Marking July 4th during a government shutdown The state shutdown is hitting home for many Minnesotans who haven't paid attention to the impasse at the state Capitol until now.And, after weeks of anticipating a potential shutdown, the reality of the situation sunk in for state employees.8:40 a.m.
Ousted Thai Leader's Sister Becomes Prime Minister
In Thailand, the sister of ousted former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra has led the country's opposition movement to a landslide victory in parliamentary elections. Yingluck Shinawatra is a 44-year-old businesswoman with no political experience other than her carefully managed election campaign.
Djokovic Defeats Nadal To Win Wimbledon Trophy
Over the weekend, Novak Djokovic won his first Wimbledon title by beating defending champion Rafael Nadal. On the women's side, Petra Kvitova won her first Grand Slam title over former champion Maria Sharapova.
'Evil Scientist' Wants To Teach People To Do Good
Forty years ago, the Stanford Prison Experiment revealed that people tend to conform — even when that means otherwise good people doing terrible things. Now Philip Zimbardo, the psychologist who created that study, has a new project: proving that regular people can be taught to be heroes.
Budget Woes Darken July 4 Fireworks Displays
Over the last several years, budget shortfalls have forced the cancellation of many Independence Day celebrations across the country. The trend continues. Cities including Cincinnati, Jersey City and Chicago have canceled their displays this year.
Two Scouts Want Palm Oil Out Of Famous Cookies
Two Michigan teenagers are spearheading a charge to remove palm oil from Girl Scout cookies in an effort to reduce environmental damage caused by growing palm trees. But the girls, who are scouts themselves, are facing push back from both palm plantations and Girl Scouts of the United States of America.
KFC Concentrates On Its Grilled Chicken
KFC is trying to get a new image — a healthier one. To do that, it's pushing its grilled chicken again — this time focusing on bigger sizes and better flavors. KFC needs to drum up all the business it can get because its U.S. sales have been sliding.
In Iowa, Corn Is King And Candidates Are Everywhere
Everybody knows that Iowa is all about agriculture. And for presidential candidates traipsing through the state this summer, that means a top item on their campaign itinerary has to be the annual Iowa State Fair.
GOP Scoffs At Raising Taxes To Lower Deficit
The Senate canceled its planned July Fourth recess and instead will work on passing legislation raising the government's borrowing authority. The Obama administration is locked in a dispute with Republicans over how to bring down the deficit as part of a deal to raise the debt ceiling and prevent Washington from default. The GOP opposes any tax increases.