More passengers ride Northstar commuter train Ridership on the Northstar commuter rail line went up last month. That's welcome news for the service, which runs passenger trains daily between Big Lake and Minneapolis, because ridership last year was 20 percent below projections.4:46 p.m.
Defining Joy And Heartbreak in A 'Lover's Dictionary'
In The Lover's Dictionary, young adult author David Levithan tackles the grownup material of love and squalor, piece by piece, in a dictionary format. Over the course of the novel, the small details about two lovers combine to create a heartbreaking (and often uplifting) whole.
Obama Releases $3.7 Trillion Budget For 2012
President Obama has unveiled a budget plan that aims to cut the deficit by more than $1 trillion over the next decade. But that would still leave $1 trillion deficit for fiscal year 2012.
Congress Reacts To Obama's Proposed Budget
President Obama's budget fell on Capitol Hill with a hard thud. In these cash-strapped times, just about everyone agrees some budget-cutting is needed, so few lawmakers are standing up to cheer for his spending plan. Generally though, Democrats agreed with its priorities, and Republicans, especially those in charge of the House, did not.
Remembering Pioneering Educator Harriett Ball
Harriett Ball was a public school teacher who made learning contagious by setting it to a rhythm. Her classroom techniques were the inspiration for the first KIPP charter school. She died earlier this month at the age of 64. Tracy McDaniel, principal of KIPP Reach College Preparatory in Oklahoma City, remembers Ball.
Web Users Push For More Privacy
Two bills were introduced last week pushing for stronger privacy protections online. At the same time, Web browsers are rolling out new features to give consumers more control over what advertisers know about you. Julia Angwin, a technology editor at the Wall Street Journal, offers her insight.
Ken And Barbie Update Their Status
After seven years of just being friends, Ken and Barbie have reunited. And as he turns 50, Ken is hard at work tweeting, updating his Facebook page and even using Foursquare to let people know what they're up to.
In Bahrain, Protesters Declare 'Day Of Rage'
In the latest effort to capture the momentum from Tunis and Cairo, demonstrators in Bahrain declared Monday a "day of rage." Security forces broke up several, but not all rallies. The king sought to calm the protests by promising every household some $2,000 in state benefits.
On The Front Lines In Somalia
African Union troops have spent more than three years battling Islamist insurgents in Mogadishu, Somalia. The troops, most of them from Uganda, are trying to seize control of Mogadishu.
Ask For A Raise? Most Women Hesitate
In the face of a persistent gender pay gap, researchers are focusing on this: Women don't ask for more money. When they try, it often backfires. A series of new efforts seek to coach women on the art of successful negotiating. There's even a Girl Scout badge to encourage girls to ask for more.