Ford dam draws potential buyers Ford has puzzled some by putting up for sale one of the soon-to-be-closed plant's major assets -- a unique hydroelectric plant that has powered Ford's St. Paul operation for 83 years.7:25 a.m.
Small railroads see big ethanol future The ethanol boom is helping more than farmers. Most of the nation's ethanol production is transported by rail. Shortline railroads often ar the first link in moving the fuel from rural plants to big city markets.7:50 a.m.
Tom Tykwer's challenges How do you make a film about smell? This was just one of the challenges facing director Tom Tykwer in making "Perfume" which opens in the Twin Cities this weekend.7:55 a.m.
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Amid Fanfare, 110th Congress Gets Under Way
The 110th Congress convenes with new leadership and a flurry of welcoming ceremonies. Democrats have the majority in the House and Senate for the first time in 12 years. And Rep. Nancy Pelosi was sworn in as the first female Speaker of the House.
Boxer 'Optimistic' on Environmental Goals
Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) is the new head of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works. She notes existing differences between the parties on environmental issues, but says she's optimistic that progress can be made.
European Workers Fill Call-Center Gaps in India
Calls to customer service centers frequently lead to a worker in India. But demand for call-center workers has far surpassed the number of skilled workers available. Some companies are hiring Europeans to fill the gap.
Patrick Takes Office in Massachusetts
Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick is sworn in as the second elected black governor in U.S. history. He took the oath of office with a Bible given to John Quincy Adams by survivors of the slave ship Amistad.
French Lawmakers Seek to Make Housing a Right
The French government is about to introduce a bill that would make housing a national right, on a par with free medical care and education. The issue has been embraced by leading politicians across the political spectrum.
Female Activists a Force in Male-Dominated Gaza
Palestinian women are moving to the forefront of activism and even taking part in regional violence. In male-dominated Palestinian society, the increased participation marks a significant change.
Economic Indicators Point to Solid Job Market
The Labor Department's employment figures for the month of December are a bit stronger than expected. And economists expect the labor market will remain relatively strong despite a slide in the housing industry.
'Football Scouting' Book Finds New Fans
The out-of-print book Football Scouting Methods, published in 1963, is one of the hottest things going on the Web-driven book resale market. It was written by Steve Belichick, father of New England Patriots' coach Bill Belichick.