Minneapolis mayoral candidate bio: Bob Fine Bob Fine has gotten a lot of mileage out of his last name over the years. His lawn signs tout him as the "FINEst choice for Minneapolis." They used to say "Fine Parks."5:50 p.m.
Tepid September Jobs Report May Be Just What Markets Desire
Job growth slowed in September. The Labor Department's monthly employment report showed employers adding 148,000 jobs to payrolls. That's less than in the summer months and below the average for the year. The unemployment rate fell to 7.2 percent.
How A County Clerk Ignited The Gay Marriage Debate In N.M.
In August, Lynn Ellins, the clerk of Dona Ana County and a long-time supporter of same-sex marriage, decided to "put the ball in play" by issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. More than 900 marriage licenses have been issued to gay couples across the state.
Brazil's Black Bloc Activists: Criminals Or People Power?
The protests that swept through Brazil last summer raised the profile of the Black Bloc — masked anarchists who use violence to get their anti-capitalist message across. The secretive members explain that their tactics are intended to shake up a corrupt and complacent government. But many regular protesters feel that the Black Bloc has hijacked their movement and that they do more harm than good.
'Identical' Stumbles Outside The Courtroom
In Identical, Scott Turow opens a cold case involving a set of twins and a murder long thought solved. Whatever the premise may lead you to believe, though, this novel is neither funny nor especially thrilling. Reviewer Rosecrans Baldwin explains that the book is at its best in the courtroom, but elsewhere, it plods.
China Fights Choking Smog With New Regulations
China's central and local governments are releasing a slew of new regulations aimed at cutting severe air pollution and mitigating its deadly effect on citizens. The seriousness of the problem is obvious in China's northeast, where smog in one city this week cut visibility down to a few yards, and particulate matter soared to 60 times the level deemed safe by the World Health Organization.
In Russia's Vast Far East, Timber Thieves Thrive
The demand for Russia's high-value timber is fueling organized crime, government corruption and illegal logging. The hardwood often ends up as flooring and furniture in the United States, Europe, Japan and China.
NGOs Call U.S. Drone Program Illegal In Damning Reports
Two reports out today criticize the U.S. counterterrorism drone program and claim that the attacks kill many more civilians than the U.S. has acknowledged. The group Human Rights Watch studied six cases in Yemen. Amnesty International examined drone strikes in Pakistan during the past year and a half. Both groups accuse the U.S. of violating international law, and call on the U.S. to make the secret drone program more transparent to the public.
Lucy Wainwright Roche: In The Family Business
But on her new album, There's a Last Time for Everything, Roche doesn't feature any of her famous family of musicians. She tells NPR's Melissa Block it was "great to do it in a little bubble away from the family." The album includes an unlikely cover — the Robyn anthem "Call Your Girlfriend."
Online Insurance Brokers Stymied Selling Obamacare Policies
Many independent health insurance brokers were supposed to be able to sell subsidized health care plans starting Oct. 1. But complications with the rollout of the Affordable Care Act have derailed the plan, and the federal government hasn't said when the problems will be fixed.