New church task force on clergy abuse begins its work A task force created by the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis to investigate clergy misconduct includes a psychologist who works on sex offender management, a computer forensics expert and a former St. Paul police sergeant. Members say their work will be independent of the archdiocese they're investigating.5:35 a.m.
Twin Cities housing market confuses many Lots of people involved in the housing market say it still has vigor but has been slowing down. Some say they noticed the market turn down before September.6:50 a.m.
What happens if debt ceiling is not raised? The government is shut down because Congress hasn't passed any spending bills into law. But the unanswered phones and dark federal offices are nothing compared to what could happen if Congress refuses to raise the debt ceiling.7:25 a.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Some Republicans Say Debt Limit Fuss Is A Lot Of Hype
While economists and bankers have been warning that there will be catastrophic consequences if Congress fails to raise the nation's borrowing limit, a small group of Republicans in Congress says that's just not so. They believe the country will not default, even if the debt ceiling is breached.
Tragedy Prompts Calls For Change To EU Immigration Policies
The European Commission is calling on the European Union to launch a Mediterranean-wide search and rescue mission to intercept boats carrying migrants. Earlier this month, a boat filled with African migrants caught fire and sank off the coast of an Italian island.
Mala Rodriguez And The Women Of Latin Hip-Hop
The genre has some of the most creative, politically savvy, intelligent female personalities in the industry, made by artists as different as Chile's Ana Tijoux, who melts and reworks the Spanish language like a blacksmith, and Dominican-Spanish Arianna Puello, she of the machine gun delivery.
Shutdown Hits Usually Stable Business: Government Contractors
About half a million federal workers remain furloughed because of the congressional budget impasse that's keeping the government partially shut down. The closure has entered its tenth day. Contractors that feed off government spending are also feeling the pinch.
When It Comes To Jobs, Not All Small Businesses Make It Big
When politicians say that small businesses are key to job growth, what most people imagine are mom-and-pop shops — the dry cleaner or coffee place. It may make a good sound bite, but research shows that most small businesses stay small. Only a fraction of these do grow into something big.
Kidnapped Libyan Prime Minister Freed By Captors
The Libya State News Agency has announced Prime Minister Ali Zeidan has been freed. Earlier it was reported that gunmen kidnapped him from a hotel in Tripoli where he resides. The abduction came amid anger among Libya's powerful Islamic militant groups over the U.S. special forces raid that seized a Libyan al-Qaida suspect.
Fidelity Sells Short-Term U.S. Government Debt
Fidelity Investments has sold all of its short-term U.S. government debt. That limits losses for the country's largest manager of money market mutual funds should the U.S. Treasury run out of money on Oct. 17.
Whatever Happened To The Deal To Save The Everglades?
In 2008, Florida announced the largest land sale in the state's history — to buy hundreds of miles of Everglades land owned by U.S. Sugar. But only a small fraction was acquired. Now, environmental groups are lobbying for the deal's revival before a contract giving the state an exclusive option to buy expires.