Lettuce at an organic vegetable farm in Teltow, Germany. Organic farmers in Germany are reporting a surge in demand for lettuce and cucumbers in the wake of an outbreak of <em>E. coli</em> after health officials warned people not to eat cucumbers, lettuce and tomatoes, though organic produce may not necessarily be safer.
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It's been well over a week since something rotten turned up in Germany. But scientists still aren't sure where it came from.
They suspect that an unusual variant of E. coli could have contaminated cucumbers, lettuce and/or tomatoes and German officials are still warning against eating them.
But the ultimate source of the foodborne illness continues to stymie them.
It's a well-known story — the one where European conquerors ravaged the New World with disease in the 15th century. That story repeated itself, in a very different way, in the early part of the 20th century in Texas.
Only it wasn't illness that German and Czech settlers were spreading to unsuspecting Hispanics, Creoles and Cajuns. This time, it was a musical instrument from which they would not recover.
Sebastian Vettel of Germany and Red Bull Racing exits his team garage before the Monaco Formula One Grand Prix at the Monte Carlo Circuit in May.
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Just as Bahrain was scheduled to host it's first Formula One Grand Prix, the country erupted with protests. The country's Shiite majority demanded reform from the Sunni royalty.
The Grand Prix was cancelled amid a bloody crackdown that culminated with the government calling in troops from the Gulf Cooperation Council and the dismantling of the Pearl Roundabout, which had become the Bahraini opposition's Tahrir Square.
On a day when a new jobs report showed hiring across the U.S. has slowed significantly, the White House went on the offensive. President Obama was in Ohio Friday defending his economic policies and asserting that his administration's bailout of Chrysler and General Motors saved thousands of jobs that otherwise would have disappeared. The president visited a Chrysler Plant in Toledo, where he announced the government sale of its final 6-percent stake in Chrysler to the Italian auto company, Fiat.
The House voted Friday on two resolutions addressing concern that President Obama has not sought congressional approval for military operations in Libya. One sponsored by Speaker John Boehner says the president has not given Congress a compelling rationale for the operations. It was adopted. The other was not adopted: It was offered by Democrat Dennis Kucinich and would give the president 15 days to remove forces from Libya.
Protesters brave the streets of Syrian cities amid an ongoing government crackdown that has left more than 1,000 dead in the past two months. Friday's demonstrations are dedicated to the children who've been killed since the uprising began. NPR's Deborah Amos talks to Robert Siegel.
Thirty years ago, doctors put a name to a disease ravaging the gay community. Michele Norris talks with Dr. Michael Saag, director of the University of Alabama-Birmingham Center for AIDS Research, about the evolution in understanding of and living with AIDS.
The Labor Department reported Friday that the economy added only 54,000 jobs in May. That was far less than most economists had been expecting, and the new data suggest the economic recovery may be faltering. The unemployment rate rose to 9.1 percent from 9 percent in April.