A friend's ALS death in the circle of life Bruce Kramer found a safe haven for conversation about ALS with a friend who also had the disease. They talked together freely and sometimes with raw emotion.6:20 a.m.
High-tech training trucks help EMTs prepare for real-life scenarios A truck that is fully outfitted with an emergency room bay is part of a new program to improve emergency medical care in rural North Dakota. Four $500,000 high-tech training facilities roam the state's highways to give ambulance crews a chance test their skills on realistic scenarios.7:20 a.m.
White-nose fungus imperils Minnesota bats A fungus that eats at bats' wings has been found in Mystery Cave and Soudan Underground Mine, two of Minnesota's largest bat caves. In East Coast states, the white nose fungus has wiped out nearly 6 million bats.7:25 a.m.
Vikings sign a new QB. Lynx dominate to open WNBA Finals In sports, the Minnesota Lynx have taken a one game to none lead in their WNBA Final series against the Atlanta Dream. Minnesota routed Atlanta 84-59 last night at Target Center. And the Minnesota Vikings had the week off, but made some news by signing free agent quarterback Josh Freeman who last played with the Tampa Bay Bucaneers. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke about both those stories with Howard Sinker, a digital sports editor for the Star Tribune.8:45 a.m.
National Public Radio Stories
U.S. Special Forces Operation In Libya Nabs Al-Qaida Suspect
The United States military struck twice over the weekend in Africa. Commando raids in Somalia and Libya targeted terrorists. The mission in Libya resulted in the capture of a top al-Qaida operative. He was a key figure in bombings of two U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania back in 1998. The outcome in Somalia is not as clear.
Target Of U.S. Raid In Somalia Called A Top Attack Planner
A Kenyan intelligence official says that the "high-value terrorist leader" whose residence was targeted in a Navy SEAL raid was the senior al-Shabab leader Abdikadir Mohamed Abdikadir, alias Ikrima. Ikrima is a Kenyan of Somali descent who boasts connections to both al-Shabab in Somalia and to a Kenyan jihadist group called al-Hijra.
Deadly Street Battles Raged Across Egypt
More than 50 people are dead after security forces and Islamist protesters clashed. Supporters of ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi and backers of the military that deposed him poured into the streets and turned on each other. Sunday's death toll was the highest on a single day since Aug. 14 when security forces raided two sit-in protest camps by Morsi supporters, killing hundreds.
GOP's History Of Resistance To Social Welfare Programs
A partial shutdown of the federal government is now in its seventh day. At the heart of the impasse is a political battle. For the government to re-open, Republicans are insisting on big changes to President Obama's signature health care law. This is not the first time there's been GOP resistance to a new social welfare program that was advocated and signed into law by a Democratic president.
Labor-Starved Pear Farmers Buckle Under Bumper Crop
The majority of the nation's pears grow in the Pacific Northwest, and this year's harvest is predicted to be one of the largest in history. But farmers are facing a shortfall that's been plaguing many agricultural industries: not enough workers to pick the fruit.
For Boys With Eating Disorders, Finding Treatment Can Be Hard
Anorexia and bulimia, eating disorders once thought to affect only girls and women, affect a growing number of boys and men. Boys as young as 9 and 10 are feeling the pressure to be ripped and muscular, psychologists say. But they can have a hard time finding a treatment program geared to males.
A Gain For Airbus Is A Loss For Boeing
Japan Airlines has announced it's ordering 31 wide-body jets from Europe's major airplane manufacturer. It's a deal worth $9.5 billion. It's a huge sale for Airbus and a big blow for America's Boeing, which for decades has dominated sales to Japanese airlines.
Wanted: A New Generation Of High-Tech Aviation Workers
Millions of U.S. factory jobs have been lost in the past decade. Now, in North Carolina, high school students are being encouraged to think about taking manufacturing jobs. But this isn't the furniture-making or textile labor of generations past — it's a new kind of highly technical work in aviation.
Political Crisis Keeps Obama From Asia-Pacific Summit
Leaders of Asia-Pacific countries are wrapping up an economic summit in Indonesia. Much of the talk in the region over the weekend focused on the event's big no show: President Obama. Because of the partial government shutdown in the U.S., the president decided to stay at home and monitor developments.
Updated $100 Bill To Enter Circulation
The Federal Reserve estimates that up to two-thirds of all U.S. C -notes are circulating abroad at any given time. The bill is also the most counterfeited. Federal officials are confident the new bill will be much harder to fake.