WWII Medal of Honor recipient laid to rest Saturday Funeral services are tomorrow in Duluth for the last living Medal of Honor recipient in Minnesota. Mike Colalillo earned the honor during World War II. The West Duluth resident died last week at the age of 86. Nearly four years ago, Colalillo spoke with MPR's Mark Steil about his experiences during World War II. Steil's original report aired in January 2008.4:50 p.m.
Best Buy sales were down in December Sales were down last month at Richfield-based Best Buy. But the sales drop for the consumer electronics retailer was not as big as last year's, despite stiff competition.5:50 p.m.
Week In Politics: Jobs; Recess Appointments; GOP Campaigns
Melissa Block speaks with our regular political commentators, E.J. Dionne, of the Washington Post and Brookings Institution, and David Brooks, of the New York Times. They discuss the jobs numbers, Obama's recess appointments and presidential campaign developments.
In Syria, Suicide Bomber Kills More Than Two Dozen
Syrian authorities say a suicide bomber killed more than two dozen people in Damascus Friday, just two weeks after a similar attack in the capital left more than 40 dead. Opposition activists are questioning the government account of the bombing.
A Digital Death? Why Kodak Stopped Clicking
Kodak developed the first, 13-pound digital camera in 1975. But it was never really able to capitalize on the product it had invented, and its digital strategy was a bust, analysts say. Now, it's trying to sell thousands of patents for the technology behind digital photography to stave off bankruptcy.
U.S. Navy Ship Saves Iranians From Pirates
A U.S. Navy ship has rescued the crew of an Iranian fishing vessel from pirates. The Iranians had apparently been held for weeks. The U.S. ship, part of the USS Stennis carrier battle group, took some 15 pirates prisoner. The Stennis is the same ship that Iran threatened just a few days ago as it transited out of the Persian Gulf. Robert Siegel talks to NPR Pentagon correspondent Tom Bowman for the latest.
Santorum Tries To Connect With N.H. Voters
Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum nearly won the Iowa caucuses on the strength of his retail campaigning across all of the state's counties — and his connection with Christian conservative voters. Now he's in New Hampshire, with just days to go before the first-in-the-nation primary. Santorum is trying to connect with independent-minded voters in a very secular state.
SuperPACs, Candidates: Dancing Solo Or Together?
Presidential superPACs can solicit big, corporate contributions and use the money to run attack ads. They're not allowed to coordinate those ads with the candidates they support. But there's a never-ending debate over whether that ban has teeth.
Rapper's Imprisonment Tests Moroccan Reforms
The opposition movement in Morocco adopted the music of provocative rapper Mouad Belrhouate. Now, supporters say his arrest and trial are attempts to silence him. Despite recent reforms, activists say Morocco still has a long way to go.
Navajo Code Talker Keith Little Dies
One of the last remaining Navajo Code Talkers from World War II has died. Keith Little, who transmitted codes in important Pacific battles such as Iwo Jima and Saipan, died Tuesday at 87. He led the Navajo Code Talkers Association in recent years and fought to get recognition for the Code Talkers, who were ordered to keep their contribution to the war effort secret for decades after the war ended.
Dave Barry, Alan Zweibel Discuss 'Lunatics'
Robert Siegel talks to authors Dave Barry and Alan Zweibel about their comic novel Lunatics. It tells the story through the voices of the two main characters: Philip Horkman is a happy man — the owner of a pet store called The Wine Shop, and on Sundays, he's a referee for kids' soccer. Jeffrey Peckerman is the sole sane person in a world filled with jerks and morons, and he's having a really bad day. The two of them are about to collide in a swiftly escalating series of events that will send them running for their lives — pursued by the police, soldiers, terrorists, subversives, bears and a man dressed as Chuck E. Cheese.