Wintry weather on the horizon MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with University of Minnesota Climatologist Mark Seeley about the coming change in the weather, especially for central Minnesota, which includes snow. He also tells listeners about Winter Hazard Awareness Week.6:55 a.m.
U of M president search coming to a head The University of Minnesota's board of regents are expected to name finalists for the school's top job Friday. The university's Board of Regents has the names of four semi-finalists, but those names are being kept secret. The regents will vote on the finalists during their regular monthly meeting at which point the names become public.7:20 a.m.
Musharraf Discusses India, Terrorism And His Future
Three years after being forced out of office, Pervez Musharraf says he intends to return to Pakistan, as an elected leader. He even has a Facebook page. In a visit to Washington, the former military ruler lays out his vision -- and talks about India.
New To Old: Obama Travels Signal Foreign Policy Shift
President Obama is taking back-to-back foreign trips that represent a pivot from new foreign policy challenges to old ones. He is currently on a 10-day tour of developing democracies in Asia. Next week, he attends a NATO summit in Portugal, where the challenge is reinvention and relevance.
Flexible Spending Accounts Get Less Flexible
About 20 million Americans have flexible spending accounts for health care costs. But next year, in order to get reimbursed for over-the-counter drugs like Tylenol or aspirin, they will need a prescription.
Vets Of Army's Mortuary Unit Bear Unique Burden
More than 58,000 U.S. soldiers died in Vietnam. Most of their remains were processed through more than 30 Graves Registration collection points, near combat areas. Soldiers who worked in the units suffered a toll of their own.
Deficit Panel Targets Mortgage Interest Deduction
Tax breaks don't get much bigger than the mortgage interest deduction. That makes it both an attractive target (because it's big), and one that may just be impossible to go after (because it's popular).
Italy's Berlusconi Embroiled In Fresh Sex Scandal
The Italian prime minister is fighting for his political life, besieged as never before over his alleged involvement with an underage Moroccan pole dancer. Even his longtime allies have condemned his actions, and commentators believe his government won't last much longer.
G-20 Leaders: Yardsticks Needed For Trade Imbalances
Steve Inskeep speaks with NPR's Scott Horsley, who is traveling with President Obama in Asia, about the Group of 20 summit in Seoul, South Korea. Horsley says the leaders agreed to develop yardsticks to help detect when a country is running too big of a deficit or too big of a surplus.
Democrats Split On Way Forward After Losses
When asked what was to blame for last week's shellacking, Democrats across the ideological spectrum respond as though they're talking about different elections. And that's leading to different prescriptions for the future. But President Obama may now have an opportunity to reclaim a post-partisan identity.
Starbucks CEO Says 500 More Stores Planned
You may think there's a Starbucks on every street corner on Earth. But the coffee giant plans to open 500 more stores over the next year, as the global economy recovers, CEO Howard Schultz told Bloomberg News. Just last year, his company was shutting stores in the U.S. Most of the news stores will be overseas -- and mainly in China.