Eassayist Peter Smith covets a Model T It's November, one of the grayest, most blustery months of the year. And sure we're back on Central Standard Time and the days are getting shorter. But essayist Peter Smith found something to feel happy about parked right beside the road and wearing a "For Sale" sign.6:55 a.m.
State may sell or trade land in the BWCAW After years of stalemate, talks are beginning again over a possible deal to swap and sell state lands within the federal Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.7:25 a.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Some Local Businesses Hurting Without NBA Assist
The NBA's ongoing lockout affects the hometown cities in different ways. While most large cities with a professional basketball team can attract fans with other professional sports, in places like Oklahoma City, businesses suffer as a result. Economists estimate each lost game is a million-dollar hit to the city's economy.
The Plutonium Problem: Who Pays For Space Fuel?
NASA has relied on a special kind of fuel, called plutonium-238, to power robotic space missions for five decades. And some scientists have found that it sometimes seems easier to chart a course across the solar system than to navigate the budget process inside Washington, D.C.
South Korean Opposition Delays Free Trade Vote
In South Korea, opposition politicians have delayed the ratification of the Free Trade Agreement with the United States. The U.S. Congress has ratified the pact. But in South Korea, thousands of opponents have been holding angry street rallies, and a rising mood of anti-American sentiment is helping their cause.
Remembering Joe Frazier And An Epic Boxing Rivalry
The man nicknamed "Smokin' Joe" was one of the greatest heavyweights in history, and his three fights in the 1970s with bitter rival Muhammad Ali are part of boxing lore. Frazier died Monday in Philadelphia at age 67.
For Copernicus, A 'Perfect Heaven' Put Sun At Center
In 1543, when Nicolaus Copernicus made the astounding claim that Earth revolves around the sun, not the other way around, his ideas were met with scorn. "It went against everything that your senses tell you. It went against common sense," says author Dava Sobel, who wrote a new book about the astronomer.
Camera Maker Olympus Admits Covering Up Losses
Executives from Japanese camera and medical device maker Olympus admitted Tuesday that the company has been using accounting tricks to cover up losses since the 1990s. The announcement comes after a scandal erupted last month.
Jon Corzine's Appetite For Hair-Raising Challenges
The sudden bankruptcy of commodities trading firm MF Global has thrust a familiar name in to the spotlight: Jon Corzine. Previously, Corzine was governor of New Jersey, a U.S. senator and chairman and CEO of the investment firm Goldman Sachs. Corzine resigned last week as chairman and CEO of MF Global as investigators search for hundreds of millions of dollars missing from clients' accounts.
Costco Leads Fight To Privatize Wash. Liquor Sales
Voters in Washington state will decide whether to privatize the sale of hard liquor on Tuesday. Currently spirits can be sold only at state-run or contract liquor stores. Retail giant Costco has been pouring money — about $22 million — into advertising in favor of getting the initiative passed.
iPads To Be Used In Oregon Special Election
Some Oregon residents are voting in a special primary Tuesday to replace a U.S. representative who resigned after a scandal. To try to make voting more accessible, election workers are taking iPads to places like nursing homes and community centers. Voters will be able to enlarge the font size, tap their selection and print out a completed ballot.