Dayton, GOP leaders talk briefly this afternoon The DFL governor called the government shutdown "a terrible situation." He met with GOP legislative leaders for a little more than an hour this afternoon, with no apparent progress.7:20 a.m.
TiZA ponders legal options after state moves to shut down school Leaders of Tarek ibn Ziyad Academy acknowledge their prospects of reopening their charter school are not good. As of now, the state no longer considers TiZA a public school. TiZA also filed for bankruptcy last week, a move that was made to protect its financial obligations.7:45 a.m.
Texas Governor Wages Own Battle Along Border
Texas Gov. Rick Perry has bashed the Obama administration for not doing more to secure the southwest border. In response, the governor has dispatched the state police to show up the feds and fight his own border war.
Minn. Residents Want Government Shutdown To End
In Minnesota, the state government has been shut down since Friday. Days of around-the-clock talks failed to produce a deal last week between the Republican-controlled legislature and the Democratic governor. There were no new budget negotiations over the holiday weekend. Frustrated residents lined parade routes and shouted at waving politicians, telling them to "get back to work."
A Murder, 7 Convictions And Many Question Marks
The 1984 killing of a woman near a busy Washington, D.C., street corner horrified the city and led to multiple convictions. Now the Mid-Atlantic Innocence Project and a determined lawyer are raising questions about whether at least one man was wrongly accused.
German Smokers Want 'Health Mafia' To Butt Out
Germany's efforts to enforce a smoking ban in pubs and restaurants have largely failed. In the capital Berlin, new anti-smoking laws are widely ignored. Now members of Fresh Air for Berlin are conducting their own smoking inspections. The aim is to force city hall to enforce existing law and drum up support for a referendum on an all-out ban.
Campaigning In South Carolina? Bring Your Appetite
No matter who the candidate, it wouldn't be a South Carolina campaign without a visit to The Beacon Drive-In in Spartanburg. Candidates including Jimmy Carter and George W. Bush have lined up to order a chili-cheeseburger from blind counterman J.C. Stroble — a Beacon fixture for more than half a century.
Microsoft Strikes A Deal With China's Baidu
China's biggest search engine Baidu controls more than 75 percent of the Chinese market. The deal with Microsoft raises questions about how Microsoft will deal with censorship by the Chinese government. Google scaled back its operations in China last year, partly because of a dispute with Beijing over government censorship.
Dallas Tests Where Section 8 Recipients May Live
The Department of Housing and Urban Development is in the early stages of rethinking the way it calculates rent subsidies. The result could be to give Section 8 recipients enough money to afford rent wherever they choose. In Dallas, a change in the program could mean an opportunity for some, and a challenge for others.
Hindu Temple In India Housed Valuable Treasures
A legal dispute over an aging temple in southern India led to a surprising find last week. A team of judges unlocked the inner sanctum of the Hindu temple to audit its assets. They expected to find some wealth. But the cache is estimated to be worth $20 billion.
What Went Wrong In Fukushima: The Human Factor
Japanese officials already have concluded that the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant was not designed to withstand the 40-foot tsunami that hit it on March 11. But different decisions early in the crisis might have reduced the accident's severity.