Iowa stop to boost Pawlenty's profile Gov. Tim Pawlenty, R-Minn., is heading to Iowa next month, a key state for any potential presidential candidate. Drake University political scientist Dennis Goldford says the visit will pay off if Pawlenty decides to run for president in 2012.7:25 a.m.
Twins overmatched in first playoff game The Minnesota Twins have a much needed day of rest today in their first round playoff matchup with the New York Yankees. Last night, the Twins lost to the Yankees 7 to 2 in New York in the first game of their best of five series. MPR's Jim Bickal explains what went wrong.8:40 a.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Would Extending Home Buyer Credit Be Worth It?
Many first-time home buyers are scrambling to pick a house and close the deal by Nov. 30, the deadline for an $8,000 tax credit for first-time homeowners. A lot of real estate agents think the tax-credit program has been a huge success and are urging Congress to extend it. But not every economist is convinced it's a great idea.
Paying To Keep Farms Open After Bank Failure
When the largest lender in northern Colorado, New Frontier Bank failed, it had $2 billion in assets, including millions in agricultural loans. Now, farmers are struggling to stay in business, and the federal government is paying to milk dairy cows.
Berlusconi Lashes Out After Immunity Ruling
Italy's highest court has removed the legal immunity enjoyed by Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi. The ruling by the constitutional court means a number of legal cases that accuse Berlusconi of fraud, bribery and corruption can now resume. Berlusconi says he has no intention of stepping down, and his supporters say they plan a massive public show of support.
Officials Seek Plan C For Housing Terrorists
As the Obama administration moves toward closing Guantanamo, the question becomes: Where will the U.S. hold terrorists captured overseas? There are political hurdles to holding them in the U.S., but foreign countries may not want them either.
DNA Mix-Up Kept Suspected Serial Killer Free
In Milwaukee, police say a mislabeled DNA sample made it possible for a suspected serial killer to avoid arrest for more than a decade. The error revealed a gaping hole in Wisconsin's DNA data bank and is spurring state officials to gather and verify thousands of DNA samples they thought were already in the system. In all, as many as 12,000 samples may be missing.
Proposed Live Nation-Ticketmaster Deal Challenged
The proposed merger between concert promoter Live Nation and Ticketmaster is running into opposition from monopoly watchdogs in Britain. The Competition Commission issued a provisional ruling that says a merger of the two companies could "severely inhibit" a new rival from entering the market for live music events.
Russia's Motor City Braces For Widespread Layoffs
AvtoVAZ, maker of Russia's iconic Lada sedans, will lay off 25,000 employees this December. One of every 7 residents in Togliatti, the city built in the late 1960s around the company, works at the Lada plant.
St. Petersburg OKs 77-Story Gazprom Skyscraper
The governor of Russia's cultural capital, St. Petersburg, has approved construction of the new headquarters of Russia's powerful state energy company, Gazprom. City officials say the 77-story building will be an architectural masterpiece. An architectural preservation society say it will be "monstrous." U.N. cultural authorities say the skyscraper could threaten the city's U.N. World Heritage Site status.
North Korea's Kim Jong Il Reasserts Control
The regime of North Korean leader Kim Jong Il appears to be rolling back reforms and putting succession plans on hold. Speculation has been swirling about whether the ailing Kim has anointed his youngest son as successor. But, as NPR's Louisa Lim reports — after a rare five-day visit to North Korea — Kim Jong Il now is back on center stage.