Possible child care workers' union vote rankles Republicans Some state lawmakers continue to raise questions over whether Gov. Mark Dayton has the authority to use an executive order to allow private, in-home day care providers to vote on forming a union. Dayton hasn't said whether he'll actually issue the executive order.6:20 a.m.
Romney, Perry Dominate GOP Presidential Debate
Even though there were nine contenders, Mitt Romney and Rick Perry were the highlights of much of Thursday night's GOP presidential debate in Orlando, Fla. The two leading candidates had a chance to attack each others positions on social security, health care and immigration.
Europe's Debt Crisis Casts Cloud Over U.S. Economy
U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner's trip to Europe last week reflected American concerns over Europe's economic woes. The Americans would like to see a swift European response, but that's a tall task when so many nations must agree on a plan.
Obama To Waive Parts Of Bush-Era Education Act
The White House is announcing Friday that it will grant waivers to states that cannot meet the testing standards of the No Child Left Behind education law. But states will face strict scrutiny from Washington before they get these waivers.
Detractors: Ind. Voucher System Promotes Religion
Indiana's new voucher program allows families with incomes up to $62,000 to take a portion of the funds that would have gone to a public school and convert it into a scholarship that can be used at a private school. The program has brought an enrollment rush at Catholic schools. Opponents fear the vouchers could siphon money away from public schools, and uses state funds to offer religious education.
'Moneyball' Revolutionizes How Baseball Is Played
The new film Moneyball opens in theaters this weekend. It is a rare sports movie that deals with more than wins and losses. It follows the entertaining, real-life quest of a sports revolutionary who wanted to rethink how baseball is played.
Video Game Simulates War Correspondent's Tasks
A video game being developed lets you in on what it's like to be a war correspondent. It's called Warco. Instead of carrying guns and weapons, players in this war game carry a video camera.
Yemen's President Returns Months After Attack
Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh has returned to the country after more than three months in Saudi Arabia for medical treatment. He had left Yemen after being seriously injured in a rocket attack. The country has faced turmoil in recent months as anti-government demonstrators called for the ouster of Saleh. Freelance journalist Tom Finn talks to Steve Inskeep about Saleh's return.
Pakistan Responds To Sharp Accusation From U.S.
Pakistan lashed out at the U.S. for accusing the country's most powerful intelligence agency of supporting extremist attacks against American targets in Afghanistan. Steve Inskeep talks to Alex Rodriguez, a reporter for the Los Angeles Times, about what Pakistan had to say.
A Greek Default Would Spread Debt Contagion
European leaders insist they will take all necessary measures to ensure Greece does not default on its debt. A default would throw Greece's economy — and the European banking system — into deeper crisis. But many financial experts are advocating an orderly default. They argue it will be painful but preferable to round-after-round of painful austerity measures and more uncertainty.
HP Hires Former eBay Head Meg Whitman As CEO
Hewlett-Packard has announced Meg Whitman is its new CEO — the fourth in the last six years. Before running for governor of California last year, she was the head of eBay. Whitman takes the reins as HP's market value falters and it weighs whether to shed its PC business.