As Obama visits, Minneapolis eyes police relationship with firearms makers President Barack Obama planned to be in Minneapolis on Monday to push for tougher gun laws and highlight some of the things Minneapolis has done to reduce gun violence. He comes here as Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak and other mayors from across the country are looking at a way to put direct pressure on gun makers.6:20 a.m.
Tight supply of homes for sale stymies families and metro market The glut of homes that the housing crisis dumped into the real estate market has largely dried up. By the end of last year the supply of homes for sale in the Twin Cities hit its lowest level in 10 years. Reluctant sellers are partly responsible for those low inventories. Many home owners still feel uneasy about putting their homes up for sale.7:20 a.m.
Gun control, voting reform debated at the Capitol this week Emotions are expected to be running high this week at the State Capitol when lawmakers begin discussing several bills designed to prevent gun violence. Reporter Tim Pugmire previews the week ahead with Morning Edition host Phil Picardi.7:45 a.m.
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Syrian Opposition Leader Holds Talks With Russia, Iran
Over the weekend, one of the main Syrian opposition leaders held informal talks with the regime's main backers — Russia and Iran. The talks were held on the sidelines of a security conference in Germany. It's unclear whether this creates an opening to a political settlement that could end the bloodshed in Syria.
Violence At Both Ends Of Political Spectrum Threatens Greece
Debt-burdened Greece's fragile political stability is under attack. On the left, anti-government groups have bombed a series of Greek government offices, banks and other symbols of the establishment. Meanwhile, violent attacks by supporters of a neo-Nazi and anti-immigrant party are also on the rise.
'Odd Fellows' Work Together On Overhauling Immigration
Two people, who are not normally allies, are working together to support changes to immigration laws. Renee Montagne talks to Eliseo Medina, who is with the Service Employees International Union, and Randel Johnson, who is with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
Environmentalists Oppose Shipping Fracking Waste By Barge
As more oil and gas drilling takes place in Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Ohio, there's more liquid waste that needs disposing. A proposal to carry that waste to disposal sites using river barges is getting attention. But some environmentalists say it's just too risky a way to transport the waste.
Shortage Of Brain Tissue Hinders Autism Research
Autism researchers are studying post-mortem brain tissue from people with the disorder to understand how it changes the brain. The greatest demand is for tissue from children. But it's especially hard to get.
U.S., E.U Bilateral Trade Deal 'Is Within Our Reach'
With both sides of the Atlantic suffering economic woes, there is renewed interest in a free-trade zone between the U.S. and the European Union. The idea has been discussed often but has always been defeated. Vice President Joe Biden has signaled Washington wants a deal with the E.U.
SodaStream Criticized For West Bank Plant
SodaStream is the first Israeli company to advertise in the Super Bowl. The company has dodged controversy in efforts to break open the soft drink market. Its plant in the West Bank has made it a target for an international boycott movement.
Oreo Cashes In On Super Bowl Power Outage
Oreo took advantage of Sunday night's stadium blackout to tweet an image of the cookie enveloped in darkness with the caption: "You Can Still Dunk in the Dark." The clever on-the-fly ad was re-tweeted thousands of times.
Obama Takes Anti-Gun Violence Campaign To Minneapolis
The president will visit the city's police department — most police organizations favor tougher gun laws. The president leaves behind a new Congress that's getting down to business. Consuming most lawmakers' time are the budget and deficit.
Algerian Militants Wanted To Create 'Giant Fireball'
It now appears that the militants who stormed a gas plant in Algeria last month, resulting in the deaths of dozens of hostages, ultimately wanted to create a giant fireball by blowing up the plant. They just couldn't figure out how. David Greene talks to Adam Nossiter of The New York Times, who recently went to the plant and gathered accounts of some former hostages.