Wind turbine company's woes mirror that of the industry In southwestern Minnesota, Suzlon Energy says it plans to cut its workforce in half at the company's wind energy plant in Pipestone. The layoffs come in what is shaping up to be a very rough year for the industry.5:20 p.m.
St Paul singer songwriter remembered for sensitive lyrics, delicate falsetto.
St Paul singer-songwriter Jeff Hanson was found dead after an apparent fall in his concrete-floored apartment Friday. Hanson was 31 years old.6:28 p.m.
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Court: Judges Must Avoid Appearance Of Bias
The Supreme Court ruled Monday that a West Virginia judge should have stepped aside from a case involving one of his big campaign contributors. The chief executive of a company involved in a lawsuit had given $3 million to the judge's election campaign.
Sotomayor Fractures Ankle
Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor fractured her ankle Monday in an airport stumble in New York City. Sotomayor, President Obama's pick to replace David Souter on the Supreme Court, was on her way to Washington for an afternoon of meetings with senators.
Grass-Roots Groups Gear Up For Health Debate
This weekend, Democrats kicked off what promises to be a massive grass-roots campaign for their health-reform plans. They are organizing community meetings with the millions of e-mail addresses they got during last year's campaign. Republicans are also mobilizing, some with big-dollar ad campaigns like former hospital CEO Rick Scott.
Sen. Grassley's Twitter Broadside At Obama
Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) addressed President Obama Sunday via Twitter: "Pres Obama you got nerve..." As more politicians latch on to the craze of posting thoughts in 140 characters or fewer, what does that mean for the state of political discourse in America? Clay Johnson from the Sunlight Foundation offers his insight on political Twitter.
Smart Phones & Small Hands (Or Mouths) Don't Mix
Little kids are fascinated by hand-held electronics and, if given the opportunity, they do all sorts of things with — and to — these devices. One solution: Install software that locks a smart phone but allows your kids to draw on its screen.
Using Psychology To Save You From Yourself
Human beings don't always behave rationally. Now, policymakers are using research about human decision-making to design policies to protect humans from their own poor judgment — including everything from unwanted pregnancies to failing to save for retirement.
It's graduation season again. College students usually spend this time of year celebrating. But this year, a shrinking job market has put a damper on the spirits of many post-grads. Michael Roth, commentator and president of Wesleyan University, offers some words to put graduates back in the mood to celebrate
Calif. Town Feels Recession Hit Despite Oil
Whittier, Calif., is a town rich in history and oil. Oil was discovered there in 1884, but in the 1970s town folks began getting upset with the sector. With the recession, however, priorities have changed back: For the first time since 1992, the city wants to drill for oil again to help bolster city coffers, but the land in question is now a nature preserve — purchased by taxpayers.
Rudder Tries To Reinvent The Jam Band
The jazz quartet Rudder is eager to amuse, but can also be as mournful and moving as a New Orleans funeral march. The band's latest release, Matorning, is a breath of sweet oxygen in an oft-stale instrumental scene.
N. Korea Sentences Two U.S. Journalists
North Korea's high court sentenced two American journalists to 12 years hard labor, alleging they crossed into the communist country illegally. Ambassador Charles "Jack" Pritchard, president of the Korea Economic Institute in Washington, offers his insight.