Fighting Sioux debate coming to a head The lockout continues at American Crystal Sugar company. About 1,300 workers were locked out on Monday after they rejected a final contract offer from the company.8:25 a.m.
A life on the Fringes The Minnesota Fringe launches Thursday, bringing a slew of plays, performances, and events to venues in Minneapolis and St. Paul.8:45 a.m.
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Debt-Ceiling Deal Does Little For Global Economic Ills
Prospects seemed brighter last year when the global economy rebounded after the financial crisis. But that growth has now stalled, in ways that indicate how the global economy is interwoven. Countries that have been powerhouses could struggle to return to prosperity.
Pentagon Could See Deep Cuts In Debt Deal
Cuts to the Defense Department could range from $400 million to $800 million. The incoming chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff calls that second figure "extraordinarily difficult and very high risk." Cuts that large would force the Pentagon to start making some tough choices.
Natural Gas Extraction Creates A Boom For Sand
In parts of the upper Midwest, there's been a rush to mine silica sand. It's a key ingredient in the extraction of natural gas from shale rock, a process known as fracking. Dozens of companies are ramping up production. One Iowa company has hired 50 workers over the past six months.
Militants A Hurdle In Somalia Famine Aid Efforts
Renee Montagne speaks with Kristalina Georgieva about the famine in Somalia and the difficulties of getting aid into the country. Georgieva is the European Union's humanitarian aid commissioner and is just back from Somalia.
A Fight For Jim Thorpe's Body
More than half a century after the death of sports star Jim Thorpe, his surviving children and a small town in northeastern Pennsylvania are locked in a battle over the Native American athlete's remains.
Ailing Mubarak Wheeled Into Cairo Corruption Trial
Egypt's ousted president Hosni Mubarak goes on trial in Cairo today along with his two sons and top officials from his government. Mubarak could face the death penalty if he is convicted of ordering attacks on protesters in Tahrir Square that left some 800 dead.
Syrian Uprising Expands Despite Absence Of Leaders
Syrian protesters have faced a relentless crackdown by President Bashar al-Assad's security forces. Yet the demonstrations continue to grow despite the deaths, detentions and the lack of any clear leadership.
July Returns For U.S. Treasuries Beat Global Market
Political wrangling over the debt ceiling sparked fears of a downgrade of U.S. debt. Despite that, some worried investors sought safe haven in U.S. treasuries. Bloomberg reports that for July, investors who held U.S. bonds did quite well. Treasuries returned about three times more than the rest of the global sovereign bond market.
U.S. Auto Market Lags With Honda, Toyota Sales
The big three automakers continue to see growth in their recovery but last month sales hit a bit of a bump. The overall U.S. market was dragged down by sluggish sales of Hondas and Toyotas. Companies are still struggling to work out problems with their supply chains following Japan's earthquake and tsunami in March.