Vikings fire head coach Leslie Frazier After going 10-6 in 2012, the Vikings regressed this year, done in by a leaky defense and an ongoing inability to find stability at quarterback. Frazier finished 21-33-1 in three-plus seasons.6:40 a.m.
Important Minn. health insurance deadline approaches at midnight Minnesotans who want to sign up for health coverage to begin New Year's day have until midnight Tuesday to select a plan through the state's online insurance marketplace, MNsure. Meanwhile, officials report enrollment jumped by about 15,000 in less than two weeks.7:40 a.m.
Final show tonight at Artists Quarter In what has become a New Year's Eve tradition, vocalist Carole Martin will be performing at the Artists Quarter in downtown St. Paul tonight.8:49 a.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Despite The Headlines, Chicago's Crime Rate Fell In 2013
Throughout the year, stories about gun violence in the city grabbed the country's attention. Now at the end of the year, the city's crime rate is again big news because it declined so much in 2013, to its lowest level in decades. It's a reality that often doesn't fit the perception of the city.
New England Town Budgets Feel The Force Of 3 Major Storms
Winter is off to a robust start in the Northeast. Thousands of New Englanders spent Christmas without electricity and a new storm meant more power outages Sunday night. The city of Portland is about a third of the way through its million-dollar, winter-weather budget.
Would-Be Robber Rejects Victim's Flip Phone
A man was being mugged in New York's Central Park when the thief asked for the victim's phone. According to the New York Post, when he saw it was an old phone, he gave it back to the victim.
Kiwi Gardner Gets A Break, Told To 'Go At The Rim'
Two months ago, NPR listeners were introduced to Kiwi Gardner, 20, a 5'7" basketball wiz from Oakland, Calif. Like so many talented young ballplayers, Gardner's ultimate goal is the NBA but he has took take the minor league route.
Commercial Drone Testing Sites Chosen By FAA
The Federal Aviation Administration has picked six states which will get to test unmanned aerial vehicles. The sites will begin testing how to integrate drones into U.S. airspace, sharing the skies with passenger planes.
Connecticut Plagued By Soaring Foreclosure Rate
In the U.S. last month, home foreclosures fell to the lowest level since the mortgage crisis began eight years ago. But in Connecticut, and several other states, foreclosures are still rising dramatically.
Local Brewery Has Starbucks Frothing Over Stout's Name
The giant coffee chain sent a cease-and-desist letter to the owner of Exit 6 Pub and Brewery in Missouri. Starbucks told the pub to stop referring to one of its dark, frothy beers as "the frappicino." Starbucks noted it sounds a lot like its trademarked frozen coffee drink.