Nonprofits help states implement health care reform A program at the University of Minnesota is one of several organizations nationwide that can provide states with technical assistance. And now a major foundation has agreed provide funding so states can have access to that expertise.4:50 p.m.
Minn. seeks waiver to No Child Left Behind Gov. Mark Dayton announced Monday that Minnesota will seek a waiver from the federal No Child Left Behind law that would give the state permission to bypass some testing requirements and punishments.5:50 p.m.
How Much Do Debt Ratings Matter?
Speculation abounds about the impact of S&P's unprecedented downgrade of U.S. government debt. The news weighed on stock markets and raised questions about the impact on the economy. But experts say ratings matter less than they once did.
London Riots Continue Amid Conflicting Explanations
Part of North London exploded in violence over the weekend, after the as-yet unexplained killing of a man by police. A peaceful vigil by the man's family outside a police station turned violent with gangs of youths burning cars, attacking police officers and looting local stores. Now there are questions about why this event exploded and how the police handled it as the rioting continues.
Letters: Wedding Dresses, 'Shawshank Redemption'
Last week's story about the wedding dress industry — and the fact that many brides-to-be are still willing to pay top dollar despite the bad economy — reminded one listener of shopping for her special day. Listeners also responded to the story about the town where Shawshank Redemption was filmed.
Parental Leave: The Swedes Are The Most Generous
Maternity and paternity leave policies around the world vary, but most countries do pay for a portion if not all of the leave. Some of the most generous parental leave laws in the world are in Sweden, and dads seem happy.
In India, Snake Charmers Are Losing Their Sway
One of India's iconic folk arts is disappearing — and animal-rights activists say it can't happen soon enough. They say snake charmers use cruel practices to tame some of the world's most venomous reptiles.
On Economy, Obama Calls For Confidence, Action
President Obama spoke Monday for the first time since the ratings agency Standard & Poor's downgraded the credit rating of U.S. debt on Friday. The president reiterated plans previously announced to extend jobless benefits and payroll tax cuts to improve the flow of demand in the economy.