Those not-quite-so-free reward tickets Cashing in frequent flier miles for free plane tickets has long been a much appreciated reward for air travelers, but next month, Northwest Airlines will follow the lead of many rival carriers and start charging customers a fee to turn their miles into tickets.7:20 a.m.
Not even a slow economy can keep people from their chocolate The economy is slowing, consumer confidence is at historic lows and food and gas take a bigger bite of household budgets, but one business owner is betting that even in the face of adversity, consumers won't lose sight of one important thing: their love of chocolate.7:24 a.m.
Markets with Chris Farrell Minnesota Public Radio's chief economics correspondent Chris Farrell discusses the latest economic news.7:50 a.m.
Summer for the symphony What do the musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra during their summer vacations? Some play in festivals at scenic locales. Others ride horses and motorcycles. And some just take a break from music.7:54 a.m.
What's Next In The FBI's Anthrax Investigation?
The FBI this week may release some of the evidence against Bruce Ivins, a U.S. government researcher who was under investigation for the anthrax attacks of 2001. He killed himself last week. Investigators have told NPR they were still several major legal steps away from an indictment.
Ivins' Estranged Sibling Believes Anthrax Allegations
Many friends and colleagues of Bruce Ivins, a government researcher who was under investigation for the anthrax attacks of 2001, have said they are certain that investigators are pointing to the wrong man. But his estranged brother says he believes the allegations.
Solzhenitsyn Shook Soviet System's Foundation
The man whose books on Soviet-era gulags earned him international acclaim and years of exile from his homeland has died. Alexander Solzhenitsyn died Sunday of heart failure. He was 89. Although Solzhenitsyn continued to write through his last years, it is largely his early work that he is remembered for today.
Closing Arguments Begin In Bin Laden Driver's Trial
Closing arguments were to begin Monday in the trial of Salim Hamdan, one of Osama bin Laden's drivers. The defense says he was not essential to al-Qaida, while the prosecution claims he was one of bin Laden's co-conspirators and that he provided material support for terrorism.
Premier Research University Rises In Saudi Desert
Saudi Arabia is not known for great research universities, so the oil-rich country has decided to build one. KAUST, the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, is rising in the desert near Jiddah. The king is giving the school one of the world's biggest endowments.
British Airways, American Airlines Plan Alliance
British Airways has been talking with American Airlines about a possible trans-Atlantic alliance. According to British media, the chief executive of the top British airline says he expects a deal within a couple of weeks. The two airlines hope to cooperate in areas like technology, ticketing and administration to help cut costs.
'Psychology Of Shortage' Remains In Oil Markets
Oil prices are down from record highs that they reached earlier this year. But there's still a "psychology of shortage" in the oil markets. Renee Montagne turns to Daniel Yergin, head of Cambridge Energy Research Associates, to talk more about this concept.
Wal-Mart Denies Pressuring Workers To Vote GOP
Wal-Mart is denying reports that company officials encouraged store managers to "vote Republican" in November. Company officials are said to be concerned that a Democratic victory would make it easier for employees to unionize. Labor unions say the meetings amount to intimidation.
Wal-Mart, Chinese Unions Reach Deal On Pay Raises
Wal-Mart has struck agreements with unions in China that represent nearly 50,000 people who work for the U.S. retailer there. The deal with unions in various Chinese cities includes a pay raise of 8 percent over the next two years, to keep up with inflation.