A century of hockey in Minnesota The Minnesota Wild are quietly off to one of their best starts in their seven-year history. The team is on top of its division in the NHL, and has helped put St. Paul back on the hockey map. This month Sports Illustrated named St. Paul the real "Hockeytown USA."4:44 p.m.
Faulty information lead police to raid wrong house Minneapolis police officials say a raid carried out at the wrong house on the city's northside this weekend was the result of faulty information from an informant. Shots were exchanged between the homeowner and police. No one was seriously hurt.5:18 p.m.
Minnesota's decontamination trailers may be unroadworthy Last September an emergency mobile showering unit known as a decontamination trailer overturned on a highway south of the Twin Cities.
Now state officials are trying to determine whether the 19 trailers stationed around the state are safe.5:22 p.m.
Iraq Victims, Witness Recount Blackwater Shooting
Last September, 17 Iraqis died in a controversial shooting involving the security firm Blackwater USA. Several Iraqis involved in the incident have sued in U.S. courts. They recall that day in videotaped testimonies, and their accounts differ from Blackwater's.
Ridley Scott Refines His Vision of 'Blade Runner'
Few modern American films have achieved the cult status of Ridley Scott's Blade Runner. On the eve of the release of a new, final cut of the movie, the director discusses how the dystopian fantasy's path to film legend was anything but straight.
Congress Looks to Require Electronic Prescriptions
The days of waiting in a pharmacy for a prescription to be filled may be coming to an end. A bill in Congress would require doctors who treat Medicare patients to transition to e-prescribing, meaning prescriptions would be ready when a patient arrives at the counter.
'Sky Soldier' Michael Gabel Killed in Afghanistan
Army Staff Sgt. Michael Gabel, 30, was killed last week in a roadside blast in Afghanistan. In a story NPR aired last month, Gabel spoke eloquently about the loss of his best friend in the line of duty.
Senate Crafts New Rules on Warrantless Spying
The Senate is debating a bill that would restrict the Bush administration's broad power to conduct warrantless eavesdropping. One of the most divisive issues is whether to grant telecommunications companies retroactive immunity from lawsuits over their participation in the government's wiretapping program.
Influential Iowa Newspaper Backs McCain, Clinton
The Des Moines Register endorsed Sens. Hillary Clinton (D-NY) and John McCain (R-AZ). Carol Hunter, editorial page editor of the influential paper, explains how the editorial board came to those decisions: "In both cases, it came down to competence and readiness to lead."
Can Endorsements Help a Campaign?
Can endorsements help a campaign? Hillary Clinton is in a three-way dogfight in Iowa, and John McCain is struggling to revive his campaign, which is flagging in Iowa. Both candidates were endorsed by the Des Moines Register over the weekend. In addition to the Iowa paper's endorsement, McCain got a nod Monday from Independent Sen. Joe Lieberman of Connecticut — the 2000 Democratic vice-presidential nominee. That endorsement might not help McCain in Iowa but could help win over independents in New Hampshire.
Comparing Human Growth Hormone, Steroids
Human growth hormone has been in the news recently because of the Mitchell Report on doping in Major League Baseball. HGH is one of the illegal substances used by baseball players, but it sometimes gets lumped together with steroids. Pediatric endocrinologist Alan Rogol explains how the drug can help and or harm athletes.
Late-Night Shows to Resume Without Striking Staff
NBC announced Monday that its late-night shows will resume Jan. 2 without their writing staffs. Evening talk shows on all of the TV networks went into re-runs in November, as soon the screenwriters went on strike. This is a sticky situation for all sides because Jay Leno has been visibly supportive of the striking writers — and it's unclear whether they will picket him at NBC when he returns to work.
Private Takeover of L.A. Schools Gets Results
A private reform effort is shaking up the Los Angeles school system. Steve Barr, a 43-year-old California entrepreneur, founded an organization that runs 12 schools in the city that have managed to graduate 90 percent of their students, a significant improvement in L.A.'s toughest neighborhoods.