Indictment: Somali gangs ran sex ring in 3 states Twin Cities girls as young as 12 were shuffled across state lines to work as prostitutes in a wide-reaching sex-trafficking operation controlled by Somali gangs, according to an indictment unsealed Monday in federal court.4:49 p.m.
Emmer attorney says no thought to waiving recount Republican Tom Emmer plans to see a recount through, despite trailing Democrat Mark Dayton by almost 8,750 votes in the undeclared race for Minnesota governor, Emmer's attorney said Monday.5:20 p.m.
U of M report recommends cuts to College of Liberal Arts A report out Monday suggests slimming down the University of Minnesota's College of Liberal Arts -- the largest department on campus -- to keep it strong in a future where resources for higher education are uncertain.5:24 p.m.
More Minn. smokers also use chew or snuff Minnesota has one of the highest rates in the nation of smokers who also use smokeless tobacco, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.5:50 p.m.
Ask Dr. Hallberg: more on smokeless tobacco MPR News medical analyst Dr. Jon Hallberg joined All Things Considered's Tom Crann on Monday to discuss the dangers of smokeless tobacco. Hallberg is a physician in family medicine at the University of Minnesota and medical director of the Mill City Clinic in Minneapolis.5:54 p.m.
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Obama Trip Yields Benefits For U.S., India
President Obama is wrapping up a three-day visit to India that offered something for everyone. Obama can now boast about increasing exports to India and encouraging jobs back home. India got the U.S. seal of approval on its arrival as a world power.
Weighing India's Chances For Security Council Seat
During his visit to India, President Obama announced U.S. support for India to join the U.N. Security Council as a permanent member. That statement in his speech to the Indian parliament brought loud applause. But India's participation as a permanent member of the council would have to come as part of a larger reform of the Security Council, and that will be complicated, to say the least. NPR's Robert Siegel talks to David Bosco, who writes The Multilateralist blog for Foreign Policy magazine and is an assistant professor at American University's School of International Service in Washington, D.C., about the prospect of India as a permanent member of the U.N.'s most powerful and exclusive body.
Humans' Big Brains Tied To Chimps' Immunity?
Researchers at Stanford University have come up with a provocative hypothesis: They argue that the same set of genes that explains why chimpanzees are protected from some diseases also explains why humans have big brains.
It's Time: The Wristwatch Makes A Comeback
A growing popularity in digital gadgets with built-in clocks might have caused a decline in wristwatch sales in the past few years. But market analysts say consumers are giving the centuries-old timepiece another chance.
Cooks Source, Copyright And Public Domain Cooks Source, a Massachusetts-based food magazine, recently published a story about apple pie. Problem was the story was copied and re-edited from the Web without the author's knowledge. The editor of Cooks Source says "the Web is considered public domain." For more on the legal issues here, NPR's Melissa Block talks to intellectual property lawyer Margaret Esquenet.
Families Fight To Care For Disabled Kids At Home
NPR INVESTIGATION: In states like Illinois, parents can provide at-home care for children with severe illnesses and Medicaid foots the bill. But the funding disappears the minute they turn 21, forcing families to make a painful choice: Find the money to pay for sometimes exorbitant health care costs or send their children to a nursing home.
Charles Reynolds, A 'Magician's Magician'
NPR's Robert Siegel talks to magician Ricky Jay about the work of fellow magician Charles Reynolds. Reynolds died late last week at age 78. Jay says Reynolds brought sophistication to the world of magic -- and dispelled the image of magic nerds practicing alone in their basements.
'High' Takes Long Road To Broadway
The new play High stars Kathleen Turner, who's been with it since its first tryout in Hartford, Conn. How has the play has changed in three stagings across the country?
Drugs Cross Border By Truck, Free Trade And Chance
Commercial trucks are becoming the preferred way to smuggle drugs across the U.S.-Mexico border, the Department of Homeland Security says. Each day, 4,500 trucks cross the World Trade Bridge in Laredo, Texas, but customs agents only inspect 1 in 5. From there, via Interstate 35, it's a straight shot to America's heartland.
U.S. Pushes Cheese -- And Warns Against It
Eat more cheese: It's good for you and can even help you lose weight. That's the message coming from one wing of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Eat LESS cheese: It's high in saturated fat -- and we eat too much of it. That's the message coming from another wing of that very same government agency. NPR's Melissa Block talks to New York Times reporter Michael Moss, who has written about this contradictory message.