Climate change group votes At a meeting Wednesday, the task force working on ways to reduce Minnesota's carbon footprint approved some ideas and sent others back to the drawing board. They had more questions than answers about many of the ideas.7:20 a.m.
Finding beauty in the religions of others A Minneapolis sculptor uses handmade paper, uprooted trees, grapevines, and dried roses to tell a story of loss, displacement and personal spiritual transcendance.7:24 a.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Caroline Kennedy's 'Family Christmas'
Caroline Kennedy's new Christmas anthology opens with her 1962 letter to Santa. In it, she wished for skates, dolls and a "pet reindeer" for herself and "some noisy thing" for her brother John. But a family tradition shunned toys for oranges and walnuts.
Testing Toys for Lead
Dozens of toys contaminated with lead have been recalled over the past year, so it's not a surprise that parents want to know whether their holiday toys are tainted. Sales of do-it-yourself lead test kits are up, but how effective are they?
Supreme Court Hears Guantanamo Arguments
The Supreme Court hears arguments for a third time in a case involving whether the prisoners classified as enemy combatants and held at Guantanamo Bay are entitled to challenge their detention in U.S. courts. The prisoners have been held for six years.
U.K. Grapples with Detaining Terrorist Suspects
Britain's Home Secretary is set to announce a plan to increase the amount of time police can hold terrorism suspects without charge. Currently these suspects can be held up to 28 days. Police are for it, but many British government officials oppose extending the detention time.
Meat Processors Look to Puerto Rico for Workers
With the ongoing immigration crackdown, meat and poultry processors are desperate for legal workers. The average hourly wage is $11 to $12. To get legal workers, many plants must recruit heavily. A Cargill plant in Beardstown, Ill., recently began recruiting workers from Puerto Rico.
Part of U.S.-Mexico Border Fence on Wildlife Refuge
As if the controversy over constructing hundreds of miles of border fence to stem the tide of illegal immigrants along the Mexican border isn't enough, there is now news of a land swap. The federal government plans to put some of the fencing on a wildlife refuge in Arizona.
Atlantis Due to Blast Off with European Science Lab
Space shuttle Atlantis is due to blast off with a science lab called Columbus inside its cargo bay for long-term research. Columbus is designed to operate for 10 years, and will double research capacity. It was built for the European Space Agency and will be controlled from Oberpfaffenhofen, Germany.
Autism Study Lends Credence to 'Fever Effect'
Autism researchers have been hearing reports about the "fever effect" for decades. Parents of autistic children report a sudden improvement in their child's condition when the child has fever. Now a study suggests that phenomenon might be real.
Bush to Unveil Plan to Aid Struggling Homeowners
President Bush is expected to unveil a plan worked out with the mortgage industry to help stave off a rising number of home foreclosures. Many homeowners with subprime, adjustable rate loans are seeing their interest rates swell, making their payments too high.
British Economy Hit by U.S. Housing Market Woes
The troubles in the American housing market are rippling across the Atlantic. European central bankers worry their economy could slow down. The Bank of England and the European Central Bank announce decisions on interest rates.