White collar criminals recount their misdeeds Organized in the wake of Bernie Madoff, Petters Group Worldwide and other fraud cases, an event at the University of St. Thomas Thursday night featured four convicted white collar criminals, who explained their misdeeds.6:20 a.m.
'Casanova's Homecoming' returns home This weekend, the Minnesota Opera returns to a milestone in its history, "Casanova's Homecoming" by Minneapolis composer Dominick Argento, and it's hoped this new production will relaunch the piece.8:25 a.m.
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Poor Sales Hurt Jobs Numbers
A key reason why unemployment is surging is obvious, but it gets overshadowed by talk of stimulus and bank credit. For many companies, sales remain stubbornly weak. Poor sales are cited by small businesses as their No. 1 problem, and until sales pick up, it's unlikely that hiring will rebound.
Walmart Profits Continue Amid Downturn
Unlike other big retail chains, Walmart has continued to report hefty profits during the recession. If anything, it's becoming more competitive by lowering prices and remodeling stores to entice shoppers to spend more time.
Gates Visits Oshkosh Factory
Defense Secretary Robert Gates traveled to a factory line in Oshkosh, Wis., which is making a new kind of armored vehicle for the war in Afghanistan. Gates personally thanked the company's workers.
Shinseki Measures Scope Of Veterans' Mental Issues
In his first nine months as head of the Department of Veterans Affairs, retired Gen. Eric Shinseki has spent hours just listening to veterans talk. A former Army chief of staff who was wounded during his service in Vietnam, Shinseki says he feels a strong obligation to "give back" to the men and women he once served with.
Flu Funds Boost Local Health Budgets
The federal government has allocated more than $1 billion to help cash-strapped local health departments hire staff to distribute the H1N1 vaccine. The money has allowed some departments to rehire staff they had recently let go.
Army Builds Case Against Alleged Fort Hood Shooter
Army psychiatrist Nidal Hasan faces 13 counts of premeditated murder and could face the death penalty for his alleged shooting of 12 soldiers and a civilian at a processing center for soldiers about to be deployed. Once the case goes to trial, it promises to be one of the highest profile cases ever within the military's justice system, and the Army is trying to do it by the book.
U.S. Seeks To Seize Buildings Tied To Iran
The U.S. government has asked a federal judge to allow it to seize four mosques and a Manhattan skyscraper that are owned by a nonprofit group. The government says the group is a front for the Iranian government, which has been under economic sanctions for decades.
Galbraith's Actions May Hurt Independent Advice
Former U.S. ambassador Peter Galbraith denies there were conflicts of interest when he advised the Kurdish government about their constitution. He says the Kurds knew about the business relationship he formed with a Norwegian oil company a year later. Nonetheless, some experts worry Galthraith's actions will make it more difficult for Americans to give advice independently without the suspicion of profit.
Intel, AMD Reach Settlement
Computer chip giant Intel said it will pay $1.25 billion to its rival AMD to settle two decades of disputes between the two companies. Intel and AMD sell nearly all the world's microprocessors, though Intel controls about 80 percent of the market. AMD has long accused Intel of using illegal methods to dominate the market, including paying computer makers to use its chips. Intel denies wrongdoing.
Silverdome's New Owner To Be Announced
The Silverdome is up for sale, but the aging stadium in Pontiac, Mich., hasn't attracted many buyers. The economically depressed city is to announce Friday who the winning bidder was — or even if anyone bid at all.