Tom Petters -- the Mr. Fixit of business Tom Petters likes fixing companies -- turning around apparently failed investments. He's done that with Fingerhut, Polaroid and a number of other enterprises. Now he has two more fixer-uppers in Minnesota -- Sun Country Airlines and an empty airlines maintenance base in Duluth.5:50 p.m.
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Romney, Giuliani Clash at Thompson's First Debate
Fred Thompson joins the other Republican presidential hopefuls for the first time, debating business and economic issues Tuesday in Dearborn, Mich. One highlight was a clash on taxes between two other candidates, Mitt Romney and Rudolph Giuliani.
Playing a Playa: Casting the Part of Biggie Smalls
Hollywood is looking for an actor to fill some very large shoes: the role of Christopher Wallace, better known as rapper Biggie Smalls, The Notorious B.I.G. Aspiring actors turned out for an open casting call in New York City to show producers their best Biggie impressions.
Milford, N.H., Republicans Convey Disillusionment
A recent visit to Milford, N.H., reveals that some longtime GOP supporters are disillusioned with the party because of the war in Iraq and the deficit. Among Democrats, there is wider support for Sen. Hillary Clinton's candidacy.
Iraqi Officials: Blackwater Shootings Deliberate
The Iraqi prime minister's office over the weekend said an initial investigation concludes that Blackwater USA contractors "deliberately killed" 17 civilians, although U.S. and Iraqi officials are reportedly working on a joint investigation into the Sept. 16 shooting.
Blackwater's San Diego-Area Plan Spurs Protest
Blackwater USA wants to build a 200-acre training facility in San Diego's backcountry, but growing controversy over the private security contractors' operations in Iraq might hurt the project's prospects for approval. Bitter divisions are emerging in the small community of Potrero.
A Grandfather's War Stories
Commentator Kenneth Harbaugh grew up hearing tales of war from his grandfather who served in World War II. When he was quite small, the stories seemed "fun, full of dark humor." It wasn't until he was older that his grandfather revealed the more realistic versions of his narratives.
Quantum Computer Discovery Nets Nobel Prize
Two scientists share this year's award in physics for discoveries that revolutionized computer memory. Albert Fert of France and Peter Grunberg of Germany independently discovered a phenomenon that relies on the spooky world of quantum mechanics to read data from computer disks.
Classroom Laptop Use Distracting, Professor Says
A movement to limit the use of laptop computers in college classrooms is growing. A law professor at the Chicago-Kent College of Law says he's observed students in class watching ball games, planning weddings and chatting online, rather than taking notes.
Democrats Hopeful Amid Changing GOP Landscape
The race for president is not the only one taking shape. The terms of 22 senators and every member of the House are up in 2008, and a number of lawmakers — many of them Republicans — have decided not to run again.
Three India Stories Comprise 'Elephanta Suite'
During the past four decades, Paul Theroux has produced more than two dozen works of fiction and half as many widely read travel books. His latest work of fiction, The Elephanta Suite, is composed of three novellas set in modern India.