Hmong get a mixed debut in new Eastwood film The new Clint Eastwood movie, "Gran Torino," is rife with Minnesota connections. And it's believed to be the first major motion picture to prominently feature Hmong-Americans.4:49 p.m.
Pawlenty announces short-term budget cuts Governor Tim Pawlenty says he will reduce state aid payments to cities and counties by $110 million to help solve a short-term budget problem. Pawlenty outlined a plan Friday to cut $271 million in state spending and empty the budget reserve of $155 million.5:19 p.m.
Franken takes lead in Senate recount Democrat Al Franken holds a 262 vote lead in Minnesota's Senate recount after the state Canvassing Board today finished its work of deciding disputed ballots.5:23 p.m.
Cities, counties get first taste of budget cuts Governor Pawlenty will cut $110 million in local government aid as part of his plan to solve a $426 million dollar defecit in the current budget. The local government aid was due in cities and counties next week and now the checks will be smaller.5:50 p.m.
In Chelyabinsk, Corruption A Fixture Of Daily Life
President Dmitri Medvedev has had little success fulfilling his promise to fight corruption in Russia. Corruption in Chelyabinsk has actually worsened in the past decade. Ask someone in the town how he supports himself, and the answer is usually ''krutitimsa," or "we hustle."
U.S. Presses Pakistan To Continue Border Offensive
As attention shifts to Pakistan's border with India in the wake of the Mumbai attacks, the United States is pushing Pakistan to keep focused on its border with Afghanistan. A military operation against the Taliban there has made some gains, but thousands of residents have been displaced.
How To Make A Dream Gingerbread Home
Cookbook author Dorie Greenspan offers tips on how to make a gingerbread house, cottage or McMansion. Although Greenspan suggests spreading the work out over a few days, she and Michele Norris recently constructed one in a day.
Auto Bailout, Blagojevich, Obama Analyzed
A busy Friday in politics: President Bush announced a $17.4 billion bailout of General Motors and Chrysler, President-elect Barack Obama announced more Cabinet appointments and Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich proclaimed his innocence. David Brooks of The New York Times and E.J. Dionne of the Washington Post about the week in politics.
In Cleveland, 'A Christmas Story' Still Holds Allure
Cleveland has hitched a good part of its seasonal tourism success to A Christmas Story, a 25-year-old movie partly filmed in Cleveland that has developed a near-cult following. People pack the A Christmas Story House museum on weekends, buy fishnet stocking lamps and quote lines from the movie.
New Voices From South Asia Share Hope, Concerns
A new generation of Indians and Pakistanis are now dealing with their countries' fragile relationship. Indian writer Sonia Faleiro and Pakistani filmmaker Mehreen Jabbar say they understand why mistrust persists.
Female Wedding Registrar Is First In Muslim World
In a small town north of Cairo, Egypt, Amal Suleiman has quietly made history by becoming the first female marriage official in the Muslim world. She says she's no radical but that expanding career choices for Muslim women is simply a matter of common sense.
New Movies With a French Connection
The animated comedy The Tale of Despereaux is about a curious French mouse who loves to read. The French-language drama The Class is about a middle school teacher who aims to inspire. There's a lot of exposition in Despereaux and The Class is more real than most fiction films.
Despite Loans, Uphill Road For GM, Chrysler
GM and Chrysler have got their government bailout, but it came with some conditions that will be difficult for the companies to meet. In some cases, the decisions must be made by outside parties, such as the United Auto Workers or investors who hold bonds issued by the companies.
Autoworkers React To Bailout
Now that President Bush has said he will help the nation's auto industry with $17.4 billion in emergency loans, employees on the front lines weigh in.