Vikings season ends The Vikings were knocked out the NFL playoffs in the first round when they lost to the Philadelphia Eagles 26-14 at the Metrodome.6:20 a.m.
Child custody law up for review A study group will report its findings to the Legislature this month on whether Minnesota should change its child custody laws. At issue is whether judges should automatically presume that children split their time living with each of their divorced parents.6:50 a.m.
Coleman legal strategy: find votes If Norm Coleman ends up contesting the outcome of the Senate election, his legal strategy could focus on a number of issues that have come up during the recount.7:20 a.m.
Markets with Chris Farrell Minnesota Public Radio's chief economics correspondent Chris Farrell discusses the latest in the financial markets.7:25 a.m.
Israeli Forces Push Deeper Into Gaza
Israeli forces press on with their deadly ground, sea and air assault against Hamas targets in the Gaza Strip. Israeli troops have effectively cut Gaza in half. The ground offensive is the latest phase in a military campaign that started with airstrikes. More than 500 Palestinians have been killed — including many civilians.
Israel Moves To Stifle Hamas Rocket Attacks
Israel's incursion into Gaza has continued for more than a week. Best-selling author Michael Oren is a senior fellow at the Shalem Center in Jerusalem. He's also a reservist working as a spokesman for the Israeli military. He tells Ari Shapiro that this large-scale military operation should succeed in deterring Hamas rocket attacks while previous smaller operations failed.
Gas Monopoly Fuels, Finances Moscow's Might
Russia's state-controlled gas monopoly is the world's largest producer of natural gas. Despite recent financial setbacks, Gazprom still pumps billions of dollars into the government's budget and plans to continue plans to expand its global reach.
Maternal Grandma Will Help Obamas Settle In D.C.
The Obama girls, Malia and Sasha, will start class Monday at Sidwell Friends School in Washington, D.C. Their maternal grandmother, Marian Robinson, is moving from Chicago to help them make the adjustment. Commentator Patricia Elam talks about the traditional importance of grandmothers in black families.
Jobless Ask: Take First Offer Or Wait For Better?
Unemployed workers face a tough decision: Should they settle for a lower salary, and get work now, or hold out for a job commensurate with their skills? Employment counselors say some folks are still too proud to take a pay cut, but as weeks drag into months, they may have to settle for less.
Hearing: Why Didn't SEC Detect Madoff Scandal?
The House Financial Services Committee will hold a hearing Monday on the scandal involving disgraced investor Bernard Madoff. He's accused of running a $50 billion Ponzi scheme. Chairman Paul Kanjorski, a Democrat from Pennsylvania, tells Steve Inskeep the hearing will investigate why the Securities and Exchange Commission failed to detect the scandal.
Parents Question Chinese Milk Compensation Plan
Verdicts are expected soon in the ongoing scandal over tainted milk in China. So far, the contaminated milk has killed six children and sickened nearly 300,000. The government last week announced details of a compensation plan. Some victims' families are questioning the plan, saying the amounts are too low.
Urkaine Still Without Gas Shipments From Russia
Russia and Ukraine still can't agree on natural gas prices, and that appears to be disrupting supplies to Europe. European leaders are holding emergency talks in Brussels. Europe is heavily dependent on Russian gas, most of which travels through Ukraine on its way to European markets. Russia last week cut off supplies to Ukraine, and now Russia accuses Ukraine of stealing gas intended for European markets. Ukraine denies that.
Locked-In Rate Has Heating Oil Customers Steamed
The recession is driving down energy prices, making it cheaper for people to heat their homes. In the Northeast, home heating oil could cost considerably less this winter than last year. That is, except for people who locked in at a higher price last summer. Curt Nickisch of member station WBUR reports.
Obama's Stimulus Plan Will Take Weeks Of Work
President-elect Barack Obama arrived in Washington to get ready for his upcoming inauguration. He's to meet with congressional leaders on his economic stimulus plan Monday. Top Democrats are warning that even if lawmakers move quickly, it could take weeks to get the plan ready to be signed into law.