UnitedHealth settles suit, cuts jobs and earnings outlook Minnetonka-based UnitedHealth Group went on a news spree Wednesday. The company announced a settlement in a high-profile class action lawsuit. It also lowered earnings estimates and announced 4,000 job cuts, and other reorganization moves.5:24 p.m.
Inventing summer School may be out, but education isn't. Thousands of kids are learning off the beaten path this summer.5:54 p.m.
New Voyageurs superintendent will focus on community connections The new superintendent of Voyageurs National Park has spent the last 16 years at Ulysses S. Grant National Historic Site in St. Louis. Michael Ward says he'll keep building bridges between Minnesota's only national park and the people who live near it.6:24 p.m.
National Public Radio Stories
'Kite Runner' Star's Family Feels Exploited By Studio
The child star of The Kite Runner faced harassment in his home country of Afghanistan before the film was even released. Paramount Pictures tried to relocate the boy for his safety, but his family believes the studio has not done enough to help.
Hostages Rescued In Colombia
Colombia says it rescued three Americans and a French-Colombian politician from leftist FARC rebels who held them for years. John Otis, South America bureau chief for the Houston Chronicle, says all the former hostages are in reasonably good health.
General Who Backed Surge Picked For Top Iraq Job
Lt. Gen. Ray Odierno, a hulking and aggressive New Jersey native, has been picked to succeed the more cerebral and diplomatic David Petraeus as the top commander in Iraq this summer. Petraeus is being promoted to oversee the entire Middle East.
Bleak Car Sales Data Still Produce Winners
New car purchases are at the lowest levels in 10 years. Nearly all major carmakers reported steep sales declines for June. Derek Mattsson, head of Vehix.com, says consumers are still favoring cars like the Honda Civic at the expense of U.S. vehicles.
Starbucks To Close 600 Stores
Starbucks Corp. says it will close hundreds of stores it opened over the past three years. The company did not say where the stores were located, but all together, 600 underperforming stores will close and 12,000 full- and part-time positions be cut.
Florida Lottery Prize: Gas For Life
As gas prices across the nation climb to all-time highs, the Florida Lottery is trying to cash in. The lottery's eight-week Summer Cash drawing is offering gas for life and gas for a year. The grand prize is $250,000. Each ticket costs $5.
Palestinian Kills 3, Wounds 40 In Jerusalem
A Palestinian driver rammed a bulldozer into pedestrians and vehicles on one of Jerusalem's busiest streets Wednesday, killing at least three people and injuring dozens, authorities said. He was then shot and killed by security officers.
Keeping German Doctors On A Budget Lowers Costs
Nearly every German has ready access to doctors, cheap drugs, high-tech medicine, dental care, nursing homes and home care. All this — and Germany spends half what the United States does per person. One way the country accomplishes this is by putting doctors on a budget.
Calif. Fights Extreme Heat
Climate scientists say extreme heat in California will worsen in the coming decades as a result of climate change. Heat waves that once lasted days could instead last for months. That adds up to dangerous conditions, especially for the elderly. In Stanislaus County, emergency responders are already working on how to help safeguard residents against temperatures that could make life not just uncomfortable, but downright dangerous. Sarah Varney reports from member station KQED.