Illegal robocalls happening in Minnesota Maybe this has happened to you recently. Your phone rings, and when you answer, it's not a person on the other end of the line, it's a recording offering you a lower credit card interest rate, a new home security system or information about health insurance. They're called "press one" calls, and they're illegal. The Federal Trade Commission's Bureau of Consumer protection gets between 650 and 900 complaints a month from Minnesotans who've received "press one" calls.6:55 a.m.
Duluth nurses vote today on contract, one-day strike Union leaders are urging members to reject the contracts, and authorize a one-day strike. Negotiations have been stuck on the issue of staffing, with nurses wanting specific contract language to give them the authority to add staff on busy days.7:20 a.m.
Details on Favre return expected today We're expecting the equivalent of a presidential news conference today for Vikings Nation. Quarterback Brett Favre is expected to take to the podium at the team's headquarters in Eden Prairie. Favre flew in to Minnesota from his home in Mississippi yesterday afternoon in a private jet. While no official announcement has been made, everything points to Favre coming back to the Vikings to play his his 20th year in the NFL.8:25 a.m.
General election strategy emerges in debates There have already been three Minnesota gubernatorial debates in the eight days since the August 10 primary election. DFLer Mark Dayton, the Independence Party's Tom Horner, and Republican Tom Emmer have participated in all three so far.8:40 a.m.
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Kerry: Crucial For Karzai To Act Against Corruption
Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) met Tuesday with Afghan President Karzai in Kabul. After Karzai won re-election last year, in what most considered a fraudulent election, relations with the U.S. were severely strained. It was a visit from Kerry that was credited with reviving ties. This time Kerry brought a different message: Patience is running out back home.
Changing Role Of Turkey's Military Raises Questions
Turkey's AK Party, with roots in Islam, has consolidated power, and the military has seen its revered place in Turkish society diminish. Some of those who favor a modern Turkish state -- including civilian control over the military -- worry that in the name of democratic reform the government is accumulating too much power.
North Korea Joins Twitter, YouTube
The North Korean government has announced it has joined the social media craze. It now has its own Twitter account and a channel on YouTube.
Stories From The 'Savage Mountain': Death On K2
K2 — sometimes referred to as the "holy grail of mountaineering" — is just 800 feet shorter than Mount Everest, but it is a much more dangerous climb. Writer Nick Heil reviews three new books about expeditions up one of the world's most deadly peaks.
Unearthed Ship In NYC Offers Clues Of Colonial Life
Conservators in Maryland are poring over a ship, thought to have been a cargo vessel from the 1700s, that was uncovered at the site of the World Trade Center. From the wooden ship's size to the tiny good luck charms found aboard, it's offering a new perspective on history.
Hungry For Oil: Feeding America's Expensive Habit
Extracting oil is not as simple as it used to be. The easy-to-find oil is drying up, and companies are taking on more expensive and complicated drilling techniques as a result. These practices, like the hydraulic fracturing that is driving the North Dakota oil boom, raise concerns among environmentalists.
Foreign Service Officers Fight Retirement Age Cap
When are you too old to represent the U.S. abroad? That question is on the minds of some Foreign Service officials who are bumping up against a mandatory retirement age of 65. One has filed a lawsuit calling the rule unconstitutional.
Indian Outsourcers Eye American Workers
American call center employees are becoming almost as cheap as their Indian counterparts, according to the head of one of India's biggest outsourcing companies. In an interview with the Financial Times, Pramod Bhasin says the weak U.S. labor market and rising wages in India have narrowed what were once large differences in pay.
American Apparel Subpoenaed Over Accounting Issue
Retailer American Apparel is famous for its hip clothes that are made in downtown Los Angeles by workers who are paid a livable wage. American Apparel's accounts have resigned, and the company has received a subpoena from prosecutors.
Extreme Home Staging Spotlights Human Props
In a dismal housing market, home sellers are increasingly staging their homes -- furnishing and decorating them to make them more appealing to buyers. But some are doing it with a twist: hiring a "house manager" to live in the property.