Minn. moves ahead with some Common Core education standards Minnesota's latest move to improve teaching methods, implement tougher standards and ways to measure student performance mirrors a national trend that began with the Bush administration's No Child Left Behind policy that mandated increased reliance on standardized tests.6:50 a.m.
Climatologist confirms lack of sun in June with data MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with University of Minnesota Climatologist Mark Seeley about cloudy weather the first week of June. He says the lack of sun and high levels of precipitation are having an impact on farmers.6:55 a.m.
At Northern Spark Festival, a burning respect for a modernist master A highlight of this year's Northern Spark Festival will be the burning of a full-sized replica of a Marcel Breuer-designed house. St. Paul artist Chris Larson is mounting the project not only as homage, but also as passing the torch from modernism to architecture of the future.7:25 a.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Sen. McCain Urges U.S. To Do More For Syrian Rebels
Sen. John McCain, just back from a quick foray to rebel-held territory in Syria, is pushing the Obama administration to do more to help rebels topple Bashar Assad's regime. His call comes as rebels lose ground in their fight, and as skepticism rises about the U.S.-Russian plans for a peace conference.
Cyberspying Expected To Be Discussed At U.S.-China Summit
The Pentagon recently released a report directly accusing China of using cyberweapons to gain a military advantage with the U.S. The scope of the problem, and the damage done by cyber-espionage, is not clear. But the issue will be on the agenda when President Obama meets China's new president, Xi Jinping, in California on Friday.
Former Mass. Chief Justice On Life, Liberty And Gay Marriage
With its upcoming decisions on same-sex marriage, the U.S. Supreme Court faces the same question that Margaret Marshall faced a decade ago as Massachusetts' chief justice. Marshall says she had little idea that the decision she wrote legalizing gay marriage would be groundbreaking.
Not Everyone Cheers Turkey's Move To Tighten Alcohol Rules
Among the many reasons for ongoing riots in Turkey: A recent law restricting the advertising and sale of alcohol. Secular Turks see the new rules as the latest effort by the ruling AK Party to impose religious values on the population.
Reports: NSA Mines Servers Of U.S. Internet Companies
News reports have revealed the National Security Agency is data-mining Internet and social media companies including Microsoft, Apple, Facebook and Google. According to reports, the agency is also collecting Verizon phone records of millions of U.S. citizens. For more, Renee Montagne talks to Glenn Greenwald, the reporter who co-wrote the stories for the British newspaper The Guardian.
California Hosts U.S.-China Summit
There's significance behind the choice of California as the venue for the U.S.-China summit between presidents Barack Obama and Xi Jinping. The state is home to more than a third of the China-born population in the U.S., and Chinese-backed investment groups have been pouring billions of dollars into real estate property and private companies based in California. At the same time, exports of California goods to China are surging, and state leaders are bullish about capitalizing on new markets there.
Company Tries To Solve 'Hot Chocolate' Issue
The snack company Mondelez International says it's perfecting a process to make chocolate that won't melt — even in temperatures above 100 degrees. The Deerfield, Ill., company says this new innovation will help it sell chocolate in emerging markets with hot climates and limited refrigeration, like sub Saharan Africa.
Intelligence Community Mines Phone Records, Internet Data
Over the past two days, there have been revelations about the way the National Security Agency is gathering information for intelligence. While details of both programs are still coming out, the data collection practice appears to be legal. But it could be the beginning of something new in the intelligence community. And that is, the use of data to find patterns analysts might have missed.