Competing goals apparent in new policy on old forest The built-in conflicts that come with the competing missions at the Minnesota DNR are evident in debate over a new policy on older forests. The agency is changing a 20-year-old policy designed to produce a minimum amount of older forests, while listing species because of concern about habitat loss in that forest ecosystem.6:24 a.m.
The NBA is cracking down on the league's best actors When the Timberwolves take on the Los Angeles Clippers tonight at Target Center, NBA officials will be on the lookout for floppers trying to make it appear that a foul has been committed. Britt Robson covers the NBA for Sports Illustrated.com. He talked to Morning Edition host Phil Picardi about the matter.8:45 a.m.
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Latino Voters Help Push Immigration Changes Forward
President Obama told a friendly audience in Las Vegas Tuesday that the prospects are bright for an overhaul of immigration laws, now that bipartisan congressional leaders are on board. The new sense of urgency comes after Latinos turned out in large numbers last fall to help re-elect the president.
Debate Over Rebuilding Beaches Post-Sandy Creates Waves
Federal disaster aid could mean billions more for rebuilding eroded beaches. Supporters say doing so offers crucial protection against storms. But longtime critics charge it's counterproductive and a waste of taxpayer dollars, especially in an era of sea-level rise.
In Massachusetts, Race Is On For Kerry's Senate Seat
With John Kerry stepping down from the seat he held for 28 years to become secretary of state, rumors are swirling about who his short-term replacement will be — and who will run in the special election in six months. Gov. Deval Patrick is appointing the replacement Wednesday.
Donors Consider More Relief Aid For Syria
There's been another massacre in Syria. This time in the city of Aleppo, where bodies were found in a river along the divide that separates the city between government control and rebel control. Meanwhile, major donors are in Kuwait to try to raise money to help the millions of Syrian civilians who've been displaced by the conflict.
Will N.Y. Gunowners Register Newly Regulated Firearms?
New York has adopted the toughest gun control laws in the country — banning assault rifles and large clips. But now state officials have to figure out how to make the new rules work — and they have to convince gun owners to comply.
Profit-Sharing Checks Replace Autoworkers Raises
Ford Motor Company will soon hand out record profit-sharing checks to its hourly employees. At General Motors, profit-sharing checks are expected to be pretty fat, too. Profit sharing appears to have permanently replaced the expectation of a guaranteed hourly wage increase at Detroit's Big Three.
RIM To Unveil BlackBerry Makeover
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Apple Trademarks Its Interior Store Design
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