Bringing down the house Friday is the last day for people in the southern two-thirds of Minnesota to get their ice fishing houses off the lakes. Commentator Peter Smith has some thoughts on the dilemma that many anglers face: Getting a house on the lake is a lot easier than getting it off.7:50 a.m.
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Critics Say Political Opposition Silenced in Russia
As Russians prepare to vote for a new president on Sunday, it's a foregone conclusion that Vladimir Putin's chosen successor Dmitri Medvedev will win in a landslide. The Kremlin appears to be so sure of Medvedev's victory that it has spent almost nothing on campaign advertising.
McCain's FCC Dealings Draw Renewed Scrutiny
Arizona Sen. John McCain, the Senate's champion of campaign finance reform, has been dogged by questions about an old fight over TV licenses in Pittsburgh. The story is being scrutinized again, following a New York Times report on McCain's alleged close relationship with a female communications lobbyist.
Gun Dealer Launches Online Public Safety Forum
The Internet gun dealer who sold gun accessories to the Northern Illinois University campus shooter Stephen Kazmierczak and a gun to Virginia Tech campus killer Seung-Hui Cho is launching a new Web site. Gundebate.com is a forum on how to improve public safety and reduce gun violence.
Forget Tupperware: This Party Peddles Tasers
Taser International is working with independent dealers to market a version of its stun gun — in metallic pink, among other shades — to women. The weapon, priced under $400, delivers 50,000 volts of low-current electricity.
Researchers Unlock Secret of How Bats Fly
Scientists who study bats have never understood exactly how these winged mammals can stop and hover in mid-air without falling to the ground. Now they have their answer, according to a study in the journal, Science.
Prince Harry Finds Anonymity in Afghanistan
The Drudge Report broke a news blackout that had been in effect for two and a half months about Prince Harry's deployment to Afghanistan. Michael Evans, defense editor for the Times of London, talks to Renee Montagne about why the British media had kept his deployment a secret.
Magazines Covet Celebrity Baby Photos People magazine reportedly paid celebrity couple Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony $6 million for photos of their newborn twins. Bonnie Fuller, chief editorial director of Star Magazine, talks to Renee Montagne about the lucrative market for celebrity baby photos.
Color, Pageantry Can't Save 'Boleyn Girl' Morning Edition's film critic reviews The Other Boleyn Girl. The movie is based on Philippa Gregory's best-selling novel, set in 16th-century England. At that time, Henry VIII was king — and Anne Boleyn was looking to replace his queen.
Dollar Hits New Low as Economic Woes Continue
The U.S. dollar hit an all-time low against the Euro on Thursday. The dollar's slide followed comments by Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke that he's prepared to lower interest rates again.
Oil Surpasses $103 a Barrel
The price of oil passed $103 a barrel for the first time Friday as persistent weakness in the U.S. dollar and the prospect of lower interest rates attracted fresh money to the oil market.