Minn. college graduation rates going up A new state report shows graduation rates at Minnesota colleges are on the rise. Colleges say that's because they're pushing students harder to finish their degrees in six years or less.6:20 a.m.
Med students live with seniors in new U of M program To better understand older patients, a University of Minnesota medical professor convinced some of his students to move in to senior housing, a program that may be one of the first experiments of its kind in the country.6:25 a.m.
Vikings suffer another heartbreaking loss The Minnesota Vikings and their fans are coping this morning with the sudden end to the season. The Vikings fell one game short of the Superbowl when they lost to the New Orleans Saints last night in overtime. The final score was 31 to 28.7:45 a.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Haitians Disappointed With Preval, Long For Aristide
Nearly two weeks after the deadly earthquake, the Haitian government continues to struggle. Many officials died in the quake and government buildings were destroyed. Some Haitians don't believe President Rene Preval can pull them out of the chaos they're in. They would like to see ousted President Jean-Bertrand Aristide return to office.
Bomb Plot Suspect Tied To Alleged U.K. Terrorists
Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, accused in the attempted Christmas Day airliner attack, had contacts with at least two suspected terrorists while a student in London, investigators tell NPR. Intelligence officials have linked him to a suspect in a 2006 plot against airliners and to a man implicated in a plan to behead a Muslim soldier.
How 'The Hidden Brain' Does The Thinking For Us
Science writer Shankar Vedantam says we often function on autopilot — without even knowing it. His new book, The Hidden Brain, explores how unconscious biases color our decisions even when we think we are acting rationally.
New Orleans, Indianapolis To Meet In Super Bowl
The New Orleans Saints will make their first appearance in a Super Bowl. They will be playing the Indianapolis Colts — a franchise that has been to three previous Super Bowls. To get to next month's big game in Miami, the Saints beat the Minnesota Vikings in overtime Sunday 31-28. The Colts won over the New York Jets 30-17.
Menthol May Be Nicotine's Partner In Addiction
Nicotine is definitely addictive, but scientists are still debating menthol's role in hooking people on tobacco. Some studies suggest that menthol allows smokers to take deeper drags or puffs on cigarettes, drawing in a greater amount of nicotine and its byproducts. Other researchers say there's no proof.
Teen Drinking May Cause Irreversible Brain Damage
For teenagers, the effects of a drunken night out may linger long after the hangover wears off. A recent study finds damaged nerve tissue in the brains of teenagers who drink heavily, and poorer performance on thought and memory tests.
Wal-Mart Cuts 11,000 Jobs At Sam's Club
Wal-Mart says it's cutting about 10 percent of the workforce at it warehouse club stores. About 10,000 members of the demonstration department are being let go, mostly part-time workers. The company is also cutting its new business membership representative positions, affecting about two staffers per store. Sam's Club faces tough competition from Costco.
Former eBay CEO Shares Her Values In A New Book
Meg Whitman is running for the Republican gubernatorial nomination in California. She made her mark as the CEO of eBay. She's written a book about her experiences called The Power of Many: Values for Success in Business and in Life. She tells Ari Shapiro that her book provides an underlying set of values and beliefs that will be helpful to try to turn California around.
British Airways Prepares For Strike
The union representing cabin crews at British Airlines has been threatening to strike. Published reports say the airline has been retraining some staff — including pilots and ground staff — so they can fill in for the flight attendants should it become necessary.
Obama Faces Political Minefield Over Deficit
President Obama is likely to outline a plan in his State of the Union address for fiscal responsibility. But don't look for immediate action to cut the deficit. Recent polls show that voters who are concerned about the deficit are also alarmed about unemployment.