Volunteers help flooded residents clean up A Minnesota nonprofit group created to help Katrina victims in New Orleans is now helping flooded residents in southeastern Minnesota. Morning Edition host Cathy Wurzer talked with Cheryl Venerstrom, a member of A River of Hope, which made its first trip down to the Rushford area on Sunday.7:50 a.m.
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Mexico's Peyote Endangered by 'Drug Tourists'
Peyote has long been used in sacred rites by Mexican Indians. Now, the Mexican government and Indian leaders warn that the hallucinogenic cactus is under threat from tourists who consume it recreationally.
Siege Ends at Palestinian Camp in Lebanon
The Lebanese army has seized control of a Palestinian refugee camp from Islamist militants, ending three months of fighting. More than 300 people died during the siege at Nahr el-Bared.
Rocky Terrain Slows Construction in Afghanistan
Building up Afghanistan has been a main goal since U.S.-led forces defeated the Taliban six years ago. But construction is inching along at best. Not necessarily because of insurgents, but because of topography.
'Outsider' Image Worked Before for Thompson
In 1994, Fred Thompson, a longtime lobbyist, exchanged his business suits for a plaid shirt and a red pickup truck. His new, folksy "outsider" image won over Tennessee voters and gained him a U.S. Senate seat in his first political campaign.
Gonzales Case Echoes FDR's AG Problems
The resignation of Attorney General Alberto Gonzales has set up a potential confirmation battle over his successor. The whole scenario reminds some observers of events during the later years of President Franklin Roosevelt's administration.
Pakistan Power-Sharing Talks Stall
Efforts by former prime minister Benazir Bhutto to share power in Pakistan with embattled President Pervez Musharraf have hit an impasse. Meanwhile, another Musharraf rival, exiled former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, plans to return to the country on Sept. 10.
North Korea Said to Agree to Nuclear Deal
A top U.S. negotiator says North Korea will dismantle its nuclear program by the end of the year. But the head of North Korea's delegation would not confirm a precise schedule.
Cancer Claims Nuclear Commissioner McGaffigan
Edward McGaffigan, Jr., the longest-serving member of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, has died after a long battle with skin cancer. He was 58. McGaffigan, a strong advocate for nuclear power, said the government should scrap its plan to store the country's nuclear waste at a site in Yucca Mountain, Nevada.
Hollywood Wraps Up Sizzling Summer
Big-name sequels helped movie box office totals hit $4 billion this summer, a sharp turnaround from just two years earlier. But studios aren't celebrating too much. Attendance was not at record levels (stiffer ticket prices drove revenue higher) and the fall will bring labor talks with two powerful writers' unions.
Is a New iPod on the Way?
Apple watchers are speculating about a new product release anticipated this week. Many expect the company to unveil a fresh generation of the iPod. Apple could use a hit: sales of the much-hyped iPhone have been disappointing.