Barbie dolls wield power for collector, acceptance for girls Robin Hickman has been called a St. Paul "treasure." She's a social activist, a TV and film producer, and a long-time leader in the African American community. But what makes Hickman most proud these days is her extensive multicultural doll collection.6:25 a.m.
DNR studies wolf behavior as hunting season approaches Minnesota's first-ever managed wolf hunt gets underway in about two weeks, barring a successful legal challenge that could stop the hunt. The opportunity to learn about wolves and their behavior brings the Department of Natural Resources to Sampson to Itasca State Park.6:40 a.m.
Boy Scout files show decades of child sex abuse A trove of some 14,500 pages from the Boy Scouts' so-called "perversion files" have been made public, and the files show that on numerous occasions local officials helped cover up abuse allegations.7:24 a.m.
Marriage amendment debate division in Grand Rapids The birthplace of Judy Garland, an icon in the gay community, is also a hotbed in the marriage debate. Catholic and conservative churches are leading the effort to pass the amendment, while a small but visible gay community tries to persuade voters that their neighbors will be hurt by it.7:45 a.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Freezing Eggs To Make Babies Later Moves Toward Mainstream
The American Society for Reproductive Medicine has concluded that freezing women's eggs to treat infertility should no longer be considered "experimental." The practice has long been controversial. Some critics worry the policy shift will encourage more women to turn to egg freezing to stop the biological clock.
Presidential Campaigns Keep Focus On Female Voters
In the past 72 hours, President Obama and Mitt Romney have each released new ads targeting female voters. This follows the latest presidential debate in which work and family issues created heated discussions --both on the stage and among voters.
With A Phone Call, Truckers Can Fight Sex Trafficking
The scores of truckers on America's roads see and hear a lot, so they're in a position to notice when something at a rest stop doesn't look right. That's why people who fight sex trafficking of underage kids are enlisting drivers to help.
Family Secret Comes To Light In 'The Flat'
The flat is an apartment in Tel Aviv belonging to the grandmother of director Arnon Goldfinger. When she dies at 98, seven decades after emigrating from Germany, the entire family gathers to decide how to dispose of her possessions. Everything changes with a shocking discovery of a virulently pro-Nazi newspaper.
New York Officials Insist Stop-And-Frisk Is Legal
A judge in New York City is holding hearings on the controversial NYPD practice known as stop-and-frisk. This case focuses only on stops that take place in privately-owned apartment buildings. It's the first of three major legal challenges to stop-and-frisk to make it to court.
In Ohio, Bill Clinton Opens For 'The Boss'
One of President Obama's most high-profile surrogates, former President Bill Clinton, spoke at a rally in Parma, Ohio, Thursday. Rocker Bruce Springsteen was the co-headliner.
The Third-Party Factor: Will 2012 Look Like 2000?
Third-party candidates could end up affecting the outcome of the presidential race, as Ralph Nader did in Florida in 2000. Libertarian Gary Johnson could siphon votes away from both candidates in several battleground states, and the Constitution Party's Virgil Goode could make a difference in Virginia.
EU Leaders Agree To Overseer For Banks
At a summit in Brussels, the European Union agreed to create a single overseer for its 6,000-plus banks. The move is seen as an important step in preventing future financial meltdowns. The European Bank will lead the efforts and the new overseer will have the power to intervene in any bank in the 17 eurozone countries.
Starbucks Says It Complies With U.K. Tax Laws
In Britain, eyebrows have been raised over the revelation this week that Starbucks has paid almost no corporate tax on its U.K. operations. For its part, the Seattle-based company insists it's done nothing wrong.
After Crisis, Some Banks Doing Better Than Others
It was four years ago, that U.S. taxpayers bailed out America's big banks. David Greene talks with David Wessel, economics editor at The Wall Street Journal, about the country's big banks, which have announced their latest earnings in the last week or two.