Mayo reports solid 2012 despite income drop Rochester-based Mayo Clinic reports a large decline in its bottom line last year, but officials are still calling the results a solid financial performance. Clinic officials say the drop in income was by design, but is also due in part to a large payment to its pension plan.4:49 p.m.
Same-sex marriage bill unveiled at Capitol The push to legalize same-sex marriage in Minnesota got underway Wednesday when two DFL legislators unveiled a bill that would strike down the prohibition currently in state law.5:20 p.m.
Pope Benedict XVI To Become 'Pope Emeritus' After Stepping Down
On his last full day as Pope, Benedict XVI had his final general audience in St. Peter's Square before a crowd estimated at 150,000 people. He had a more personal message than usual, saying his resignation was dictated by his ailing health and declining speech. He spoke of the moments of joy in his papacy, but also of turbulent seas and rough winds when it seemed like the lord was sleeping.
As Pope Resigns, Clergy Abuse Survivors Remember 2008 Meeting
Among those watching the papal transition closely are survivors of clergy sexual abuse, including a handful who were selected to secretly meet with Pope Benedict five years ago. They left the meeting hoping the pope would help the church handle past and current cases. Do they think he did help?
U.S. Plans To Offer More Direct Aid To Syrian Rebels
Secretary of State Kerry is in Rome for a meeting on Thursday with the leaders of Syria's opposition coalition. Ahead of the session, there are indications the U.S. is prepared to provide some direct aid to the coalition, including military hardware such as body armor and armored vehicles. The European Union is discussing similar aid.
As States Embrace Online Gambling, Questions Arise
New Jersey is the newest state to make online gambling legal. Its law limits participation to state residents, but how will that be enforced? And groups that help compulsive gamblers are worried that gamblers won't have to go to casinos to feed their addiction.
Richard Thompson: The Acoustics Behind 'Electric'
For nearly half a century, the British guitarist and songwriter has created music that's both beautiful and haunting. Here, Thompson discusses his new album, Electric, and performs selections from it live in the studio.
Sequester Spells Uncertainty For Many Public Schools
Most public schools are unlikely to feel the effects of the sequester before September. But educators and administrators nationwide are worried they may be forced to cut Head Start enrollment, after-school programs, reading coaches and even teachers when those budget reductions hit.
Mayors Warn Congress That Sequestration Could Hit City Services
Melissa Block speaks with Republican Mayor Scott Smith of Mesa, Ariz., about his concerns for the pending sequester. Smith is in Washington, D.C., with a group of more than 30 mayors, warning members of Congress about the damage that could come to America's cities with these cuts.
Conservative Justices Skeptical Of Key Part Of Voting Law
A majority of Supreme Court justices seemed ready to invalidate the section of the Voting Rights Act that applies to specific parts of the country where discriminatory voting procedures were once routine. Liberal justices were skeptical of the legal challenge, but the conservative majority sharply questioned the government's defense of the law.