Spending cuts a top issue for Minn. legislators in 2010 Minnesota legislators are trying to get an early start on the state's projected $1.2 billion budget deficit before the 2010 session starts on Feb. 4, and some are wondering just how much state spending is left to cut.7:20 a.m.
January has essayist writing about mortality January's arrival has some of us thinking about New Year's resolutions. Or cursing the cold. But it has essayist Peter Smith contemplating his own mortality. Mortality, and an old sofa.7:45 a.m.
Wis. couple attacked, shot by carjackers tell their story Al and Susan Thill of St. Croix Falls were driving to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico last week, as they've done for the last nine years.
But when they reached the north central Mexican state of Durango on Thursday, their annual trip took a turn for the worst.8:25 a.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Obama To Announce New Airline Safety Measures
President Obama meets at the White House Tuesday with leaders of the intelligence community. They'll assess what went wrong in the lead-up to an attempted airline bombing Christmas Day, and how to do a better job of preventing such attacks in the future. The president plans to announce some changes in the terror watch-list procedures.
Britain Rejected Visa Request For Would-Be Bomber
When Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab boarded a Detroit-bound airliner he did so with an American visa. The suspect in the thrwarted Christmas Day bombing also applied for a visa to Britain, which turned him down. Abdulmutallab was seeking a student visa to a non-existent school. Former CIA case officer Reuel Marc Gerecht talks to Steve Inskeep about why one country stopped him while the other did not.
Record Snowfall Hits Northeast Asia
The foot of snow that fell on Beijing on Sunday and Monday was enough to shut down schools and highways on the first working day of the new year. It did the same for other parts of north China and the Korean peninsula as well. In Seoul, the state weather agency says the snowfall was the worst since South Korea began conducting meteorological surveys in 1937.
Portrait Of Iraq: A Refugee Artist Paints His Home
Ahmad AlKarkhi fled from Baghdad in 2006, but he continues to paint his memories of his war-torn homeland. "There is nothing there to live for," he says, but he insists that there is a beautiful side to the country "that we must keep alive."
Panelists Debate Football's Link to Brain Damage
Members of the House Judiciary Committee held a hearing in Detroit Monday on the links between football injuries and brain disease. Dr. Ira Casson, a neurologist and former co-chairman of the NFL's panel on head injuries, denied a conclusive link between football and long-term brain damage. A co-founder of the Brain Injury Research Institute testified that it's been shown that repeated blows to the head cause damage.
Egypt Explores Tourism Beyond The Package Tour
Almost unnoticed amid bulging tour buses and packed cruise ships, a small eco-travel movement is emerging in Egypt. Eco-tourism advocates are trying to tap into the skills and knowledge of Bedouins and other tribespeople who have been virtually ignored by mainstream tourism.
Community Helped Change How We See Retirement
Fifty years ago, Sun City, Ariz., was the first retirement community built specifically for active seniors. Now it is home to a new generation of residents who are more active than ever and often not even retired.
Manufacturing Sector Begins To Rebound
Factory owners in the United States, Asia and Europe say there's more demand for their products now — another indication the recession is ending. Economists hope job growth will soon follow. The government reported Tuesday that new factory orders rose 1.1 percent in November.
What To Watch For At CES: Netbooks, eBooks
The annual Consumer Electronics Show opens in Las Vegas Thursday. It's the biggest stage for electronic products in the country, and more than 100,000 people are expected to attend. However, some of the biggest electronic news is expected to be revealed before and after the show.
Solar Panel Thefts Heating Up
Solar panel theft is on the rise. The growing crime wave is particularly acute in Napa Valley where several dozen wineries have gone solar in recent years. Thieves are using Google Earth to locate solar arrays and breaking into vineyards at night to steal panels. Several wineries have been hit, some more than once.