Can green retailers get into the black? Many local consumers want to buy more environmentally friendly products -- products that are green. Several retailers have opened up recently in the Twin Cities to serve those shoppers.7:55 a.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Crocker Looks Ahead in Iraq
There are signs of progress in Iraq: insurgent attacks have decreased by more than 60 percent since June because of the U.S. troops surge. However, it remains a very dangerous place. U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Ryan Crocker discusses 2007 and about new challenges in 2008.
'In Defense of Food' Author Offers Advice For Health
In his new book, Michael Pollan advises readers to "Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants." He says that we should make healthy food more of a priority, even if it means spending more time and money, or get used to chronic disease.
How to Keep a New Year's Resolution
British researchers say men should set specific goals and women need the support of others. The researchers say both genders need all the help they can get: 1 in 10 actually manage to fulfill goals by year's end.
College Football Winds Down
Six college football games will be played on Tuesday and several more remain until the Jan. 8 national championship between Ohio State and LSU. John Feinstein picks Ohio State to win. The most interesting of the 32 bowl games? Feinstein picks the Hawaii vs. Georgia Sugar Bowl match.
San Diego Sticks with Volunteer Firefighters
After last October's massive wildfires that killed 10 people and destroyed hundreds of homes in San Diego county, local officials still have no plans to create a new firefighting agency. The county currently relies on volunteers and outsiders to fight fires.
Arizona Implements Immigration Change
Arizona on Tuesday starts enforcing the country's toughest law regarding employers who knowingly hire illegal immigrants. Violators run the risk of losing their operating license. Some immigrants, citing the hostile environment, are planning to leave the state.
Resolutions 2008: Watching the Bottom Line
The next three months are the most important for diet companies. The president of Nutrisystem says momentum from the first quarter helps pull the company through rest of the year.
Chicagoans to Pay New Water Tax
Bottles of water now cost a nickel more. Proponents say the tax will help push people to use tap water and fill the city's coffers. The bottled water industry groups say they're considering a lawsuit.
American Noodleman Big in Japan
Ramen is considered by many Japanese to be the country's national dish. Japan has about one noodle shop for every 600 people. So, when an American chef from New York decided to open his own ramen shop in a Tokyo suburb, it attracted a lot of attention.
UK May Crack Down on Scotch Labels
Scottish officials are considering new rules to clearly define what may go on labels of real scotch bottles. Officials are worried that worldwide whiskeymakers are trying to cash in on one of Scotland's iconic exports by using bagpipes or Scottish-sounding names to sell the spirit.