The Republicans have another presidential candidate — former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty. His formal campaign launch Monday in Des Moines, Iowa, comes after lots of possible GOP candidates decided not to go for it — and that has many in the party grousing about their choices.
Pawlenty's announcement was no surprise. While other potential candidates have been coy or ambivalent, Pawlenty's been all-in for months, visiting the early states to lay the groundwork for a campaign.
The Germans have a famous passion for automobiles, but it has run smack into European Union directives to reduce carbon dioxide emissions. So rather than ask German drivers to give up those highly tuned Mercedes or BMWs, the government is offering them "E10" — gas mixed with 10 percent ethanol, produced from corn and wheat.
But there are two problems: German car lovers are refusing to buy it and environmentalists say it's no greener than regular gas.
A deadly virus is spreading among horses in the Western United States and parts of Canada. The highly contagious equine herpes Virus-1 isn't a threat to humans. But it spreads easily among horses — and even llamas and alpacas.
So far, it's caused scores of horse owners to quarantine their animals. It's also forced the cancellations of horse shows and competitions.
Well, sort of. She'll still be a mogul, and an influencer, and (for now) the woman behind a cable network. She'll still be on TV, and she'll still have a magazine. But the show that made her – not just made her, but built her career from spunky talk-show host in the late '80s to Intoner Of Serious Phrases in the '90s to the Evangelizing Spirit Guide of the first decade of this century – is ending Wednesday. The Oprah Winfrey Show, which absolutely no one ever calls anything but just Oprah anymore, will be gone.
There have been nearly 1,200 tornadoes in the U.S. so far this year. That's nearly twice the usual number of twisters, and it comes as something of a surprise to the scientists who study them. It turns out there is still no good way to predict tornado outbreaks more than a couple of days ahead of time.
Every year, government meteorologists tell the public about how many hurricanes to expect during the Atlantic season. But the government doesn't do that with tornadoes.
Tornadoes sometimes form in the midst of thunderstorms, when cold dry air meets warm, moist air. These conditions are most common in the region between the Rockies and the Appalachian Range known as "Tornado Alley". Copyright 2011 National Public Radio.