African farmers find inspiration, and maybe machinery, in Midwest A dozen African farmers and business owners are meeting with farm equipment suppliers in Fargo, N.D., to study technology that would help them produce more soybeans and corn. The meetings could also prove helpful to farm machinery manufacturers in the United States who see an opportunity to tap a growing market.5:35 a.m.
In northern Minn., a campaign against feeding wolves "Don't feed the wildlife!" is a message frequently trumpeted at campgrounds around Minnesota. It's usually meant to warn people not to feed deer or bears. But this summer wildlife managers are expanding that message to wolves. In northeast Minnesota, people are feeding wolf pups -- easy meals that could have very negative consequences.6:20 a.m.
State Fair U: You need a good queen to make honey Many of the prize-winning flowers and vegetables there would be nothing without a team of tiny helpers: honeybees. The Minnesota Beekeepers Association has occupied a corner of the building since 1937, and that's where we got a lesson in beehive hierarchy.8:44 a.m.
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Nasdaq Glitch Is The Latest Technical Snafus For Markets
New questions are being raised about the reliability of U.S. financial markets after all trading in Nasdaq stocks was shut down for three hours on Thursday. Nasdaq blamed the problem on its system for quoting prices. The trading halt immediately led to calls for markets to make their software systems more robust and compatible.
China's Big Political Trial Takes A Dramatic Turn
Chinese politician Bo Xilai is in court for a second day — accused of corruption and involvement in an attempted cover-up of his wife's murder of a British businessman. The trial opened on Thursday, and Bo put up a fierce defense. But on the second day, it appears he has been silenced.
Can A Big Earthquake Trigger Another One?
A new scientific report claims that a powerful quake can, in effect, be contagious. The finding could have important implications for hazard planning in earthquake zones.
Attorneys Offer Court Context For Staff Sgt. Bales' Crimes
In a courtroom at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington state on Thursday, Staff Sgt, Robert Bales apologized. Bales massacred 16 civilians in Afghanistan last year and a military jury is about to decide whether his life sentence should come with the possibility of parole.
Outgoing FBI Boss On His Legacy And What Kept Him Up At Night
For nearly a dozen years now, FBI Director Robert Mueller has started his morning — every morning — with a secret threat briefing. On the eve of his departure, he talks to NPR about what leading the bureau has been like in an age of al-Qaida and more.
Technical Problems Force Nasdaq To Shut Down For 3 Hours
The stock market revealed its vulnerability again on Thursday, in this age of high-speed electronic trading. The Nasdaq, where more than 3,000 tech-related companies are publicly traded, was shut down for more than three hours.
Jack Daniel's To Expand Tennessee Distillery
It's already the No. 1 selling American whiskey, but Jack Daniel's sees huge potential as world-wide whiskey sales soar. The iconic company has announced a $100 million expansion of its distillery in tiny Lynchburg, Tenn.
Wal-Mart Promises To Buy More U.S.-Made Goods
After decades supplying the American consumer with every import imaginable, Wal-Mart now says it wants to stock its shelves with more goods made in the U.S. In Orlando Thursday, the giant retailer sponsored a conference aimed at encouraging U.S. companies to bring their production back home.
Unemployed Man Holds Sign In Philly: 'I Need A Job'
Mark Mercer, 54, has been standing in Philadelphia's financial district holding a sign that reads: "I don't want your change. I need a job." Dressed for the office in black shoes and a black suit, Mercer says he's handed out more than 100 resumes.