Northern Minn. counties worry about losing court services Residents of northeastern Minnesota were rocked this fall by reports that courthouses in Lake and Cook counties could soon be shuttered, meaning that people with court business could have to drive for hours to regional trial centers in places like Duluth or Virginia. State court officials say nothing of the sort is in the works, but the rumors persist.7:25 a.m.
Mining pollution may be hurting Minn's wild rice High levels of sulfates released from Minnesota's mining industry are suspected of diminishing Minnesota's native wild rice beds. The state is reconsidering its current standard for sulfate in wild rice waters, but until recently it hasn't been enforcing the existing standard.8:25 a.m.
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Marine Leaders Would Prefer Gay Troops Not Tell
An upcoming Pentagon survey will reportedly show that about 40 percent of Marines oppose gays serving openly, the highest among the services. Senior Marines have taken the lead against repealing "don't ask, don't tell." But some observers say those views may be out of sync with younger Marines.
'Le Monde' Publishes Latest WikiLeaks Release
With its release of 250,000 million U.S. diplomatic cables, WikiLeaks has expanded dramatically its efforts to reveal information. The cables range from embarrassing to the potentially dangerous. Sylvie Kauffmann, editor-in-chief of the French newspaper Le Monde, talks to Renee Montagne about reaction to the cables' release.
6-Nation Nuclear Talks On Iran May Restart Soon
Another round of negotiations over Iran's suspect nuclear program is tentatively set for early next month. But the United States and key European powers have yet to set a clear agenda. And there are persistent reports that Iran's uranium enrichment program has run into trouble recently.
Violence, Irregularities Plague Ivory Coast Vote
The West African nation of Ivory Coast is emerging from a decade of political trouble -- it faced a rebellion and a civil war. Now the people have voted for president amid reports of violence and irregularities. An electoral commission announces the results Monday.
Parents, Coaches Worry About Concussion Risks
The new focus on the risks of concussions among NFL players has sparked concern for young athletes, too. Research shows that girls are more likely than boys to land in the emergency room with concussions from playing soccer or basketball.
Switching Gears: More Commuters Bike To Work
Cycling has at least tripled over the past two decades in big cities across the U.S. And researchers have found that the cities with the highest rates of walking and cycling to work have lower obesity rates.
Wal-Mart Makes Firm Offer For Massmart
Wal-Mart has offered more than $2 billion for South African retailer Massmart, which operates in 14 African countries. The deal is part of Wal-Mart's strategy to expand in what it believes to be high growth areas, as sales in the U.S. slow down.
Cyber Monday Cubicle Check: Working Or Shopping?
After a weekend of strong online sales, retail websites are rolling out the gimmicks on Cyber Monday to draw buyers. Patti Freeman Evans, of Forrester Research, talks to Steve Inskeep about online shopping trends. According to Forrester, there will be 16 percent growth in online sales this year, a much stronger jump that last year.
Company Will Ship Lump Of Coal For Holiday Gift
A company called CoalGram is offering to ship a lump of 100 percent pure anthracite coal to anyone on your gift list this year who has been bad. Each specially wrapped chunk of coal costs $10.