Tucscon, Ariz., is probably the best urban area in the country for viewing the stars. Tucson's clear, cloudless skies attract all sorts of astronomy buffs, professional and amateur. NPR's Peter Breslow takes a look at the astronomy culture of the region.
Credit card companies Visa and MasterCard along with major banks have agreed to pay several billion dollars to settle a lawsuit brought by retailers. The deal is one of the largest anti-trust settlements in history. The retailers claimed that Visa, MasterCard and the banks conspired to fix the fees that stores pay to accept credit and debit cards. NPR's Wendy Kaufman reports.
NPR and the Center for Public Integrity reported this week that black lung, the deadly disease that strikes coal miners, is a growing problem again. NPR's Howard Berkes tells host Scott Simon that weak regulation and industry deception thwarted efforts to control the coal mine dust that causes black lung.
President Obama is campaigning in Virginia. He'll be in the suburbs of Richmond and Washington, D.C., Saturday. Friday, the president traveled to the tidewater region of southeastern Virginia, where he continued to make his pitch that he's the best champion for the middle class. NPR's Scott Horsley reports.
The small, tight-knit town of West Plains, Mo., was knocked to its knees when one of its brightest and most promising young men went missing overseas in 1944. Now, 70 years later, Sgt. John Hogan's remains have been returned.
Shortly after U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. dropped out of sight, his office said he was suffering from exhaustion. Then, his condition was described as a mood disorder. Those medically imprecise terms have a long and varied political history.
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