Esperanza Spalding makes light of serious talent Jazz sensation Esperanza Spalding rolls into St. Paul Tuesday night for a concert at St. Catherine's University. Spalding, an upright bassist and singer, is one of the hottest performers on the jazz scene right now.7:25 a.m.
Activists Press Obama To Renew Progressive Stand
Progressive activists played a big role in helping President Obama get elected. But in the years since, the big story of political activism has been the conservative Tea Party movement. Hoping to reverse that trend, 2,000 people registered for this week's "Take Back the American Dream Conference" in Washington, D.C.
Running The Government On Temporary Extensions
The U.S. House of Representatives is scheduled to vote Tuesday on a temporary measure to keep the government funded through mid-November. These temporary extensions are standard in Washington, and date back to the late 1800s. But they aren't without problems.
Tough Choices For Greece's Youth In Economic Crisis
The financial crisis gripping Greece is having a major impact on the country's young people. A two-tier labor market that favors the older generation and draconian austerity measures have triggered a record high jobless rate among those under 35.
'Friends Of Amanda' Elated Knox Is Coming Home
American college student Amanda Knox will return to Seattle now that an Italian appeals court has overturned her 2009 conviction for murder. For the last four years, Knox has benefited from a tireless public relations campaign on her behalf. The Seattle group "Friends of Amanda" has kept her name in the media.
NPR's New Chief Faces Tough Choices On Funding
Children's television executive Gary Knell has new ideas about raising money for the network — and he may well need them. He is taking over NPR at a time when taxpayer support is under fire.
Stevens Chronicles 'Five Chiefs' Of The Supreme Court
John Paul Stevens' new memoir is framed as a discussion about the office of the chief justice; it includes a brief history of the nation's first 12 chief justices, followed by thorough descriptions of the five he knew well. Stevens, now 91, retired in 2010 after nearly 35 years on the Supreme Court.
Sprint Gambles On Apple's iPhone
The nation's No. 3 mobile carrier Sprint is betting its future on a major deal with Apple. The Wall Street Journal reports Sprint has committed to buy more than 30 million iPhones. This would be the first time Sprint is putting the iPhone in its lineup.
Can Yahoo Be A Chinese Company?
Alibaba, China's largest search engine, may be trying to stage a takeover of Yahoo. The prospect raises thorny issues — not only because of Yahoo's stormy relationship with its subsidiary — but because of China's checkered history using communications infrastructure for hacking, as well as monitoring the activities of its own citizens.
Design, Price Are Keys To Success For Hyundai
Hyundai has more than doubled its share of the U.S. market in the past decade through effective advertising and reorganization. Industry analysts say its success is a result of management restructuring, good design and a good price. The Korean automaker is expected to sell more cars this year than ever before.
Cuba Eases Restrictions On New Cars Sales
As part of market overhauls, President Raul Castro last week said Cuban drivers can for the first time in years buy and sell cars made after 1959. There are still plenty of restrictions. People buying imports have to pay a tax, and car imports are still limited to foreign residents and Cubans with government permission.