McCollum takes on child marriage Minnesota U.S. Rep. Betty McCollum plans to introduce a bill in the U.S. House Thursday aimed at reducing child marriage around the world. It's estimated that one in three girls in developing countries marries before she reaches age 18.6:55 a.m.
Heat can be bad for your health This week's hot weather can be dangerous, causing conditions like heat exhaustion and heat stroke. MPR's Cathy Wurzer talked with Dr. Tim Johnson, an emergency physician at Fairview Southdale Hospital in Edina, about heat-related health concerns.7:20 a.m.
Scalpers go legit come August Got a prime ticket to a hot concert, game, or other event? Well, starting Aug. 1 you can legally resell that ducat for more money than you paid for it. Minnesota is among the last states to legalize scalping. But the new law may change little.7:25 a.m.
Guthrie to open second season in riverfront home
This weekend, the Guthrie Theater begins its second season at its new home on the Mississippi riverfront in downtown Minneapolis. Morning Edition arts commentator and St. Paul Pioneer Press theater critic Dominic Papatola looks back at the year that was and ahead to what's next for the Guthrie.8:25 a.m.
National Public Radio Stories
From an Unexpected Message to a Family Redefined
When author A.M. Homes went home for Christmas one year, a "terrifying" message awaited her. Thirty-two years after giving Homes up for adoption, her biological mother was looking to get in touch.
Are Your Friends Making You Fat?
A new study suggests that your best friend's weight may be very influential in determining whether you'll gain or lose weight over the years.
Matt Groening, Grabbing for Laughs in the Darkness Simpsons creator is bringing America's favorite dysfunctional family to the multiplex. Why does the show still work? "People really, really resonate to the idea of darker emotions in something that is considered a very light medium."
Slain S. Korean Pastor Often Visited Afghanistan
The Taliban killed a male South Korean hostage in Afghanistan. He was a pastor and missionary on a 10-day trip. The Taliban still holds 22 South Korean hostages. Peter Beck of the International Crisis Group in Seoul, and a relative of the slain pastor, spoke with Steve Inskeep.
Democrats Call for Special Counsel in Gonzales Case
Questions over whether Attorney General Alberto Gonzales perjured himself before the Senate Judiciary Committee Tuesday have prompted Senate Democrats to call for a special counsel to investigate the matter. Under questioning, Gonzales insisted a 2004 meeting was not related to the terrorist surveillance program.
DEA Seeks to Shut Legal Marijuana Centers
Medicinal marijuana use is legal under California law, but not federal law. Los Angeles officials asked the federal government to stop cracking down on the same day that the Drug Enforcement Administration raided 10 clinics. The agency is also threatening landlords who rent space to such clinics.
Orders Strong for Boeing's Dreamliner
Boeing boosted its profit forecast for the year, saying momentum for its new jet, the 787 Dreamliner, is stronger than expected. The new plane has already generated more than $100 billion of orders for Boeing, even though the first one won't be delivered until May 2008.
Sales of Macs, Not iPhone, Boost Apple's Profits
Despite the hype over Apple Inc.'s new iPhone, it was the company's Macintosh computer that fueled quarterly gains. A record 1.76 million Macs were sold in the fiscal third quarter, up 33 percent from last year. Apple raked in $818 million, or 92 cents per share, for the quarter.
Analysts Expect 3 Percent Economic Growth
A government report is due to show the economy grew about 3 percent in the second quarter; and note slower consumer spending, largely because of the housing slump. David Wessel, deputy Washington bureau chief for The Wall Street Journal talks with Steve Inskeep.