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.
Fishermen Make Mad Dash For Dungeness Crab
As many West Coast fisheries collapse, more fishermen are turning to the delectable Dungeness crab. It's one of the last thriving fisheries in California, but the winter race for the crabs means fewer fresh crabs on tables and smaller profits.
Murals Depict Power Of Law And Justice
There are more than 50 murals on the walls of the Justice Department headquarters building. Painted during the Great Depression, they aimed to show how law and justice could improve lives.
The Wovel: Literary Alternative To Browsing Blogs
A Wovel is an on-line novel written serially, with readers deciding the turns of the plot. Publisher Underland Press is hoping people who already do most of their reading surfing the web will return each week to read the next installment.
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.