U.N. Bid Could Give Palestinians A Diplomatic Tool
Palestinians say they are undeterred and plan to seek full U.N. membership as a state on territories Israel occupied in the 1967 war. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is to present his application when he speaks to the U.N. on Friday. The issue is dominating high level meetings as countries scramble to try to revive a peace process that has failed for decades.
Middle East Buzz: Palestinian Bid For Statehood
The uncertainty surrounding the Palestinian's bid for statehood has kicked up mixed feelings in the West Bank and Israel. Far away from the posturing and news stories, ordinary Palestinians and Israelis have their own thoughts on the idea.
In Taseer's 'Noon', Fictional Violence Is All Too Real
In the span of less than a year, Aatish Taseer's father was killed and his brother was kidnapped. Taseer writes about a violent and turbulent Pakistan in his new novel, Noon. "There's a general sense of a society disintegrating," he says.
Georgia Is Poised To Execute Davis, 22 Years Later
After years of appeals and controversy, Troy Davis is scheduled to be executed Wednesday night. On Tuesday, the state board of pardons turned back a late appeal for clemency from Davis, who insists he did not kill a Savannah police officer in 1989.
Where Falling Satellite Lands Is Anyone's Guess
Sometime this week, a school bus-sized satellite will fall to Earth after two decades in orbit. Most of it will burn up in the atmosphere, but some pieces — and one possibly as large as 300 pounds — are expected to hit the ground. But there's little risk that they'll hit a person.
Syd Mead, Still Designing The Future After 50 Years
The "visual futurist" who helped create the worlds of Tron, Alien, and Blade Runner is envisioning the future again in Neil Blomkamp's upcoming Elysium. NPR's Steve Inskeep talks to him about where his ideas come from — and why Google is a great help.
Feds Call Full Tilt Poker A 'Global Ponzi Scheme'
Federal prosecutors are stepping up their case against a big poker website. In Manhattan Tuesday, U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara filed additional charges against Ireland-based Full Tilt Poker. Earlier this year, the U.S. banned Americans from accessing many online poker sites.
Senate Panel To Examine Google's Competitive Streak
Google CEO Eric Schmidt testifies before a Senate subcommittee on Wednesday. The panel is examining whether the Internet giant is stifling competition. The European Commission and the Federal Trade Commission have opened inquiries into Google's business practices.
Fed May Move To Lower Interest Rates Further
The Federal Reserve is still searching for ways to help boost the economy and lower unemployment. Most economists expect the Fed to announce some sort of action on Wednesday. David Wessel, economics editor of The Wall Street Journal talks to David Greene about what action the Fed might take.
Wis. Lawmakers Want To Loosen Margarine Law
More than a century ago, lawmakers in Wisconsin banned margarine if it was colored yellow to serve as a substitute for butter. The law was repealed in 1967. But the spread remains forbidden by the state in public places like restaurants and prisons — unless specifically requested.