Minnesota jobs hinge on fate of auto industry The Bush administration said Friday that it will help prevent the collapse of the nation's auto industry. The collapse of the nation's auto industry could mean a lot of job losses -- including here in Minnesota.5:50 p.m.
Production makes Gertrude Stein sing A new opera being performed this weekend in Minneapolis has a lofty goal: to portray all Americans - past, present, and future. "The Making of Americans" is an adaptation of Gertrude Stein's novel of the same name. It gets its world premiere tonight at the Walker Art Center.5:55 p.m.
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Automakers May Get White House Reprieve
The White House has said it is ready to step in to a prevent the collapse of General Motors and Chrysler. But such a last-minute rescue is no more than a reprieve and questions about a more extensive bailout will be waiting for president-elect Barack Obama and the new Congress.
Autoworkers React To Bailout Collapse
In the wake of talks over the auto bailout collapsing on Capitol Hill, auto workers in Detroit ponder their increasingly dismal fate. Many say the failure of the package in the Senate was a political attack by Republicans who blocked aid for Detroit automakers.
Audit Prods L.A. To Tackle Backlog In DNA Evidence
In Los Angeles, more than 12,000 DNA evidence kits taken from sexual assault victims wait untested in police crime labs and storage facilities. Police say they haven't had the money or the technology to deal with the backlog. But a scathing city audit has officials pledging to test every rape kit — and to help victims bring criminals to justice.
Justice Dept. Times Cases For Obama's Arrival
Some lawyers in the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division say they are delaying certain cases, hoping that the Obama administration will give them more attention than the Bush administration did. Some prosecutors are also reviving old investigations left untouched for years.
Obama's Alma Mater Marches From Hawaii
The marching band from President-elect Barack Obama's high school will perform at his inaugural parade on Jan. 20. The director of Punahou School's band talks about preparing kids from Honolulu for playing in the cold and talks about their playlist.
Economic Downturn Hits Liberal Arts School
In the past few months, Washington College, a small liberal arts college on the bucolic eastern shore of Maryland, has seen almost $60 million sucked out of its $170 million endowment. The faculty, administration and students now wonder what the future holds.
'The Reader' and 'Doubt' Tackle Generational Divides
Two new movies — Doubt and The Reader — deal with sex with minors. Doubt takes place during a time of change for the Roman Catholic church in the 1960s. The Reader is about two generations of Germans, those who lived through World War II and those who learned about it as history.
Amid Downturn, A Look At Baseball Salaries
The country's economy is in free-fall but Major League Baseball salaries are still in the stratosphere. How can teams such as the Yankees afford such pricey contracts when the recession is bound to take a bite out of revenues?
Week In Sports Reviewed
Major League Baseball might be feeling the pain of the economic meltdown much like other pro sports leagues. The NFL gets paid over a billion dollars a year, but it still announced layoffs this week. Sportswriter Stefan Fatsis talks about this and other news from the world of sports.
Ill. AG Asks Court To Declare Blagojevich Unfit
Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan has asked the state's Supreme Court to strip Gov. Rod Blagojevich of his powers. Blagojevich, who was arrested on corruption charges this week, has ignored calls for his resignation. But his chief of staff, John Harris, has resigned.