Local TV station goes digital-only The era of digital broadcast television is here. Several TV stations around Minnesota made the switch from analog to digital TV signals Tuesday night, despite a new law that changed the nation's deadline for the transition to June 12.7:25 a.m.
Bush departure costs some artists their muse The change of administrations in Washington means some Minnesota artists have lost their muse. For eight years, the there was no shortage of theater, art and music lambasting the presidency of George W. Bush. But how will political art fare now that a Democrat has taken up residence in the White House?8:25 a.m.
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Iran Cracks Down On Human Rights Activists
Every so often, activists will be arrested, visitors from the U.S. will be detained and groups shut down. It's not enough to spark protests in the streets, but it appears to be calibrated to discourage the spread of a human rights movement in Iran.
Is It Time To Declare Some Big Banks Dead?
Some of the nation's biggest banks may be so weak they can be described as "dead men walking." As the government attempts to stabilize the nation's financial system, officials must decide whether to continue to prop up banks as private entities, nationalize them or shut them down.
Economic Crisis Poses Threat To Global Stability
Fallout from the global economic downturn has prompted protests around the world. It could easily shift the geopolitical lineup, with all sorts of worrisome results. But uncertainty hampers governments' attempts to plan for the many scenarios.
Stimulus Signed, Obama Moves To Foreclosures
In Arizona Wednesday, President Obama outlines a plan to help homeowners who are struggling to pay their mortgages. He's promised to devote at least $50 billion to the effort to stem the rising tide of foreclosures. This is the second piece of the president's economic recovery strategy. The first piece became law Tuesday when he signed the massive economic stimulus bill.
2 Colorado GOP Voters Discuss Stimulus, Obama
President Obama signed the stimulus bill Tuesday in Colorado, a traditionally red state that nonetheless supported him in November's election. Steve Inskeep talks with two Republican voters there: Steve Leich voted for Obama and Reeves Brown did not. Both worry the stimulus package doesn't do enough to create jobs, but they continue to support the president.
Holder's Prosecution Program A Model For Justice?
As U.S. attorney for Washington, D.C., Eric Holder sent prosecutors into communities to get to know residents and local law enforcement — ties that prove helpful when putting together criminal cases. Fifteen years later, as Holder takes the helm of the Justice Department, his innovative program is still thriving.
Baseball Slugger A-Rod Tries To Start Fresh
New York Yankees star third baseman Alex Rodriguez says one of his goals this season is to win back the trust of baseball fans. In his first news conference since admitting he used performance-enhancing substances, A-Rod says he's hoping fans see his actions as a youthful mistake. ESPN's Bob Holtzman talks with Ari Shapiro about whether A-Rod can start over.
Still No Budget Deal In California
California still doesn't have a budget. That's despite dire warnings that layoffs, spending freezes and a major meltdown of most state government functions are imminent. Republicans aren't going along with a plan to close the state's $40 billion budget gap. The deal is still a single Republican vote shy of passing.
German Bill Permits Nationalizing Troubled Banks
The German cabinet has approved a bill that would permit the forced nationalization of troubled banks as a last resort. Officials have been considering several options to gain control over problem banks and prevent a financial crisis. One of those banks — Hypo Real Estate — already has received nearly $130 billion in loans and state guarantees. The bill moves to parliament, where lawmakers can still offer amendments.
SEC Charges Texas Financier With Massive Fraud
The government has accused Texas financier Robert Allen Stanford of duping tens of thousands of investors. The SEC has charged Stanford and his companies with lying about returns on offshore certificates of deposit and a mutual fund program. The fraud is alleged to total more than $9 billion.