Tobacco tax increase may give lift to e-cigarettes An increase in Minnesota's cigarette tax is giving a boost to electronic cigarettes as an alternative to traditional smoking. The number of Twin Cities shops selling the "e-cigs" has been rising, and shop owners credit the $1.60-a-pack tax increase that goes into effect July 1 for expanding interest.5:40 a.m.
Thousands still without power in Minnesota Storms knocked out power to about 615,000 homes and businesses in Minnesota over the weekend. It's the biggest outage ever in the state, according to Xcel Energy. MPR's Cathy Wurzer talked with Xcel spokesman Tom Hoen about the status of repairs to bring power back to customers.7:45 a.m.
Protests Allow Brazilians To Feel Part Of Global Movement
Brazil's government has been caught by surprise by the size and scale of recent protests. But analysts say they shouldn't have been. In a connected world, what happens in one part of it — say Turkey — can inspire social movements as far away as Brazil.
Turkey's Protests Are An Impediment For Its Prime Minister
After more than three weeks of anti-government protests, Turkey's leaders insist they will restore order and quickly bounce back from any damage to the country's economy or image abroad. The crisis comes at a delicate time for Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. He is in the midst of a fragile peace initiative with the Kurdish minority, dealing with an escalating war next door in Syria, and trying to convince parliament to strengthen the office of the president, which he is expected to run for as his final term as prime minister winds down.
Why The AR-15 Is More Than Just A Gun
For some, it's a symbol of America's might. For others, it's a frightening weapon of warfare. For many target-shooting hobbyists, it's "the Mr. Potato Head of firearms" — customizable to fit each individual. And it's all part of what is now a nearly billion-dollar business in military-style weapons.
Political Conservatives Stage App-Building Competition
Design an app based on the idea of "economic liberty." That's what some 200 technologists raced to do over the weekend in San Francisco at a Koch Institute-sponsored hackathon. The event is meant to bridge the gap between Washington, D.C. and Silicon Valley. But what does that actually mean?
Gloomy Thinking Can Be Contagious
But so, too, can cheeriness. Research on college roommates indicates that a person's psychological outlook can rub off on those close to them.
Depression May Increase The Risk Of Dementia Later On
Alzheimer's disease and depression have a lot in common, and people with depression face a greater risk of dementia as they age. Researchers aren't sure why and are seeking clues. They are trying to find out if treating depression will then help prevent or delay dementia.
Chinese Stocks Suffer Big Losses
Major indexes in China closed down more than 5 percent Monday — making it the worst day for losses since 2009. The plunge reverberated, weighing down markets across Asia.
Running Concierge Really Needs To Know How To Move
The Westin Hotel chain is looking for someone to be a professional trainer for guests as they travel to cities across the country participating in Rock 'n' Roll Marathons. That's a themed series of marathons featuring live bands and cheerleaders along the route. Westin is one of the corporate sponsors.
NSA Leaker Edward Snowden Is A Man On The Move
NSA surveillance leaker Edward Snowden left Hong Kong over the weekend and is seeking asylum in Ecuador. He spent the night in Moscow where Ecuadorean authorities met him at the airport. For more on Russia's role in this journey, and the role of WikiLeaks, David Greene talks to Kathy Lally, Moscow bureau chief of The Washington Post.