After legislative inaction, changes could loom for sex offender program The future of Minnesota's sex offender program may become clearer this summer. The state has long been criticized for its program, which indefinitely holds sex offenders whom judges in county courts think might commit new crimes, even after the offenders have served their sentences. Lawmakers did not change the program during the session that recently ended, and that could mean the federal courts will soon force the state to act.7:20 a.m.
With data gleaned from workers, companies hope to improve bottom line If you have taken an "employee engagement" survey lately, you have plenty of company. Employers are increasingly studying their workers to search for clues about how to improve business performance. They are also deploying more powerful software tools to find patterns that would go unnoticed otherwise.7:25 a.m.
Fight For Homs Fades From Headlines As War In Syria Rages
The civil war in Syria is expected to become the focus of peace negotiations in the coming weeks. The city of Homs became famous early in the conflict. While not as many reports are being filed from there, the fighting between rebels and government troops continues.
Intent To Harm At Center Of Bradley Manning's Trial
Prosecutors say the soldier downloaded thousands of diplomatic cables and war field reports and sent them to the website WikiLeaks. His trial, which begins Monday, highlights the U.S. government's aggressive campaign to keep secrets.
Cash-Strapped Cities Struggle To Bury Their Unclaimed Dead
Detroit, like many other American cities, is so broke it cannot handle the costs of a timely burial for people who die but are not claimed by family members. Some local advocates are using their own resources to help lay the city's poorest to rest.
A Boston Family's Struggle With TB Reveals A Stubborn Foe
Tuberculosis is much less of a health threat in the United States than it is in other countries. But a family in Boston discovered that even here, no one is immune from this ancient foe. More than a dozen family members were infected with TB, and matriarch Judy Williams died at age 59.
Draghi Sees Hope For Eurozone's Economy
European Central Bank President Mario Draghi says he expects to see a gradual economic recovery in the eurozone nations this year. Speaking in Shanghai on Sunday, he acknowledged the region still faces challenges, but he cited growing European exports and rising regional stock markets as factors indicating better times ahead.
Trial To Start In Apple Price-Fixing Dispute
Apple appears in court Monday to face civil accusations by the Justice Department that it illegally conspired to fix e-book prices with other publishers. The government last year accused Apple of conspiring with five major publishers to raise prices for electronic books — something the government says has cost consumers many millions of dollars.
Surf Air Offers 'All You Can Fly' For A Monthly Fee
The company is getting ready to take off. For a recently raised subscription of $1,650 a month, travelers will be able to fly as much as they want among four California cities. Surf Air's CEO says it provides frequent commuters a corporate jet experience, but how will the model fare?
Morgue Cooler Attracts Interest On eBay
The listing describes its condition as "good." The cooler is big enough, as the New York Post points out, to hold four cadavers or nearly 2,000 cans of beer.
Big Or Small, Sequestration Cuts Felt Nationwide
It's been three months since the start of across-the-board, federal spending cuts. Renee Montagne talks to David Wessel, economics editor at The Wall Street Journal, about how badly the sequestration is cutting into the economy.