Why the corn boom could hurt the Gulf of Mexico U.S. farmers are planting one of their largest corn crops ever this spring. Most of the extra corn is bound for ethanol refineries. All that corn means more fertilizer and that could affect the Gulf of Mexico.7:20 a.m.
Real estate is a tough sale The home real estate market continues to be soft in the Twin Cities, and most agree it could get worse.7:50 a.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Marines Probed in Afghan Civilian Deaths
The U.S. military is investigating the deaths of 19 Afghans outside Jalalabad in March. The incident has further strained relations between the Afghan people and American forces.
U. of Colorado May Fire Sept. 11 Commentator
The University of Colorado's Board of Regents will decide the fate of a professor who likens some who died on Sept. 11 to holocaust planner Adolf Eichmann. The school president says he should be fired.
'China Road' Trip Gauges a Nation on the Move
In 2004, Rob Gifford set out on a 3,000-mile trek across China. His trip resulted in a series for NPR and a book called China Road. It looks at an ancient land that is evolving into a modern economic giant.
Political Flap Affects Albanian Trash
The Albanian capital Tirana has a lovely Mediterranean climate and a rich history that can be traced back 2,000 years. But the city is struggling with a problem that detracts from its charm — garbage. When communism collapsed in the early 1990s, so did the system of trash removal.
Cooling U.S. Market Sends Tomb Raiders Abroad
The world's second oldest profession? Tomb raiding. To combat the problem, American dealers and museums increasingly require a paper trail documenting a relic's ownership, but looters are just taking their business to Japan and Europe.
Innovative Iraqi Calligrapher Killed
An Iraqi calligrapher has been shot and killed in front of his home in Baghdad. He shaped a new generation of contemporary Arab artists with his books and exhibitions.
FTC to Review Google's Bid for Ad Firm
The Federal Trade Commission has opened an initial antitrust investigation into Google's plan to buy the online ad company DoubleClick for $3 billion. Some say the deal might give Google too large a grip over the booming Internet ad market.
NBC Entertainment Chief's Future in Doubt
Will NBC Universal's president of entertainment programming, Kevin Reilly, step down? There are rumors of a shakeup. But the timing would be poor, coming as the struggling network tries to sell advertisers on its fall lineup.
Private-Equity Buyouts Stir Concerns
Private equity firms have bought Chrysler, Bausch & Lomb and the student-loan company Sallie Mae. But the structure of the deals has some — including Fed chief Ben Bernanke — concerned they could hurt the economy.
Designer Cell Phones New Rage
Prada recently released a new phone that sells for $800, but that's nothing compared to the "Signature Cobra" by Vertu. It sports 439 rubies and emeralds for eyes. It sells for just $300,000.