Minneapolis house gets top energy rating A house in Minneapolis is the first newly constructed home in Minnesota to get the highest possible LEED rating for sustainability. MPR's Cathy Wurzer took a tour of the house.6:40 a.m.
Speaking without an accent After studying the language for years, non-native English speakers often have another hurdle to overcome -- an accent. Many take advanced language classes to try to eliminate, or at least minimize, their accent. Often they're professionals who see an accent as a weakness in a competitive workforce.6:50 a.m.
Fall leaves vexing commentator Peter Smith The leaves are mostly off the trees all over Minnesota. The colder temperatures and strong winds that came in last weekend knocked down many of the leaves that were just barely hanging on. All those fallen leaves have commentator Peter Smith searching for answers.6:55 a.m.
Older Americans hit hard by economic turmoil Seniors and those close to retirement are getting hit hard by the volatile economy. Some are figuring out they can't afford to retire, and many retirees are heading back to work.7:45 a.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Sen. Stevens To Appeal Verdict As He Faces Voters
Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens, who faces a re-election battle, says he will fight Monday's "unjust verdict" that found him guilty of all seven corruption charges against him. Stevens was convicted of failing to disclose gifts including major home renovations from an oil industry executive.
Independent Gives Subdued Support To Obama
Barack Obama is hoping this election will translate into big gains among independent voters. But not all independents are embracing him whole-heartedly. One voter says she's concerned about Obama's foreign policy experience but that she's supporting him because she doesn't trust John McCain on health care.
Democracy In Thailand On Life Support
Thailand's democracy appears to be on life support as the embattled prime minister clings to office. That's despite calls for his resignation from political opponents and, indirectly, the military. It has conducted 18 coups, or coup attempts, since Thailand became a constitutional monarchy in 1932.
Climate Changing Walden Pond's Flowers
Henry David Thoreau is perhaps best known for his book Walden, about living a simple life in harmony with nature. But Thoreau didn't just love nature — he studied it and kept meticulous notes. Now, scientists are using Thoreau's records to look at how the landscape has changed during the past 150 years.
Power-Sharing Deal Elusive In Zimbabwe
A regional summit has failed to break a deadlock in power-sharing talks in Zimbabwe. President Robert Mugabe and Morgan Tsvangirai, the main opposition leader, are vying for control of the Home Affairs Ministry. That ministry is powerful because it oversees the police force. Tsvangirai accuses Mugabe, who has led Zimbabwe since independence from Britain in 1980, of trying to hold on to too many of the most powerful posts.
Some Displaced Iraqi Christians Ponder Kurds' Role
In northern Iraq, thousands of Christian families remain displaced from their homes in the city of Mosul. Many are living with relatives or taking refuge in churches and monasteries in an area north of the city that's known as the Nineveh Plain.
GM, Chrysler Merger Talks Resurface
Two of the nation's automakers reportedly are asking the government for billions of dollars to finance a merger. GM and Chrysler are both bleeding cash, and a last-ditch merger between the two has been discussed for weeks. Industry executives have been meeting with government officials in Washington, D.C. The money could come from funds recently authorized by Congress to help carmakers retool their factories. Or, it could come from the $700 billion bailout fund. It could even mean that the government would take a stake in the car industry.
Treasury Injects Cash Into Banking System
The U.S. Treasury has cleared the way for banks to start lending again. Nine major financial institutions this week will receive $125 billion. In addition, more than a dozen regional banks will share part of another $125 billion from the government.
Miami's Construction Cranes Vanish From Skyline
The Florida real estate blog Condo Vultures says downtown Miami's last residential construction crane has disappeared. At the height of Miami's building boom, up to 40 cranes hovered over residential construction projects. They built dozens of buildings with thousands of condos. But now real estate prices have fallen. The last of the cranes that put up those buildings have been disassembled. They've been hauled off on flatbed trucks — migrating like giant birds to wherever business is better.