Minnesota soldiers' pivotal role at Gettysburg 150 years ago today, a regiment of soldiers from Minnesota played a pivotal role in the Battle of Gettysburg. Historian Richard Moe, author of "The Last Full Measure: the Life and Death of the First Minnesota Volunteers," discussed the battle with Morning Edition host Cathy Wurzer.7:20 a.m.
Nation Grieves After Arizona Firefighting Tragedy
The names of the 19 firefighters killed in the Yarnell Hill Fire in Arizona were released on Monday. Authorities have not offered many specifics about what happened when the crew was overwhelmed by fire.
Texas Democrats See Opportunity In Changing Demographics
For most of the 20th century, Democrats were the only game in town when it came to Texas politics. But that changed and Republicans have been in charge for decades. For Democrats to return to power, they'll have to hold together a coalition of minority voters.
NSA Leaker Edward Snowden Expands Asylum Request
Former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden reportedly is seeking asylum in at least 20 countries. Snowden is being pursued by U.S. authorities after leaking details of the National Security Agency's surveillance programs.
Trade Talks Threatened By Allegations U.S. Spied On E.U.
Europe is in an uproar over revelations that U.S. intelligence services are spying on the European Union mission in New York and its embassy in Washington. The new allegations come from the latest secret U.S. National Security Agency documents leaked by Edward Snowden.
Radiocarbon Clues Help Track Down Poached Elephant Ivory
Nuclear bomb tests in the 1950s and '60s pumped a lot of radiocarbon into the atmosphere. It went everywhere, including into plants that elephants eat. By measuring the levels of this carbon in elephant tusks, scientists can tell when an elephant died — and whether the ivory is being traded illegally.
Local TV Stations Snapped Up In Buying Sprees
Chicago-based Tribune Company, newly out of bankruptcy, is trying to sell its newspaper holdings. The company is making a major play in local TV. The Sinclair Broadcasting Group owns and runs more stations but it too went on a TV buying spree this year. So have the Gannett Company and Media General.
Myths And Stigma Stoke TB Epidemic In Tajikistan
A family copes with tuberculosis in a place where a child infected with the illness may be shunned. Nurses are working hard to bring clean air and clear information to every home and every generation.
Private Equity Firm To Acquire Steinway Musical Instruments
Steinway Musical Instruments announced Monday that it would be acquired by the private equity firm Kohlberg and Company in a deal worth $438 million. Kohlberg says it plans to build on Steinway's 160 years of piano-making tradition and expand its sales globally.
Portugal's Budget Austerity May Do More Harm Than Good
The architect of Portugal's bailout has resigned. Finance Minister Vitor Gaspar quit Monday, citing falling public support for austerity. Gaspar has been praised in Brussels for slashing Portuguese spending, but he's reviled at home for the very same reason.