North Star state shines bright at the Oscars Moviemakers with Minnesota ties are basking in the glow of wins at the Academy Awards. Diablo Cody is among them. She wrote the script for the film "Juno" at a Starbucks in the Twin Cities, and won an Oscar for best original screenplay. And St. Louis Park's Ethan and Joel Coen won three awards for their movie "No Country for Old Men," including Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Adapted Screenplay. Here's some of what they had to say.7:45 a.m.
Singer Connie Evingson celebrates St. Paul-born jazz great Local jazz singer Connie Evingson's latest CD is a collection of songs by jazz pianist and singer Dave Frishberg. The St. Paul native is regarded as one of the finest songwriters of the past few decades. The CD also reunites Frishberg with an old U of M friend he describes as one of the most gifted musicians he ever met.7:50 a.m.
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Democrats Differ on Health Insurance
One of the few big policy differences between Democratic presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama is whether to require individuals to have health insurance. Clinton's plan would require insurance for everyone, while Obama's plan would not.
San Francisco Tries New Sick Leave Policy
San Francisco began the nation's only mandatory paid sick leave policy one year ago. Now, a dozen states and the District of Columbia are watching San Francisco's progress as they consider whether to adopt similar policies.
David Keene: McCain Must Prove GOP Allegiance
John McCain will have to prove to the conservative base that he doesn't want to remake the Republican Party to win the GOP's full backing in the presidential election, says David Keene, chairman of the American Conservative Union.
Beets Part of New Recipe to Treat Icy Roads
More U.S. cities are starting to use a mixture that includes sugar beet juice to treat icy roads. The mixture is less corrosive than salt to cars, equipment, roads and the environment. Some say the beet solution is expected to phase out traditional salt-spreading trucks in the next decade.
Pakistani School System Highlights Wealth Gap
One of the biggest challenges facing Pakistan's new government is how to repair the country's dismal public school system. Pakistanis with money send their children to private school, and the poor have to be content with the crumbling public school system.
Video Site YouTube Blocked in Pakistan
Pakistani officials banned access to the video-sharing site YouTube on Sunday, telling Internet service providers to block it because of videos the government deemed offensive to Islam. The video clip service is one of the most widely viewed sites by teens, even in Pakistan.
Video Game Company Makes Bid for Rival
Video games raked in more than $8.5 billion in U.S. sales last year. The company Electronic Arts wants to remain the leader of the fast-growing industry, so it's trying to buy a big rival, Take-Two — the company behind the popular game Grand Theft Auto.
Mortgage Rates Rise, Defying Expectations
With the economy slowing and the Federal Reserve Board cutting interest rates, mortgage rates were expected to come down a bit. That's not what's happened, though. Mortgage rates on 30-year fixed-rate loans have actually gone up over the last week.
Saxophones from Taiwan Aiming for the Pros
Taiwan has etched out a reputation as a high-tech hardware store to the world. But this country of 23 million has quietly garnered a chunk of the world market in a very different product: saxophones. Taiwanese saxophones were once regarded as inferior, but now the industry is producing high-quality instruments.
Monopoly, Candy Land Head to Hollywood
Last week, toy company Hasbro signed a deal with Universal Pictures, which plans to bring games like Monopoly and Candy Land to the silver screen. It's unclear what the plots will be, but the first of the movies should be out in 2010.