A strange trip for 'The Band's Visit' Director Eran Kolirin's film, "The Band's Visit," which opens in the Twin Cities this weekend, is a bittersweet comedy from Israel. It's been a hit with critics, but simply by being an Israeli film, it's run into controversy too.7:50 a.m.
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Creative Play Makes for Kids in Control
Play has radically changed — and not for the better, some researchers say. So, at one school in New Jersey, preschoolers are asked to fill out paperwork before they pick up their Play-Doh. The idea isn't to take the fun out of play, but to get kids to think in advance about what they're doing and how they'll do it.
Gates Presses Turkey to Stop Iraq Incursion
Secretary of Defense Robert Gates urged Turkey on Thursday to abandon its invasion of Kurdish rebel-controlled lands in Northern Iraq. American and Iraqi leaders are increasingly worried that fighting along the Turkey-Iraq border could widen into a broader conflict.
Musharraf's Defeat Presents Challenge to U.S.
Pakistanis delivered a crushing blow to President Pervez Musharraf in parliamentary elections last week, raising questions about the future of the U.S. ally in the war on terror. Assistant Secretary of State Richard Boucher talks to Renee Montagne about how U.S. policy might change.
Richard Land: How Evangelicals View Election 2008
This fall, Democrats hope to win back a slice of the evangelical Christian vote, a heavily Republican group. The Southern Baptist Convention's Richard Land would rather they didn't — at least as long as Democrats support abortion rights.
Father of Conservative Movement Dies
William F. Buckley, a pioneer in the modern conservative movement, died Wednesday at the age of 82. He was a CIA operative who founded the conservative magazine the National Review.
DOJ Asked to Launch Perjury Probe of Clemens
Congress is asking the Justice Department to investigate whether pitcher Roger Clemens lied under oath when he testified about performance-enhancing drugs before a House committee two weeks ago.
House Votes to Tax Big Oil, Fund Renewable Energy
House lawmakers passed a bill Wednesday to take away $18 billion in tax breaks for U.S. oil companies and use that money to promote renewable energies. Republicans say taking away the tax breaks could make it harder for U.S. companies to compete globally.
Government to Release Revised Growth Report
The government is releasing a revised figure for fourth-quarter growth Thursday. The initial estimate was a very weak 0.6 percent. The new figure will finally determine if the U.S. economy is headed into recession.
German Tax-Evasion Scandal Stirs Outrage
German authorities begin a major crackdown on tax evasion, armed with an extensive list of clients of a bank in Liechtenstein. The tiny principality is a favored destination for the money of wealthy Germans avoiding the taxman.
'Rolling Stone' Hits Newsstands in India
A new edition of the music magazine Rolling Stone hit the newsstands in India this week. The magazine will focus on international stars like Radiohead, but also Bollywood soundtracks, which make up 70 percent of music sales in the country.