Medicare enrollees see changes in program Open enrollment begins Monday for the 735,000 Minnesotans on Medicare, the nation's health insurance program for Americans 65 and older. There are a couple of important changes to the program that they'll have to take into account this year.8:25 a.m.
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Rebel Or Compromiser: Which Boehner Will Be Speaker?
As new members begin freshman orientation and the veterans open a lame-duck session, both parties will elect leaders for the Congress that begins in January. The speaker of the Republican-led House likely will be John Boehner of Ohio, who has taken turns as both a tough guy and a negotiator in his 20 years in Congress.
Rangel Ethics Trial Set To Begin In House
The 80-year-old Harlem Democrat faces multiple ethics allegations, including that he abused his position on the powerful Ways and Means Committee for personal gain. Rangel is expected to present his own defense in the trial, scheduled to begin Monday.
Suu Kyi Galvanizes Myanmar's Democracy Movement
Myanmar's celebrated democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi has picked up where she left off. Since being released from years of house arrest on Saturday, she has called for direct talks with her country's military rulers. She has also spoken of working to lift Western sanctions against Myanmar, formerly known as Burma.
Southern Sudan Voters Mull Independence Bid
Registration opened in Southern Sudan on Monday for a vote that could split Africa's largest country. Some fear it could reignite the continent's longest-running civil war. The United States is trying to prevent that.
Milk Caramel Is A Sweet Treat In Brazil
Brazil is the world's biggest sugar producer, and a favorite there is a spread made by boiling milk and sugar for hours, continuously mixing and scraping the sides of the pot until it forms a gooey, sweet sludge. There are variations throughout Latin America, but Brazil is said to have some of the best.
Bow Down To The Medicinal Power Of Cranberries
Native Americans and pilgrims agreed on at least one thing: Cranberries were good medicine. Nearly 400 years later, scientists are only beginning to unlock the antioxidant and other medicinal benefits of this gorgeous berry.
Ireland Is The Focus Of Investor Anxieties
Over the past two weeks, investors have dumped Irish government bonds over concerns about the country's economy and its banks. Irish officials have been reluctant to accept a bailout. But over the weekend, they held talks about the debt crisis with other members of the European Union.
Pac Rim Leaders Commit To Free Trade Zone
Asia-Pacific leaders say they are committed to achieving a Pacific-wide free trade zone. The 21 members of the Asian Pacific Economic Cooperation forum agreed over the weekend to build toward the region-wide trade zone.
Yuengling, Oldest U.S. Beer Maker, Eyes Expansion
One of the biggest American beer makers is a lesser-known regional company, D.G. Yuengling and Son -- the country's oldest. Founded by a German immigrant in Pennsylvania 181 years ago, it's still run by the Yuengling family, and it's still growing.
Listeners Urged To Submit Cherished Mail
As part of a series on the U.S. Postal Service airing later this month, NPR is collecting images of the best thing that ever arrived in your mailbox. For details on how to share it, go to NPR.org and type in "cherished mail."