Schulz Sketched Own Life in 'Peanuts' Strip
Charles Schulz used his Peanuts comic strip to reflect secrets and angst in his own life, according to a new biography of the strip's creator. Schulz and Peanuts: A Biography, reveals that the characters echoed his rejection, insecurity and an extramarital affair.
U.S. Honor for Dalai Lama Angers China
In one of his most public meetings with a U.S. president, the Dalai Lama is set to receive Congress' highest honor. The ceremony comes at a bad time for China, which is angered by the award.
Young Iraqi Refugees in Syria Miss Schools
Syria has become a safe haven for 2 million Iraqi refugees, most of them children. Education is important to Iraqis, but their parents can't afford school in Syria, meaning a generation of Iraqi kids may go uneducated.
Turkey Considers Raid in Northern Iraq
Turkey's government is asking the Turkish parliament to approve a cross-border offensive. The target would be Kurdish rebels operating there. The rebels are members of the Kurdistan Workers Party, or PKK. They've want an autonomous region in the eastern part of Turkey.
North Carolina Urges Water Conservation
North Carolina's governor is calling on citizens to save a gallon of water every day. His request came as North Carolina and other southern states suffer from a major drought that has left parts of the region in danger of running out of water in the next several months.
Lawmakers to Halt Illegally Harvested Timber
Congress holds its first hearing on legislation aimed at shutting down the U.S. market for wood that is harvested illegally abroad. Tons of it come into the U.S. daily. But sometimes it takes a lumber detective to figure out what is illegally harvested wood.
Iraqi Aide to NPR Missing, Feared Dead
Countless Iraqis have become victims of sectarian kidnapping in Iraq's capital. One of the victims was Abu Abdullah (not his real name), an officer in Iraq's Interior Ministry who provided information to NPR's Baghdad staff. His family fears he is dead.
Hollywood Writers May Strike over New Media
The specter of a strike by television and movie writers looms over Hollywood. Their contract is up at the end of the month. A strike could change what we see on TV and eventually at the movies. Writers feel like they got cut out of a windfall from DVDs and don't want to get cut out of new media.
Love and Hate: A Tolstoy Family Tale
Leo Tolstoy's novel Anna Karenina opens with the line: "All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way." A new book about Tolstoy's wife shows how their marriage seems to have fallen into the second category.