The Electronics Entertainment Expo, which begins Tuesday in Los Angeles, is the annual gathering of the video game industry. An event that was once open to the public, E3 became invitation-only in 2007. It draws video game companies, manufacturers, analysts, media and other entertainment professionals and investors from more than 80 countries, which gather for three days of product demonstrations for video game consoles, handheld devices, computers and tablets.
At first, health officials in Germany pointed the finger at cucumbers grown in Spain as the source of a deadly E. coli outbreak. Then they said it was sprouts grown on an organic farm in northern Germany. Linda Wertheimer talks to Brooke Unger, Berlin Bureau Chief for The Economist, about the economic impact of the outbreak.
Earlier in the year, a Florida judge struck down large portions of President Obama's health care law. A three-judge panel will take up the case in a federal appeals court in Atlanta on Wednesday. Linda Wertheimer and Renee Montagne report.
American public health officials are warning that the outbreak is a bellwether for what could be in store as E. coli strains evolve. For unknown reasons, some strains are releasing more toxins when attacked by antibiotics, and the toxins are causing more serious disease — and more deaths. NPR's Richard Knox reports.
As China grows in power and influence, few countries are feeling the effects more than neighboring Kazakhstan.
Having broken from its past as a Soviet republic, Kazakhstan now has an up-and-coming economy and a desire to be a player on the world stage. China seems to be offering just what Kazakhstan needs — billions of dollars in foreign investment and deeper political ties with real-world powers.
But many people in Kazakhstan have a plea: not too fast.
The results of Kentucky’s May 17th primary election have been officially certified. It took the State Board of Elections less than an hour to go over the numbers and certify the primary vote tallies. Secretary of State Elaine Walker says the only exception to the election night vote count was addressed in a recanvass conducted two weeks ago.
A Pakistani general being urged to clear out a strategic area along his country's border with Afghanistan says his troops are engaged in active operations in the region, and Pakistan alone shouldn't be blamed for cross-border militancy.
Lt. Gen. Asif Yasin Malik, who commands Pakistan's Eleventh Corps, tells NPR's Steve Inskeep that perceptions his troops can't enter North Waziristan are incorrect.
"We're already there," he says. "I have five brigades over there — about 20,000-25,000 troops."
Later this week, Vice President Biden will host another meeting with Republican and Democratic lawmakers, looking for ways to reduce the federal budget deficit.
The red ink they'll be discussing reflects both government spending and deliberate moves to reduce taxes, including a major round of cuts signed into law by President George W. Bush ten years ago Tuesday.
The signing ceremony was originally going to be outdoors, on the South Lawn of the White House, but rain forced a hasty relocation to the East Room.