Mid-April storm set records University of Minnesota Climatologist Mark Seeley talks about some record snow amounts from the state's mid-April snow storm. There's also a new seasonal climate outlook out from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.6:55 a.m.
High blood pressure and diabetes hit Hmong hard A new study suggests a significant number of Hmong Americans may suffer from diabetes or high blood pressure. Researchers screened more than 1,500 Hmong adults in St. Paul last summer, and they found two-thirds of them either have high blood pressure or are likely to develop it. Fifteen percent had diabetes and another 50 percent were pre-diabetic.7:25 a.m.
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Syrian Activist In Hiding Presses Mission From Abroad
Young social media activists are playing a major role in the uprising in Syria. But some have been forced to flee, including Rami Nakhle, who is now working from across the border in Lebanon. His site has become a hub for protest pictures, eyewitness accounts and the names of the dead.
Japan Struggles With How To Heal 'Children's Hearts'
As students return to school in areas affected by the tsunami, there's a lot of talk of "kodomo no kokoro no care" — or "care for children's hearts." Psychologists are training teachers, and schools are trying to hire more counselors. But figuring out how to care for young survivors is a challenge.
A Boy, An Injury, A Recovery, A Miracle?
The Vatican is delving into the case of a 6-year-old boy in Washington state whose doctors say a flesh-eating bacteria nearly killed him. The Catholic Church is trying to determine whether his recovery is a miracle that can be attributed to a Native American who lived in the 1600s.
U.S. Seeks To Deport Salvadoran Accused Of Torture
After El Salvador's brutal civil war in the 1980s, that country's top military official was welcomed to the U.S. as a legal immigrant. But now, Gen. Eugenio Vides Casanova is accused of participating in torture and human rights abuses nearly 30 years ago — and the U.S. is trying to deport him.
Hershey Raises Wholesale Prices By Nearly 10 Percent
Over the next several months, Hershey's products will cost more at the retail level. The company raised wholesale prices by nearly 10 percent this week because commodity prizes are squeezing the industry. Cocoa and sugar prices are through the roof to name a couple of the expensive ingredients that go into candy.
Late-Shift Worker's Lament: 'It's Killing Me'
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, about 15 percent of Americans do shift work. A request on NPR's Facebook page for people to share their stories of working on the night shift brought more than 2,000 responses.
Toyota's Car Production Will Be Disrupted For Months
Toyota announced Friday that its global car production won't return to normal until November or December. The Japanese automaker is still reeling from setbacks caused by last month's earthquake and tsunami. The delay could cost Toyota its spot as the world's leading automaker, and allow GM to reclaim the title.
Calif. Debates Ban On Shark Fin Trade
A proposed ban on shark fin consumption has environmentalists facing off against many Chinese restaurants in California. A state assemblyman says harvesting shark fins is brutal since often the fins are cut off and the living shark is dumped back into the ocean.
Dutch Koch Receives Death Threat By Mistake
Charles and David Koch are the billionaire owners of an industrial conglomerate based in Wichita, Kan. They've poured millions into conservative and anti-union causes. People who don't like their politics have sent critical emails and even death threats to Dutch Koch, who says he gets mistaken for them all the time.