Xcel, Minneapolis agree on green energy goals The move may make a proposed vote on replacing Xcel with a city-run utility unnecessary. The commitments were outlined in an exchange of letters between Mayor R.T. Rybak and the utility.6:50 a.m.
Farmers welcome recent rains MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with University of Minnesota Climatologist Mark Seeley about rain that ended a recent dry spell, and the prospects for warmer temperatures for the tail end of summer and for the fall.6:55 a.m.
The Changing Story Of Teens And Cars
When you're a teenager, there are many things you desperately want to find: friends, fun, a future, freedom. In American Graffiti, theiconic movie about teenagers set in 1962, the kids find all of that just by getting in their cars. But today, teens say they don't see cars the same way.
Director Blomkamp Follows Up 'Ditrict 9' With 'Elysium'
The film District 9 was one of the surprise hits of 2009 because it was a rare action movie that addressed issues in a smart way. Now its writer-director, Neill Blomkamp, is back with Elysium. A car thief must get to the healing machines on space station Elysium if he wants to live.
Actress Karen Black Dies At 74
Karen Black, the prolific actress who appeared in more than 100 movies and was featured in such counterculture favorites as Easy Rider, Five Easy Pieces and Nashville, has died in Los Angeles. Black's husband, Stephen Eckelberry, says the actress died Wednesday from cancer complications.
Walking Through Tor House, Sharing Jeffers' Poems
The late poet Robinson Jeffers built Tor House in Carmel, Calif., in the early 20th century. It sits on a cliff overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Now another well-regarded poet, Elliot Roberts, takes people through the house and grounds telling stories about Jeffers and reciting his poetry.
New Digital Amber Alerts Could Create A Backlash
Recent Amber Alerts startled millions of mobile phone owners and left them confused. The wireless emergency alert system just rolled out for mobile phones earlier this year. Some child advocates worry that the alerts' lack of context may cause people to turn them off.
Clinton Movie Projects Criticized By Both Sides Of The Aisle
News that NBC plans to make a mini-series about Hillary Clinton and CNN will commission a documentary about her, sparked controversy this week. The Republican National Committee and a liberal media watchdog group have denounced the projects as promoting Clinton's possible bid for the presidency. David Greene talks with reporter Kim Masters, of The Hollywood Reporter, about the dispute. She also hosts The Business on member station KCRW.
Britain's Trade Deficit Narrowed In June
New data show the trade deficit in Britain was helped by a healthy rise in exports, which hit $67 billion in June. That's a new high. The strong performance indicates Britain may finally be emerging from years of stagnation.
FTC Receives Complaints About Learning Apps For Babies
Some educational apps may not be all that educational. At least that's the claim made in a complaint filed this week at the Federal Trade Commission against Fisher Price. Its Laugh & Learn apps have been downloaded nearly 3 million times.