CIA confirms Ventura meeting occurred Former Gov. Jesse Ventura is raising a few eyebrows with claims in a new book about his dealings the Central Intelligence Agency. But the CIA confirms at least some of what he writes.5:23 p.m.
Awaiting the results in Iowa
MPR Political reporter Tom Scheck tells host Steven John that some high-profile Minnesotans -- Gov. Pawlenty, Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak and former Sen. Mark Dayton among them -- are helping their chosen presidential candidates get out the vote on caucus day.5:45 p.m.
Duluth city workers can import drugs from Canada
MPR Reporter Bob Kelleher tells host Steven John that Duluth city employees and retirees will have access to prescription drugs from Canada under a new program city officials announced today. The city hopes the program will save money and reduce the pressure on Duluth's underfunded health plan for workers and retirees.5:55 p.m.
Resolving to Retire with a Nest Egg
When it comes to New Year's resolutions, saving more money is a popular one — even if it's seldom kept. But would-be savers take heed: Albert Einstein called compound interest one of the greatest wonders of the universe.
Merle Haggard Tries His Hand at Bluegrass
Haggard has been churning out albums for nearly 40 years, fashioning a career as an iconoclastic country-music legend. Now 70, "The Hag" has just made a foray into bluegrass: The Bluegrass Sessions features revamped versions of songs both old and new.
Who are Iowa's Caucus-Goers?
Thursday's Iowa caucuses will bring together people of varying personal, professional and political stripes and unite them in one cause: to choose a party candidate. For a closer look at just who plans to show up Thursday night — and where — Michele Norris talks with a few prospective Iowa voters and shares her conversations with Melissa Block.
Polling at Caucus Sites: What's on Iowans' Minds?
Robert Siegel talks with Andrew Kohut, president of the Pew Research Center for People and the Press, about polling that's being done Thursday at caucus sites across Iowa. Kohut also talks about a recent poll that assumes a big share of Democratic caucus-goers will be first-timers and independents.
San Francisco Zoo Re-Opens after Tiger Attack
The San Francisco Zoo re-opens Thursday, still embroiled in investigation, controversy and potential lawsuits over a tiger mauling that left one zoo visitor dead and two others injured on Christmas day. Zoo officials face accusations that they had reason to suspect that the big cat habitat was inadequate.
Ford's Jaguar-Land Rover Division May Go to India
Ford reported that sales were down 12 percent in 2007, as all major automakers announced end-of-year sales figures Thursday. In order to shore up its balance sheet, Ford has been looking to sell its Jaguar-Land Rover division. On Thursday, Ford said it is negotiating a sale to India's Tata Motors.
Musharraf Defends Efforts to Safeguard Bhutto
Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf met with reporters Thursday and responded to accusations that he bears some responsibility for Benazir Bhutto's assassination. He said Bhutto was warned about the threat against her and asked, "Who is to be blamed for her coming out (of) her vehicle?"
'Flashman' Author George MacDonald Fraser Dies
George MacDonald Fraser, the British author of the Flashman series, has died. He was 82. Fraser took a character — a bullying schoolboy — from the 19th century classic Tom Brown's Schooldays and imagined him as a soldier in the British army. The fictional Flashman became a literary anti-hero, a rascal and a rogue.