Down dollar picks up mall economy
Holiday shopping at the Mall of America might be a smidge more crowded than in years past. Mall officials says they're finishing the year with 500,000 more international visitors than usual. It's partly because of a weak dollar, but it's also a sign that tourism is picking back up after post-911 declines. Minnesota Public Radio's Annie Baxter reports.5:53 p.m.
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Will American Voters Elect a Black President?
While a majority of U.S. voters say they would vote for a black presidential candidate, many people say the United States is still not likely to put an African-American in the Oval Office quite yet. Michele Norris talks with campaign strategist Donna Brazile.
Palestinian Factions Fight Anew, Despite Cease-Fire
There was more factional fighting in the Gaza Strip Monday, despite a cease-fire brokered by Egyptian and other mediators late Sunday. Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas reaffirmed his plan to hold early elections in the Palestinian territories despite fierce opposition from the Islamist group, Hamas, which controls the Palestinian government.
North Korea Shows Bluster at Nuclear Talks
The Six Party negotiations aimed at ending North Korea's nuclear weapons program resume, after being stalled for well over a year. During the hiatus, North Korea conducted its first nuclear test. At the start of negotiations, North Korea declared that it is a nuclear power deserving of respect.
Weapons-Grade Uranium Flown Out of Germany
A Russian cargo plane took off from Germany this morning with a very unusual load: almost 600 pounds of highly enriched uranium. It was the biggest shipment ever in a joint U.S.-Russian program to keep nuclear material off the black market -- and out of the hands of terrorists.
The White House's Cold-War Cleanup Plan
Dozens of nuclear research reactors still run on the kind of fuel that can be used to make an atomic bomb. The United States and the Soviet Union set them up during the Cold War to encourage the peaceful use of nuclear power. Since the 1980s, there have been attempts to secure the fuel.
Smelling in Stereo: Human Sense Detailed in Study
Just as they hear in stereo, humans also smell in stereo, according to a new report. Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, found that humans use both nostrils to determine where a smell is coming from, much like we use our two ears to find where sound is coming from.
Deep City Records: Bedrock of Funk Samples
Deep City Records was founded in the 1960s by alumni of Florida A&M University's Incomparable Marching 100 Band. Known for highly aggressive performances, their sound formed the foundation of Deep City. Though the Miami-based label existed for only a few years, it had a lasting impact on rhythm 'n' blues via a series of singles that it released. Meredith Ochs has a review.
Newly Sworn In, Gates Plans to Visit Iraq
New Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, sworn in at the Pentagon Monday, says he plans to visit Iraq soon, to get the "unvarnished" views of American commanders. A former CIA director, Gates promised candid and honest counsel. President Bush called Gates the right man for the job.