How Gretchen Seichrist's band evolved into a variety show The Minneapolis indie rock band "Patches and Gretchen" has a big weekend ahead. The theatrical debut of the group's wacky and whimsical variety show, named "Headquarters and Dimes," happens Saturday night at the Loring Theater.4:49 p.m.
Stagnant Job Growth Renews Recession Fears
Job growth stalled completely in August, leading to renewed fears the U.S. economy could tip into recession. Employers added zero net jobs during the month, and the unemployment rate held steady at 9.1 percent. It was the first time the economy failed to add new jobs in nearly a year.
Week In Politics: Jobs; Economy
For a look at this week in politics, Robert Siegel talks to political commentators E.J. Dionne, a Washington Post columnist and fellow at the Brookings Institution, and David Brooks, a columnist for the New York Times.
61-Year-Old Kicker Debuts At Ala. University
It's that time of year when college football begins again. Athletes have spent the past few months practicing and gearing up for the season. But for one athlete in particular, the return to the gridiron is extra special for a kicker almost old enough to get social security.
U.N. Review Of Israeli Flotilla Raid Reopens Wounds
Turkey expelled Israel's ambassador and downgraded relations after the release of a U.N. review of last year's Israeli commando raid on a Turkish flotilla en route to Gaza. The panel found that the blockade of Gaza is legitimate, but said the commandos' tactics were "excessive and unreasonable."
In Florida, Romney Looks To Outshine His Rivals
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney on Friday opened his Florida campaign headquarters. The state is likely to play a key role in the GOP nominating process. To do well there, Romney has to do well with one of the nation's fastest-growing groups — Hispanics.
'Change Is Hard': Army, Navy Hospitals Merge
The new Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, on the grounds of the Navy's campus in Bethesda, Md., combines two flagship military hospitals in an effort to improve patient care. Combining two institutions with their own long — and separate — cultures and history won't be easy.
Obama Withdraws Suggested EPA Changes
President Obama is withdrawing proposed Environmental Protection Agency changes to national smog standards. The president said a science review is underway on the current ozone standard — and rules will be reconsidered in 2013. Needless to say, environmentalists aren't happy.
Jobs Data Cast Pall Over Obama's Upcoming Speech
Friday's dismal jobs report raises the stakes for President Obama as he prepares to unveil a new jobs plan next week. So far, Republicans in Congress have shown little interest in the president's proposals. And the economic slowdown suggests that political gridlock has a growing price tag.