Birds' greatest urban predator: The city skyline Audubon Minnesota is in its fifth year of research looking into how many birds are being killed by flying into buildings and what can be done to reduce the number. In the Twin Cities, Audubon Minnesota collected 1,400 dead birds from 2007 to 2009, representing 100 different species -- mostly songbirds.7:25 a.m.
Economist examines the link between housing prices and the broader economy When housing prices fall, the effects go beyond people looking to sell their homes. A report out yesterday showed US housing prices in major metropolitan areas fell to their lowest level since 2003. And in the last year, prices in the Twin Cities fell the farthest of the twenty markets tracked in the closely watched Case Shiller Index.8:25 a.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Key Al-Qaida Leader Owes Rise To Unlikely Ally: Iran
Intelligence officials say no one in al-Qaida worries them more right now than Saif al-Adel. For years, al-Adel was detained in Iran, which prevented the U.S. from targeting him. Now, there are reports he's been made al-Qaida's interim leader.
Why Its Neighbors Should Help Stabilize Afghanistan
Osama bin Laden's death has put more pressure on the United States' strategic partnership with Pakistan, and its ongoing commitment to the war in Afghanistan. Thomas Barnett, chief analyst of Wikistrat, an online community for global strategists, explains to Renee Montagne why the relationships with Pakistan and Afghanistan aren't worth the effort.
El Salvador Fears Ties Between Cartels, Street Gangs
Mexican drug cartels are expanding into Central America, seeking new markets and smuggling routes for their products. In El Salvador, there's fear the cartels are aligning themselves with the country's ubiquitous street gangs. And gang members say they're welcome.
Yacht Maker Now Navigating Wind Power Industry
After being forced to lay off half its workers, a Michigan yacht-building company has started to make wind turbines. The engineering principles are similar — and now the company is planning to start hiring again.
A Pakistani Writer Murdered, And Plenty Of Questions
Morning Edition's Steve Inskeep reports from Pakistan on the death of another prominent Pakistani journalist. Saleem Shazhad, who had been critical of the government, had been tortured. Inskeep also talks to Pakistani journalist Najam Sethi about attitudes in Pakistan now that Osama bin Laden is dead.
Secretary Gates To Discuss The Future Of Afghanistan
Osama bin Laden's death could create an opportunity for a negotiated settlement in Afghanistan. There were reports last week that a European official met with a representative of Mullah Omar, a powerful Taliban leader with close ties to bin Laden. On Wednesday's All Things Considered, host Robert Siegel will ask Defense Secretary Robert Gates whether the U.S. would be open to those talks.
Apple To Unveil Its iCloud Service
Apple has reached deals with Warner Music and EMI, among other labels, to allow consumers to listen to music on the web, according to The Wall Street Journal. The deals are critical for Apple's effort to set up an online digital storage system for consumers. The company's expected to unveil its iCloud service next week.
Obama Nominates Bryson For Commerce Secretary
John Bryson is the former chairman and chief executive of energy company Edison International. He also co-founded the Natural Resources Defense Council and served on a United Nations advisory group on energy and climate change.
Casino Revenue Helps Tribes Aid Local Governments
Some Native American tribes in Washington state are bailing out financially troubled local governments. Most native tribes are still among the poorest communities in the U.S. But in Washington, casino revenue has allowed tribes to make big donations to school districts and even to fund local government positions.
U.S. Wine Market Appears More Robust
Domestic wine sales grew 7 percent last year, according to the Wine Institute in San Francisco. And, the Los Angeles Times reports Americans are ordering more bottles when they dine out, rather than single glasses.