Shutdown cutting off the flow of alcohol About 300 bars, restaurants and liquor stores around Minnesota are unable to buy alcohol right now because of the government shutdown. A court appointed referee overseeing the shutdown will take up their case today.7:45 a.m.
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The Problem With A Slow-Growth Economy
Although the recession ended two years ago, the economy is still stuck in the mud. Over time, weak growth can have an insidious effect on a country's prospects and options. Why a low growth rate is more than just a number.
Medicare Payment Board Draws Brickbats
The health care overhaul law calls for an independent board to make recommendations for ways to reduce Medicare payments without cutting benefits or increasing costs to beneficiaries. But Congressmen from both sides of the aisle are growing doubtful that such a board will work.
Karzai's Half-Brother Assassinated In Kandahar
In Afghanistan, the half-brother of President Hamid Karzai was assassinated at his home in the southern part of the country, in the city of Kandahar Tuesday. Ahmed Wali Karzai was repeatedly accused of corruption and of having links to drug trafficking, yet the Afghan president continued to defend him.
Hacking Revelations Mount Against British Tabloids
Police have told Prince Charles and his wife Camilla that the voicemail on their mobile phones was likely hacked by Rupert Murdoch's News of the World. And former Prime Minister Gordon Brown says his family's medical records were illegally obtained by another Murdoch tabloid. This all spells big trouble for the planned big expansion of Murdoch's News Corp. television holdings.
Baseball's All-Star Game Lures Immigration Activists
Protesters have backed off a planned boycott of Tuesday's Major League All-Star Game in Phoenix. Instead, they'll hand out white ribbons to rally opposition to Arizona's tough immigration law. Meanwhile, the game will be missing some of its top stars, including Alex Rodriguez, Placido Polanco and Albert Pujols. They're out with injuries.
Rethinking The Shuttle: Carrying People, And Cargo
The shuttle's triangular shape has represented manned space flight for the past 30 years. But if it were to be built today, the shuttle would likely be entirely different. For starters, it would carry either people or cargo — but not both.
'Sister Wives' Family To Challenge Anti-Bigamy Law
The Brown family has become a reality TV star on the show Sister Wives. Now, the 21-member nuclear family is poised to file a lawsuit in federal court in Utah. The family members say the state's anti-bigamy law is unconstitutional and that the Supreme Court backs them up.
Cisco Systems Expected To Cut Payroll By Thousands
Cisco Systems dominates the global market for switchers and routers — equipment used to build Internet networks — but its market share has been slipping. The company is expected to trim its payrolls and could eliminate up to 10,000 jobs, according to Bloomberg News.
E.U. Worries Debt Crisis Will Spread To Italy, Spain
In Europe, politicians are still arguing over a second bailout plan for Greece. They're also trying to stop investor panic from spilling over to other economies in the eurozone — specifically Italy and Spain. Zanny Minton Beddoes, of The Economist, talks to Mary Louise Kelly about the European debt crisis.
Google Announces Global Science Fair Winners
More than 7,000 individuals and teams competed in Google's global science far. Shree Bose, 17, of Texas took home the grand prize for her work on drug resistance in treating ovarian cancer.