Congress has approved the most significant changes to patent law in half a century. The Senate passed the overhaul Thursday, and it goes to the White House for President Obama's signature. In his jobs speech to Congress, Obama said the new law would speed up the patent process.
Southern California and parts of Arizona and Northern Mexico were without power after a transmission line went out Thursday. The cause of the blackout is being investigated. San Diego & Electric Co., says the outage will likely be traced to an employee removing a piece of monitoring equipment at a power substation in southwest Arizona. Reporter Amy Isackson in San Diego speaks to David Greene about the outage.
In Afghanistan, Ahmed Shah Massoud was known as the Lion of Panshir. And thanks to him, the Panshir Valley was one of only two places the Taliban never conquered. On Sept. 9, 2001, suicide bombers killed Massoud.
Google's deal with Zagat is part of the Internet giant's strategy to offer better local services. And it has some wondering if the company will launch an online and mobile reservation service similar to Open Table.
The remnants of Tropical Storm Lee are still causing flooding and destruction — this time in the Northeast. Nearly 100,000 people were ordered to evacuate homes from New York to Maryland because of the rising Susquehanna River. It's some of the worst flooding the region has seen in 40 years.
NPR's Tamara Keith talks with members of Congress for reaction to President Obama's speech last night. Among other ideas in his plan, the president is proposing tax incentives to encourage businesses to hire unemployed and wounded veterans as well as Americans who have been without work for more than six months.
President Obama plans to take his job creation message to the American people in the coming weeks. Nevada has the highest unemployment rate in the country. A group of people, who are employed, watched Obama's speech, and most of them are not convinced his plan would create good long-term jobs.
David Greene talks to NPR's Dina Temple-Raston about the latest on what authorities are calling a credible, but unconfirmed, terrorism threat that surfaced in the past day. It suggests Washington D.C. or New York City are targets.
Before a joint session of Congress Thursday night, President Obama outlined what he called "The American Jobs Act," and he repeatedly called on lawmakers to pass it "right away." Among other things, the proposal includes a cut in payroll taxes for both employers and employees.