Minnesotans struggle to reach family in Myanmar The Twin Cities is home to about 1,000 people from the former Burma. The relatives of many of those who live in the hard-hit storm region are still waiting to hear the fate of their loved ones.6:50 a.m.
Legislature presses ahead to the end of the session The Minnesota House and Senate passed a school finance bill Tuesday night over the objections of Gov. Tim Pawlenty, who had wanted an end-of-session budget agreement in place before the vote. DFL legislative leaders decided to press ahead after closed-door negotiations with the Republican governor broke down.7:20 a.m.
China Dispenses Aid; Myanmar Victims Await Help
China's government is airlifting aid to areas devastated by Monday's earthquake. Meanwhile, in Myanmar, victims of a cyclone that hit more than a week ago have yet to receive help — and on Wednesday, there are reports that another cyclone is developing in the region.
Clinton Wins W.Va., Insists 'It's Not Over'
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton racked up an impressive win in the West Virginia primary Tuesday night. She beat Barack Obama convincingly — by more than two votes to one. The New York senator said she has shown strength in states that the Democrats need to win in November.
Obama Campaign Downplays W.Va. Loss
Sen. Barack Obama lost by a wide margin to Sen. Hillary Clinton in Tuesday's Democratic presidential primary in West Virginia. The campaign downplayed the loss. Obama's only campaign event Tuesday was a town hall meeting in Missouri, where he looked ahead to the general election.
McCain Wins Nebraska's GOP Primary
As expected, Sen. John McCain won Tuesday's GOP presidential primary in Nebraska — although some Republicans registered their dissatisfaction with the presumptive GOP nominee by backing Congressman Ron Paul. As his Democratic rivals battle it out, McCain has been conserving energy, making about one campaign appearance per day.
China Expert: Rapid Growth a Factor in Quake's Toll
The death toll in China's Sichuan province continues to rise after this week's devastating earthquake. Orville Schell, director of the Center on U.S.-China Relations at the Asia Society, says China's rapid economic development has meant substandard construction in the region, which may have contributed to the quake's damage.
Phones Faltering, Quake Survivors Rely on Texting
The first word about the massive earthquake in China did not come from the news media. In China, some 600 million people have cell phones, and when the quake hit, many reached for them — but not to talk. Instead, they used the nation's most popular form of communication — text messaging.
U.N. Obtains Visas for Myanmar, Reporter Says
As nearly 2 million survivors of a cyclone that struck Myanmar remained at risk Wednesday, an unidentified NPR reporter there told co-host Steve Inskeep that there is a bit of good news: The United Nations was able to get a few visas for personnel who have been waiting in Bangkok.
White House Threatens to Veto Farm Bill
The House and Senate could vote as early as Wednesday on a farm bill. Critics say the bill would offer $5 billion a year in direct cash payments to farmers whether or not they need the money. President Bush calls that unnecessary spending and threatens to veto.
Israel at 60: Palestinians' 'Absence of Tranquility'
In 1948, after decades of efforts to form a sovereign nation as a homeland for Jews, the U.N. founded the State of Israel in what was then the country of Palestine. It was a defining moment for the Jewish people, though Palestinians remember it as a catastrophe.
China Quake Update: From the Rubble, a Survivor
People are a long way from returning to normal life in Southwestern China. One town near the epicenter will never be the same: China's official news agency says it lost close to 80 percent of its population. Many thousands remain buried across a wide area. Some are being pulled out alive.