Crashed Ice extreme skating: What's to worry about? A variety of people -- a doctor, an insurance agent, the course designer and a mother -- told us their opinions on ice cross downhill racing, the sport featured in the second annual Crashed Ice event this weekend in St. Paul.7:45 a.m.
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Backed By French Might, Malian Troops Retake Key Town
Support is growing for the French-led operation in Mali to drive back Islamist militants intent on seizing the capital. French airstrikes and ground troops have helped government forces retake the strategic town of Diabaly in central Mali.
Algeria Attack A 'Wake-Up Call' For Energy Companies
Investors didn't panic after last week's attack, and oil and gas prices held steady. But if the attack on the gas complex signals the beginning of a new phase of terrorism in North Africa, energy companies and governments will need to make new assessments of the risks and benefits of investments.
The 'True Story' Inside Aaron Neville's Doo-Wop World
Neville's latest album, My True Story, is a collection of the songs he grew up singing in the New Orleans projects. The sound of those early influences would guide him throughout a career spanning more than 50 years.
Research Looks At Starchy Diet's Role In Dogs' Evolution
Some dogs need to be on specialized diets for health reasons, but most eat just about anything. That wasn't always the case, however. The domestic dog's ancestor, the wolf, ate only meat. Research suggests for dogs to live with humans, they had to adapt to a starchy diet.
Report Blasts India's Treatment Of Women
A panel reviewing sexual offenses in India has submitted its report to the government almost a month after the rape and murder of a female student in New Delhi. The report says India systemically discriminates against women, and does little to respond to violence against them.
Shall I Encode Thee In DNA? Sonnets Stored On Double Helix
The world is full of data — and that's a problem. We have to find a place to store all those digital photos, tax records and unfinished novels. British scientists have demonstrated a possible solution: They've stored all of Shakespeare's sonnets on several small stretches of DNA.
Despite Brisk Sales, Apple Has Flat Sales
Apple reported its sales rose 18 percent in the most recent quarter. But the gains failed to match expectations, adding to investor concern that the company may not be able to sustain its strong growth.
Private Equity Firm In Talks To Take Over Dell
As the leading manufacturer of personal computers, Dell was once one of the world's most important technology companies. But that's changed dramatically as information technology has in many ways moved past the PC. Dell is on the verge of being acquired from shareholders by a private equity group. One of the investors may be Microsoft, also an early computer-age leader now struggling to adapt.
NFL Pressures Indiana Man To Give Up On Trademark
The coaches in next month's Super Bowl are brothers. Jim Harbaugh's San Francisco 49ers face John Harbaugh's Baltimore Ravens. Roy Fox tried to trademark the phrases: Harbowl and Harbaugh Bowl. The NFL threatened to sue him.
Women In Combat Ban To Be Lifted
The Pentagon is expected to officially announce Thursday that it will lift the military ban on women in combat. The defense chief's groundbreaking move opens up thousands of front-line positions for women. For more on the Pentagon's decision Steve Inskeep talks to NPR's Tom Bowman. And from Kentucky, Blake Farmer of member station WPLN has reaction from Fort Campbell.