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Friday, December 7, 2007

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • William McGuireMcGuire settlement not seen as surprising
    Former UnitedHealth chief William McGuire will give back more than $400 million in tainted stock options.6:40 a.m.
  • 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.

National Public Radio Stories

  • 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?
  • New Hampshire Voters React to Romney's Speech
    As Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney spoke Thursday about his faith, voters in New Hampshire listened with interest.
  • 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.
  • Romance Amid the Sweep of History in 'Atonement'
    The film Atonement, based on the novel by Ian McEwan, is a rich, old-fashioned love story and a potent meditation on the power of fiction to destroy and create.
  • 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.

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