Will the stimulus bring a high-speed rail line to the Twin Cities? President Barack Obama signed the $787 billion economic stimulus bill Tuesday afternoon and $8 billion is being dedicated to fund high-speed passanger rail. Such train lines hadn't been included as part of the stimulus plan until late in the negotiations.5:20 p.m.
TPT taking advantage of digital TV conversion The digital TV conversion has been delayed to take place by June 12, but a lot of TV stations are making changes this month anyway. Perhaps no broadcaster in Minnesota has taken more advantage of the promise of digital television than Twin Cities Public Television.5:53 p.m.
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L.A. Officials Destroy Notorious Gang Headquarters
Los Angeles authorities demolished the Avenue Street gang's headquarters, which police say was a symbol of gang violence. In recent years, police raided the house 14 times, arresting more than a dozen suspects and confiscating drugs and automatic weapons.
Myanmar's People Slide Deeper Into Despair
News out of Myanmar is rare, and usually bad: The crackdown on the monk-led, pro-democracy protests in 2007, the huge death toll from Cyclone Nargis last May. A recent clandestine visit reveals how the country is suffering under its government's iron fist and from the cyclone's lingering damage.
Author Daniel Bergner Explores Erotic Longings
In his new book, The Other Side of Desire, Daniel Bergner explores erotic drives that fall outside the normal zones. For the New York Times Magazine writer, that meant he had to set aside his own judgments and moral codes to try to understand the "erotic vision."
Stanford charged In $9B Fraud
Texas financier R. Allen Stanford and three of his companies were charged Tuesday with a fraud centered on high-interest CDs. The SEC says Stanford orchestrated an investment scheme that promised "improbable" interest rates.
Obama Signs Stimulus Bill
President Barack Obama traveled to Denver Tuesday to sign the economic stimulus bill. Approved by Congress on a largely party-line vote last week, the bill is designed to inject nearly $800 billion into the economy through tax cuts and new federal spending.
Liberty Steps In To Save Sirius XM
Sirius XM and cable giant Liberty Media announced Tuesday that Liberty will loan Sirius $530 million in exchange for a 40 percent stake in the company. The loan is a life-saver for Sirius XM, which was preparing for a possible bankruptcy filing.
Facebook Users Angry Over Change In Legal Terms
Burris Tried To Fundraise For Blagojevich
U.S. Sen. Roland Burris (D-IL) acknowledged Tuesday that he tried to raise campaign money for ousted Gov. Rod Blajojevich as he vied for Illinois' vacant seat on the U.S. Senate. Pressure on Burris to quit his Senate seat has mounted since revelations over his weekend testimony.
On Asian Tour, Clinton Meets Japanese Officials
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton assured Japanese officials that she will keep North Korea to its pledge of giving up nuclear weapons. Clinton is touring Asian nations on her first mission as America's chief diplomat. She visits Indonesia Wednesday.