Iron Range hoping stimulus jumpstarts mining industry With the taconite industry in the dumps, many people on Minnesota's Iron Range are eagerly awaiting a federal stimulus package. Already one taconite company has shut down production and others have trimmed workers. In Minnesota, the Iron Range might be one of the first beneficiaries of a stimulus.5:22 p.m.
Ice storm warnings canceled for NE Minn. The National Weather Service canceled its ice storm warnings
Monday night for the Duluth area, the Iron Range, the Arrowhead and
the North Shore. It said temperatures had warmed above freezing.5:49 p.m.
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In Indiana, Obama Pitches Stimulus Plan
President Barack Obama traveled to Elkhart, Ind., for a town hall meeting to promote the economic stimulus package. The administration hopes the city's poor economic situation will help ease the bill's passage after a week of partisan bickering.
Elkhart, Ind., RV Dealer Weighs In On Economy
RV makers in Elkhart County, Ind., cut nearly 7,000 jobs last year. The county is home to Elkhart, where President Barack Obama pushed his economic stimulus package Monday. The RV industry is vital to the economy in the area, but Rob Reid, owner of Great Lakes RV Center in Elkhart, says business is a "struggle," though people are keeping a positive outlook.
Israeli Ultranationalist Expected To Gain In Election
Polls suggest Israel's election Tuesday will result in a strong rightward tilt to the new government. The race is tight between the conservative Likud party and the centrist Kadima party. But the political kingmaker in any new coalition government is expected to be Avigdor Lieberman, an ultranationalist right-wing candidate.
Employees Take To Cyberspace To Vent
These days, employees are increasingly going online to find out what's really going on at their company and to let off steam about the frustrations of corporate life. Workers across industries find the Web — and its anonymity — a friendly place to share frustrations.
Letters: IBM, Phelps, Correction
Listeners respond to stories on IBM's project to match laid-off workers with jobs in developing countries at local wages, and Michael Phelps' troubles.
Government To Unveil New TARP Rules
The Treasury Department plans to stretch the remaining money from the Troubled Assets Relief Fund by working with the private sector to buy bad assets from struggling banks. The government will announce Tuesday exactly how it will do this.
National Guard Fights Drop In Recruits
The troubled economy is helping to boost recruiting in the active-duty Army, but not in the National Guard, where recruiting is expected to be off about 20 percent for January. The need for a steady paycheck is keeping potential recruits away.
USS Cole Commander Discusses Obama Meeting
President Barack Obama met Friday with about 40 family members of those killed in the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks and the bombing of the USS Cole. The goal was to discuss the decision to close Guantanamo Bay. Kirk Lippold, the former commander of the USS Cole, who was at the meeting, says he went into it "very guarded," but characterized the meeting as "good."
'Frozen River,' A Study In Oscar Marketing
With its Oscar nominations for Best Actress and Best Original Screenplay, Frozen River is emerging as this year's "Little Indie Makes Good." Its producers deftly negotiated the movie marketing game and now are planning to capitalize on this opportunity.
Rodriguez Admits To Taking Steroids
The New York Yankees slugger admitted Monday in an ESPN interview to using performance-enhancing drugs. He said he took a banned substance while he played for the Texas Rangers. His admission follows a Sports Illustrated report that he tested positive in 2003.