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Monday, December 30, 2013

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  • Gov. Mark DaytonDayton, a year left in first term, says he has the job he wants -- and will seek again
    Mark Dayton has already made big changes as governor, most notably turning his predecessor's staunch opposition to tax increases on end. He intends to seek a second term next year and some analysts say the battles he's fought and won in his first three years have him well-positioned to win in 2014.5:40 a.m.
  • The Cathedral of St. PaulArchdiocese: Two priests reported to police
    The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis has forwarded information about two parish priests to law enforcement. The two priests in question are taking leaves from active ministry.6:20 a.m.
  • The Commodore Record ShopMemorable story of 2013: A conversation with Billy Crystal on his family's jazz history
    In his one-man show coming to the State Theatre, Billy Crystal tells funny and often poignant stories about growing up just outside New York City in the 1950s and '60s. One subject that gets a lot of attention is Dixieland jazz -- a music scene in which his family played a big role.6:55 a.m.
  • SimulatorFargo drone pilots fly missions with crew around the world
    The Predator aircraft, about the size of a small, single-engine airplane, are based thousands of miles away from the pilots in Fargo.7:35 a.m.
  • Mark AndrewAndrew recovering from beating after theft incident
    One of the women who attacked former Hennepin County Commissioner and Minneapolis mayoral candidate Mark Andrew on Thursday is due to make a court appearance today. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Andrew about what happened.7:40 a.m.
  • Last Vikings game at MetrodomeMetrodome era ends with a Vikings victory
    The Vikings and their fans said goodbye to their home for the last 32 seasons. The final game in the Metrodome ended quietly with a 14-13 victory against the Detroit Lions on Sunday.8:40 a.m.
  • Detroit Lions v Minnesota ViKingsVikings looking for new head coach
    The Minnesota Vikings fired head coach Leslie Frazier today. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Howard Sinker, a digital sports editor for the Star Tribune, about why Frazier was fired and what's next for the team.8:45 a.m.
  • Dawes coming to Minneapolis
    Today's music is from "Christmas in L.A." a collaboration between Dawes and the Killers that came out earlier this month. Proceeds from the sale of the single on iTunes will benefit the AIDS prevention charity known as REDS. Dawes will be in town tonight and tomorrow night playing at the Varsity Theater in Minneapolis.8:49 a.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • 2 Bombings In Russia Raise Olympic Security Questions
    One of southern Russia's largest cities is reeling from two deadly bombings in the last 24 hours. The violence took place in Volgograd which is hundreds of miles from Sochi, where the Winter Olympics will be held. This has raised questions about whether these acts of terrorism are related to the staging of the Olympics.
  • 2013 Was A Breakthrough Year For Nuclear Diplomacy
    In November, an agreement was reached to suspend much of Iran's nuclear program. Negotiators for Iran and six world powers will be back at the table working on a comprehensive deal to limit Iran's nuclear activity and bring an end to punitive economic sanctions. Analysts say those talks will be exponentially harder than the ones concluded this year.
  • Assessing Bloomberg's Legacy Is A Complex Task
    On Tuesday, Michael Bloomberg ends his three terms as mayor of New York City. His 12 years in office were groundbreaking, locally and globally.
  • How Do You Get A Cow Out Of Your Swimming Pool?
    This is not the set up for a bad joke, it's a real conundrum faced by an Oregon man last week. The solution, it turns out, involves draining the pool. Along with a series of straps and ropes, a ramp, a bucket of oats and 10 firefighters to haul the cow out.
  • Hot On YouTube: Videos About Video Games, And Science, Too
    Many people watched other people playing video games on the video-sharing site in 2013. But it wasn't all about games; educational videos, particularly those that explain science concepts or use fun animation, were also big hits.
  • $1,000 Pill For Hepatitis C Spurs Debate Over Drug Prices
    Earlier this month, the Food and Drug Administration approved a class of drugs that can cure most hepatitis C infections. That's great news for the more than 3 million Americans infected. But the high cost — $84,000 per course of treatment — means some patients could miss out.
  • Cinnamon Can Help Lower Blood Sugar, But One Variety May Be Best
    For years, there have been hints that adding cinnamon to your diet can help control blood sugar. And a recent spate of studies adds to the evidence that the effect is real. But if you want to incorporate more of this aromatic spice in your diet, the variety may matter.
  • French High Court Approves 75 Percent Tax For Top Earners
    The millionaire tax was a campaign promise from French President Francois Hollande. Film star Gerard Depardieu famously fled the country to avoid paying the tax.
  • Can Robots Manage Your Money Better Than You? Startups Say Yes
    A handful of Silicon Valley entrepreneurs say it's time to turn your finances over to bots. Algorithms can monitor a person's financial behavior better than most advisers, they say, and aren't biased by commissions or complex fee structures.
  • Japanese Vending Machines Sell Bras
    In Japan, you can buy an incredible range of things from vending machines: bags of rice, fishing tackle or fresh flowers. And now you can add bras to that list — in particular the wireless "Fun Fun Week" bra.

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