Flood project holds up in Browns Valley Residents of Brown's Valley, Minnesota are nervously holding their breath to see if a brand new flood diversion project will keep their city dry from a rising Red River. For a few tense hours yesterday it looked like it wouldn't. The $4.2 million project started years ago, but isn't quite finished.7:20 a.m.
Return of NCAA ring delights former Gopher player Walter Bond played guard for the University of Minnesota basketball team 20 years ago, when the Gophers made it to the Elite 8 in the NCAA tournament in 1990. A ring that marked that accomplishment was stolen from him shortly after he received it. But this week, Walter Bond got his ring back.8:45 a.m.
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Protesters Focus On Rep. Kilroy As Health Vote Nears
Both supporters and opponents of health care overhaul legislation descended on the office of Rep. Mary Jo Kilroy on Tuesday. Kilroy voted yes on the House version of health care legislation in November but has not said what she'll do when the final vote comes up.
Public Option's Proponents Seek To Resurrect It
After a messy Senate burial late last year, the government-run health insurance plan may be back. Proponents cite continued wide support and the fact that this time it needs fewer votes to pass in the Senate.
How To Make Shift Work Family Friendly
Low-wage workers face the most rigid schedules, even as they need flexibility the most: A disproportionately high number are single moms. Researchers say small changes — like making it easier to trade shifts — can result in big benefits for workers and employers alike.
'Dragon Tattoo' Has Designs On U.S. Audiences
The movie version of Steig Larsson's best-selling thriller has already broken box-office records in Scandinavia. Now it's headed for the U.S., where the sexy, violent novel was a No. 1 best-seller. Will fans be as willing to squint at subtitles as they were to read a translated book?
Virtual U.S.-Mexico Border Fence At A Virtual End
Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano announces she is halting funding for the 2,000-mile virtual fence just days before the release of a Government Accountability Office report that is expected to slam the project.
Spellings: 'No Child Left Behind' Is A 'Toxic Brand'
President Obama plans to overhaul the 'No Child Left Behind' law. Former Education Secretary Margaret Spellings helped design the program during President George W. Bush's administration. Spellings has said the 2002 law has become "a toxic brand." She tells Linda Wertheimer it is ripe for retooling.
YouTube Courts Independent Musicians
YouTube launches a program Wednesday aimed at luring independent musicians to its Web site. It offers independent artists an easy way to create their own home page or channel, and to share in the ad revenues generated by their videos. The Los Angeles Times reports YouTube's move is part of a larger push to become an "entertainment destination" that generates revenue, and not just a repository for homemade cat videos.
Kraft Criticized By British Unions, Lawmakers
A top executive of American food giant Kraft apologized to British workers during a two-hour grilling from a parliamentary committee Tuesday. During its recent hostile takeover of British chocolate maker Cadbury, Kraft promised to rescue a factory that Cadbury had planned to close. After the takeover, Kraft closed the factory anyway.
Robust Job Growth Not Expected This Year
Three of President Obama's leading economic advisers were on Capitol Hill to answer questions about a variety of economic issues Tuesday. They warned that U.S. companies are unlikely to hire enough workers to bring down the unemployed rate much this year. Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D-Oh) accused the administration of not taking the unemployment problem seriously enough.
Thieves Grab $75 Million Worth Of Eli Lilly Pills
During a torrential rain storm, roughly $75 million in popular Eli Lilly prescription medicines such as Prozaz, were stolen over the weekend. The culprits scaled the brick walls of the company's warehouse in Enfield, Conn., and cut a hole in the roof. Police say they took enough drugs to fill a tractor-trailer.