Commission report on RNC police procedures offers mixed review St. Paul's outside assessment of police actions during the Republican National Convention offers a mixed review. The independent commission said the city succeeded in hosting a safe convention but highlighted a number of concerns in its report.6:50 a.m.
Lake Superior 'love nest' aims to save sturgeon population An effort to help Lake Superior sturgeon become self-sustaining is entering a critical phase. Sturgeon were nearly wiped out in the big lake about a century ago. Crews have been busy this winter, trying to build the perfect sturgeon love nest.6:55 a.m.
Chief Justice: Courts need an additional $43 million Minnesota's chief justice has detailed a list of consequences that would result if the court system has to cut 10 percent of its budget. Governor Pawlenty has asked all state department to detail how they would cut their spending by 10 percent as the state faces a $4.8 billion shortfall over the next two years.7:20 a.m.
Some unseen effects of extreme cold Extreme cold can have unusual effects in some unusual places. It can cause more radon gas to enter homes, and it can kill off tree pests.7:40 a.m.
High brow vs. low brow in the arts Morning Edition arts commentator and St. Paul Pioneer Press theater critic Dominic Papatola would never, ever use the terms "high-brow" and "low-brow" to describe the spectrum of entertainment on stages around Minnesota, but he does acknowledge that different kinds of art stimulate audiences in different ways.8:25 a.m.
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Palestinians Flee Homes, Israel Pounds Gaza City
Intense fighting is still being reported throughout the Gaza Strip. Israeli forces are pushing deeper into neighborhoods in southern and eastern Gaza City. Witnesses say large groups of civilians in the south are fleeing their homes as Israeli ground troops, backed by attack helicopters, search the area for Hamas fighters.
Israeli Negotiator To Join Gaza Peace Talks
Diplomatic efforts in Cairo to try to reach a cease-fire in the Gaza Strip are expected to intensify Thursday with the arrival of a senior Israeli official. Hamas has signaled that it is ready to reach a deal on a truce, but more talks are needed.
Vilsack Hearing: More Coronation Than Confirmation
Former Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack appears destined for easy confirmation as secretary of agriculture, receiving a decidedly warm welcome at Wednesday's hearing from both Democrats and Republicans on the Senate Agriculture Committee.
Obama's EPA Pick Would Address Coal Ash Issue
A Senate confirmation was held Wednesday for Lisa Jackson, President-elect Barack Obama's choice to become head of the Environmental Protection Agency. Jackson faced questions about coal ash, greenhouse gas emissions and how she plans to undo some of her predecessor's policies.
Patrick McGoohan, TV's 'Prisoner' Number Six
Emmy-award-winning actor Patrick McGoohan died Tuesday in Los Angeles at age 80. McGoohan was best known at the creator and star of the 1967 British series The Prisoner, in which he played "Number Six," a former spy trapped in a mysterious and sinister village.
Apple's Ailing CEO Takes 6-Month Leave
Apple's CEO Steve Jobs is taking medical leave through June. The computer giant's co-founder said he has already begun treatment. The announcement came just a week after the 53-year-old cancer survivor tried to assure investors and employees his recent weight loss was caused by a treatable hormone deficiency.
Can A Pregnant Woman's Diet Affect Baby's Sex?
A recent study titled "You are what your mother eats" found that women who ate lots of breakfast cereal, salt and potassium were more likely to give birth to baby boys. But some question the study's findings.
Teaching Kids With Autism The Art Of Conversation
Math and numbers are easy for 10-year-old Alex Lee. But chitchat can leave him stumped. Now, a new program for children with mild autism at Baltimore's Kennedy Krieger Institute is giving his social skills a boost.
Employers Continue To Show Workers The Door
Employers seem to be focused on eliminating jobs. Some of the latest cuts announced Wednesday involve Delta Airlines, which said it expects to lose about 2,000 workers this month through an early retirement program. Motorola, which makes mobile phones, said it will lay off 4,000 workers this year. That's on top of the 3,000 job cuts announced earlier. Also, upscale department store Neiman Marcus said it's cutting 375 positions.