Hennepin County drug court faces possible changes
Hennepin County officials could decide the future of its drug court this morning. The county's chief judge would not give specifics; she would only say a task force is expected to vote on changing the specialized court. Drug court was intended to help the chronically addicted but it's faced criticism that it's going soft on high-level drug traffickers.7:20 a.m.
Getting a Time-Saving Jump on Thanksgiving Dinner
The recipe for a traditional Thanksgiving dinner includes a pinch of frenzy, a dash of angst, and a sprinkle of panic. Christopher Kimball, host of the public-television show, America's Test Kitchen, says the big meal can turn out just right and on time — with a little planning.
Take that, Tiger! Cosmonaut Tees Off
Golf in space is slightly different from that on Earth. For one, you have to tie down the ball. You also have to tie down the cosmonaut. During a spacewalk tonight, Mikhail Tyurin plans on doing just that as he takes the first swing at a ball in space since Alan Shepard's 1971 lunar game.
Lebanon Quiet, Tense After Cabinet Minister's Killing
The Lebanese government canceled Independence Day celebrations in the wake of Tuesday's assassination of Industry Minister Pierre Gemayel. He is the sixth anti-Syrian figure to be killed in Lebanon in nearly two years.
Iran Seeks IAEA Help with Plans for Nuclear Reactor
Iran recently asked the International Atomic Energy Agency for technical assistance with a new reactor the country is building. The controversial reactor could be used to extract plutonium for nuclear weapons. The U.S. is opposed to the aid.
Drawing Parallels Between Ancient Rome and the U.S. Today
In the second part of our series examining our perceptions of history, novelist Robert Harris speaks with Steve Inskeep about how the history of Rome is reflected in our modern-day world. Harris sees parallels between the time of Rome's transition from republican to imperial rule and the challenges the U.S. faces now.
Woman Testifies Against Polygamist Jeffs in Court
A woman who claims she was forced to marry her cousin when she was 14 testified Tuesday at a preliminary hearing for polygamist leader Warren Jeffs. The court is trying to decide whether Jeffs should stand trial on rape charges.
'Deja Vu' is First-Class Fun Deja Vu is in the business of confounding expectations. It's not the routine potboiler starring Denzel Washington that the advertising indicates. The film makes little sense, but that hardly matters because it's some first-class genre fun.
Alcoa Cuts Jobs, Sells Plants
The aluminum maker Alcoa plans to layoff about 6,700 employees worldwide over the coming year. The cuts are part of a restructuring effort the Pittsburgh-based company hopes will increase profits. Alcoa is also selling three plants and entering into a joint-venture with a Norwegian metals company.