Pillsbury House play deals with sprinters and gods While the crowds are flocking to see the gods tussle in the movie version of "Thor," the Pillsbury House Theater in Minneapolis is about to put its own spin on struggling deities. "In the Red and Brown Water," being presented at the Guthrie Theater, uses West African traditions to tell a very modern American story.4:49 p.m.
Vikings start uphill lobbying effort for Arden Hills stadium The lawmakers have to sign off on the deal, which includes a proposed $300 million state subsidy to build a stadium on the site of an old Army ammunition plant, shown here. But many say that the cost of the stadium and upgrades to the roads around it are likely to exceed the amount the state is willing to pay.5:20 p.m.
Syrian Refugee: Protesters Can't Stop Now
Abu Omar was a house painter in Homs, the country's third-largest city. When the government began cracking down on demonstrators, he became a protester. After security forces started going house to house, he says, he decided to flee with his family. But he says there's no turning back for the protesters now.
A Look Back At Syria's 1982 Crackdown
Melissa Block talks to Christian Science Monitor editor John Yemma about the 1982 crackdown by the Syrian military in the town of Hama. Yemma, who was the Middle East bureau chief for the Monitor at the time, gives his thoughts on how modern-day crackdowns in Syria compare to the one in 1982 that left at least 10,000 dead.
U.S. Trade Deficit Widens
U.S. exports hit an all-time high in March — but imports grew even faster. So the nation's trade deficit widened to $48 billion. The Obama administration has been working to boost exports as a way to grow the economy without relying on American consumers, who are already stretched thin.
Japan Backs Off Of Nuclear Power After Public Outcry
Prime Minister Naoto Kan has announced that the country will no longer seek to build 14 more nuclear plants. He also convinced the operators of a plant west of Tokyo to suspend operations. Kan's decisions came after an unusual number of public demonstrations.
After A Tough Year, Toyota Struggles To Mend
Hit hard by Japan's earthquake, Toyota Motor Corp. saw its net profit drop more than 75 percent in the latest quarter. Given other disadvantages — including the appreciating yen, and last year's auto recalls — the company is having a hard time getting its operations back on track.
Senate Democrats Propose Slashing Oil Subsidies
Senate Democrats have proposed yet another plan to trim the deficit: cutting oil subsidies. They say it will save $21 billion over the next decade. Robert Siegel speaks to James Politi of the Financial Times about that figure — and about how tax breaks for oil companies really work.
Germany Draws Criticism For Sitting Out Libya Effort
Germany's decision not to take part in the NATO air war against Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi may have cost the country political capital, observers say. And it could damage the country's efforts to win a permanent seat on the U.N. Security Council.
Foreign Species Invade San Francisco Bay
California is cracking down on invasive species. The state has passed the strictest rules in the country to prevent cargo ships from introducing foreign plants and animals to San Francisco Bay. But the new environmental standards are so tough, officials say they may not be able to enforce them.
Junction City Awaits BRAC Windfall
Junction City, Kan., officials rolled out the red carpet in terms of building and infrastructure in preparation for the excepted influx and windfall of troops returning to Fort Riley. It was all anticipated under the Pentagon's BRAC — Base Realignment and Closure — plan laid out over five years ago. But, despite more than a billion dollars being spent on the base, Junction City looks much like a host who spent lots of money on the party where all the guests just didn't show.