The American reputation A team of Minneapolis-based filmmakers wanted to capture what people in other countries had to say about the reputation of America and Americans. The result is the documentary film "The Listening Project." The film is showing Thursday at the Oak Street Cinema in Minneapolis.4:50 p.m.
State nears end of nearly 4,000 bridge inspections The Minnesota Department of Transportation is expected to finish inspecting all the state's bridges by next week. To date, the inspections have found that 15 state and local bridges with problems severe enough that they needed to be closed, immediately repaired or closed to some traffic.5:20 p.m.
Medtronic co-founder gets special honor There was a very rare ceremony Thursday at the University of Minnesota. President Robert Bruininks bestowed an honorary 'Doctor of Medicine' title on a man who is not a physician. It is believed to be the first time such a high honor has been given by a major university in 45 years.5:46 p.m.
Tourism Along the Yellow River Glorifies China's Past
The area known as the cradle of Chinese civilization is undergoing a renaissance. Beijing is promoting tourist spots along the Yellow River — such as the caves at Yan'an that once housed Mao Zedong — that celebrate China's communist history.
Huckabee Whips Up Debate with 'Fair Tax' Plan
The new GOP front-runner in Iowa, Mike Huckabee, supports replacing the current federal tax structure with a national sales tax. Some who have examined the plan say it would be difficult to implement and enforce, while others say the "fair tax" would work.
Vail High School Teaches on the Slopes
Students at Vail Ski and Snowboard Academy, a public ski high school in Colorado, are top athletes — many plan to go pro. They spend half the school day training on the mountain, the other half in the classroom.
Baseball Doping Report Names Dozens of Players
Former Sen. George Mitchell's report on the use of performance-enhancing substances in Major League Baseball is out. Mitchell presented his findings Thursday — including the names of dozens of current and former players. What does it mean for baseball?
Wholesale Price Jump Dampens Good Retail News
Economic numbers out this morning show consumer spending holding up pretty well and producer prices on the rise. But that good news was undermined by a sharp increase in wholesale prices. It was the biggest one-month jump in more than 30 years.
Chicago Proposes City-Owned Casino
Cities across the country have looked to casinos as a way to generate money, but Chicago is going a step further. There's a movement in Illinois to allow Chicago to own and operate a casino. Given Chicago's history with the mob, gambling and corruption, the plan is raising concerns.
Imagining Da Casino in Chicago
Peter Sagal imagines what a casino in Chicago would look like now that the Windy City is considering building and operating one.
Gore Condemns U.S. Stance at Climate Talks
Europe and other nations want a roadmap for future negotiations on cutting greenhouse gas emissions, but the U.S. is opposed to including specific numbers. In a speech at the Bali climate conference, former Vice President Al Gore condemned the Bush administration for trying to undermine the talks.
FBI's 'Five-and-Out' Transfer Policy Draws Criticism
A controversial FBI edict that essentially requires all supervisors to transfer to headquarters in Washington, D.C., after five years on the job or return to the streets and take a pay cut is roiling agent ranks.
Public Is Better Off With CIA Tapes Destroyed
Commentator Tony Blankley argues that the destruction of the CIA tapes was a good thing, because if those tapes were released and seen on YouTube or Al-Jazeera, the fallout would have been worse than that following Abu Ghraib.