Meteorologist highlights high number of tornados in May MPR's Cathy Wurzer talks with University of Minnesota meteorologist Mark Seeley who spoke about recent severe weather, and May being the sixth consecutive month of below average temperatures for the Twin Cities.6:55 a.m.
Humphrey's impact far reaching MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Annette Atkins who teaches history at St. John's University and the College of St. Bennedict about Hubert Humphrey. They met at Humphrey's grave in Minneapolis to mark the 100th anniversary of his birth which is today. Humphrey began his political career when he was elected mayor of Minneapolis in 1945. Atkins says Humphrey accomplished a great deal in just four years as mayor, and that led to greater things.7:25 a.m.
Bachmann will make it official -- one way or the other -- in June Republican Michele Bachmann of Minnesota's 6th District has said she is considering a run for president. She canceled an appearance in Des Moines, Iowa, last night, to remain in Washington for several floor votes. But she spoke to supporters there via video, and said she will make her intentions clear next month.8:20 a.m.
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At G8, Obama Pushes For Aid To Egypt, Tunisia
Leaders of Egypt and Tunisia, two emerging democracies, joined President Obama and the other seven world leaders meeting at the G8 summit in France on Friday. They were taking part in a discussion on how the world's leading economies can help promote democratic transformation across the Middle East and North Africa.
In Pakistan, Doubts Persist Bin Laden Is Dead
A recent poll found 49 percent of Pakistanis do not believe the al-Qaida chief was killed in the way the U.S. says. The country embraces conspiracy theories – though in all fairness, that could make sense in a place where so many killings go unresolved, and many conspiracy theories turn out to be true.
After 4 Decades, ROTC Returns To Yale
Yale University is the latest elite college to reinstate the Reserve Officer Training Corps, or ROTC, back to campus following the repeal of "don' ask, don't tell."
Of War And Kisses: How Adversity Shapes Culture
Countries tend to have personalities just like people do. Researchers have set out to define those differences, using a scale that measures how tight a culture's social rules and standards are. It turns out those rules — as simple as where it's appropriate to kiss — are often shaped by a nation's experience with war, crowding and other challenges.
Mladic In Serb Prison After 16 Years On The Run
Former Bosnian Serb military leader Ratko Mladic faces war crimes charges at the Hague. Adam Smith, author of After Genocide: Bringing the Devil to Justice, talks to Mary Louise Kelly about Thursday's arrest of Mladic, who has been on the run for 16 years.
Lebanese Fear Collateral Damage From Syrian Crisis
The Alawite minority is warning of chaos if Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's regime falls. Their numbers in Lebanon may be small, but the Alawites are well-armed and fiercely loyal to Damascus. That's put residents of the northern city of Tripoli on edge.
Google Wants To Make Mobile Banking Common
Google has introduced new technology that will allow consumers to pay for a lot more things by waving their Android smartphones at cash registers. Google Wallet will, at first, work only on certain phones, and at certain retailers. But the plan is to roll it out more broadly.
Prominent New Yorkers Say Goodbye To Elaine's
For decades, Elaine's attracted a who's who of writers, actors, sports stars and politicians. It was a place to see and be seen. Even when it stopped being hip, many kept coming back because of the proprietor Elaine Kaufman. She died nearly six months ago and business dropped off.