Can Twin Cities music venues survive a shaky economy? Panic spread through the Twin Cities music scene a few weeks ago when two highly regarded nightspots -- the 501 Club in Minneapolis and the Turf Club on University Avenue in St. Paul -- closed their doors.8:40 a.m.
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Feds Reveal Theory On Why W.Va. Mine Exploded
Nine months after the deadly coal mine explosion in West Virginia, federal investigators have revealed their working theory about the cause. It directs blame toward a series of maintenance and equipment failures at the Upper Big Branch mine.
Supreme Court Weighs Military Contract Dispute
General Dynamics and Boeing were ordered to repay the government $1.35 billion after defaulting on a project. But the companies say the government failed to share classified information that would have shown the contract specifications were impossible to meet.
Tunisia's Coalition Government Is In Turmoil
The coalition government in Tunisia is in danger of collapse -- just days after it was established. The new government took over after the president of the North African country was deposed last week and fled the country.
Can Italy's Bad Boy Premier Survive Latest Scandal?
Italy's Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi is famous for surviving scandals that have dogged his rule. But he's looking more vulnerable. Prosecutors want to question him on allegations that he paid to have sex with a minor -- a Moroccan nightclub dancer who goes by the stage name Ruby Heartthrob.
Conditions Attached To Comcast-NBC Universal Deal
The Federal Communications Commission and the Justice Department approved the merger of the nation's largest cable provider and an entertainment giant Tuesday. The deal between Comcast and NBC Universal was reviewed for more than a year. Both federal agencies attached conditions to their approval.
GOP Launches Bid To Repeal Health Care Law
A key reason the House is voting on the repeal bill even though leaders know it's unlikely to even get a vote in the Democratic-controlled Senate is that dozens of new Republican members got elected in November, nearly every one of them promising to fight to get rid of it.
U.S. Manufacturing Sector Creates More Jobs
U.S. manufacturers finally are creating more jobs than they're losing. Manufacturing added 136,000 new jobs last year -- the first increase in more than a decade, according to The Wall Street Journal.
Post Tax Credit, Housing Prices Slide Further
New data comes out this week which will indicate how well the nation's housing market is faring. In recent months, after the federal homebuyer tax credit expired, prices in many areas began sliding lower again.
Bank Overcharged Military Families On Mortgages
JPMorgan Chase overcharged more than 4,000 active-duty military personnel on their home loans and foreclosed in error on 14 of them. The company said it would send out $2 million worth of refunds to 4,000 active-duty customers who were affected.