Minnesota Vikings head into off-season The Minnesota Vikings' season has ended. The team's slim shot at getting into the playoffs ended Sunday afternoon when the Washington Redskins beat the Dallas Cowboys. Moments later, Vikings quarterback Tavaris Jackson fumbled in overtime, leading to a 22-19 loss to the Denver Broncos.7:20 a.m.
The Sober Guy brings drunk drivers home Two young entrepreneurs in Fargo have started a new business to help drunk drivers get home safely. The business, called Sober Guy, is generating interest around the country.7:25 a.m.
Minnesota Public Radio Chief Economics Correspondent Chris Farrell discusses the latest economic news.7:50 a.m.
Kids knit to make amends Two dozen teenagers at the Hennepin County Home School are knitting caps and scarves to donate to children who need them.7:55 a.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Pakistan to Decide Whether to Delay Election
The chaos following the assassination of Pakistan's opposition leader Benazir Bhutto may mean the parliamentary elections she planned to contest will be postponed. Government officials are due to decide Tuesday whether to go ahead with the vote now scheduled for next week.
Protesters Dispute Kibaki Victory in Kenya Election
Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki takes the oath of office for a second term amid protests. Kibaki claims a dramatic, come-from-behind victory over challenger Raila Odinga in the tightest presidential race in Kenya's history. Fewer than 300,000 votes separated the two candidates.
Taliban, Opium in Afghanistan Difficult to Contain
William Wood, U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan, evaluates U.S. operations in Afghanistan, increasing public support for the Taliban, and poppy eradication. His assessment comes after the discovery of stocks of opium worth $500 million.
Rock Snot Hitches Ride on Fishing Gear
For at least a decade, nasty carpets of an invasive algae species have been fouling up pristine fishing streams in the western United States. But this year, the giant, gooey wads appeared on the East Coast, and traveling fishermen are the culprits.
The 2007 Economy in Review
2007 was a year when oil prices soared, home sales plunged and the U.S. dollar took a dive. But it was also a year when the U.S. economy performed well — at least until the last quarter — and the stock markets' major indexes are set to finish the year higher.
Nigella Lawson Shares New Year's Food Traditions
While you might be hard-pressed to name a delicacy specific to New Year's — other than champagne — traditions abound around the world. Nigella Lawson shares food customs from Italy and other European countries.
Lost, Stolen Personal Data Quadruples
The loss or theft of Social Security numbers, credit card numbers and other personal data reaches new levels in 2007, according to the nonprofit Identity Theft Resource Center. It says 79 million personal records were compromised in 2007 — nearly four times the number of cases for 2006.
iPhone Cited as Year's Best Innovation
Tech guru Mario Armstrong claims the iPhone as the year's best technology innovation. The iPhone's touch-screen technology, visual voicemail, and integration of the digital camera, iTune software brought new energy to the design of cell phones.
AOL to End Netscape's Security Updates
AOL will no longer release security and other updates for the Internet browser Netscape Navigator as of Feb. 1, effectively ending support. Netscape Navigator helped popularize the Web, but as surfers switched to Microsoft's Internet Explorer, Netscape's market share dwindled.
Voting Season Nears Without Frontrunner
All eyes are on Iowa. On Jan. 3, caucus goers open the 2008 presidential voting season. Polls indicate the Democratic and Republican races are too close to call.