South Dakota landscape a feast for the eyes It's a picturesque time of the year in Minnesota. The sun is warm; flowers are blooming. But commentator Peter Smith says we're not the only people in this part of the country living amid beauty.6:50 a.m.
A few regulations guide Scooter use Scooter sales are on the rise, as people are feeling the pinch of high gas prices. Morning Edition host Cathy Wurzer talked with Patrick Hahn about regulations surrounding Scooter use. Hahn handles information and education about motorcycles and mopeds at the Minnesota Department of Public Safety.7:50 a.m.
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Obama Wins Gore Endorsement, Plans Iraq Visit
Former Vice President Al Gore announced that he is backing Barack Obama for the Democratic presidential nomination Monday, highlighting Obama's opposition to the Iraq war. Obama now says he'll visit Iraq and Afghanistan before the general election.
Iraqis' Deep Wounds Hamper Resettlement
Security is improving in Iraq. After the recent sectarian violence that ripped apart neighborhoods and whole villages, some people are taking a risk and moving back home. That re-integration is bringing tensions and triumphs to different areas of the country.
Tax Rebates: Are Consumers Spending or Saving?
Critics were skeptical of President Bush's plan to give taxpayers rebates in hopes of stimulating the economy. It's been almost two months since the first checks were processed. Wall Street Journal economics editor David Wessel says people appear to be spending the money, but it won't be enough to prevent a recession.
Software Lets Senders Assign Value to E-Mails
Seriosity, a Silicon Valley startup, thinks economics will help people learn which of their e-mails have value. The company has created software that lets a sender attach value to an e-mail to denote how important it is. The idea is to get people to send messages that are truly important.
Neutering Nunu: A Dog-Culture Clash in Iraq
In Iraq, one of the connections NPR's Baghdad bureau has made centers on a white terrier that sought refuge from the mayhem of Sadr City. The staff took him, and named him Nunu. But their decision to have him neutered shocked their Iraqi co-workers — and brought up questions of cultural difference.
Report on Pakistani Smugglers Fuels Nuke Worries
A former U.N. arms inspector's report on a smuggling ring headed by A.Q. Khan, the former head scientist for Pakistan's nuclear program, says Khan and his partners obtained detailed designs for a sophisticated nuclear weapon in hopes of selling the plans — which may have been passed to Iran, North Korea or terrorist groups.
India's TV Satirists Poke Fun at Politics, Family
Until recently, it was hard for political comedians in India to lampoon their own government. Now, an Indian comic who usually targets American politicians is going after the leaders of his own country — even though he's facing an uphill battle.
Oil Trading at $134 a Barrel
Oil is now trading at about $134 a barrel, down from the most recent record of just under $140 a barrel. Market reports say traders are caught between a weaker dollar — which would push up the price of oil — and expectations that Saudi Arabia will increase output, which could lower prices.
Congress Investigates Speculators' Role in Oil Prices
Congress wants to know whether energy traders bear some responsibility for the huge run-up in oil prices. The Senate Agriculture Committee holds a hearing Tuesday featuring testimony from the head of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission.
Foreign Airlines Prosper While U.S. Carriers Struggle
While U.S. airlines are struggling with rising fuel costs and customer complaints, foreign airlines are doing quite well — some even very well. David Field, an editor with Airline Business Magazine, talks about why international airlines are prospering while American carriers aren't.