazil. That country has become Latin America's fastest growing market, in part because of rising incomes and cheaper consumer credit. Wal-Mart has been in Brazil for more than a decade, and already has 318 stores there.
Sniffing Out Snacks At Beijing's Olympic Venues
Tripp Mickle, a Sports Business Journal reporter covering the Olympics, had hoped to get a hot dog at the basketball stadium, but all he found was pre-packaged foods. For a good hot meal, he had to hit the streets of Beijing.
Indian Official's Hunger Solution: Eat More Rats
The global runup in grain and other food costs has been especially hard on people in developing countries. Now the secretary for welfare in India's northeastern state of Bihar says if more people ate rats, there would be fewer rodents eating precious grain stocks. He says even five-star hotels should serve the rodent, perhaps along with foie-gras.