Minneapolis City Council shines light on police Civilian Review Authority For more than 20 years, the task of the Minneapolis Civilian Review Authority has been to investigate complaints of police misconduct. The City Council today will take up changes that some say will make investigations more transparent and efficient. But some critics say the proposal will make an already flawed system less effective.7:20 a.m.
Preserve Shingle Creek Elementary, or tear it down? A proposal to demolish an abandoned north Minneapolis school building that was featured in a 2009 film, 'A Serious Man,' is pitting the city's Heritage Preservation Commission against its public school district.7:25 a.m.
National Public Radio Stories
In Syria's North, A Shadow State Emerges
As the Syrian regime recedes, a new state is forming among villages controlled by rebels in northern Syria, filling in the blanks with their own hospitals, courts and other institutions. The goal is to provide better governance, not just aid to rebels. But is it better than before?
Taliban's 'Summer Offensive' Heats Up In Afghanistan
When the temperature rises in Afghanistan, so does the insurgency. Every summer the Taliban's tactics, targets and intensity are a little different. This year, IEDs are in season, attacks are up, and Afghan forces are suffering more casualties.
At Silicon Valley Boot Camp, A Startup's Success
Only 1 percent of high-tech startups in Silicon Valley are run by African-Americans. The number of women is less than 10 percent. The NewME minority accelerator is trying to change the face of the industry by encouraging, mentoring and training women and minorities to test their ideas in the high-tech and venture capital world.
Plant Pleads To Stay Afloat, But Army Says 'No Tanks'
M1 Abrams battle tanks are the rock stars of military armor and are made in only one place: Lima, Ohio. The Army says it is done ordering them, but Congress appears intent on spending millions for more, arguing that cutting production is bad for the economy and national security.
Olympians' Dilemma: 'Starve My Soul' For Ramadan?
This year, the Olympics fall during the Muslim holy month, and some athletes have to make a choice: be in top physical condition, or maintain a primary tenet of their faith. Fasting for Ramadan can be a physical and mental challenge, but it poses a particular dilemma for Muslims competing in London.
Rain, Jubilee Help Shrink Britain's Output
The gross domestic product fell seven-tenths of a percent from the first quarter — much more than expected, and the most in three years. Output shrank in part because of unusually rainy weather and the extra public holiday because of the Queen's Jubilee.
Apple Earnings Send Stock Falling
Shares of Apple tumbled after the company's iPhone sales missed expectations. The disappointing quarter came as the global economy moved into slower gear. Sales of Macs were down, while in the one bright spot, iPads continued to be even more popular than expected.
Utilities, Customers At Odds Over Downed Trees
After years of being criticized for power outages caused by falling trees, utility companies are aggressively cutting down trees near electrical lines. Sounds sensible, but homeowners complain that the cutting often happens on private property, and even healthy trees are fair game.