Cleanup begins after deadly tornadoes National Guard troops and volunteers with chainsaws were helping residents in this northwestern Minnesota town begin a massive cleanup effort, a day after a tornado destroyed homes and uprooted trees in its path.4:00 a.m.
Bigger 10 could help narrow U of M's athletics budget gap The recent expansion of the Big 10 could help the University of Minnesota athletics department weather reductions in its budget, but it's not likely to be enough to make up for the budget cuts the department faces in coming years.7:25 a.m.
School district ponders whether to get rid of class rank School officials in Mounds View will decide next week whether to get rid of class rank for graduating seniors. If they do, they'll join a handful of other public school districts who have made the switch in recent years, and who say it might help some students get into college.8:35 a.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Taliban Gone, Pakistani Region Yearns For Normal
A year ago, the Pakistani army mounted an offensive to dislodge Taliban militants who had overtaken Swat Valley. The fighting forced more than 2 million people from their homes. A year later, the people of the region are trying to rebuild their lives.
Gas Keeps Workers From Rescuing Colombian Miners
There's been a mine disaster in northwestern Colombia, and at least 70 miners were trapped deep underground. At least 16 bodies have been pulled from the scene, but efforts to reach the missing were stymied by a buildup of gas.
Kyrgyz Vote On Constitution May Be Delayed
It's been a week since ethnic violence erupted in Kyrgyzstan. And in a little more than a week from now, the central Asian nation is scheduled to vote on a new constitution. That appears increasingly unlikely as thousands of ethnic Uzbeks have fled their homes.
FDA Advisers Back Approval Of Longer-Acting Pill
An advisory panel to the Food and Drug Administration voted unanimously Thursday that the agency approve a new contraceptive that effectively prevents most pregnancies up to five days after unprotected intercourse.
Lakers Clinch 2nd Straight NBA Title With Late Rally
The Los Angeles Lakers have won the franchise's 16th NBA championship, dramatically bouncing back from a fourth-quarter deficit to beat their archrival Boston Celtics 83-79. It was an all-out defensive classic at L.A.'s Staples Center.
Chinese Workers Strike Toyota Suppliers
Workers at an affiliate in northeast China that makes plastic parts for the Japanese carmaker Toyota have gone on strike shutting down a production line. Earlier, workers at another Toyota supplier walked off the job. It's part of a rash of strikes in the last few months that also affected factories for Honda and a Taiwanese electronics company.
Wal-Mart Helps Small Farms Supply 'Local' Foods
For Wal-Mart, the local food movement is a profitable investment for both its balance sheet and its image. Hoping to demonstrate environmental awareness as well as save on freight costs, the company is reaching out to small farms to supply its stores with locally grown produce.
Feds Crack Down On Mortgage Fraud
The Justice Department announced Thursday that investigators have made nearly 500 arrests in recent weeks in a major crackdown on mortgage fraud.