With her husband deployed, Jenny Munoz finds war is far from over Freddy Munoz is one of the Minnesota National Guard's roughly 2,400 Red Bulls stationed in Kuwait helping the U.S. military leave Iraq. He won't return to Minnesota until May. Until then, his wife Jenny will be a single parent to their two children, 8-year-old Emma and 6-year-old Ezsie.3:35 p.m.
Bears in the city a more common occurrence It is becoming more common to see bears in urban areas, said Susan Morse, who spoke with MPR about bears following an incident in which police shot and killed a black bear that wandered into a neighborhood near downtown St. Paul.3:54 p.m.
After Kim's Death, Region Worries About Instability
As North Korea mourns the death of its leader Kim Jong Il, both South Korea and China have reacted to the risk of instability on their borders. The South Korean military has been placed on alert, and there are reports that the Chinese have closed their border with North Korea. Robert Siegel talks to NPR's Louisa Lim, who is watching events from the South Korean capital, Seoul.
U.S. Treads Cautiously With North Korean Transition
Kim Jong Il's son, the heir apparent, has little experience or preparation to lead. Analysts say that means he won't be in a position to get back to nuclear disarmament talks and make concessions. He also may be tempted to take provocative actions to establish his leadership credentials.
'Wired' Editor Discusses 2011's Best Apps
The releases of the iPhone 4s and other advanced smart phones this year has meant the proliferation of the apps that run on them. Robert Siegel finds out about the best apps of 2011 from John Bradley, senior editor overseeing products and editor of the Wired App Guide.
Tablets Replace Some Small Businesses Tools
Tablets are not just changing how people go about their lives. They're also changing the way businesses function. Small businesses especially are using tablets to replace a variety of business tools: from menus, to timecards, to cash registers.
National Guard May Receive Joint Chiefs Spot
The most elite club in the military, the Joint Chiefs of Staff, is set to get a new member: the chief of the National Guard. Congress approved the change as part of the defense authorization bill last week and the president is expected to sign the bill into law.
Post-9/11 Vets Face Special Employment Challenges
Lynn Neary speaks with Michael Haynie, executive director of the Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University, about the unemployment picture for American veterans. Haynie says veterans from the post-9/11 generation have to overcome not only a tough economy but a special set of challenges, including physical and psychological traumas in war.
To Win Over Iowans, Gingrich Aims At Judges
GOP presidential contender Newt Gingrich has made overhauling the judiciary one of his key proposals on the stump. It's an issue that has special resonance in Iowa, where the judiciary became a potent political issue after the state Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage.
The Enduring Popularity Of Sherlock Holmes
Sherlock Holmes is 124 years old — and he's never been in such high demand. The iconic detective from 221b Baker Street has inspired films, numerous television series, and now, two new books.
House Poised To Reject Budget Deal
Days after it seemed Congress had struck a budget, tax cut and unemployment deal that would get it through the holidays, it is clear that they did not. House Speaker John Boehner Monday must deal with a restive House GOP caucus that signaled over the weekend that it had no interest in going along with the Senate's two-month plan. NPR congressional correspondent David Welna joins Lynn Neary with the latest.