Signs of Life at Collapsed Factory Outside Chengdu
Officials in China have warned that the death toll from this week's devastating earthquake could hit 50,000. But in a village about 50 miles from the provincial capital, where not one building still stands, NPR's Louisa Lim says there were new signs of life from inside a collapsed chemical factory.
U.S. Offers Training, Pay as It Frees Iraqi Detainees
For many recruits of al-Qaida in Iraq, it's the chance to make money, not extremism or ideology, that attracted them — so many are released from U.S. military prisons because they are not that dangerous. A U.S. general is offering classes and a parole system to help keep them out of prison once they are freed.
Bolder Tactics Divide Cuba's 'Ladies in White'
In Cuba, 75 dissidents were arrested five years ago, most of whom are still in prison. Some of their wives formed a group called "Ladies in White" and have had demonstrations at their church every Sunday. A smaller number of them acted on their own last month, using bolder methods, attracting the attention of Cuban officials.
'Caspian' Recaptures Galloping Magic of 'Narnia' Morning Edition and Los Angeles Times critic Kenneth Turan reviews The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian, the second installment of the fantasy series by C.S. Lewis to be adapted into a film.
Calif. High Court Clears Way for Same-Sex Marriage
California's Supreme Court has thrown out state laws banning gay marriage. The move means gay couples could legally get married there as soon as next month. Opponents of the ruling hope to ban gay marriage through a constitutional amendment.
Miss. Makes Working with False Documents a Felony
Beginning July 1, it will be a felony punishable by up to five years in prison to use false documents to work in the state. The new law is targeted at illegal immigrants. But undocumented workers say no one had a problem with them working in the state to rebuild after Hurricane Katrina.
Southern Political Expert: Tide Turns for Democrats
Democrats just picked up two congressional seats in special elections in Mississippi and Louisiana — areas that are usually Republican strongholds. Political scientist Merle Black of Emory University thinks Democrats will keep winning seats in the region during congressional races this fall, but adds that he doesn't think their luck will extend to the presidential election. Host Renee Montagne talks with Black.
Alaska: Oil Profits Pad Treasury; Gas Prices Soar
Alaska's state treasury is bursting; state officials expect a budget surplus of $2.7 billion, thanks to high oil prices. But ordinary Alaskans suffer from some of the highest gas prices in the country. Now Gov. Sarah Palin proposes some relief for Alaskans.
CBS to Acquire Tech News Provider CNET
CBS is the latest old media organization to acquire a major network of Internet properties. It announced a deal to acquire CNET, a San Francisco-based network that includes popular Web sites like News.com and Download.com.
Drop in Property Values Drains Local Tax Coffers
The nation's foreclosure crisis is causing property values to drop across the nation, and California is one state that is taking it hard. It is bad not only for homeowners, but also for local governments — like Stockton, Calif. — that depend on property taxes.