Arts program for disabled to get Legacy money This week, the first arts program funded with money from Minnesota's so-called Legacy amendment was announced. It came from a small Minneapolis non-profit organization which unveiled a plan to make arts programming more available to people with disabilities.8:25 a.m.
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Greener Houston Grapples With Diversity And Sprawl
The city of Houston faces two main challenges as it grows: protecting its environment and preserving its character. Local politicians are trying new approaches to solving those issues. A series of reports explores how their efforts are faring.
Exploring A Moon By Boat
Scientists are designing a "lake lander" that would set sail on one of Saturn's moons. Titan is the only place in our solar system other than Earth known to have bodies of liquid on its surface, making this the first spaceship that lives up to the name.
Wizard Wannabes: 'Potter' Park To Open In Spring
"Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey" isn't a new J.K. Rowling book or film. It's a ride — or, rather, it will be when the "Wizarding World of Harry Potter," a section of Universal's Islands of Adventure theme park, opens in Orlando, Fla., next spring.
In Kenya, Tea Auction Steeped In Tradition, Gentility
Kenya exports more black tea than any country in the world. By tradition, East African tea sells at auction in the port city of Mombasa, where traders and brokers come together at the Mombasa Tea Auction and, ever so politely, move an enormous amount of black tea around the world.
U.S. Official Clashes With U.N. Over Afghan Poll Fraud
American diplomat Peter Galbraith and Kai Eide, the top U.N. official in Afghanistan, are at odds over how to respond to the massive vote-rigging that allegedly took place in the presidential election. Galbraith wants a fuller recount of the ballots, but Eid prefers a more backroom approach. The inability to narrow their differences led to Galbraith's departure from Kabul last weekend.
Recession Hits Italy's Chair-Manufacturing Center
Italy's Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi says his country has avoided the global downturn and its economy's future is rosy. But in northeast Italy's Manzano — the self-proclaimed chair capital of the world — hundreds of small and medium-sized, family-owned companies are closing.
1 Year Later, How's The Financial System Overhaul?
A year ago, Congress approved hundreds of billions of taxpayer dollars to prop up some of the nation's mightiest financial institutions — and lawmakers vowed to revamp a regulatory system they said had failed. But no such overhaul has occurred.
Mideast Discord Thwarts A Palestinian Love Story
They are engaged — Amani from the Gaza Strip and Basheer of the occupied West Bank. But even though they are both of the same religion and the same nationality, they cannot get married. She needs government approval to move, and she's been waiting for years.
Dead Al-Qaida Suspect Tied To Somali Youths In U.S.
Earlier this week, U.S. Special Forces killed a man U.S. intelligence said was the link between an Islamic militia in Somalia and al-Qaida in Pakistan. But he also had a connection to the U.S. that has not been reported: He was a senior instructor for new al-Shabab recruits, including a handful of young Somali-Americans from Minneapolis.