Improvements made since Wetterling abduction Much has changed in 20 years since then-11-year-old Jacob Wetterling was abducted by a masked gunman in St. Joseph, Minnesota. States have established and toughened sex offender registries and the national AMBER alert system was put into place to broadcast urgent bulletins when a child is abducted.7:25 a.m.
Minnesota potter makes art at 2,400 degrees Making art can be a delicate, quiet process; but when Minnesota potter Pete Landherr spends four straight days firing his pottery, the rolling ball of flame from his kiln can be seen for miles on the prairies of southwest Minnesota.7:40 a.m.
Masterpiece is in the eye of the beholder This week, the Minneapolis Institute of Arts opened an exhibit of works from Paris' Louvre Museum called "The Louvre and the Masterpiece." The display has works by unknown artists of antiquity as well as acknowledged masters from Michelangelo, to Vermeer, to Leonardo Vinci.8:25 a.m.
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Public Option Short On Democrat Votes In Senate
Most polls show that a majority of Americans want a health care overhaul to include a public option — a government insurance program that competes with private insurers. But no decision has been made yet, because it's not clear how many Democrats would back a public option.
Age, Gender Skew Group Health Care Rates
Most American workers may be unaware that their insurance rates are based on the demographics and medical claims of their co-workers. When a serious medical condition strikes, especially at small companies, everyone can be affected.
Health Insurance: Now For Your Dog, Or Hedgehog
Veterinary care is becoming more like medical care for humans — better and more expensive. And now, pet owners are beginning to buy insurance policies for their critters. But what will happen if it takes hold?
NHL's Coyotes Hit Rough Patch Off The Ice
The NHL Phoenix Coyotes are in bankruptcy court. A Canadian billionaire wanted to buy the hockey team and return it to Canada. But the judge rejected that bid — ruling that the league may decide who it wants to own the team and where it will play. The case was a major test for Glendale, Ariz., which has built itself into a major league sports venue by luring teams from other places.
Facebook, MySpace Divide Along Social Lines
Just like real-world communities, online social networks are dividing up along socioeconomic lines. "You have environments in which people are divided by race, divided by class, divided by lifestyle," says social media researcher danah boyd — online communities are no different.
Soap Operas Boost Rights, Global Economist Says
A pervasive technology is reshaping the world. And it's not Facebook, or Twitter, or anything else on the Web — it's television, says economist Charles Kenny. From Brazil to India, commercial television makes life better and helps strengthen civil rights, Kenny says.
Barnes & Noble Unveils Electronic-Book Reader
The latest e-reader is called the Nook and it's from Barnes & Noble. Unveiled Tuesday in New York, it is the same size as its main rival the Amazon Kindle. It costs $259 — the same price as the Kindle. The Nook is hoping to lure consumers with new bells and whistles, like a color screen and the ability to share a book with a friend for two weeks.
Calif. Sues Bank, Alleges Fraud
California Attorney General Jerry Brown says a major banking firm bilked the state's two biggest pension funds out of more than $200 million. Brown has filed a lawsuit against State Street Bank and Trust Company. The suit alleges the Boston-based firm overcharged the California Public Employees Retirement System and the California State Teachers' Retirement System with fees and penalties for handling foreign currency trades.
Wellesley Class Teaches Personal Finance Basics
Students learn everything from gross and net earnings to COBRA, COLAs and co-pays. Professor Ann Witte created the Fundamentals of Personal Finance class to offer real-life experience before collegians start real life.
Pink Taxis Cater To Women Fed UP With Male Drivers
Women in Mexico's colonial city of Puebla, who are tired of leering male drivers, can now call for a pink taxi. The cabs cater exclusively to women. Each vehicle is driven by a woman and comes with a beauty kit, a GPS system and an alarm button.