Spring is here
MPR's Cathy Wurzer talks with University of Minnesota climitologist Mark Seeley about the warmer temperatures headed our way.6:55 a.m.
One more vote for Democrats in the House Congressman Jim Oberstar now says he'll support the supplemental emergency war spending bill that would set a withdrawal date for U.S. troops from Iraq.7:25 a.m.
Kentucky's Tubby Smith is new Gophers coach Tubby Smith will be the new head coach of the University of Minnesota men's basketball team. For the last 10 years, Smith led the University of Kentucky Wildcats to 10 straight NCAA tournament appearances and a national championship.7:50 a.m.
Where to live when mom and dad divorce A proposal moving through the state Legislature would require courts to change how they decide child custody cases, to make joint custody the rule rather than the exception.7:55 a.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Rice Faces New Hurdles on Latest Mideast Trip
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice heads back to the Middle East, hoping to prod Israel and the Palestinians toward peace talks. She will be navigating new difficulties posed by the Palestinian unity government.
Bush Team Explores Use of 'Soft Power'
Until recently, the Bush team went into the world with hardline demands and diplomatic standoffs resulted. Recent breakthroughs with U.S. adversaries show the administration taking a softer approach to foreign policy.
White House, Prosecutors Have Clashed in Past
Past administrations have had their own problems with federal prosecutors, including some scandals. Over the past 30 years, rules have changed — and so have relationships between the White House and the Justice Department.
Wahlberg: One Cool Character in 'Shooter'
The heroic loner, battling incredible odds. That's the character Mark Wahlberg inherits in Shooter, a thriller about a former Marine set up as a patsy in a political killing. Wahlberg gives a Steve McQueen-style performance.
Wins, Losses Cited in Fight to Control TB
In 2005, 8.8 million people worldwide were infected with tuberculosis, a slight increase over the previous year. Many countries have improved treatment, but some parts of the world, especially sub-Saharan Africa, remain vulnerable. And a new strain of TB is troublesome.
Zimbabwe Doctor Describes Abuses Under Mugabe
Dr. Douglas Gwatidzo has been a witness to the results of beatings and other physical abuse suffered by political opponents of Zimbabwe's president, Robert Mugabe. Gwatidzo will participate Friday in a briefing for the U.S. Congress.
Afghans Struggle to Rebuild National Museum
Efforts to restore the National Museum in Kabul are not unlike the struggle to rebuild Afghanistan itself. Two and a half years after reopening, the three-story building at the edge of Kabul has more scaffolding than exhibits.
'Open Skies' Deal Could Trim Cost of Air Fare
The U.S. and the European Union have signed the Open Skies pact. The agreement, which goes into effect in March 2008, eliminates red tape from trans-Atlantic travel. It will lead to more flights to more cities on both continents and could mean cheaper plane tickets.
Senate Panel Studies Subprime Loan Woes
The Senate Banking committee examines the problems in the ailing subprime lending market. They fear a wave of foreclosures caused by irresponsible subprime lending.
Dutch Mail to Include Stamps Paid for by Ads
At the moment, it costs the equivalent of 59 cents, U.S., to mail a letter. But starting next month, Dutch consumers who don't want to spend that money, can order a pack of envelopes with stamps for free. The envelopes are being offered by a local ad agency, which has placed ads on the back of the envelopes. Consumers who request them also have to agree to receive MORE ads by mail or e-mail.