Fine arts move to the mall The latest experiment in Minnesota's malls is underway at Ridgedale Center in Minnetonka, where they are creating and displaying art in the shopping complex alongside storefronts and food courts.4:54 p.m.
Going 'Up' with Minnesotan Pete Docter Five years of work by a Bloomington native culminates this weekend with the release of the new Pixar movie, called "Up." The film is directed by Pete Docter, who grew up in the Twin Cities suburb. Docter says if you look closely, the movie has some strong Midwestern influences.6:28 p.m.
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Defense Secretary Gauges Success In Afghanistan
Defense Secretary Robert Gates flew into Afghanistan Monday on an unannounced visit. Gates is checking progress on the military campaign around the southern Afghan town of Marjah and laying plans for the next big offensive, in Kandahar.
Afghan Officials Balk At Live TV Coverage Of Attacks
Hours of live domestic coverage of Taliban attacks and their aftermath is a new trend in Afghan journalism. But last week, officials announced they were banning any future live coverage of attacks in Kabul. While an agreement has been reached to modify that policy, it's unclear what will happen to journalists who refuse to follow the new guidelines.
U.S. Institutes New Tourism Measure
Last week, President Obama signed into law the Travel Promotion Act, which creates a nonprofit corporation with the task of promoting travel to the U.S. The boy will be funded through a $10 fee charged to foreign visitors who are not required to get visas before visiting the U.S. Roger Dow, president and CEO of the U.S. Travel Association, discusses how the fee will be used.
Broadband Too Pricey? There May Be Options
Gone are the days of hisses and beeps. Now, most of us log on to the Internet through silent, fast — and often pricey — broadband connections. But at a time when many families are trying to trim the monthly budget, there may be alternatives to those plans. Omar Gallaga of the Austin American-Statesman offers his insight.
Consumers In The Dark Over Their Broadband Speeds
Only 41 percent of Americans know what their home Internet download speeds are. But it's good to know: Speeds typically register 10 percent to 20 percent below the limit consumers pay for. There are easy ways to tell if the connection is slow — and Web sites that can help analyze Internet connections.
Massacre May Be Turning Point In Mexico Drug War
The outcry from the late January deaths of 15 young people in Juarez has led President Felipe Calderon to pledge to pump millions of dollars into civic programs in what's become one of the deadliest cities in the world.
Putting A Face To Mexican Homicides
Violence in Mexico has reached a murderous crescendo. Last year, the country recorded more than 15,000 homicides. Marcos Armendariz, a self-taught lawyer who advocated for his town's underserved residents, was one of those numbers. This is his story.
Israeli Tariff Burdens Supplier Of Gefilte Fish
Israel recently reinstated a large import tax on Asian carp, which has hurt business for one of the largest producers of the fish, Schafer Fisheries in Thomson, Ill. Asian carp is used to make gefilte fish, a Jewish delicacy and staple at many Passover Seders.
More Than 'Madea': Tyler Perry Changes Course
Playing a foul-mouthed, gun-toting grandma made Tyler Perry a big — and frequently criticized — name in black entertainment. But Perry, who was an executive producer on the Oscar-winning film Precious, is now looking to take his work in a new direction.
Greeks Protest Austerity Steps To Rescue Economy
Greeks are angry at the country's previous for getting the country into the debt crisis, and angry at other European states for pressuring Greece to meet its debt obligations. Greek public sector workers are seething at new austerity measures, which include steep pay cuts.