Sales tax changes: what would be covered Gov. Mark Dayton is proposing Minnesotans pay a lower overall sales tax rate but that it should be applied to more goods and services, including clothes over $100. Here's a closer look at what purchases would be subject to the sales tax under the governor's plan.4:58 p.m.
Dayton's budget plan includes higher taxes, spending Calling for an end to "gimmicks and fiscal games," Gov. Mark Dayton Tuesday proposed an overhaul of Minnesota's tax and budget system that would raise hundreds of millions more from high-income taxpayers and high-dollar clothing sales, and pump much of the new money into education and property tax relief.5:20 p.m.
President's New Term Doesn't Mean New Day In Congress
While President Obama raised big issues in his inaugural address — climate change, gay rights, immigration, the shooting of schoolchildren — Congress eased back into session Tuesday with other priorities, fighting many of the battles left over from last year.
French Twitter Lawsuit Pits Free Speech Against Hate Speech
A French judge will decide this week if Twitter must hand over the identities of users sending anti-Semitic tweets. The case, brought against Twitter by a Jewish student group, is a clash of legal cultures: U.S. free speech guarantees vs. European laws banning hate speech.
Sundance Subsidy Stirs Conservative Pushback
Robert Redford's annual Sundance Film Festival draws thousands of filmgoers and millions of dollars to snowy Park City, Utah. But a state subsidy contributing to the event is drawing controversy from some conservatives, who say films screened at the festival don't reflect the values of the state.
Disney, Debauchery Are Big Hits At Sundance
Melissa Block talks with Steven Zeitchik, arts and entertainment writer for the Los Angeles Times, about the Sundance Film Festival. They discuss the buzz-worthy movies and emerging trends from this year's festival.
Algerian Gas Plant Seizure May Mark New Stage In Al-Qaida Evolution
America's chief terrorism concern used to be al-Qaida's core, led by Osama bin Laden. Then the group's affiliates, like its arm in Yemen, became the most serious threat. Now, analysts say, the Algerian attack by a group that had left al-Qaida's fold may be the latest iteration in terrorist threats.
Algeria Attack Raises Security Alarms For Energy Firms
Islamic militants' attack on a huge gas plant in the Sahara underscores the dangers that energy companies face when they do business in politically unstable places. Such facilities can be hard to protect and fences alone don't do the job, security experts say.