GOP legislators who pushed MinnCare cuts under scrutiny for ties to insurers A Republican state representative who steered legislation through the House to drop thousands of people from state-run MinnesotaCare is an independent contractor for an insurance brokerage firm that lobbied for the change. Rep. Steve Gottwalt and his Senate counterpart, David Hann, have business links to the insurance industry, which has some other lawmakers asking whether the arrangement violates ethics rules.6:50 a.m.
Dakota riders begin somber journey to mark 150 years since executions Dakota Indian horseback riders and support teams are gathering in South Dakota on Monday for an annual memorial journey to southern Minnesota. Their ride will end in Mankato on Dec. 26, the 150th anniversary of the largest mass execution in U.S. history. On that day in 1862, 38 Dakota men were hanged from a single gallows platform in downtown Mankato in retribution for the US-Dakota war.7:20 a.m.
Egypt's Morsi Authorizes Military To Arrest Civilians
Over the weekend, Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi rescinded most of a temporary order that elevated his powers above judicial review. But he did not concede on demands to postpone a vote on a new constitution.
Syrian Villagers Hope Their Example Will Be A Model
Rebels recently took control of the Syrian border village of Khirbet al-Joz. Since then, the villagers have selected a town leadership. They also have a police force chosen by the town rather than the regime. They hope their model will be widely emulated.
Sandy Forces Questions About Waterfront Rebuilding
Hurricane Sandy has not slowed the pace of waterfront construction in New York City. City officials accept sea levels are rising, but they believe they can design waterfront neighborhoods that will withstand the worst of it.
NFL Copes With Another Tragedy
For a second straight week, the world of football is coping with sad news. Two Dallas Cowboys players were involved in a one-car accident. One of the players was killed; the driver was arrested for drunk driving. This comes on the heels of last week's murder-suicide involving a member of the Kansas City Chiefs.
Dominique Strauss-Kahn's Story Plays Out On Stage
Former IMF leader Dominique Strauss-Kahn, who was accused of sexual assault by a hotel maid, has all but vanished from the public sphere in France, but he remains a subject of fascination. A play imagining what could have transpired in that hotel suite in May 2011 has just opened in Paris.
As Childhood Strokes Increase, Surgeons Aim To Reduce Risks
Stroke is usually a problem that comes with age, but a surprising number of children have strokes, too. Many kids have conditions that put them at higher risk. But surgeons have developed a technique that cuts the risk in some of these kids by giving part of the brain a new blood supply.
Yahoo, NBC Sports Partner In Content Deal
In an announcement made Sunday night, Yahoo and NBC Sports are combining their offerings online and on TV. This means NBC will have a larger sports presence on the web and for Yahoo, it means access to NBC's video and live sports coverage.
'Orange County Register' Presses Hum With Optimism
The suburban Los Angeles paper is expanding its newsroom and emphasizing print over digital. Trying to dig the Register out of a financial hole, the new owners see promise in an expanded print edition with more color and more content.
12 Days Of Tax Deductions
Over the next 12 days, Morning Edition will take a closer look at the biggest federal tax deductions: how they came about, who benefits and how they might be affected by "fiscal cliff" negotiations. We begin with the casualty loss deduction.
Compound Found In Hops May Fight Viruses
A Japanese university says researchers discovered a chemical compound which apparently wards off the virus responsible for respiratory infections such as pneumonia. The compound is found in hops — which means you can drink it up in your beer. But for any benefit, you'd need to drink about 30 beers.