More drama at both Twin Cities' newspapers The St. Paul Pioneer Press announced another round of buyouts, just seven months after its last round. And at the Star Tribune in Minneapolis, union members voted overwhelmingly in favor of asking publisher Par Ridder to step down.7:25 a.m.
NOAA says Dead Zone could be largest ever Federal officials estimate this year's Gulf of Mexico's "dead zone" could be the largest ever measured. One cause for the larger than normal dead zone could be an increase this year in the size of the nation's corn crop.7:50 a.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Diplomats Discuss Disarming North Korea
Diplomats meet in Beijing to lay out the next steps toward the goal of North Korea's full nuclear disarmament. The meeting follows the shutdown over the weekend of North Korea's main nuclear facility.
Veterans Affairs Secretary Nicholson Resigns
James Nicholson, the top official at the Department of Veterans Affairs, says he will leave his post by Oct. 1. Under Nicholson, the agency was criticized for being unprepared to care for veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Former Israeli Army Officer Designs 'Peace' Game
Former Israeli Army Capt. Asi Burak helped create a Middle East peace video game called PeaceMaker. The goal of the game is to strategize about ways to "win the peace" between the Palestinians and Israelis.
Suicide Bomb in Pakistan Raises Fresh Fears
A suicide bomber kills more than a dozen people near an outdoor stage where Pakistan's suspended chief justice was to make a speech. The bombing stokes fears of a wider conflict with Islamist militants after the crisis at Islamabad's Red Mosque.
Consumers Sue over Tainted Pet Food from China
Consumers are suing companies that made, distributed and sold tainted pet food from China. But few are suing the Chinese companies believed to have caused the contamination. It's complicated to sue a foreign company with no presence on U.S. soil.
Life Without Goods Made in China a Challenge A Year Without "Made in China": One Family's True Life Adventure in the Global Economy chronicles how Sara Bongiorni and her family tried to live without buying anything produced in China.
Junk Food Makers to Halt Advertising to Kids
Eleven of the nation's big food and drink companies agree to stop advertising to children under 12, unless their products meet certain nutritional standards. The announcement comes ahead of a Federal Trade Commission hearing on child obesity.
No One Energy Source for Future Economy
The National Petroleum Council says powering the world's growing population and economy could require 50 percent to 60 percent more energy by the year 2030. That means more use of fossil fuels, biomass, nuclear power and alternative energy.