Boston Scientific will cut 2,300 jobs Medical device maker Boston Scientific plans to cut 2,300 jobs, about 13 percent of its global workforce. It currently employs about 7,000 people in Minnesota. Analysts say sagging sales of the stents and defibrillators the company makes are forcing the cutbacks.5:24 p.m.
Sen. Klobuchar on cell phone consumer protection Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson testified Wednesday in support of a cell phone consumer protection bill sponsored by Sen. Amy Klobuchar, DFL-Minn. Swanson spoke before the U.S. Senate Commerce Committee in Washington, D.C.5:54 p.m.
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No Iraq Offensive Imminent, Turkish Leader Says
Turkey's parliament has voted overwhelmingly to authorize a cross-border military offensive into northern Iraq, aimed at Kurdish separatists who use the area as a base of operations. But Turkey's prime minister says that doesn't necessarily mean an attack is imminent.
U.S. Lawmakers Defect from Genocide Resolution
Turkey continues to voice its opposition to a controversial resolution circulating in the U.S. House regarding the 1915 mass killing of more than a million Armenians. The Turkish government has threatened to curtail military ties with the U.S., and lawmakers are withdrawing their support of the resolution.
Study Ties Fishermen to Turtle 'Death Zone' off Baja
Sea turtles that swim from Baja, Calif., to Japan and back are disappearing fast, despite tough new restrictions on some of the commercial fishing fleets that catch and kill the turtles by mistake. But a new study finds another threat to giant loggerheads: local fishermen who work the waters off the coast of Baja.
Privatization May Save a Polish Symbol of Freedom
Twenty-seven years ago, Polish workers launched a historic strike at the Gdansk shipyard that won them rights unheard of in the Soviet Bloc. Now that same shipyard faces possible bankruptcy, and privatization may be the yard's only savior.
Bush's Influence Is Waning Around the World
The Bush administration's unsuccessful attempt to persuade Russia to accept plans for a European missile shield, plus the administration's limited success in assembling a Middle East summit, point to its waning influence around the world.
Foreign-Policy Questions Divert Bush Speech
President Bush tried to devote his news conference at the White House on Wednesday to domestic issues, but he soon found that reporters had foreign-policy questions on their minds — many focusing on Iraq or Iran.
Ann Romney: See the Man, Not the Mormon
Ann Romney, wife of GOP presidential candidate and former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney, says that voters should not expect him to be a "pastor-in-chief" if elected. Mitt Romney wants to talk about running for president, not about his faith, she says.
Public Radio Station Cuts Planned Parenthood Ties
Public radio station WDUQ in Pittsburgh has pulled underwriting credits from Planned Parenthood and returned the money after Duquesne University, where the station resides, said the organization does not share the school's Catholic mission.
Rediscovering Beethoven's Even Numbers
Always a fan of Beethoven, a music critic is struck by the absence of most of Beethoven's even-numbered symphonies from standard play lists. So, scores in hand, he takes to listening to Symphonies 2, 4 and 8, and loves what he hears.
Senate Panel Asks Mukasey About Torture, Spying
Judge Michael Mukasey went before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday at a hearing on his nomination for attorney general. Although his confirmation is assumed, Mukasey was challenged with tough questions.