Data breach creates PR headache for Target It's not clear how many customers could see fraudulent charges on their debit or credit cards. But plenty of shoppers worry they might. Some say Target is not doing enough to assuage customers' fears over the security breach.6:40 a.m.
Winter solstice just around the corner MPR News' Cathy Wurzer spoke with University of Minnesota Climatologist Mark Seeley about the amount, and the frequency of measurable snow fall this month in many parts of the state. And he has some good news for those suffering the winter blues: the winter solstice is near and daylight will start getting longer and longer as the days go by.6:55 a.m.
Timberwolves still a work in progress The Minnesota Timberwolves are in Los Angeles to play the Lakers tonight. On Wednesday, the Wolves beat Portland, a team that came into the game with the best record in the NBA. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Howard Sinker, a digital sports editor for the Star Tribune, about the team.8:45 a.m.
Budget Bill Scales Back Military Pensions In 2015
The budget bill awaiting President Obama's signature would trim a lot of programs including the pensions of military officers. The pension cuts would save the government more than $6 million over a decade. Steve Inskeep talks to Politico reporter Juana Summers about how much the country spends on military personnel.
How Fraud Flourishes Unchecked In Medicare's Drug Plan
Credit card companies routinely flag or block suspicious charges as they happen. Yet under Medicare, a convoluted and poorly managed system for catching fraud allows costly scams for prescription drugs to slide by. The federal government has done little to stop the fraud, an investigation by ProPublica found.
Do Crossword Puzzles Really Stave Off Dementia?
On Dec. 21, 100 years ago, a paper in New York published the first crossword. It quickly became known as a game for the intelligent — even helping Britain recruit code-breakers during WWII. But there isn't much evidence that this brainy game can help stave off dementia.
Overturned Truck Spills Holiday Hams
An interstate ramp outside of Atlanta was tied up on Thursday — not with cars but with 40,000 pounds of ham. The driver wasn't hurt but ham and diesel fuel were everywhere.
Conflict In South Sudan Grows Worse
On Thursday, President Obama warned the country is "on the precipice." Forces opposed to the nation's president have taken control of a major town, and killed at least three U.N. peacekeepers in the process.
Administration Offers A Stopgap Health Insurance Option
Millions of Americans facing canceled health insurance policies under the Affordable Care Act will no longer be fined for being uninsured in the new year. Instead, they can enroll in basic coverage — previously available only to those with a hardship exemption.