More Minnesota hospitals reduce unnecessary blood transfusions Blood transfusions save lives. If you need one, there's no question you should get one. A growing number of Minnesota hospitals are reducing unnecessary blood transfusions. It's a big change in how some physicians practice medicine and it has led some Minnesota hospitals to tighten their transfusion guidelines.4:49 p.m.
New documents show Church debated legality of priest's pornography New documents related to a Twin Cities priest found to have pornography on his computer show that archdiocesan leaders debated internally for a year whether the images met the legal definition of child pornography. They also provide a closer look at how past and present leaders decided to keep the matter quiet and keep the priest in ministry.5:20 p.m.
27 struggling schools see improvement under state's new rating system Supporters credit the Multiple Measurement Ratings system, Minnesota's alternative to the federal No Child Left Behind program, for offering more help and fewer penalties to boost struggling schools. Critics worry schools are being let off the hook before real improvement is shown.5:24 p.m.
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Congressional Leaders Debate Votes Needed To End Shutdown
House Speaker John Boehner has explained often why his Republican caucus is standing firm on the spending bill: because of the dangers he thinks are posed by the president's health care law. But on Sunday, Boehner went further, and said the votes are not there to pass a "clean" spending bill that would fund the government without making changes to the Affordable Care Act. That statement goes against many other observers, both Republican and Democrat, who believe the opposite.
In A Debt Crisis, U.S. May Have To Decide Payment Priorities
If Congress doesn't raise the debt ceiling, the U.S. Treasury will be unable to pay creditors and the U.S. will be in default. Some argue Treasury could continue making "priority payments" designed to protect the nation's credit rating. Others say that could undermine the confidence in the U.S. to meet its obligations.
Irked By Shutdown And Stalemate, Most Still Oppose Compromise
As the federal government shutdown stretches into its second week, a new poll shows widespread public frustration. But the majority of people polled by the Pew Research Center say they would not want their side to give ground on whether or not to defund or delay the health law, even if it was the only way to end the shutdown soon. Robert Siegel talks to Pew's Michael Dimock about the new poll numbers on public sentiment and the government shutdown.
Scientists Win Nobel For Work On How Cells Communicate
Two Americans and a German will share the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine this year. They won for pioneering work in basic biology — how cells communicate with each other. The research has led to the development of diagnostic tests and could someday lead to new treatments for diseases of the nervous and immune systems.
Five Soldiers Killed As Violent Protests Continue In Egypt
There was more violence in Egypt Monday. Five soldiers were killed near the Suez Canal city of Ismailia. There are also reports of a grenade attack in Cairo and another bombing in the Sinai desert. The violence comes after Sunday's clashes between Islamist protesters and security forces that left more than 50 people dead. Some analysts believe Egypt may be on the cusp of a full-scale insurgency.
Why Did Lavabit Founder Shut Down His Company?
Melissa Block speaks with Ladar Levison, founder of the secure email system Lavabit, about how he defied orders to hand customer information over to authorities, which led to fines and his decision to shut down his business.
Funding For Software To Cloak Web Activity Provokes Concern
A service called Tor makes it possible to communicate and surf the web anonymously. It sounds like a plot by privacy-minded rebels, but in fact the service receives most of its funding from the government and was started by the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory. Despite recent revelations of government email snooping, the U.S. government supports anonymous communication so foreign dissidents can work undetected, and so government agents can pursue bad guys without giving away their identities. But now the service faces new accusations that it might be serving NSA surveillance efforts.
George R.R. Martin, Author And ... Movie-Theater Guy?
The author of the wildly successful Game of Thrones books has been spending his days working on reopening an old movie theater in Santa Fe — much to the displeasure of fans who think he should be writing the next book.
Raids In Somalia, Libya Spur Legal Questions
Daring weekend raids by U.S. armed forces to capture suspected terrorists in Somalia and Libya are generating a hearty debate among national security lawyers who are raising questions about what authority U.S. forces have to enter foreign soil and how long the al-Qaida operative who was captured can be held without trial.