A look at the Olympics from street level The focus of the world has been on the Olympics, and on its host city Beijing. MPR's Melody Ng has been journaling her return to the Chinese capital city 15 years after living there.6:51 a.m.
Breaking The Silence Of A Secret POW Camp
Almost by accident, the National Park Service stumbled upon a largely untold piece of U.S. history: Fort Hunt, a park in Virginia, had been a top-secret interrogation camp during World War II. The Park Service is trying to piece together the camp's past.
Lenders, Service Members Clash Over Law
Attorneys say disputes over the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act, a World War II-era law designed to protect active duty service members from foreclosures, repossessions, evictions and other financial misfortunes, are becoming more common.
The Legacy Of A Nation's 'Native Son'
A century after Richard Wright's birth, his books still resonate — both with his daughter, Julia, and with a new generation of fans, some of whom are just discovering the author.
Few Reports Of Russian Withdrawal In Georgia
Russia said it would start withdrawing its troops from Georgia on Monday. But so far, there are few reports of that happening. Over the weekend, the West warned Russia that it would pay a diplomatic price if it didn't abide by the cease-fire agreement signed by both countries last week.
Pakistan's Embattled President Musharraf Resigns
Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf announced Monday that he is resigning rather than face impeachment. Musharraf dominated Pakistan for years after seizing power in a 1999 military coup. Pakistani journalist Fasi Zaka says Musharraf's allies had been largely mum on whether they'd support him in fighting impeachment.
Democrats Losing Ground In Louisiana
With all the fallout from Hurricane Katrina, it might be difficult to imagine that Louisiana would be the one state where the political picture is improving for Republicans. The deeply entrenched Democratic Party is losing ground as GOP candidates make a play for power.
Looming Storm Spoils Candidates' Plans In Florida
Presidential candidates John McCain and Barack Obama are in a tight race in Florida, but tropical storm Fay forced both campaigns to cancel appearances Sunday as the storm approached the Sunshine State.
Atlantic City Tries To Widen Its Appeal To Tourists
Officials in Atlantic City like to boast that the New Jersey vacation spot is within a day's drive for a third of the U.S. population. But that fact isn't translating into booming business this summer. From souvenir stands on the boardwalk to the casinos and hotels, high gas prices and the soft economy are taking a toll.
Coping With Move From War To Home — And Back
Commentator Ben Tupper is back from his tour of duty as a National Guard officer in Afghanistan. He has been dealing with post-traumatic stress. Recently he had a reunion with a friend whose PTSD is much worse — and who has much less time to work on it, because he is about to deploy to Iraq.
Storm Threatens To Disrupt Oil Supply
Oil forecasters are watching the weather — and oil prices rose Monday in Asia — as Tropical Storm Fay headed toward the Florida Keys. The storm, which is expected to turn into a hurricane, could disrupt supply. Tourists were ordered out of the Keys on Sunday, and oil giant Royal Dutch Shell has evacuated about 360 staff members from the Gulf of Mexico.