The Republican presidential contenders gather in New Hampshire Monday evening for a debate. Their immediate goal will be to step out of the crowd as the most credible alternative to Mitt Romney — the front runner in the state at this early stage. New Hampshire Public Radio's Josh Rogers reports.
U.S. officials are trying to improve relations with Pakistan. Both Washington and Islamabad have agreed to form a joint intelligence team to track down militant targets inside Pakistan. Steve Inskeep talks to NPR's Julie McCarthy about the attempt at renewed cooperation.
Left-wing demonstrators confront riot police during a May Day march in Kreuzberg last month. The neighborhood saw another clash between the police and protesters last week after a report was released showing rapidly increasing rental costs.
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Berlin's increasing rents could force thousands of social welfare recipients out of their homes if the senate cannot come to an agreement on new Hartz IV living costs.
The city's ruling left coalition (SPD/Linke) is working on new regulations, but rents for many Hartz IV recipients now lie well above the prescribed benchmarks.
"We assume that the benchmarks will be increased for apartments of all sizes," said government spokesperson Anja Wollny.
The number of people crossing state lines to buy prescription pain killers has policy makers looking for ways to crack down on drug trafficking and pill mills. There is currently no national network to monitor the flow of prescription drugs. But as Kentucky Public Radio’s Brenna Angel reports, that will soon change, and states will have options.
Electric cars now enjoy a white-hot market, with customers on waiting lists for many models. General Motors is building a new Maryland plant to meet demand for motors for its Chevy Volt. But can the tax-subsidized vehicles also create sustainable job market?
With the technology for electric cars steadily improving, and gas prices fluctuating, consumer interest has taken off.
An X-ray shows the dual turbinelike blood pumps that replaced Craig Lewis' heart. These devices were used in a last attempt to save his life.
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The search for the perfect artificial heart seems never-ending. After decades of trial and error, surgeons remain stymied in their quest for a machine that does not wear out, break down or cause clots and infections.
But Dr. Billy Cohn and Dr. Bud Frazier at the Texas Heart Institute say they have developed a machine that could avoid all that with simple whirling rotors — which means people may soon get a heart that has no beat.