Rochester dad, firefighter prepares to lead Guard unit in Iraq Earlier this year, more than 1,200 members of the Minnesota National Guard's 34th Infantry Division Red Bulls returned from a year-long deployment in Iraq. Now another 2,700 men and women are preparing for a new assignment. No one knows this routine of coming and going better than Col. Eric Kerska of Rochester, the 1st Brigade's commander.5:20 p.m.
Army Boot Camp Embraces New-Age Fitness
Young Army recruits reflect society at large: They're in terrible shape. So the top brass has revamped basic training to focus on core strengthening and mastering simple, precise movements. The mess hall fare has also been overhauled -- in place of deep-fried foods there are whole grains, low-fat yogurt and sliced fruit.
Are Home Prices Headed For A 'Double Dip'?
New data show home prices dipped from September to October. That's led some economists to worry that lagging housing prices are headed for a "double dip" -- a second sustained decline in prices.
Holiday Shoppers Push Up Retail Sales
American shoppers opened their wallets this holiday season and helped push retail figures up 5.5 percent over last year, according to MasterCard's SpendingPulse. NPR's Robert Siegel talks with Diane Brady of Bloomberg-BusinessWeek about the figures.
A Postcard From New York's Winter Wonderland
It was another day of digging for people in New York City. Even the procrastinators were out in the streets freeing cars and sidewalks from the drifts. Reporter Kaomi Goetz found people hard at work in Brooklyn -- some enjoying the camaraderie, and some already weary of the whole adventure.
For Young Swiss Rebels, A Dark Chapter In History
Until the 1980s, thousands of rebellious Swiss youths were locked up without trial. Officials called it "administrative detention." But in reality, the kids were put in prison or labor camps. Now, many victims are demanding accountability and compensation for damaged lives.
Iran Hangs Man Accused Of Spying For Israel
An Iranian convicted of spying for Israel was hanged in Tehran early Tuesday. Ali Akbar Siadat was accused of passing classified information about Iran's military to Israeli agents during trips abroad.
The Hunt Is On: Massive Collider Churning Out Data
The world's largest science experiment, the Large Hadron Collider, roared to life this year beneath the French-Swiss border. It's now churning out mountains of data from high-speed collisions that researchers will scour, trying to find the elusive Higgs Boson, a particle long pursued by scientists.
Endangered Calif. Frog Population Gets A Jump-Start
Scientists in California are taking extraordinary steps to save the mountain yellow-legged frog, an endangered species that used to be found in nearly every mountain range in Southern California. But after years of drought, fire, floods and a deadly fungus, only about 150 adults live in the wild today.