Latinos in Gaylord claim police discrimination Some Latino residents in the small town of Gaylord are filing a complaint with the Minnesota Department of Human Rights. They say they are victims of racial discrimination and retaliation by the town's police department.7:40 a.m.
York Voters Untangle Rhetoric On Race
Who is Joe Six-Pack? Is he a white guy or a brown-skinned immigrant? What does "Country First" mean? A group of 15 voters — black, white and brown — from York, Pa., help decode the language and imagery used by the campaigns.
Behind 'Changeling,' A Tale Too Strange For Fiction
In 1928, a 9-year-old boy disappeared — and when the police "discovered" him, his mother said they had the wrong boy. Screenwriter J. Michael Straczynski fills in NPR's Elizabeth Blair on the sad and sordid story that inspired his new film.
Survey: U.S. Doctors Regularly Prescribe Placebos
The American Medical Association says doctors shouldn't prescribe placebos because the practice undermines trust. But in a new study, about half of the physicians surveyed say they regularly prescribe placebos — and that patients are mostly unaware.
NPR Poll: Obama Has 11-Point Lead In Swing States
With 11 days to go until the presidential election, a new NPR poll of likely voters in battleground states finds that Democrat Barack Obama is pulling away from Republican John McCain. When voters in the same states were polled in September, McCain had a 3-point advantage.
Joplin May Be Reddest Corner In Missouri
In the past two presidential elections, Missouri has voted Republican. In the southwest corner of the state, there's a town near the Oklahoma-Kansas border that has been mostly Republican since Democrat Woodrow Wilson was president. The town's barber says he was surprised to hear people speaking favorably about the Democratic ticket.
Asian Exporters Hurt By U.S. Consumer Slowdown
When Americans stop buying cars, cameras and flat-screen televisions, Asian executives wring their hands. Many of Asia's biggest companies depend on U.S. consumers. Top Japanese and Korean exporters are forecasting slower sales because of the economic slowdown. Stocks in these companies plummeted Friday, and with overall fear of recession still causing panic in the market, Asian stocks took another nosedive. Japan's Nikkei fell nearly 10 percent.
Economic Downturn Equals Layoffs
The economy appears to be in a downward spiral. The government reported a jump in first-time unemployment claims Thursday. Goldman Sachs, Xerox and other companies announced this week that they are cutting thousands more workers.
Greenspan Admits Free Market Ideology Flawed
Former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan told a House committee Thursday that the banking and housing crisis is a "once-in-a-century credit tsunami." When asked if his ideology pushed him to make bad decisions, Greenspan said he found a "flaw" in his governing ideology that has led him to re-examine his thinking.
Poll: Workers Say They Relate Well To Their Bosses
A survey from the staffing firm Ranstad USA shows that 77 percent of employees say they relate to their supervisors positively. Nearly two-thirds had nice things to say about their manager. One company official suggests the economy could be one reason so many workers feel that way. But liking your boss doesn't mean you think he or she is competent. Only half of workers in the survey said that.