Back home, a soldier becomes dad again Last Christmas, Cpt. Jim Pereda of the Minnesota National Guard was deployed in Iraq and spent Christmas with his family by webcam. This year, Pereda is back home and MPR News caught up with the family in Rogers, Minn. to find out how the homecoming has gone.6:50 a.m.
Tuesday game part of an odd year for Vikes The Minnesota Vikings are scheduled to play the Eagles tonight in Philadelphia. It will be the first NFL game to be played on a Tuesday since 1946. The game was originally scheduled for Sunday night, but was moved because of the big snowstorm on the east coast. This is the third straight Vikings game in which the date, the location or both had to be changed because of weather-related problems.8:25 a.m.
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Jailed Russian Tycoon Found Guilty Of More Crimes
Imprisoned former oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky was convicted on embezzlement and money laundering charges in Russia Monday. Khodorkovsky was once the richest man in Russia, and was nearing the end of an eight-year sentence for tax evasion. Susan Glasser, editor-in-chief of Foreign Policy magazine, talks with Renee Montagne about the case.
Scandal Threatens India's Economic Growth
India's economy weathered the worldwide recession only to find the government mired in costly scandals driven by leaked wiretaps. Parliament is gridlocked, and business leaders fret that foreign investment will fall.
States Hold Colleges Accountable For Graduation Rate
More and more states are looking to link college budgets to schools' performance -- such as number of degrees produced and the ability to graduate challenging students. The idea has been tried before, but now many states say tough finances make it more important than ever to get something for their investment.
Oscar Nomination Ballots Are Mailed To Members
The first round of Oscar ballots went in the mail this week to members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Renee Montagne checks in with reporter Kim Masters to see how this year's Oscar race is taking shape. Masters hosts The Business on member station KCRW, and she's also editor-at-large for The Hollywood Reporter.
On Set And Off, Kidman Dives Into 'Rabbit Hole'
Nicole Kidman's latest project, Rabbit Hole,represents a change of pace for the actress: not only is this her first time producing a film, but she also stars in it, delivering a performance that's won her a Golden Globe nomination.
Tesla Stocks Fall After 'Lock-Up Period' Ends
Shares in pioneering electric car company Tesla Motors dropped 15 percent on Monday. The timing of the plunge isn't a complete surprise. Monday was the first day company insiders and early investors were allowed to sell their shares after the company went public in June.
Holiday Spending Up Over Last Year
Holiday retail sales were up 5.5 percent over last year -- a surprisingly strong number. Apparel, jewelry and luxury items led the way. The new numbers offer more hope for the overall economy.
Lost Mail Is Auctioned Off At Center In Atlanta
This holiday season, close to 16 billion cards, letters and packages were delivered by the U.S. Postal Service. The vast majority of those made it to their destinations. But some of them got lost in the mail and end up at the Mail Recovery Center in Atlanta.
Pork-Belly Market May Go Belly-Up
Pork-belly contracts have been traded on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange since 1961. But The Wall Street Journal reports the pork-belly market is in danger of becoming extinct. Last month, the exchange traded just six pork-belly contracts.