Chinese lessons take students far Students returning to school this fall may be complaining about their classes. It's back to a routine of homework and grades. However, two students at Fridley High School say it's worth it. What they learned in class took them halfway around the world this summer.7:24 a.m.
Mold poses challenge for flood cleanup The Minnesota Department of Health says where there is water, there's mold. And most of the 1,500 homes affected by the last month's flash floods are still drying out. State officials say mold contamination is a health concern, but it's up to homeowners to deal with it.7:53 a.m.
Minnesota Public Radio Chief Economics Correspondent Chris Farrell previews the week ahead on Wall Street.8:24 a.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Word of Mouse: Creating a Musical Buzz Online
When 50 Cent's new album debuts Tuesday, he hopes to get a sales boost with the help of a virtual version of himself. The hip-hop artist is allowing fans to dress his avatar in virtual merchandise, including caps and other gear.
In 2000 Race, Clinton Worked to Change Image
Though a veteran of her husband's campaigns, Hillary Clinton's first race as a candidate was for the Senate seat she now holds. Her biggest task was to make voters who thought they knew her — and disliked her — change their minds.
Impact of 'Surge' Debated in Baghdad
As Army Gen. David Petraeus and U.S. Ambassador Ryan Crocker prepare to brief Congress on progress in Iraq, including the effects of an increase in U.S. troops in Baghdad. What do residents of the Iraqi capital think of the so-called surge?
Rebuilding Money Directed Toward Anbar
American officials contend that the Iraqi province of Anbar is no longer as violent as it was before the surge in U.S. forces. The U.S. and Iraqi governments are investing millions of dollars in reconstruction to keep local residents on their side.
Oprah's Backing a Big Boost for Obama
The media titan's fundraiser for presidential hopeful Sen. Barack Obama brings in about $3 million. But that may be the least of what Oprah Winfrey offers the Illinois Democrat.
Women's World Cup Under Way in China
Most of the world's best female soccer players are gathered in China for the World Cup. The United States once again fields a strong team, though many of the best-known stars have moved on.
Pakistan's Sharif Ejected After Return from Exile
Former Pakistani prime minister Nawaz Sharif is deported hours after landing in Pakistan after seven years in exile. Soon after landing, Sharif was taken into custody and charged with corruption, then flown to Saudi Arabia.
Guatemalan Elections Narrow Field to Two
Guatemala finishes its first round of voting. A former general vowing to crack down on crime in Central America's most violent country and a businessman who promises to alleviate desperate poverty were in a near-tie in Guatemala's presidential vote.
After Arrests, Germans Eye Larger Terror Ring
German authorities say three suspected terrorists who were arrested on suspicion of planning massive bombings of U.S. military targets there may be part of a larger network involving dozens of people.
Gas Prices Rise Ahead of OPEC Meeting
Gas prices rose 6.5 cents over the past two weeks to $2.81 per gallon. The Lundberg Survey says pump prices aren't likely to drop anytime soon. OPEC is set to meet in Vienna, but is seen as unlikely to increase production.