Commentary: Caution needed on the sports bandwagon The Minnesota Vikings, at 8-1 this season, are raising hopes of a playoff run this year. The Minnesota Twins unveiled new uniforms for their first season at the new Target Field. But commentator, and angst-ridden sports fan, Peter Smith says don't jump on the Minnesota sports bandwagon just yet!6:55 a.m.
In Blaine, clunkers meet their end The federal Cash for Clunkers program may be over, but the work continues for businesses that have to recycle more than 700,000 gas guzzling trade-ins.7:25 a.m.
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In Flourishing India, An Old Obsession With Pakistan
Since they were founded from the partition of British India in 1947, Pakistan and India have become locked in a relationship rooted in rivalry and suspicion. But many Indians believe the country's biggest foreign policy challenge these days is its rivalry with China, and that it is time to put aside old attitudes about Pakistan.
GOP Opposition Slows Obama's Judicial Nominees
The Senate votes Tuesday on whether to end a Republican filibuster of President Obama's first judicial nominee. So far, the White House has little to show for the president's efforts to make sure candidates won't raise objections at the Senate level.
Ordinary Chinese Wait For Obama's Deeds, Not Words
While in Beijing, President Obama is trying to connect with the Chinese people. One of Obama's main messages is that the U.S. does not seek to contain China or force its values on it. Many Chinese welcome that message, but they don't necessarily trust it. One blogger says he sees little difference in Obama's policies toward China than those of President Bush.
Is The Small Screen Replacing The Silver Screen?
As DVD sales decline, Hollywood studios are looking for ways to get movies straight to consumers' living rooms. This has some industry insiders worried that Hollywood is jeopardizing its most valuable asset: the theatrical release date. The movie industry is looking to change the way it distributes content.
FDA Bows To Pressure From Fans Of Raw Oysters
Facing political pressure from the Gulf Coast oyster industry, the FDA has backed off a plan to require that raw Gulf of Mexico oysters be treated to rid them of a potentially deadly bacteria found in warm-water oysters. The plan had sparked anger in Louisiana — especially in New Orleans.
Magic Johnson, TCW Form Lending Venture
The basketball legend has a new business venture. The Los Angeles Times reports that Magic Johnson Enterprises is teaming up with Los Angeles money manager TCW Group to lend to mid-sized firms. Johnson's company and TCW plan to lend to medium-sized companies, using money from big investors.
Wall Street Now Home To American Indian Firm
A Sioux tribe based in Lower Brule, S.D., just bought the Westrock Group, making the company the first fully Native American-owned investment firm. As a tribal business Westrock will gain access to a new pool of money and it won't have to pay federal income tax.
Bernanke Predicts Economy Will Keep Growing
Federal Reserve Chairmen Ben Bernanke pledged to keep interest rates low so the economic recovery will stay on track. In remarks to the Economic Club of New York Monday, Bernanke said he was worried that a weak job market could prevent the expansion from being as robust as he would like.
Fed Proposes New Gift Card Rules
Officials at the Federal Reserve have stepped up consumer protection efforts. They proposed new rules that would ban many of the fees that eat into the value of gift cards. It's estimated that more than 95 percent of Americans have received or purchased gift cards. One rule would ban card issuers from levying fees on cards that aren't used within a certain amount of time.
Obama Raises Human Rights, Tibet In Beijing Talks
President Obama and his Chinese counterpart Hu Jintao agreed to cooperate in a number of issues ranging from climate change to nuclear weapons. During more than two hours of closed-door talks, Obama is said to have described human rights as a core bedrock principle for the U.S. He also urged Hu to restart talks with representatives of the Dalai Lama, Tibet's exiled spiritual leader.