Tough week for biomedical industry It has been a wild week in Minnesota's medical technology industry. Monday, Medtronic stopped selling a device potentially linked to at least five deaths. Wednesday, Boston Scientific, a major employer in Minnesota, announced it will cut 2,300 jobs. And Friday, Boston Scientific announced a $272 million loss for the most recent quarter.5:23 p.m.
Sen. Tim Johnson seeks third term U.S. Sen. Tim Johnson, D-S.D., says he will run for re-election next year. Johnson suffered an aneurysm late last year and is still recovering.5:50 p.m.
Veterans Home gets new director The Minnesota Veterans Homes Board named a new executive director for its state facilities on Friday. Gil Acevedo will take over the state's five facilities early next year.5:52 p.m.
National Public Radio Stories
John McCain: From Front-Runner to Underdog
In his second White House run, Arizona Sen. John McCain was thought to be the front-runner for the 2008 Republican slot. But staffing and money troubles and his position on immigration have cost him the lead. Now running as an underdog, he says his campaign is finding traction.
Solar-Home Designers Say Novelty Has Worn Off
The Solar Decathlon pits 20 colleges from the U.S. and abroad in designing, building and operating a solar house of a standard size. Veteran participants say the novelty is gone — people now realize that future generations will eventually live in these structures.
Cookbook Author Celebrates Apple Season
October is high season for apples, which makes master baker Dorie Greenspan very happy. The author of Baking: From My Home to Yours shares a recipe for tarte tatin, a French dessert that resembles apple cobbler.
Seizures Hurt Memory, Ex-'Times' Reporter Says
Former New York Times reporter Kurt Eichenwald won acclaim with a series about online child pornography. But questions arose about Eichenwald's own actions, and his "faulty memory" defense. Now Eichenwald reveals to NPR that his epileptic seizures cause severe memory disruptions.
FDA Discourages Cough Syrup for Kids Under Age 6
Federal health advisers have recommended that cold and cough medicines should not be used in children younger than 6. The recommendation is likely to lead to a change in how these medicines are labeled, marketed and used. What does this mean for consumers?
Innocents Lost: Is Hollywood Mourning Something?
Familial-loss films are a fall phenomenon: Two movies about the loss of small children — Gone Baby Gone and Reservation Road — are opening Friday. Other recent and upcoming dramas focus on the loss of adult children. It makes you wonder what exactly the nation's mourning.
Bhutto Says Militants Won't Drive Her Out
Former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto had a news conference Friday in Karachi, a day after bomb attacks aimed at her motorcade left more than 130 people dead and dozens more wounded. Bhutto blamed militants for the attack and said she would not surrender the country to them.
Examining Bhutto's Significance in Pakistan
Paula Newberg, author of Judging the State: Courts and Constitutional Politics in Pakistan, talks about who Benazir Bhutto is, why she's so popular, and why she's a target for assassination.
U.S. Investors Drawn to China's Version of Detroit
Traveling through the industrial, fast-growing city of Chongqing in central China, NPR Senior News Analyst Ted Koppel is examining the connections between Chinese workers, business and consumers and their U.S. counterparts.
Dow Jones Dives More than 360 Points
The Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped more than 360 points Friday — the anniversary of the Black Monday market crash 20 years ago. Friday's decline comes after lackluster corporate earnings, credit concerns and rising oil prices.