Standoff over in Mahnomen; deputy still critical A Mahnomen County sheriff's deputy was in
critical condition Wednesday after being shot several times in an
incident that sparked a nine-hour standoff with police and locked
down an area in this northwestern Minnesota town.4:50 p.m.
St. Cloud seniors miss the newspaper's bridge column Many newspapers have cut back print space to deal with the economic downturn. At the St. Cloud Times, the newspaper decided to eliminate the column devoted to bridge, the card game. Many seniors are upset and they want the bridge column back on the paper.4:54 p.m.
Homebuilders, suppliers have mixed reaction to stimulus bill Minnesota is likely to get billions of dollars from the federal stimulus plan President Obama signed into law yesterday, but exactly how much and where the money will go in the state remains unclear. Still, some businesses say they're already seeing results from the huge federal spending plan, while others doubt they'll see any benefit at all.5:50 p.m.
Obama Unveils Mortgage-Relief Plan
President Barack Obama unveiled a $75 billion plan Wednesday to help up to 9 million homeowners avoid foreclosure. He made the announcement in suburban Phoenix, which has been badly affected by the real estate crisis.
A Close-Up Look At The Foreclosure Crisis
Broward County, Fla., has been one of the hardest-hit by the real estate slump. Phyllis Brown, a mortgage counselor who works for the Broward County Housing Authority, says her agency receives anywhere from 700 to 800 calls a week from families facing foreclosure.
Wisconsin Car Dealership Hiring Despite Times
A Milwaukee area car dealer says, believe it or not, people are buying his GM cars. He held the second of a two-day job fair Wednesday to try to find dozens of new salesmen and auto techs to staff his dealership.
Va. County Uses Phones To Bring Meetings Home
One county in Virginia has found a new way to reach taxpayers: An automated phone system calls thousands of residents and asks them to participate in school board meetings. It has proven successful.
Coming Soon: Universal Phone Chargers
The mobile phone industry promised Monday to standardize phone chargers by 2012 at a trade association meeting in Barcelona, Spain. Most major handset manufacturers agreed to this, except for Apple.
Little Mention Of Poverty In Public Discourse
Until he had his stimulus bill, President Barack Obama talked little of poverty. He did not make a point of the fact that the plan contains large benefits for the poor in the form of food stamps, services for the homeless and expanded Medicaid coverage.
Hard-Hit Boomtown Considers Emergency Measures
Only a couple of years ago, Port St. Lucie, on Florida's Atlantic coast, was the fastest-growing city in America. But desperate times have led the county commission to consider declaring itself a disaster area.
Maine Lumber Company Switches To Toys
Robbins Lumber watched the market for its clothes-drying racks and other wooden housewares disappear to China. So the 125-year-old Maine company began making wooden toys, hoping to find favor with consumers who are anxious about the safety of Chinese toys.
Hit Doll's Creator Inspired By Friend's Madoff Loss
A surprise hit at this year's Toy Fair in New York was the Smash-Me Bernie doll. It is a resin doll that looks disgraced investor Bernard Madoff wearing a devil costume. Graeme Warring, president of ModelWorks who created the doll, talks about where the idea came from.
Fans Will Think Joan Rivers' Novel Amazing
It's Academy Awards time and Joan Rivers is back. She won't be asking the question "Who are you wearing?" The question now is "Is it murder?" Joan Rivers has written a new mystery novel, Murder at the Academy Awards.