Supreme Court denies Coleman motion; extends ballot deadline The Minnesota Supreme Court has denied a motion by Republican Senator Norm Coleman's campaign calling for an investigation into whether double counting occurred in the U.S. Senate recount. Also today, justices extended the deadline to count any wrongly-rejected absentee ballots.5:20 p.m.
Economic slump sees second-hand sales rise Why buy new when used will do? As the economy slips into a deepening funk, more people look for ways to stretch their dollars. That's benefiting stores like Savers, Plato's Closet, Music Go Round and other retailers that sell second-hand goods--everything from jeans and jewelry to cell phones and saxophones.5:24 p.m.
Celebrating a Minnesota Nochebuena Like previous waves of immigrants, Latinos are also preserving the religious and cultural holiday rituals from their home countries.5:50 p.m.
A tradition of carols continues Christmas Eve is a time for tradition, and we continue what has become a holiday tradition for Minnesota Public Radio by featuring a new Christmas carol written by composer Abbie Betinis.6:23 p.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Group Seeks Sales Tax Holidays To Spur Economy
The National Retail Federation has urged Obama transition officials to devote some of the stimulus package to the creation of tax holidays next year. The group wants three, 10-day periods in which there will be no state sales tax.
On Wall Street, Christmas Eve Tradition Gives Hope
Like every year, at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, everyone on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange stopped to sing Wait 'Til the Sun Shines, Nellie. Ted Weisberg, president of Seaport Securities and a floor trader at the exchange, talks about the resonance the song has this year.
Obama's First Test Is Economic
Vice President-elect Joe Biden predicted that Barack Obama would face his first foreign policy crisis in 6 months. Instead, it certainly will be an economic crisis, says Daniel Schorr, NPR's senior news analyst.
Atlanta's Pink Pig Brightens Spirits, 55 Years On
The Pink Pig debuted in 1953 at Rich's, a downtown Atlanta department store. It was a monorail ride back then. Today, it's a short train ride at Macy's department store, but the new Pink Pig carries much of the same sense of wonder as the old one.
The Machines Haven't Taken Over
The amount of spam dropped precipitously last month after an Internet provider playing host to spammers was shut down. If it's that easy to stop what seemed unstoppable, why can't other seemingly unstoppable human-generated and computer-driven phenomena be switched off the same way?
Renewed Syria Sees Better Ties With Israel The Washington Post's David Ignatius says that over the past two years, Syria has been negotiating indirectly with Israel through Turkey, and is ready for direct talks with the Jewish state if the U.S. gets involved.
Post-Quake Tourism Plan Divides Chinese Villagers
Local officials are transforming part of Mao'ershi village in China's Sichuan province into a tourist attraction: a community showcasing the culture of the Qiang minority. Money is pouring into the project, while residents in neighboring areas are in desperate need of help.
Tracking Santa On Christmas Eve
For 50 years, the North American Aerospace Defense Command has been following Santa Claus on his annual journey around the world. Now, in 3-D, Google Earth helps millions of people track Santa on the eve before Christmas. Santa tracker Gary Ross talks about how his team of specialists follow Saint Nick and his red-nosed reindeer.
The Little Rascals: A Refresher On The Rules Of Life
A new DVD box set of the Our Gang series of the '20s and '30s is a refresher course on key life lessons — like never skip school by pretending to be sick; you'll lose out because the teacher has special plans for the day.
In Shenandoah Chapel, Carols Reign
The Old Bethel Chapel near Virginia's Shenandoah River is within sight of the Allegheny Mountains. The chapel dates to the 1830s and now is only open for one service in August and the traditional caroling service before Christmas.