Some wonder if MVP Mauer will remain a Twin The award caps a season for Joe Mauer in which he led the league in most major hitting categories, and posted career-high totals for home runs and runs batted in. However, Mauer's long list of achievements has sparked more talk about his future with the team.4:49 p.m.
Timeline: The missing Somali men A timeline and summary of the story of young Somali men from Minnesota who disappeared from the Twin Cities -- many say they returned to their homeland to fight in a civil war.
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Petters' fate in the hands of jury Attorneys painted drastically different pictures of Tom Petters as they presented their closing arguments this morning in Petters' multi-billion-dollar fraud trial.5:51 p.m.
National Public Radio Stories
In Afghanistan, A Plan To Woo The Taliban
The Afghan government and the U.S. military are pursuing an effort to lure low-level insurgents with job offers and other incentives, and split them from their Taliban leaders. In his second inaugural last week, President Hamid Karzai called on militants to lay down their arms and return to their homes.
Golden State Highways Are A California Nightmare
California roads once were the envy of the world. But like a lot of things in the Golden State these days, they’re not what they used to be. Federal Highway Administration data show that of the 20 major urban areas with the worst roadway conditions, eight are in California, with 64 percent in "poor condition."
Congress' Safety Agenda Faces Obstacles
With a sour economy, spiraling deficits and automakers in trouble, Congress' safety agenda faces some tough obstacles. Federal transportation and highway safety laws are set to expire this year, and a bill to renew their funding is stalled. So Rep. James Oberstar (D-MN) is pushing a six-year, $500 billion transportation reauthorization bill.
Study: Political Bent Affects How We View Skin Tone
These three photos of President Obama were among images shown to college students as part of a study that suggests political attitudes can impact the way people perceive skin tone. The photos on the left and right have been altered. Self-described liberals were most likely to rate lightened photos as most representative of Obama. Conservative students tended to pick darkened photos.
Russian Convents Face Obstacles To Restoring Past
Russia has seen an explosion in the number of Orthodox convents in the decades since the end of communist rule. There are now more than 240. Most of the renovated convents — many in remote areas — are based on their distant history and devotion to their particular icons. But for many reasons, reviving the past is far from easy.
College Graduates Struggle To Repay Loans
The abysmal job market is making it hard for some to start making student loan payments, which come due this month for May graduates. A new law could ease the pain for some: It limits monthly payments to 15 percent of a graduate's income.
Who's Gaming Now? Seniors Turn To Wii Bowling
The introduction of the Nintendo Wii and its sports and fitness games has greatly expanded the appeal of video games — especially among senior citizens. From California to New York, dozens of teams and more than 1,000 bowlers are in the throes of a virtual Wii bowling competition.
Indian PM Visits Amid Worries Over U.S.-China Ties
Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will be the guest Tuesday at President Obama's first White House state dinner. Arvind Sumbramanian, senior fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics, says Singh's visit comes amid fears in India that its relationship with the U.S. is playing second fiddle to U.S. ties with China.
Technology And The Elderly
Omar Gallaga, technology-culture reporter for the Austin American-Statesman, discusses new technology geared toward seniors: virtual doctor's visits and robots helping Japan's elderly population.
Jimmie Johnson On Nascar Win
Jimmie Johnson captured his fourth straight NASCAR Sprint Cup championship with a fifth-place finish in the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Johnson needed only to finish 25th or better to claim the driving title. Johnson says his strategy was to stay out of trouble and be smart.