Republicans trying to build support for latest stadium plan GOP legislative leaders tried to sell their plan in several private meetings on Wednesday with Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak, Vikings officials, and DFL leaders including Gov. Mark Dayton. Lawmakers are more open to the idea, but there is no guarantee the proposal will get the needed votes to pass the Legislature.6:50 a.m.
Transgender woman gave up self-defense claim in plea deal The murder trial of Chrishaun "CeCe" ended abruptly with a last-minute plea deal Wednesday. The LGBT community rallied around the transgender woman who claimed she was the victim of a hate crime. The case may be done, but the issue isn't going away.7:20 a.m.
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Activist Changes His Mind About Staying In China
Chen Guangcheng is pleading for the U.S. to allow him to leave China. He had said on Wednesday that he wanted to stay in the country. Before that, he had spent nearly a week at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing after escaping from house arrest.
U.S. Tries To Clarify What Chinese Activist Wants
State Department officials say they are perplexed to learn that the Chinese activist Chen Guangcheng now says he wants to leave China. They say the subject was not raised during his stay at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing, where he sought refuge last week.
Put Away The Bell Curve: Most Of Us Aren't 'Average'
For decades, teachers, managers and parents have assumed that the performance of students and employees fits what's known as the bell curve — in most activities, we expect a few people to be very good, a few people to be very bad and most people to be average. But new research argues that a lot of people are actually outliers.
Watching 'The Avengers' In India, With A Twist
Once, moviegoers in India waited patiently for the latest Hollywood releases to trickle their way over. That's no longer true for the big popcorn blockbusters like The Avengers, which was in 39 countries before its U.S. debut. A fan in India welcomes the change.
Top Universities Expand Free Online Classes
Harvard and MIT are moving ambitiously into online education, jointly offering free classes to anyone in the world who wants to take them. The courses will include video lessons, quizzes and instant feedback. Online instruction has had a mixed track record, but the universities hope evolving technology will make it a powerful new tool to expand educational opportunities worldwide.
Gingrich Out Of The Race, But Still In Debt
The former House speaker said Wednesday that he's suspending his presidential campaign, and he's ready to help the presumptive Republican nominee, Mitt Romney, battle President Obama. But Newt Gingrich might have a more pressing problem: His campaign has about $4 million in debt.
Argentina Takes Over Spanish Energy Firm YPF
The governments of Bolivia and Argentina have recently seized privately-owned Spanish companies and nationalized them. Members of Argentina's congress are expected to support the president's expropriation.
Spain Concerned By Expropriation In Latin America
Bolivia and Argentina's nationalization of Spanish companies hasn't gone over well in Madrid. Spanish officials say Bolivia and Argentina will pay the price in the long run, as investors become weary of doing business if their assets could ultimately get seized.