Osama bin Laden's death has changed the political situation in Afghanistan, according to Vali Nasr, an adviser to the State Department. He tells Steve Inskeep there's a great deal of possibility, both within the U.S. and in Afghanistan, to think about how to end the war more quickly through some form of a political settlement.
The government of Japan says it will take three years to clean up the debris left behind by the giant tsunami that washed over that country's northeast coast in March. An estimated 130,000 people either had their homes destroyed by the earthquake and tsunami, or were evacuated because of the radiation leaks at the Fukushima nuclear power plant. Officials are struggling to build them temporary housing, in areas where there is little vacant land.
Volunteers across southern California are helping the U.S. Geological Survey keep track of seismic movement. Through the NetQuakes program, families are installing shoe-box sized sensors in their homes. These monitors measure ground movement and then send measurements to the USGS over the Internet.
Chinese writer Liao Yiwu, who has been an outspoken critic of his government, has been barred from attending a literary event in Australia. The organizers of the event say the Chinese government cited security reasons for its decision. The writer has been barred from leaving China a number of times.
President Obama on Tuesday travels to El Paso, Texas, where he's expected to talk about immigration and his goals for legislation this year. The president is trying to push a plan that would include a path to legalizing undocumented workers.
The latest city in Syria to be surrounded by tanks and troops is the northern city of Homs. Residents of the country's third largest city say tanks moved in under cover of darkness and electricity, water and phones have been cut off. Activists say more than a dozen people have been killed and scores more detained and interrogated.
The Mississippi River crested in Memphis, Tenn., just short of 48 feet Tuesday after threatening to bring historic flooding to the area.
National Weather Service meteorologist Bill Borghoff said the river reached 47.85 feet — about a foot shy of the record — at 2 a.m. Tuesday and was expected to stay very close to that level for the next 24 to 36 hours.