Hundreds urge reprieve for North High Supporters of saving North High School in Minneapolis say shutting the school down would affect the entire city. Superintendent Bernadeia Johnson says low enrollment and poor student achievement justify closing the school. But more than 200 people spoke out against the plan at a community forum last night. Some claimed the district set North up to fail, in part, by closing the elementary and middle schools that fed into the high school.7:16 a.m.
At rally, Romney praises Emmer's plan on taxes, jobs In Bloomington Monday night, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney criticized the Obama administration's agenda and the Democratic leaders of Congress, and accused liberals of trying to smother the American pioneer spirit.7:25 a.m.
U of M to tap new sources to fund next football coach The University of Minnesota is about to find out the going rate for a good college football coach. After firing Tim Brewster over the weekend, the university wants to hire a new coach who will turn the team around after years of losing seasons.7:46 a.m.
Essayist: New U coach should have old trait The search is on for a new Gopher football coach. The University of Minnesota fired coach Tim Brewster Sunday. His team had one win and six losses so far this year, and the schedule only gets tougher from here. There are all kinds of skills and strengths that make up a successful modern-day college football coach. But there's one old-fashioned trait essayist Peter Smith hopes the Gophers don't overlook this time.7:50 a.m.
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Drug Companies Hire Troubled Doctors As Experts
NPR-PROPUBLICA INVESTIGATION: Drug companies say they hire the most-respected doctors in their fields to teach about the benefits and risks of their drugs. But hundreds of doctors receiving payments have been accused of professional misconduct or were disciplined by state medical boards.
Sensory Deception: Lab Mice Can 'Smell' Light
Scientists are beginning to understand precisely how our brains distinguish one odor from another, thanks to some extraordinary mice that can "smell" light. The research is helping researchers better understand brain circuits in diseases from Alzheimer's to Parkinson's and could lead to better treatments.
Housing Industry Woes Affect Related Businesses
Rushed and sloppy foreclosures are under scrutiny across the U.S. It's harsh news for banks and people buying and selling homes. But it's also rippling into businesses that were beginning to see a slight easing in the difficult housing market -- truck rental companies for example.
Some Sparks But No Real Heat In N.Y. Gov. Debate
With all seven candidates meeting in the only scheduled debate of the state's contentious governor's race, people expected a circus. But it ended up being more of a sideshow, with each candidate performing his or her own unique act.
Texas Rangers Thrash N.Y. Yankees 8-0
Cliff Lee struck out 13 and stymied the New York Yankees on two hits in eight innings in the Texas Rangers' 8-0 victory for a 2-1 lead in the American League championship series.
French Strikers Take To The Streets Again
Protests in France against a government plan to change the retirement system have become more heated. Unions are protesting a proposal to raise the minimum retirement age by two years. But not everyone opposes the plan, and the issue is dividing France.
Corruption, Poverty Create Political Gloom In Kosovo
One of Europe's poorest countries, Kosovo is facing early elections after the government collapsed on Monday. Campaigning will take place amid popular anger over rampant corruption, a 45 percent jobless rate and mounting poverty.
Bank Of America To Resume Foreclosures
Bank of America says it will resume taking over more than 100,000 homes in 23 states starting next week. Those states require a judge's approval before any foreclosures can take place. Two weeks ago, the bank stopped foreclosures in all 50 states because of accusations that the paperwork was flawed.
Apple's Profits Rise But iPad Sales Disappoint
Apple has posted its fourth quarter earnings and both revenue and profit were the highest in company history. Nonetheless, Wall Street wasn't completely happy. Apple sold 4.2 million of its new tablet-style computer -- fewer than the approximately 5 million analysts, on average, had expected.
Can Detroit Build Small? Chevy Tries With Cruze
General Motors used to push SUVs and trucks. But now, the leaner, post-bankruptcy GM is turning its attention to small cars to compete with Toyota and Honda. And it's hoping the Chevy Cruze will woo customers with a price tag that starts around $17,000.