President of Somalia making rare visit to Twin Cities Minnesota's Somali community is rolling out the red carpet for newly-elected Somali President Sheik Sharif Sheik Ahmed (seen above speaking at the U.N.), who is visiting the Twin Cities as part of a stateside tour of cities with large Somali-American populations.6:20 a.m.
Vets in college get emergency checks from VA The Veterans Administration will provide student veterans with emergency payments of up to $3,000 beginning Friday, to help them pay for college. The VA is responding to the fact that many vets are still waiting for GI Bill checks, even though their college classes have been in session for a month.6:25 a.m.
U of M to host soccer if Chicago wins 2016 Olympics The International Olympic Committee makes its choice Friday on which city will get the honor of hosting the 2016 summer games. Chicago is in the running along with Rio de Janeiro, Tokyo, and Madrid.7:20 a.m.
Art Hounds: Dhvee, Marisol and Hope Sandoval This week's Art Hounds are on the trail of an epic Indian/Indonesian dance at the Walker, a play about guardian angels confronting a dying god and a familiar 90s alt rock voice making a swing through Minneapolis.8:25 a.m.
Local students represent U.S. in Paralympic Games A group of local high school students will travel to Australia Thursday to represent the United States on the national youth wheelchair basketball team at the Australian Paralympic Youth Games in Melbourne.8:40 a.m.
'Nobody' comes to Minneapolis It's a big week for Minnesota movies, and not just because of the Coen Brothers. Tonight in Minneapolis the stars will walk the red carpet for the world premiere of "Nobody," a new comedy shot in and around a well known Twin Cities art school.8:45 a.m.
National Public Radio Stories
High-Stakes Talks In Geneva With Iran, Top Powers
Representatives of six world powers sit down in Geneva with diplomats from Iran for rare face-to-face talks on Iran's nuclear program on Thursday. Iran says it won't discuss what it calls its nuclear "rights" and insists its program is only for peaceful energy production.
Iranian Official: Nuclear Facility For Power Plant Fuel
Iran's foreign minister, Manouchehr Mottaki, tells NPR's Steve Inskeep that a new uranium enrichment facility is being constructed to produce fuel for the country's nuclear power plants. It was revealed last week that Iran has been building the previously unknown facility for the past several years.
Khadjedpour Released From Iranian Jail
Iranian businessman Bijan Khadjedpour was one of the people arrested after Iran's disputed presidential election. His name came up last week when Steve Inskeep asked President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad why people were put in jail for opposing the results of the election. Ahmadinejad said no one was put into prison for opposing him and he said he would look into the case. The president's office said the case did get looked into, and Khadjedpour was released on bail Wednesday.
Mexico's 'La Familia' Cartel Mixes Spiritualism, Crime
The Mexican government's war against drug cartels over the past three years has claimed more than 11,000 lives, snared thousands of alleged criminals and brought down scores of politicians. One of the newer cartels being pursued by President Felipe Calderon's administration is La Familia, a group that mixes politics, spiritualism and violence.
Debate Over Afghan War Heats Up In Congress
For years, the war in Afghanistan got little attention from Congress as lawmakers battled over the Iraq war. But Iraq has increasingly become the forgotten war on Capitol Hill. Republican lawmakers say President Obama should accept the recommendation for additional troops made by his top commander there. Some key Democrats, meanwhile, express doubts about that war.
Chicago Pulls Out All The Stops To Host Olympics
The International Olympic Committee will decide Friday whether Chicago or one of its competitors will host the summer Games of 2016. Lobbying is intense at the IOC meeting in Copenhagen. First Lady Michelle Obama has been meeting privately with delegates as she campaigns for her hometown. President Obama will star in the city's final presentation.
Olympic Caveats: Host Cities Risk Debt, Scandal
The Obama administration says Chicago winning its bid for the 2016 Olympics would be good for the city's economy. The same argument has been made by many Olympic bidders — but the proof is sketchy.
Comcast Denies Report, Cisco To Buy Tandberg
There have been reports that the cable company Comcast has its eye on NBC Universal. That's the television and movie business owned by General Electric. A deal that has been struck involves Cisco Systems buying a Norwegian company that makes hardware for video conferences. Cisco, the world's largest maker of computer networking equipment, will buy Tandberg for $3 billion.
Bank Of America CEO Ken Lewis To Retire
Bank of America says its embattled Chief Executive Ken Lewis will step down at the end of the year. Lewis is one of the most powerful and influential figures in the banking business. But he has spent the past year taking heat for his bank's controversial acquisition of Merrill Lynch.
Penske Deal Off, GM To End Saturn Brand
Penske Automotive Group has walked away from the deal, unable to find a manufacturer to make Saturns. General Motors says it will stop making Saturns and close down the brand. Some dealers say this didn't have to happen. They say Saturn could have been a shining star in the GM lineup, had the company not starved the division of new products. Others say blaming GM won't do any good.