Coleman will file suit over Senate recount As promised, Republican Senator Norm Coleman's campaign today filed a lawsuit challenging the results of the Senate race recount that gave Democrat Al Franken a 225-vote lead. Coleman's attorneys told reporters this afternoon it could be two more months before the case is heard and settled.3:00 p.m.
Klobuchar is lone Minn. senator, for now Until the contest between Norm Coleman and Al Franken for Minnesota's open Senate seat is decided, Sen. Amy Klobuchar is Minnesota's lone senator in Washington. Tom Crann talked to Sen. Klobuchar about the contest and her reaction to requests for Coleman to concede.5:50 p.m.
Judge dismisses suits against Medtronic A federal judge in St. Paul has dismissed patient lawsuits against Fridley-based Medtronic in connection with a recall of the company's Sprint Fidelis defibrillator leads in 2007.5:55 p.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Burris Gets The Senate Boot, Vows To Take Seat
Roland Burris came to Washington, D.C., on Tuesday to take his seat as the junior senator from Illinois, but the Democratic leadership in the Senate kept him out. Despite getting shunned, Burris says the law is on his side.
Music Patron Betty Freeman Dies
Friend and patron to several generations of composers and artists, Freeman was the catalyst behind the opera Nixon in China by John Adams, as well as pieces by John Cage, Harry Partch, Thomas Ades, Philip Glass and dozens of others.
Washington, D.C.'s Musical Experiments
Washington, D.C., is known more for suits than fun, but it also has a long history as a home to diverse styles of music — from Duke Ellington to hardcore to go-go — and some of the hottest guitarists to ever touch the fretboard: Roy Clark, Roy Buchanan, Danny Gatton. Today, the city is home to an experimental music scene that's thriving under D.C.'s official radar.
Gaza Civilian Toll Rises; Israel Blames Hamas
As Israeli forces press their offensive in the Gaza Strip, the death toll among Palestinian civilians is increasing. Israel blames Hamas for the casualties, saying the Islamist militants are operating amid the civilian population.
Macworld, Without Jobs, Unveils ITunes Changes
In its last appearance at Macworld — and the first without CEO Steve Jobs — Apple introduced the new MacBook Pro with a longer battery life, and changes to rights management in iTunes. Tom Krazit of CNET News says Jobs has been the main attraction at the expo for some time and his absence must have weighed on some people's minds.
Starting College While Still In School
At Bard College at Simon's Rock in Great Barrington, Mass., students can start college when they are still in high school. In contrast to many early-college programs, students live at this school and truly go to college.
Letters: Rhee, Free Kennel
Listeners respond to the story on Washington, D.C.'s Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee and are moved by the story of Canine Corps, a free kennel for Pennsylvania service personnel.
Pelosi Re-Elected Speaker As Congress Returns
The new House of Representatives was sworn in with pomp, circumstance and an ambitious Democratic agenda. Nancy Pelosi was re-elected speaker and the Democrats changed some House rules, such as repealing term limits for committee chairs. This has Republicans grousing at the festivities.
Hoyer Sets Mid-February Timeline For Stimulus
Congress is unlikely to meet President-elect Barack Obama's plea for an economic stimulus package that would be ready by the time he takes office Jan. 20. House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer says the package is likely to be ready for Obama's signature by mid-February.