Art Hounds Each week Minnesota Public Radio News asks three people from the Minnesota arts scene to be "Art Hounds." Their job is to step outside their own work and hunt down something exciting that's going on in local arts.4:44 p.m.
Play gives the back story to 'A Christmas Carol' The play opening tomorrow night at the Park Square Theater in St Paul has the words "Christmas Carol" in the title, but director Richard Cook argues for some people it's not a holiday show.4:54 p.m.
Petters prosecutors not optimistic about investors' lost money Federal prosecutors say they will work diligently to seize ill-gotten assets and proceeds in the Tom Petters' Ponzi scheme, but they're not optimistic about investors getting back much of the more than $3.5 billion they lost in the fraud.5:20 p.m.
With Eye On Second Term, Bernanke Defends Record
Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke faced tough questions from the Senate Banking Committee about the Fed's failures leading up to the financial crisis and the role it played in the bailout of Wall Street firms. While Bernanke is ultimately expected to be reconfirmed, the hearing may influence the Fed's future role in an overhauled financial system.
Obama Hosts Jobs Summit At White House
With more than 15 million Americans looking for work, President Obama held a jobs summit Thursday at the White House. He brought together business leaders to talk about what can be done to boost employment.
Hamster Toy Has Holiday Shoppers Hot On Its Tail
A tiny robotic hamster, known as the Zhu Zhu, is this season's hot new toy. But neither the manufacturer nor retailers were prepared for the craze. Now, the Zhu Zhu Pets hamster is almost impossible to find on retail shelves — and it's selling for a premium on the Internet.
Suicide Attack Kills Somalia Ministers
A suicide bomber dressed as a woman attacked a graduation ceremony in Somalia's capital, killing at least 14 people, including three Cabinet ministers. The attack underlines the inability of Somalia's weak government to control even the small patch of land it holds in Mogadishu.
Cubans Hope, And Wait, For Flood Of U.S. Tourists
Congress is considering a bill that would lift restrictions on Americans traveling to Cuba. Opponents say U.S. tourism dollars would help the Castro government hold on even longer. But many ordinary Cubans and dissidents, too, say that's not a reason to keep the ban in place.
Holbrooke: Strong Support For Afghanistan
Richard Holbrooke, the president's special representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, says international support for the U.S. strategy is the most he has ever seen. Holbrooke is in Brussels where he is meeting with NATO allies who are discussing President Obama's request for more troops in Afghanistan.
On Social Issues, Bishops Flex Political Muscle
A new generation of U.S. bishops is both more conservative on social issues and more vocal. They are irked by the new political landscape: Abortion remains legal, President Obama lifted a ban on stem cell research, and a few states are allowing same-sex marriage.
Audiences Hooked On 'Jersey Shore' Chutzpah
Somebody calling MTV "trash television" isn't exactly news. This time it's the Italian-American group UNICO, talking about the reality series Jersey Shore. Commentator Andrew Wallenstein says there's a reason we find stereotypes on TV.
Despite Recession, California Resort Thrives
The luxury hotel market around the country is hurting: several are on the block; others have slashed prices or made package offers that they ordinarily wouldn't. But in Southern California, one place refuses to cut prices. The rooms start at $700, and the occupancy rate is enviable.
Cable Giant Comcast Buys NBC Universal
Comcast announced Thursday a deal to become majority owner of NBC Universal. The deal gives Comcast control of NBC, the Spanish-language Telemundo and about two dozen cable channels.