Cellulosic ethanol pushes ahead Cellulosic ethanol has been more talk than action. Officials at a Sioux Falls company say cellulosic is entering a more active phase.5:24 p.m.
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Retailers Seek Hope In Post-Christmas Sales
Retail sales have been weak this holiday season, but store owners have another chance to move goods. With Dec. 26 falling on a Friday, stores are trying to create a three-day weekend to celebrate shopping. The day began with early-morning door-buster sales and deep discounts.
Inaugural Crowds May Turn D.C. Into Parking Lot
Estimates that as many as 5 million people will descend on Washington for the presidential inauguration have been dismissed, but the city is still preparing itself for a large turnout. City Administrator Dan Tangherlini offers insight into how officials make their predictions.
Wind Farms Could Bring Wyoming Ranchers Windfall
Landowners in the Cowboy State are banding together to form "wind associations." These ad-hoc groups are providing leverage for farmers who are looking to use their land to profit from new wind farms. Wind energy could provide the ranchers with a more stable source of income.
Cost Of Yankees Acquisition Examined
There appears to be no economic slowdown in the front office of baseball's New York Yankees. Earlier this week, it capped a $423.5 million spree by signing coveted first baseman Mark Teixiera. Sportswriter Stefan Fatsis says the Yankees reduced last year's payroll by more than $88 million, giving the team budget room. "They have massive cash flow," he says.
Who Says You Have To Like A Character?
The title character of Elizabeth Strout's Olive Kitteridge is a confused and vindictive wife and mother in a small town on the coast of Maine. She's not at all likable — but that doesn't mean Melissa Bank doesn't love her.
China Hits Peak Period For Quake Survivor Suicides
China has one of the world's highest suicide rates, and it could get higher still. Seven months have passed since the country's massive earthquake in May, and experts say this is the peak period for suicide attempts. Some alarming trends are emerging.
U.S.-China Ties Pose Tricky Proposition For Obama
On issues such as halting global warming to stopping the spread of weapons of mass destruction, President-elect Barack Obama will need China's cooperation. But in other areas, China is a competitor. Obama faces challenges in managing this complex relationship.
Filmmaker Reflects On 'Waltz With Bashir' Reception
Although Ari Folman's father warned him not to create the animated film about Israeli involvement in a massacre during the 1982 Lebanon war, the filmmaker did so anyway, in part to dissuade teenagers from going to war. To Folman's surprise, it was embraced by the Israeli government.
Crews Toil To Clean Up Tennessee Coal Ash Spill
Residents of Kingston, Tenn., surveyed the altered landscape surrounding their homes Friday as work crews labored to contain one of the largest coal ash spills in U.S. history. More than 5 million cubic yards of the sludge spilled out onto hundreds of acres of land Monday when an earth dam broke.