The Commonweal unveils a new theater For 19 seasons the Commonweal Theatre in Lanesboro has performed in a small, cinder-block former movie house. Now the regional theater is opening a new, $3.5 million building, and looking to the future.7:25 a.m.
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U.K. to Scrutinize Overseas Recruiting
The fallout of the failed bomb attacks in London and Glasgow continues with focus especially on Britain's National Health Service after five of the eight suspects were discovered to be NHS doctors. Prime Minister Gordon Brown pledged much more thorough checks on professional immigrants.
U.K. Plot Raises Concerns Over U.S. Transition
The timing of the attempted bomb attacks in the U.K. has renewed concerns in the United States about its vulnerability when a new president comes into office. Many top officials are fresh on the job, and key security posts may not yet be filled. The U.K. foiled bomb attacks happened soon after Prime Minister Gordon Brown took office.
Somalia's Farah: Humanizing a Broken Place
Nuruddin Farah's novels chart the slow, nightmarish disintegration of his native Somalia into the civil war-torn place it is today. Though he lives in exile, his native land is never far from his thoughts.
Militants Pressured to Surrender in Islamabad
Pakistani security forces fired a series of warning blasts near Islamabad's Red Mosque, in hopes of pressuring militant students inside to surrender. Absar Alam, Islamabad bureau chief of TV channel Geo News, talks about developments with John Ydstie.
Families Angle to Keep Mass. Home for Disabled
Family members and guardians of adults with developmental disabilities at Fernald Developmental Center insist that the patients are happiest where they are, and lobbying to keep it open. The state started to close them in 2003 but was blocked by a federal lawsuit.
Got Water? Summer Heat Ignites Dehydration
Heat-related dehydration is a big problem in summer. And if you're active — even if you're healthy — you're at risk. Thirst isn't always the best clue that it's time to take a drink.
Chinese Regulators Say Goods Substandard
Chinese regulators say nearly a fifth of the food and consumer products sold in China are substandard. China's state media said the government will step up controls on dental-care products, following the alarm over toothpaste that contains a chemical found in antifreeze. But officials stress that most Chinese products are safe.
Driving Avoids Hassle of Holiday Travel
A record 41 million Americans took extended trips this Fourth of July, according to AAA. And those who chose to fly (about 5 million) instead of drive were likely to experience some turbulence, given the troubles airlines have been having.
EU Wine Industry Must Shrink to Compete
Europe is the world's largest producer, consumer, importer and exporter of wine. But competition from new world producers and complex regulations has created a surplus that has led to quality problems. The European Union's top farm chief unveiled a plan to save the troubled industry.
French Winemakers Urge India, China to Drink
Some French winemakers are turning to China and India to convince those countries to develop a taste for wine as European demand dwindles. The market for wine in India is growing by at least 30 percent a year. Of course, the populations are huge in India and China.