Climatoligist Dr. Mark Seeley chats about the weekend weather
Morning Edition host Cathy Wurzer talked about the latest weather news with University of Minnesota Climatologist Mark Seeley. They also looked ahead to the weekend forecast.6:50 a.m.
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Romney Seeks to Put the Mormon Question to Rest
Addressing his views on faith in a much-publicized address Thursday, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney — a Mormon — chose his words with care. How did evangelicals and others react to the speech?
Iraqi Civilian Disabled by War Struggles to Find Aid
As aid agencies struggle to fill a void in Iraq's overwhelmed medical system, many disabled by the war have ended up on Baghdad's streets. One man who once worked as a blacksmith and security guard now scratches out a living as a street vendor.
California Mortgage-Help Model Has Critics
The Bush administration's plan to deal with rising home foreclosures by freezing interest rates for struggling borrowers is closely modeled on a California program that has attracted doubters.
Lebanese Rivals Agree on Compromise Candidate
After two weeks without a head of state, Lebanon's two rival political factions appear to agreed on a candidate for president. But the choice — army Gen. Michel Suleiman — is seen as a setback for Lebanon's ruling coalition.
Putin Reviving Authoritarian Russia, Critics Warn
Critics say a landslide parliamentary victory for the party of Russian President Vladimir Putin shows the Kremlin manipulated the elections to a shocking degree. Some fear Putin is reviving Soviet-style authoritarian control.
Retailers Fret over Holiday Sales
Sales at big chain stores — such as Wal-Mart and Macy's — rose an average of 3 to 4 percent in November. But there are signs that consumers are becoming more careful about spending. The National Retail Federation expects an increase in holiday sales this year, but predicts that increase will be the smallest in five years.
Toy Sellers Try to Lift Confidence After Recalls
Recalls of millions of toys, most of them from China, for lead paint and other potential hazards are sending toymakers and retailers scrambling to remove potentially dangerous toys from the market and assure holiday shoppers.
Parents Seek Alternatives to Chinese Toys
A wave of recalls for Chinese-made toys for lead and other health hazards has parents concerned this holiday season. A recent poll shows nearly half of consumers plan to avoid buying toys made in China this year. But the alternatives are often more expensive.