At Sunday Mass, Catholics react to archdiocese investigations Reports of possible cover-ups and extra payments to clergy suspected of sexual misconduct have put the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis under intense scrutiny in recent weeks. We spoke with some Catholics at Mass on Sunday about their reaction to the news.5:35 a.m.
Vikings fans ponder pricey seat license fees for new stadium Vikings fans were back in the Metrodome this weekend for the first time since the team unveiled the details of its financing plan for a new stadium. That plan will have most fans paying an average of $2,500 for the new stadium. For some, it's too much. Others say they're happy to pay.6:55 a.m.
Wheels fall off for Vikings in crushing loss to Carolina In sports, fans will have one more chance today to cheer for the WNBA champion Minnesota Lynx. Meanwhile, it doesn't look like there will be any parades for the Minnesota Vikings this year. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Howard Sinker, a digital sports editor for Star Tribune, about the loss.8:45 a.m.
National Public Radio Stories
U.S. Political Standoff Hangs Over IMF, World Bank Meetings
The world's top financial officials were in Washington, D.C. over the weekend for the annual meetings of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank. The partial government shutdown and the debt ceiling standoff were hot topics among the visiting world financial leaders.
How The Debt Limit Became 'A Nuclear-Tipped Leverage Point'
Since Congress first passed a law that set a cap on how much debt the Treasury could accrue, it has had to raise that limit more than 100 times. And 40 of those times, lawmakers have tried to tie strings to the vote. But veterans of past fights say they have gotten more intense in recent years.
Holding Onto The Other Half Of 'Mixed-Race'
Wilma Stordahl is tall, blond and Norwegian. Two of her sons have a black father, but they both share their mother's Norwegian last name. Strangers have frequently told Stordahl that her sons are black, not mixed-race, but Stordahl and her boys say the term captures only part of who they are.
So What's The Real Deadline For Obamacare Sign-Up?
Now that enrollment has opened for coverage under the Affordable Care Act, one of the biggest questions people have is, what's the deadline? It's Dec. 15 if you want coverage to start on Jan. 1. But open enrollment actually runs through March 2014. After that, you'll generally have to wait until next fall.
Exercise May Help Knees More Than Glucosamine And Chondroitin
Glucosamine and chondroitin have been popular supplements for arthritis for years. But clinical trials in humans haven't shown that they're any better than sugar pills at reducing pain. Some doctors say that if placebos or supplements help people exercise and lose weight, then that's OK.
China Experiences Surprise Drop In Exports
Chinese exports dropped point 0.3 percent in September from a year earlier. It was the worst performance in three months. Analysts think much of the drop was due to plunging demand from Southeast Asia. Investors have been pulling money out of the region on concern the U.S. Federal Reserve will cut bond purchases and the money supply will tighten.
Iran's Leaders Send Sobering Message: No Quick Economic Fix
Iran's new President Hassan Rouhani says he will seek a nuclear agreement and an end to crippling Western economic sanctions. This has raised hopes that better economic times may be ahead. But Rouhani's team, as well as economists, say Iran's problems are deep-rooted and won't be easily solved.
Research: 'Inner Speech' Can Be Disturbed By Chewing
Social science research shows movie goers are less receptive to ads if they're munching on popcorn. When we watch an ad on the screen, we subconsciously mouth the name we're hearing. And this "inner speech" makes an imprint on our brain. But if you're chewing your way through the ads, your mouth and brain don't go through those motions, and the message may not stay with you.
Shutdown In Day 14, Debt Ceiling Deadline Nears
Congress and the White House continue to work through the twin fiscal crises of funding for the federal government and the debt ceiling. Steve Inskeep and David Greene explore the dimensions of this massive political drama with Cokie Roberts, who weighs in on political topics most Mondays on Morning Edition, Robert Costa of the National Review, who's been following developments on Capitol Hill, and Terence Samuel of The Washington Post, who has been following public attitudes nationally.