Church whistleblower pressed superiors to take action on problem priests In the past two weeks an MPR News investigation has reported extensively on the handling of clergy sex abuse by the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis. A key source in those stories is a former high ranking church official who says she pushed for the church to change its ways and then resigned when it didn't. Jennifer Haselberger has now become a central figure in this unfolding story.5:24 p.m.
Health Exchange Tech Problems Point To A Thornier Issue
The Obama administration says the technology powering health exchange sign-ups buckled under unexpectedly high traffic. But healthcare.gov's glitches are part of much more complicated issue: a systemic contracting and procurement problem.
Delaying Aging May Have A Bigger Payoff Than Fighting Disease
There's the war on cancer and the war on heart disease. But investing in delaying the aging process may have a better payoff, economists say. Adding two years of healthy living to lifespans would result in $7 trillion in benefits over 50 years, an analysis says. But Medicare and Social Security would cost more, too.
Flood Forensics: Why Colorado's Floods Were So Destructive
Nearly a year's worth of rain was dumped on parts of the state in four days this fall. The downpour from the heavens created a slurry on the mountainsides that scrubbed away soil, trees, boulders and buildings. Scientists say the flooding may have been a once-in-a-thousand-years event.
Asian Allies' Anxieties Rise Amid Washington Paralysis
President Obama cancelled a planned trip to Asia this week to deal with the political crisis at home. That's disappointed — even worried — some of America's friends in the region who are counting on the United States to stand up to an increasingly assertive China.
Researches Who Theorized 'God Particle' Get Physics Nobel
This year's Nobel Prize in Physics was awarded jointly to François Englert of Belgium, and British scientist Peter W. Higgs. The two scientists independently, and at almost exactly the same time, proposed the existence of the so-called "God particle" or Higgs boson as part of a mechanism that explains how the universe works at the most fundamental level. Their theory was recently confirmed by experiments this summer at CERN's Large Hadron Collider in Geneva.