Relief workers in Alabama have been working round the clock to tend to victims of last week's tornadoes. But for volunteers at the Alabama Wildlife Center south of Birmingham, they're dealing with some of the smallest victims, wild birds. The center rehabilitates injured and orphaned birds throughout the year, but right now they're dealing with an influx of tornado-related animals. Andrew Yeager of member station WBHM reports.
The killing of Osama bin Laden by U.S. forces is aggravating already strained relations with Pakistan. His death is also raising questions from some lawmakers about the continued U.S. military engagement in Afghanistan. Host Liane Hansen speaks with Seth Jones, senior political scientist with the Rand Corporation, about how the killing of Osama bin Laden may affect the United States' relationship with Pakistan.
The covert American operation that assassinated Osama Bin Laden has sparked widespread public anger in Pakistan. The biggest question: How could the U.S. have entered Pakistani territory and taken out the world's most wanted man without the knowledge of Pakistan's military? NPR's Julie McCarthy reports.
One of the first things you see when you walk into the Glenn Ligon: AMERICA show at New York's Whitney Museum of American Art is a sea of hands.
"It was derived from a newspaper photograph of the Million Man March," New York-based artist Glenn Ligon tells NPR's Liane Hansen. AMERICA is the first comprehensive mid-career retrospective devoted entirely to Ligon, who is African-American and best known for the text-based paintings he started making in the '80s.
Mother's Day may honor the mothers of the world, but Melanie Notkin argues that being a mother isn't just limited to the biological definition. As the founder of the website SavvyAuntie.com — the first online community for aunts and godmothers — Notkin celebrates the lifestyle of women who don't have children, but still love them.
Oil prices took a steep dive this week, falling by nearly 13 percent. On Tuesday, the spot price for West Texas Intermediate crude delivered in Cushing, Okla., was $110.60 a barrel. By Friday, it was selling for just over $97 a barrel.
But don't expect cheaper prices at the gas pump right away. It will take some time for cheaper crude to make its way through refineries and to your local service station.
There's little sign of an end to the conflict in Libya, nearly two months after Western fighter jets began bombing leader Moammar Gadhafi's forces. The disorganized anti-Gadhafi rebels have been unable to break out of their stronghold of Benghazi in eastern Libya despite the air support.
And with signs of a military deadlock, some in the West are calling for a renewed focus on isolating the Libyan dictator financially and politically. But NATO commanders leading the war effort caution patience and insist there has been more progress than meets the eye.
A few years back Meschiya Lake was best known for singing on New Orleans streets with various bands, including The Loose Marbles. Now, she's in high demand at all the local clubs featuring "trad jazz."