Search for new Gophers football coach begins The University of Minnesota is in the market for a football coach, and some boosters say the U should hire someone who will bring home a national championship. The U fired coach Glen Mason Sunday just two days after the Gophers squandered a 31-point lead and lost the Insight Bowl to Texas Tech.5:19 p.m.
Warm weather scotching ice fishing tournaments Minnesota's ice fishing tournaments are fighting with the weather -- and many are losing. One of the state's biggest, The Golden Rainbow Tournament in Forest Lake is cancelled because of poor ice conditions. Officials say they're moving the event farther north, to Grand Rapids.5:50 p.m.
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Washington Honors Ford, Prepares for Change
It's a busy week in Washington as 2007 begins. Tuesday, President Bush leads the nation at a memorial service to honor the late President Ford. And Thursday, the 110th Congress is sworn in, with the Democrats taking charge of both chambers. NPR's Senior Washington Editor, Ron Elving, talks to Melissa Block about what we can expect.
Democrats to Push for Medicare Changes
When the new Democratic-controlled Congress convenes this month, one of its first actions will be to try to give the government power to negotiate prices for Medicare's new prescription-drug benefit. But while the public strongly supports such a change, President Bush is likely to veto it. Budget officials say government negotiation won't save money, anyway.
Somalia's Islamist Forces Vacate Last Stronghold
In Somalia, interim-government troops backed by the Ethiopian government have been pushing an Islamist movement out of the country. Early Monday, the Islamist movement fled after giving up their last stronghold, Kismayo. Meanwhile, the transitional government is now trying to strengthen its hold on the country. Melissa talks with NPR's Gwen Thompkins in Somalia.
For the French, New Year Means Good Oysters
France is Europe's top producer and consumer of oysters, the staple of French New Year celebrations. In Paris, restaurants and oyster stands display beautiful platters decorated with lemon wedges, as oysterman open the shellfish in front of customers. And unlike in America, oysters are never rinsed in France, the better to preserve the taste.
Trio Plays Music for a Nordic Winter Wonderland
Three musicians from the Washington, D.C.-area celebrate the new year with a performance of traditional Nordic music on violin and string bass. The latest CD from Andrea Hoag, Loretta Kelley and Charlie Pilzer is Hambo in the Snow, which has been nominated for a Grammy.
New Year Brings New Immigration Rules in Colorado
Colorado now has the most stringent immigration laws in the country. As of Jan. 1, employers face new rules for checking the accuracy of documents presented at the time of hire. The change has construction, agriculture and tourism industries worried -- groups are holding training sessions. A law preventing illegal immigrants over 18 years old from receiving many state benefits went into effect recently.
Denver Cornerback Killed in Drive-By Shooting
Early Monday, a promising member of the NFL's Denver Broncos was killed. Cornerback Darrent Williams was shot in a drive-by shooting as he was riding in a limousine after a confrontation at a nightclub in downtown Denver. He was 24. Williams' death came just hours after the Broncos were eliminated from the NFL playoffs. Broncos' fans are shocked; the team is devastated. Melissa Block talks with Denver Broncos team chaplain Bill Rader and back-up quarterback Preston Parsons.
With 3,000 U.S. Personnel Dead, Impact Is Wide
At least 3,000 U.S. service personnel have been killed in the war in Iraq. That landmark figure was reached over the weekend. NPR's Guy Raz reports the dead have come from all branches of the military, from urban and suburban areas of the country. The number also includes 69 women.
Losing a Son in Iraq, and Trying to Keep Another
With U.S. military deaths in Iraq surpassing 3,000, Melissa Block talks with James Conneway, of Enterprise, Ala., Conneway is the father of Sgt. Timothy Conneway, a U.S. Army Ranger who was killed in Baghdad in June of 2003. Conneway talks about what it's been like since his son's death, and how he chooses to focus on his older son who's also a Ranger, rather than the number of war dead.