A common ground for classical and rock A major New York City concert series uniting classical and indie rock audiences is coming to the Twin Cities this weekend. The Wordless Music Series is seen by some as a way to introduce younger, adventurous music fans to classical music.6:50 a.m.
Weather with Mark Seeley
Morning Edition host Cathy Wurzer talked about the latest weather news with University of Minnesota Climatologist Mark Seeley. They also looked ahead to the weekend forecast.6:55 a.m.
What's a Vikings-Packers ticket worth? It's been about two months since the state of Minnesota repealed its ban on ticket scalping. This Sunday's sold-out Vikings-Packers game is perhaps the hottest ticket to be had since scalping went legit. And some folks are looking to score big by reselling tickets to the game.7:24 a.m.
Sen. Coleman Battles Anti-War Sentiments
Sen. Norm Coleman, a Republican from Minnesota, runs for re-election amid rampant anti-war sentiments. While anti-war Democrats contest his 2008 bid, constituents are not bashful about challenging his position on the war in Iraq.
Blackwater Eyes Domestic Contracts in U.S.
The Blackwater security firm, subject of headlines related to deadly shootings in Iraq, would like to get more business working on natural disasters in the United States. In fact, it already has: its employees provided security to FEMA staff after Hurricane Katrina. But its future plan has made some people edgy.
'The Kingdom' Mirrors the Headlines
Set in Saudi Arabia, The Kingdom is a film about American good guys going toe to toe with followers of terrorist Abu Hamsa. The film opens with sounds of bombs going off in an American housing compound, killing and wounding hundreds watching a softball game.
Hate Crimes Measure Tied to Defense Spending
Defying a White House veto threat, the Senate attaches landmark hate-crime legislation to the annual bill that authorizes defense spending. No president has ever vetoed such a defense bill, and this one includes both higher pay for the military and better health care for the wounded.
Future London Mosque Sparks Debate
Plans to build England's largest mosque are being met with controversy. It would be the largest mosque in Europe. The dispute is part of a larger debate about Islam and its place in British society.
Britain, U.S. Enjoy Strong Association
David Miliband, Britain's foreign minister, is a rising star in British politics. At 42, he is the youngest foreign minister in three decades. He was one of Prime Minister Tony Blair's cabinet secretaries. Miliband says Britain is committed to its "special relationship" with the U.S.
Google Defends DoubleClick Deal
Google defends its $3.1 billion acquisition of the Internet ad broker DoubleClick.com before Congress. But the deal faced considerable skepticism from Microsoft and other critics, saying the merger would allow Google unprecedented power over the online ad business.
Economists Fear Inflation in Offing
Economists worry the Federal Reserve may have to raise interest rates by the end of the year to prevent inflation. Prices of food, gasoline, and other consumer products are surging. Their concerns come 10 days after the Fed cut interest rates in a bid to sure up the credit market.
Wal-Mart Reduces Contact with Customers
Wal-Mart Stores, the world's biggest retailer, has no intention of listening to ordinary consumers. It removed its customer service number from its Web site, and told customers to use the online self-help tool instead. So much for the customer comes first.
Myanmar Crackdown Isolates Monks
Yangon is quiet a day after the bloodiest day in monk-led protests against 45 years of military rule. Buddhist monasteries were raided, and troops fired automatic weapons into crowds of demonstrators, killing at least eight people — though it's believed the death toll is considerably higher.