New documents show Church debated legality of priest's pornography New documents related to a Twin Cities priest found to have pornography on his computer show that archdiocesan leaders debated internally for a year whether the images met the legal definition of child pornography. They also provide a closer look at how past and present leaders decided to keep the matter quiet and keep the priest in ministry.7:20 a.m.
Estate tax could also bite the middle-class Many people don't realize the range of assets tax law considers part of an estate, and it could bite middle class Minnesotans who don't feel like millionaires - but in the eyes of the law, could be.8:40 a.m.
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For Now, No War Crimes Charges Against Syrian Regime
U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki Moon says Bashar Assad has committed crimes against humanity, given his attacks on civilians. The U.S., Britain and France say a U.N. report on the use of chemical weapons that killed more than a thousand people proves that Assad's regime was responsible. So far, though, only a few voices are calling for war crimes tribunals.
Examining The Special Ops 'Tool Kit'
Renee Montagne talks to Linda Robinson about the raids by U.S. Special Operations Forces in Libya and Somalia over the weekend. Robinson is author of "One Hundred Victories: Special Ops and the Future of American Warfare. She says drones and raids are a key part of the game plan by Special Ops.
Heavy Rotation: 10 Songs Public Radio Can't Stop Playing
Our public radio panelists share their favorite new tracks for October. Download music from the brilliant singer-songwriter Bill Callahan, songwriter to the stars Dev Hynes, Philadelphia rapper Freeway, jazz iconoclast John Zorn, Odd Future-affiliated soul outfit The Internet and more.
As Afghan Presidential Race Begins, Warlords Are Prominent
Afghanistan hopes to reach an important milestone next spring with its first democratic transfer of power. Many familiar faces are vying for the presidency, including a number of powerful warlords. The race will be more about personalities and power bases than policies and political platforms.
Supreme Court Hears Another Challenge To Campaign Finance Law
Three years after the landmark Citizens United decision, the justices will hear a case that could undercut most of the remaining rules that limit big money in politics. Before the court on Tuesday is a challenge to the aggregate limits on contributions to candidates and political parties.
Federal Workers Cut Back As Shutdown Enters Week 2
Communities across the nation are feeling the impact of the partial government shutdown. To learn more, Renee Montagne and Steve Inskeep turn to Americans from all corners of the country to hear how they're coping with a closed government.
Job Cuts In The Works At Alcatel-Lucent
The French and American telecommunications manufacturer has confirmed it plans to cut 10,000 jobs worldwide. A company statement said 2,100 of those cuts will be from its operations in North and South America. Alcatel-Lucent has about 72,000 employees and has been losing money for years.
Jury Selection To Begin For Trial Of Madoff Employees
Almost five years after Bernie Madoff was arrested for fraud, some of his former employees are about to go on trial in New York. The case is expected to focus on how much the employees knew about Madoff's Ponzi scheme.
Phase 2 Of BP Trial Focuses On Amount Of Spilled Oil
Both the U.S. government and BP have estimates on just how much oil spilled into the Gulf of Mexico after the Deepwater Horizon explosion in 2010. The problem: They reached two different numbers. At stake is up to $18 billion in fines and penalties under federal environmental laws.