Photography is transformative magic for Xavier Tavera Photography is magic. That's how Xavier Tavera describes the art form. It can snatch up a split-second of life and turn it into an everlasting moment. Then there's the way it bridges the gap between strangers.6:20 a.m.
Report: Minn. should spend $10M to shelter young sex trafficking victims A report from the Department of Public Safety outlinines a state task force's vision for treating and sheltering youth victims of sex trafficking. A panel of prosecutors, police, advocates and others is recommending a $13 million plan, and most of the money would go toward housing these kids.6:50 a.m.
Water system problems hit Oslo, Minn. All 300 residents in tiny Oslo, Minn., which is in the northwestern part of the state, would really like to take a hot shower this morning. They haven't had running water since Sunday.8:45 a.m.
National Public Radio Stories
For Those Still In Syria, A Daily Struggle
The situation is dire for hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees seeking shelter outside the nation's borders, but inside, the numbers are even higher. NPR's Kelly McEvers spent the night in one school, one of thousands, where families are taking cover from the shelling and fighting.
Japan Grounds All Boeing Dreamliners
The move came just hours after an All Nippon Airlines 787 was forced to make an emergency landing after the pilot detected an apparent problem with the planes electrical system.
After Tragedy, Nonbelievers Find Other Ways To Cope
Many have long turned to religion for solace in the aftermath of a tragedy, but that's not an option for the nonreligious or those whose faith is destroyed by the event. For the nonreligious, dealing with trauma and loss often requires forging one's own path.
New York Quickly Passes Gun Control Measure
The state legislature in New York has voted to approve a sweeping gun control measure. It bans assault weapons and makes it harder for seriously mentally ill people to legally obtain firearms.
House Approves Sandy Aid, Senate Votes Next
Victims of Hurricane Sandy are one step closer to getting a major infusion of federal disaster aid. Tuesday night, the House approved a $50 billion assistance package. This type of funding has typically been noncontroversial. But the Sandy aid has been a battle.
Is Herbalife A Pyramid Scheme?
A hedge fund manager is betting $1 billion that it is. The company denies it. It's remarkably difficult to tell who is right.
World Bank Predicts Slower Global Growth
The new figure predicts the world economy will grow by only 2.4 percent this year — lower than the 3 percent the World Bank predicted last June. Among the reasons the bank cited for the new forecast: the continued economic weakness of developed countries.
'It's About Time': Facebook Reveals New Search Feature
The "graph search" feature, which will let userscomb their friends' pages for everything from travel tips to restaurants they like, gives the company a path to grow its revenue but could also add to privacy concerns. Most analysts don't see the new feature as a direct threat to Google — for now.
Who Are The Real Victims Of The NHL Lockout?
The NHL season is expected to start Saturday. A lockout cut in half the number of games to be played and many worried it would cause economic hardship. But that is not necessarily the case.
Inauguration Swag Floods The Market
The online retailer Cafe Press is happy to sell you inaugural mouse pads, shot glasses, and mugs. And the merchandise is bipartisan, including a sweatshirt with the message: "I was Anti-Obama Before It Was Cool."