Warm winter won't harm Minnesota economy
In the Lakes region and elsewhere, hotels, restaurants and outfitters that cater to winter-weather lovers are struggling during this warm winter. But the Minnesota economy won't take too much of a hit. State economist Tom Stinson tells us that the $5 billion hospitality and leisure industry accounts for only about 2 percent of the state economy. And the bulk of that money comes from business travelers or Minnesotans going out for dinner.
In fact, the warm winter weather could mean a boost for other parts of the Minnesota economy. Construction companies, for example, are enjoying the longer building season.4:52 p.m.
Minnesota delegation cool to use of more troops in Iraq Iraq was the most important issue in the mid-term elections and the war played a major role in stripping the GOP of its control of Congress. Now, most of Minnesota's delegation seems prepared to fight any proposal for additional troops.5:19 p.m.
House Considers Bill Enacting 9/11 Report Measures
A bill is being introduced in the House that would enact portions of the 9/11 Commission recommendations that haven't been voted into law. One provision would require screening all cargo that arrives at U.S. seaports.
Week in Washington: Change and Strategy
Change is afoot this week in Washington, with Congress changing hands, significant staff shifts at the White House and anticipation of President Bush's coming speech on Iraq. Michele Norris talks with political commentators E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post and David Brooks of The New York Times.
National Economy Shows Muscle in Job Growth
The U.S. economy ended 2006 on a strong note, adding more jobs than economists had expected. More than 167,000 new jobs were created in December, bringing the total for last year to 1.8 million. The unemployment rate remained at 4.5 percent.
The Movie Industry in 2006: Money Makers
Hollywood's biggest money-makers of 2006 include Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest, X-Men: The Last Stand, and a number of high-profile animated films, including Happy Feet.
Infant Car Seats Are Faulted by 'Consumer Reports'
Many infant car seats fail new front and side-crash tests, says Consumer Reports. The magazine has issued a safety alert for infant car seats. Of the 12 U.S. models tested, only the Baby Trend Flex-Loc and the Graco SnugRide performed well, according to Kim Klemen, Consumer Reports deputy editorial director.
Parents' Plan to Stunt Girl's Growth Sparks Debate
The parents of a severely disabled girl are deliberately stunting the 9-year-old's growth with hormones. They say the treatment will make their daughter more comfortable and allow them to better lift her and care for her. The case has created a medical and ethical controversy.
Visit to the Old World: A Russian Bath in N.Y.C.
After months of walking by a battered metal sign for a Russian Bath near his home in Manhattan, reporter Jody Avirgan journeyed up the marble stairs into another world. He sends an audio postcard from his trip.
Web Site Tracks Birds' Worst Enemies: Cats
Experts say outdoor cats may kill hundreds of millions of wild birds each year — but they aren't exactly sure how many. They're now asking the public for help. If your household pet brings in a treat, experts hope you'll visit a new Web site to fill in all the gory details.
Storks Rebound, and a German Village Rejoices
A tiny German village is in a tizzy of excitement as it prepares for the return of its famous storks. Last summer, the lone stork couple in Gummern, Germany, had six babies — an event that had not happened in more than a generation, as reported in The Washington Post.
White House Shuffles Its Leaders on Iraq, Security
President Bush says it is "vital" that Congress quickly confirm the changes he has made to his national security team. With new commanders and new policies in the works for Iraq, the White House seems to be clearing the decks at home as well, with a number of top-level personnel changes.