Lynx players ready for second half of season The Minnesota Lynx are in first place in their conference nearly halfway through their season. The team sent four players to Sunday's WNBA All-Star game. And now that the mid-season break is over, the Lynx try to keep their momentum going tonight against the Los Angeles Sparks at Target Center.7:45 a.m.
Vikings have to move fast now that lockout is over With the NFL lockout finally finished, the Minnesota Vikings are scrambling to get ready for the upcoming season. Officials announced yesterday that they are going to hold training camp in Mankato, Minnesota starting Sunday.8:45 a.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Norway Questions Its Tolerance Of Extremism
Norway is starting a process of self-examination in the wake of last Friday's brutal twin attacks. In building an open and free society, there are those who believe Norwegians were too tolerant — even of those who threatened their society from within.
Norwegian Official: 'Insufficient' Focus On Extremism
Espen Barth Eide, the deputy foreign minister to Norway's government, talks with Mary Louise Kelly about last Friday's attacks by right-wing extremist Anders Behring Breivik that left 76 people dead. Eide's son survived the gunman's attack at a youth camp on an island outside Oslo.
A Young Mom Resists A Cycle Of Failure
Not a day goes by that Lauren Ortega doesn't regret quitting high school. Now, after having two children, the 20-year-old Californian is struggling to complete her GED even as she and her boyfriend are barely able to make ends meet.
Memphis Standoff Could Delay Schools' Start
The school board and the city council are locked in a dispute that could delay next month's opening of city schools. The school board says classes won't start on Aug. 8 unless the city pays $55 million it owes in school funding. The mayor says he doesn't have the money. And besides, the city doesn't usually have to pay until September. The board and council rarely get along, so it's not clear if they will come up with a compromise in time for classes to start.
China Orders Safety Checks After Bullet Train Crash
The deadly collision involving two bullet trains in China last weekend is only one of many problems in the country's high-speed rail network. It's also plagued by corruption, undermining safety standards. A proud technological achievement has become an embarrassment.
Two States Protect Lake Tahoe, But One Eyes Changes
Lake Tahoe is split in two by the state line between California and Nevada. For decades, the two states have worked together to protect the famous deep blue waters of the giant mountain lake. But Nevada is threatening to shut that partnership down unless its neighbor agrees to some changes.
Debt Ceiling Deadline Looms
President Obama has stated it clearly, and his Treasury Department backs him up: The federal government will run short of money to pay its bills one week from Tuesday. Some financial firms say there could be more time. Barclays, UBS and Wells Fargo say extra tax revenues coming in could give the government a few more days. But all acknowledge time is short — with the House and Senate now preparing to vote on competing plans to raise the federal debt ceiling.
With Ticket Tax In Limbo, Airlines Raise Prices
Congress failed late last week to reauthorize the Federal Aviation Administration. That means the agency can no longer collect the ticket taxes that passengers normally pay. It could have been a nice price break for travelers, but airlines raised prices by about the same amount as the tax.
For Carmakers, What Children Want Counts
So, what do you want to drive when you grow up? It's a question that's important to car companies trying to tap into the youth market. Kids develop strong ideas about brands as early as kindergarten — and automakers are taking notes.