As Ramadan approaches summer, fasting gets longer Thursday is the first day of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan. It is a time for Muslims around the world to engage in acts of prayer, and it is also a time of daytime fasting. That restriction can represent a particular sacrifice for Muslims in Minnesota because of our northern latitude.5:42 p.m.
Terry Ryan resigns as Twins GM Ryan has been general manager for the past 13 years. "The defeats are getting a
little harder to take and the wins aren't as much fun. That's not a good thing to experience as a general manager," he said Thursday.5:51 p.m.
Minnesota pressures Washington on health care for kids Just a little more than two weeks remain before the State Children's Health Insurance Program is set to expire. During its current five-year authorization, the federal program has provided $25 billion to states to insure needy children.5:54 p.m.
Minnesota State Lottery announces $200,000 loser One lucky lottery winner is actually a loser as of Thursday afternoon. The Minnesota State Lottery says a $200,000 lottery winner failed to meet the one-year deadline to collect the winnings by the 5 p.m. deadline. The money now reverts to the state's general fund.6:20 p.m.
Health Department reports stolen radioactive device State health officials are asking the public to
keep an eye out for a stolen device containing radioactive materials. A state hazerdous materials expert says the amount of radioactive material in the device is not enough to cause widespread damage.6:23 p.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Chef Shares Tips for Netting Freshest Catch
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X Prize Announces Lunar Landing Challenge
The X Prize Foundation, known for encouraging privately funded space exploration, has revealed its latest challenge: To design, build and launch a robotic rover to the moon. The winner not only gets bragging rights, but a $20 million purse from Google.
Frisell's Floratone Creates an Exotic New Language
Two years ago, jazz guitarist Bill Frisell and drummer Matt Chamberlain spent a few days free-associating in the recording studio. Their extemporaneous jams were then sampled, cut up and mixed together to create an unusual album project called Floratone.
Bush Set to Brief Nation on Iraq Plans
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Wounded Soldier's Care Tangled in Military System
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McKellen Takes On Another Dark Mountain: 'Lear'
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Key Sunni Leader Dies in Anbar Bombing
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Syria Tries to Cope with Influx of Iraqi Refugees
One of the last routes for Iraqis to leave the country has closed, as neighboring Syria has imposed new visa restrictions. Syria has accepted more Iraqi refugees than any other country, but the cost has been enormous.
Why Are So Many Quakes Jarring Indonesia?
Indonesia has been rattled by dozens of earthquakes over the last two days, including three severe shocks, causing at least 10 deaths and at least 100 injuries. The Indian Ocean basin is still on alert for tsunamis. What's causing the spate of seismic activity?