More Minnesota schools not meeting standards Half of all schools in Minnesota did not meet the yearly progress they were supposed to under the federal No Child Left Behind law, according to new numbers from the state education department.6:50 a.m.
Duffer doesn't like pro golfers as athletes The best golfers in the world are in the Twin Cities for the PGA Championship, which begins on Thursday. Seeing all those first-rate players evokes a whole range of emotions -- including petty jealousy -- for duffers like commentator Peter Smith.8:45 a.m.
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Mission: Make Taliban Area Safe For Afghan Voters
U.S. Marines launched an offensive last month in the southern Afghan province of Helmand. The mission is aimed at clearing the Taliban from the region, and paving the way for Afghan government control. The immediate aim is to make the area is safe enough so Afghan authorities can set up polling stations in time for the Aug. 20th elections.
U.S. Seeks Release Of 3 American Hikers In Iran
The situation surrounding three Americans detained in Iran has taken an ominous turn. Senior Iranian officials have suggested the three may be linked to the recent political unrest following June's disputed presidential election.
Seeking New News Formulas, ABC Tries A 'Quick Fix'
ABC News has launched a daily online video feature called The Quick Fix, aiming to capture a younger audience. But the project's quirky stories and edgier tone have ruffled some feathers at the network.
'Seattle Times' Sees Profitability After Cutting Costs
Good news is rare in the newspaper business these days. But one paper says it's clawing its way back from the brink. The publisher of The Seattle Times says his paper has started turning a profit. He attributes that to dramatic cost cutting and to the demise of the city's other newspaper, the Seattle Post Intelligencer, which now exists only online.
Tiny Damselfish May Destroy A Caribbean Reef
Damselfish and coral coexist in the waters off the Caribbean island of Bonaire. But now that humans have overfished their natural predators, a booming damselfish population could eventually lead to the collapse of the coral community.
'80s Tax Bill Has Lessons For Health Care Overhaul
In negotiating health care legislation, lawmakers ought to look back to 1986. That was the year that a Democratic House and a Republican Senate worked together to pass a tax simplification bill. A full-court press by lobbyists is usually enough to stop a bill — but not in 1986.
Students Trade Heavy Textbooks For Downloads
Some textbook publishers have come out with a software application that would make its 7,000 titles available on the Apple iPhone and iPod Touch. An e-textbook would cost half the amount of the actual book, but students would just be renting the digital version. After six months, the subscription would expire and students would lose access.
Barnes & Noble To Expand Online Textbook Sales
Barnes & Noble is paying nearly $600 million to get back into the college bookstore business. The bookseller once owned the textbook distribution company it's re-buying. Barnes & Noble last month launched its eBookstore, following the release of Amazon's Kindle DX digital reader. That larger screen Kindle is aimed at the student market.
Talking Back To Your Device Has Never Been Easier
Who hasn't spoken to their computer on occasion? It's not hard to find people exchanging some choice words with a laptop, PC and even the occasional PDA. Most of the time all you get in response is silence. But voice recognition software has advanced to a new level.
Tesla Motors Profits From Electric Car In July
Tesla Motors produces a stylish, all-electric sportscar called the Roadster. In July, the company says it shipped a record 109 Roadsters, and turned a profit for the first time in the company's six-year history. Tesla says the profits come after improving quality, reducing costs and selling more cars.