Mayo Clinic lawyers will argue patent case to SCOTUS Lawyers for Minnesota's Mayo Clinic will appear before the U.S. Supreme Court to argue that patents underlying a blood test are too broad and inhibit doctors from treating patients. In a case that could have big implications for patent law, the high court will weigh whether Mayo infringed upon a patent held by Prometheus Labs San Diego.7:20 a.m.
Struggling Ely taxpayers confront city leaders When Ely set its preliminary budget back in September, town leaders decided to raise the tax levy by 26 percent. As part of our Forced to Choose series, we report on the town's Truth in Taxation hearing Tuesday night, where the mayor and others felt the blowback for their plans.7:45 a.m.
Post office job cuts could hit in rural Minnesota On Wednesdays we check in with one of our reporters who is based outside the Twin Cities. Today, MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Minnesota Public Radio reporter Elizabeth Baier who covers southeastern Minnesota. She's been following a proposal by the U.S. Postal Service to close or reduce operations at five of its Minnesota mail processing centers. The plan isn't final, but many people would lose their jobs around the state if the centers close. Baier spoke from MPR's Rochester bureau about that and other news in that part of the state.8:45 a.m.
National Public Radio Stories
At Climate Talks, Resistance From India, China, U.S.
Fundamental disagreements among the nations attending the U.N. climate conference in Durban, South Africa, may stall a possible deal. There's still no consensus about the best way to move forward with an international agreement to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Can 'Carbon Ranching' Offset Emissions In Calif.?
Climate experts are thinking about growing dense fields of weeds to help soak up carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. This would require flooding dense, carbon-rich wetland soils of the San Joaquin Valley, and farmers hope money they make from capturing greenhouse gases would make up for the lost acreage.
Sectarian Violence Devastates Syrian City
The blood-letting in the central Syrian city of Homs has reached new heights. More than 50 people were killed in 24 hours, many of them kidnapped and murdered, allegedly by pro-government militiamen known as Shabiha. Homs and the surrounding province lie on a sectarian fault line with Sunni and Alawite communities side by side.
On The Run, Under The Radar, With Syria's Rebels
The Free Syrian Army, a ragtag force assembled by defecting Syrian soldiers, has built a sort of underground railroad to get weapons and people in and out of the locked-down country. NPR's Kelly McEvers spent an evening crossing the Lebanon-Syria border with a group of them.
In Policing Fashion, Moms Find A New Power Online
When retailers go too far in trying to drum up sales, consumers turn to online petitions and social media campaigns to pressure them to change. Mothers are one group that's proven to be very powerful when attacking messages they consider to be sexist.
Virginia Senate Race: Familiar Faces, Fresh Pressure
Two former governors are facing off in a race that will help determine which party controls the Senate in 2013. Republican George Allen is doing his best to tie Democrat Tim Kaine to President Obama, who won the state in 2008 but is now struggling with Virginia voters.
India Blocks Plans To Let Foreign Retailers In
Last month India's prime minister announced plans to open up retailing to multinational companies and try to make the industry more efficient. That provoked a storm of protest from opposition parties, and the government on Wednesday suspended what's been seen as a major effort at economic reform.
Triple-A: Are Any Assets Truly Risk-Free These Days?
Standard and Poor's warned six European countries this week that they could lose their triple-A credit ratings. In August, S&P downgraded the U.S. from its top-shelf credit status. All this raises the question of whether any assets are "risk-free" triple-A in today's unsettled global economy.
N.Y. Lawmakers Extend Millionaire Surcharge
Gov. Andrew Cuomo of New York has dropped his opposition to higher income taxes on the wealthy. He and state legislative leaders have agreed to continue a surcharge on people earning more than $2 million a year. Karen DeWitt reports for New York State Public Radio.