North Dakota oil finds a big one The oil industry is booming in North Dakota, and a new study is likely to encourage even more development. The U.S. Geological Survey says North Dakota has the largest recoverable oil formation in the lower 48 states.6:50 a.m.
Spring snowstorm moving through the state Winter's back, and parts of Minnesota are
feeling its bite. The National Weather Service reported zero visibility and winds up to 55 miles per hour in northern Minnesota, with a blizzard warning in effect until Saturday morning.6:55 a.m.
Participation in JOBZ declines For the third year in a row, the number of companies using Minnesota's JOBZ program has fallen. The Legislature is debating whether JOBZ should continue.7:20 a.m.
DFLers square off in the 3rd District DFL delegates in Minnesota's 3rd Congressional District will try to choose a candidate Saturday to run for the seat currently held by U.S. Rep. Jim Ramstad.7:25 a.m.
'Lunch-Bucket' Democrats Key in Pa. Primary
Democrats hold their next presidential primary in Pennsylvania on April 22. The state appears tailor-made for a Hillary Clinton victory. Clinton is counting on her strongest supporters — white working-class voters — to help her win. But Barack Obama has been working hard to win support.
Bill Clinton's Post-Presidential Perks
Former presidents are allowed a variety of benefits, from a pension to staff salaries to office supplies. A political newspaper that analyzed Bill Clinton's ex-presidential perks found that he has spent $8 million, far more than ex-presidents Bush and Carter combined.
Airlines Scramble as Grounded Planes Cause Chaos
American Airlines has canceled thousands of flights this week for safety checks. Several other U.S. carriers have had to do the same thing, and they're shuffling passengers, empty planes, mechanics, inspectors — and a lot of paperwork — to try to get through the logistical chaos.
Truckers Say High Diesel Costs Threaten Industry
Truckers are getting squeezed by the rising price of diesel. At around $4 a gallon, it's getting costly to fill up an 18-wheeler. Truck drivers have ratcheted up their public outcry, holding rallies across the country.
Fur Seals' Decline Puzzles Aleuts, Scientists
The number of northern fur seals has been dropping for more than a decade, much to the concern of the local Aleut natives. Some blame the fishing industry for overfishing the seals' favorite prey. Scientists are still trying to figure out what the cause could be.
Italian Candidates Fail to Ignite Voter Enthusiasm
As Italians prepare to vote, polls suggest that Silvio Berlusconi, the right-wing former prime minister, is favored over his main rival. But a third of the electorate is undecided, and many voters say they're unimpressed with their choices.
Zimbabwean Official Says 'There Is No Crisis'
Leaders in southern Africa will meet this weekend to address the ongoing political crisis in Zimbabwe. That country held presidential elections March 29 — and Zimbabwean voters still don't know who won the contest. But Bright Matonga, Zimbabwe's deputy information minister, says there is no crisis.
Frontier Airlines Files for Bankruptcy
Frontier Airlines has filed for bankruptcy protection. It is the fourth U.S. carrier to do so in less than a month. Aloha, Skybus and ATA have already shut down. But Frontier says it will keep operating — and paying its workers.
Retailers Fined $4M for Improper Labels on TVs
Wal-Mart, Best Buy and other retailers have been fined for not properly labeling analog TV sets. The sets will need a converter box to work properly after the switch to digital broadcasting next year. The Federal Communications Commission fined the companies a total of nearly $4 million.
University Woos Freshmen by Putting Them in Ads
A small private university in Pennsylvania is trying novel approaches to enroll next fall's freshman class. Applicants who have been accepted but have yet to choose Wilkes University can expect to see personalized ads on everything from billboards to pizza boxes asking them to pick the school.