Wildfire fighters welcome winter storm A winter storm warning is in effect for northwestern Minnesota. The strong system could end up dumping rain and up to a foot of snow on parts of the region, and that's good news for crews who have been battling wildfires all this week.7:20 a.m.
Cravaack, Nolan battle over Medicare Republican Chip Cravaack and Democrat Rick Nolan are battling over Medicare in the 8th District. Both candidates have aired new TV ads on the subject earlier this week to criticize the other over who would better protect health care for seniors.7:35 a.m.
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Obama, Romney Clash Repeatedly Over Taxes
President Obama and GOP rival Mitt Romney shared a stage for the first time in the presidential campaign Wednesday night. In a 90-minute debate, moderated by PBS's Jim Lehrer, Romney aggressively challenged the president on his record. The president defended his economic policies and challenged Romney to show that his plans wouldn't hurt the middle class.
First Female Marines Take Combat Leadership Test
For the first time, two female Marines are among those training to see if they have what it takes to be battlefield leaders. They're part of a test to see if women can lead Marines in ground combat — jobs that are closed to them now. The training is so difficult that about 20 percent of participants fail.
'Flight': A Few Million Little Creatures That Could
More than 30 years ago, a couple answered a scientist's newspaper ad — and spent two years searching for a monarch butterfly sanctuary in Mexico. The new IMAX film Flight of the Butterflies chronicles how they helped solve the mystery of the monarch's migration.
L.A. County Sheriff Responds To Safety Criticism
Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca says inmate safety is dramatically improving. Baca was responding to a scathing report by a blue-ribbon committee, which found a persistent pattern of excessive force by deputies against inmates at the nation's largest jail system. The committee stopped short of calling for the sheriff's resignation, but said his failed leadership was at the root of the violence.
Military Troops Request Fewer Absentee Ballots
A new report blames the Pentagon for failing to provide enough help to service members. But the Department of Defense says the figures don't reflect how hard it is trying to get ballots in the hands of the armed forces.
The Peanut Butter Cure Moves From Hospital To Snack Room
For over a decade, peanut butter paste supplements like Plumpy'Nut have saved children around the world from malnutrition. Now health officials want to use the packets not just to save starving kids, but to keep them healthy in the first place. But will it work?
HP CEO Meg Whitman Asks Wall Street For Patience
A downbeat forecast by Hewlett-Packard is casting doubt on the company's turnaround plans. CEO Meg Whitman says the company's earnings will take a hit in the coming year before its comeback strategy can take hold.
The Final Season Of 'Jersey Shore' Begins Thursday
The MTV reality show begins its sixth and final season Thursday night. The shows producers say they wanted to go out on a high, and the ratings still are. Jersey Shore debuted in 2009. It followed eight cast members living and partying together in Seaside Heights, N.J.
Close Read: NPR Reporters Examine Denver Debate
NPR correspondents join host Steve Inskeep to give the first presidential debate between President Obama and Mitt Romney a "close read." Our team provides analysis and checks out the candidates' statements. NPR reporters include: John Ydstie, David Welna, Julie Rovner, Scott Horsley and Ari Shapiro.