Minneapolis fire chief to leave her post Minneapolis Fire Chief Bonnie Bleskachek could be gone from that post by the end of the week. Bleskachek's lawyer says he and the city have been in discussions with the city on her future, after a series of discrimination lawsuits was filed against her.5:19 p.m.
Searchers stumped by boys' disappearance Residents and authorities on the Red Lake Indian Reservation have had no luck finding two young brothers who've been missing since last Wednesday. So far there's no clear evidence pointing to what happened.5:23 p.m.
Warming trend especially hard on northern hardwood forests
Recent warming trends have been especially harmful to the northern forests of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. Professor Lee Frelich, director of the University of Minnesota Center for Hardwood Ecology, will speak tonight at the Science Museum of Minnesota on that subject. MPR's Tom Crann spoke with Frelich about what makes the BWCAW so vulnerable to climate change.5:48 p.m.
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Iraqi Curfew Is Lifted; Talabani Pays Visit to Iran
Residents of Baghdad venture tentatively back onto the streets after a near-total curfew, prompted by a surge in sectarian violence, was lifted. North of the capital, a mortar attack was launched on an oil facility Monday. Iraqi President Jalal Talabani is talking with Iranian leaders about how to stem the bloodshed in Iraq.
Expert: Cheney's Saudi Talks Centered on Iraq, Iran
When Vice President Cheney met with Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah on Saturday, the pair likely discussed Iraq, Iran, Israel and terrorism, says Rachel Bronson, senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations. Robert Siegel talks with Bronson, who is the author of Thicker Than Oil: America's Uneasy Partnership with Saudi Arabia.
NBC Is Latest to Deem Iraq to Be in Civil War
This morning on NBC's The Today Show, Matt Lauer said his network would begin calling the situation in Iraq a civil war. NBC is joining The Los Angeles Times and the McClatchy papers in using the term. But the White House insists that the situation in Iraq still falls short of a civil war.
N.Y. Con Artists See Promise in the Holidays
Con artists ply their trade on Manhattan's streets all year round. But they particularly like the holiday season, when tender-hearted tourists are more likely to donate to a charity or pick up a chocolate bar to benefit a kid's school. Ginny McNally reports that holiday largesse sometimes stays right in the collector's pocket.
Pope to Visit Turkey, Despite Large Protests
Pope Benedict will visit Turkey's prime minister, as planned. The visit has sparked protests from Muslims angered by the pope's reference to a Byzantine emperor who said some of Islam's Prophet Muhammad's teachings were "evil and inhuman."
Will More Meetings Solve the Middle East Impasse?
The current situation in the Middle East is bad on a number of fronts, says NPR Senior News Analyst Daniel Schorr. And President Bush is having lots of discussions -- but doing very little to make things better.
New Limits on King Crabs Cut Size of Fishing Fleet
Every October for the past 30 years, Bering Sea fishermen have raced to bring in the fishery-wide quota of king crab in what was popularly known as "the derby," a mad dash that made boat owners fortunes in less than a week and supplied restaurants from Tokyo to New York. But changes have reduced the fleet to one-third its size in 2004.
Mutter, Orkis Explore the Genius of Mozart
To mark the composer's 250th birthday this year, violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter and pianist Lambert Orkis have been on an all-Mozart sonata concert tour. They also have released a four-CD set of 16 Mozart sonatas.
New York Mayor Tries to Quell Outrage over Killing
New York's Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly meet with community leaders upset by an the shooting death of an unarmed African-American man by police over the weekend. Police fired more than 50 shots into the vehicle driven by Sean Bell after it crashed into an unmarked police car.
Ten Die in Fire at Home for Mentally Ill, Elderly
A fire in a Missouri group home for the elderly and mentally ill kills at least 10 people. Another two dozen victims were injured. The blaze destroyed nearly all of the Anderson Group Home, where investigators had been looking into a smaller fire that broke out on Saturday.