Americans entering the U.S. now need passports Tightened border rules now require U.S. citizens to have a passport or other approved document to re-enter the country. Some are worried it may slow down commerce in border towns.7:25 a.m.
Franken confident as Supreme Court hearing takes place today As the Minnesota Supreme Court prepares to hear arguments this morning in the state's long-running Senate race, Democrat Al Franken told MPR he's confident the court will rule in his favor. His opponent, Norm Coleman, declined an interview request.7:40 a.m.
New cookbook traces Hmong cooking traditions There are more than 50,000 Hmong people in Minnesota, but very few Hmong restaurants -- and no mainstream Hmong cookbooks, until now.
"Cooking from the Heart: the Hmong Kitchen in America," has just been published. MPR's Jim Bickal talked with the authors, Sami Scripter and Sheng Yang.8:45 a.m.
National Public Radio Stories
GOP Senators Weigh Sotomayor Criticism
Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor meets this week with key senators who are to vote on her confirmation. Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich is among some Republicans who have called Sotomayor a racist, based on a 2001 speech in which she said she hoped a Latin woman would reach better conclusions than a white male based on her life experiences. Senate Republicans appear divided over whether to repudiate those calling Sotomayor a racist.
Sotomayor's Second Amendment Record
Prospective Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor's record as a federal judge is being examined for clues as to how she would rule on constitutional issues before the high court. As an appeals court judge, Sotomayor has one ruling on the Second Amendment that's getting close scrutiny.
High Court May Review Personal Weapons Ruling
The Supreme Court is considering whether to hear a case in which Judge Sotomayor and two others upheld a New York state law banning the possession of a nunchucks. The question is whether the Second Amendment restricts the power of state governments to regulate personal weapons.
In India, Bucking The 'Revolution' By Going Organic
When the modern, chemical-reliant system of farming — the so-called Green Revolution of the 1960s and '70s — swept across India's Punjab region, farmers abandoned traditional methods for synthetic fertilizers, pesticides and high-yield seeds. Now, an increasing number of Indian farmers are switching to organic methods.
Sculpting The Body With Recycled Fat
Some plastic surgeons have adopted the controversial technique of transferring unwanted fat from the belly, hips and thighs of patients to the breasts and other areas. But others question not only the effectiveness of this procedure, but also its safety.
Silicone Injections May Harm Some Patients
Injecting silicone to plump the lips or get rid of wrinkles can cause health problems and deformities. Sometimes the silicone hardens, creating ridges across the skin; and bits of silicone can get into the bloodstream, which can be fatal.
Geithner: U.S., China Must Restore Gobal Economy
Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner is in Beijing for talks with his Chinese counterparts. China is America's biggest creditor. Geithner says the global recession appears to be losing steam, but he added that the U.S. and China needed to make changes to help restore the world economy to health.
S.C. Judge To Hear Stimulus Dispute
In South Carolina, a federal judge will hear arguments Monday in three lawsuits over whether the state should be forced to spend federal stimulus money.
Long-Term Unemployed Numbers Grow
With the unemployment rate at almost 9 percent, the Obama administration is worried — not just about the number of people out of work — but about the growing number of people who are out of work for the long term. David Wessel of The Wall Street Journal talks with Steve Inskeep about the long-term unemployed and their potential impact on the economy.