How to help ex-offenders stay out of prison More than two-thirds of Minnesota' inmates will end up back behind bars within three years of their release from prison. Some lawmakers are working on a bill to help ex-offenders get the jobs and services they need to stay out of prison for good.7:24 a.m.
Monday Markets with Chris Farrell Minnesota's chief economics editor Chris Farrell talks about how the sub-prime market will impact the "Black Friday" holiday shopping kickoff.8:24 a.m.
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Court Backs Musharraf's Plan to Hold Power
A Supreme Court packed with his supporters opens the way for Gen. Pervez Musharraf to continue as Pakistan's president while resigning as chief of the armed forces. But a state of emergency remains in place in Pakistan.
Making the Most of Aid to Pakistan
Since the Sept. 11 attacks, the United States has provided about $10 billion in foreign aid to Pakistan. Rick Barton of the Center for Strategic and International Studies says the U.S. should be making more strategic use of the money it gives Pakistan.
Philanthropic Gardener Helps Kids Pay for College
An immigrant gardener began saving for his children's education before the first one was born. Catalino Tapia later decided he wanted to help others in his San Francisco-area community attend college as well.
Thai Voters Struggle to Have Faith in System
Skepticism over political corruption leaves voters in Thailand disillusioned as Dec. 23 elections approach. Since 1932, Thais have suffered through a series of weak and unresponsive civilian governments, along with frequent military coups.
How Chocolate Can Save the Planet
Chocolate is a wonderful thing, but how can it help combat global climate change? Cacao trees — the source of chocolate — grow well in rainforests, and rainforests store carbon. So researchers are working to help preserve the forest and to grow more chocolate.
Broadway's Thanksgiving-Week Shows Won't Go On
Labor problems prompt the League of American Theaters and Producers to cancel Broadway performances during the traditionally profitable Thanksgiving week. Talks on Saturday and Sunday with the stagehands' union ended without agreement — and with no schedule for more negotiations.
Farm Bill May Be Tabled Until After 2008 Vote
Now that the farm bill has been blocked in the Senate, there's a good chance that it won't come up again until after the 2008 elections. President Bush had threatened to veto the legislation, but that may not be necessary.
Netflix's Million-Dollar Quest for Good Movie Tips
A year ago, the online movie rental company Netflix offered $1 million to anyone who could come up with a way to improve its movie recommendations by 10 percent. Nobody has earned the money, but a team from AT&T Labs came close.
Vatican Goes to the Video for Late Pope
A music video issued by the Vatican stars Pope John Paul II. "Santo Subito" (Latin for "make him a saint now") mixes trip-hop and jazz trance music with choral sounds. Listeners are invited to go online and vote on whether or not John Paul II should be sainted.