DFLers blast Pawlenty's budget plan Gov. Tim Pawlenty is proposing deep spending cuts as part of his plan to solve a $1.2 billion budget deficit. DFL leaders blasted the plan, claiming it doesn't really balance the budget.7:20 a.m.
Commentary: Ice dams irk Have you noticed those beautiful icicles everywhere? While they are pretty, the icicles are also a sign you probably have ice dams that could make your roof leak. And ice dams have got Minnesota homeowners like essayist Peter Smith thinking a few not-so-beautiful thoughts.7:45 a.m.
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CIA-Pakistan Raid Captures Top Taliban Commander
The Taliban's top military commander has been captured in Pakistan in a joint raid by the Pakistani and U.S. spy agencies. Reports say Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar was captured in Karachi. The Taliban denied that the arrest took place, though a U.S. official in Islamabad confirmed the capture to the Associated Press.
Afghan Battle Needs Backing Of Local Power Base
U.S. Marines are involved in a major offensive in and around the southern Afghan town of Marjah. The operation is significant because southern Afghanistan is a Taliban stronghold. Renee Montagne talks to Seth Jones, a political scientist at the RAND Corporation about the importance of gaining support from tribal leaders for the U.S. and Afghan operation.
Ski Delays Could Be Good For Vonn, Bad For Miller
Weather-related delays actually favor American star Lindsey Vonn, who wants more time to heal from a painful shin injury. But they could drain momentum from fellow American Bode Miller, who won a bronze medal Monday in his first Olympic event, the men's downhill.
Hockey Puck Test Helps Detect Concussions
Brain specialists and sports doctors are worrying more about the long-term effects of concussions, especially because millions of kids engage in sports that put them at risk of repeated head injury. Researchers are trying to devise simple ways to determine whether a person has a concussion. One test involves a hockey puck on the end of stick.
Bugaboos Plague Toyota's Recalls
Driving a Toyota may seem like a pretty risky idea these days. For weeks, there have been reports about sudden acceleration, failing brakes and car recalls. Beliefs that these problems are greatly increasing the risk of driving, has a lot more to do with emotion than statistics. A risk specialist says people think something is more dangerous if it's imposed on them — like a recall.
Italy's Government Seeks Control Over Online Videos
The Italian government has caused an uproar with its plan requiring Web sites with video content to request authorization and mandating the vetting of copyrighted videos before they're uploaded. Critics say it's an attempt by Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi to protect his TV empire from future competition.
Political Duel By Longtime Rivals Captivates France
France is riveted by a battle between former Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin and President Nicolas Sarkozy. Onlookers call it a confrontation between two models of French society: the traditional vision and the modern way.
Verizon Wireless Partners With Skype
Verizon Wireless announced that its smart phone users will be able to use the Internet phone company Skype. It's the first U.S. carrier to allow Skype on its network. Mobile companies have long shunned these free or low-cost calling services, which let customers circumvent the usual way to make calls — which is how carriers make money.
Auto Dealers Predict Sales Will Bounce Back In 2010
The National Automobile Dealers Association met for its annual convention over the weekend in Orlando, Fla. The group believes 2010 will be better than 2009, which was the worst year in nearly three decades. The reasons: consumers have put off buying cars for several years and now need them. Plus, easing credit and incentives make it easier to buy.
For Ex-Mortgage Brokers, Bitterness And Renewal
Since the housing market crash, two-thirds of registered mortgage brokers have lost their jobs. Now in new career fields, two former brokers look back on their role in the mortgage and foreclosure crisis with a mix of regret and resentment.