Painting the beauty and ambiguity of the Iraq war Soldiers who've experienced the war in Iraq say no matter how many images people see of the conflict, they can never truly understand what it's like. Knowing this, one Minnesota painter is still seeking to get closer to the truth.6:50 a.m.
Lessons taught through Thanksgiving side dishes Thanksgiving is just a couple days away, and that means cooks are busy planning and preparing the food that will be served. When commentator Peter Smith sits down for his feast on Thursday, he will think of his mother and the lessons she taught him through her selection of side dishes.6:55 a.m.
Faking foreclosure a dangerous gamble, say advocates With bailouts in the news these days, some homeowners who aren't facing foreclosure are asking: "What about me?" Pretending you're in distress when you don't really need help could land you in trouble.7:40 a.m.
Fire-safe cigarettes to be mandated in Minnesota A new state law takes effect Dec. 1 that advocates say could substantially reduce the number of home fires in Minnesota. Cigarettes are the leading cause of those fires and starting Monday, cigarettes sold in Minnesota must be "fire-safe."7:45 a.m.
'Liar's Poker' Author Sees Upside To Market Crash
Michael Lewis, author of a new book called Panic: The Story of Modern Financial Insanity, contends the current Wall Street slump will have some healthy long-term effects, including more moderate financial risk-taking and more proportionate rewards for CEOs.
Jhumpa Lahiri's Struggle To Feel American
Nationality, tradition and belonging: The themes of Jhumpa Lahiri's fiction spring from the complexities of the author's own life. Born to Indian parents in London and raised in Rhode Island, Lahiri says she's struggled for four decades to feel like she belongs in America.
Mussels Lose Out As Carbon Dioxide Changes Ocean
Carbon dioxide pouring into the atmosphere is making oceans more acidic. And scientists have found that in the waters around one Pacific Northwest island, more acidic water is spelling doom for mussels.
Obama Economic Team Rolls Up Its Sleeves
President-elect Barack Obama says bold action is needed to "jolt" the economy and save millions of jobs. He's urging Congress to pass a major job-creating stimulus bill. He also named key leaders of his economic team Monday.
Forced Selling Contributes To Stock Slide
The Dow Jones industrial average had its biggest two-day percentage gain since October 1987, nearly 12 percent. The index followed Friday's big rally with a surge of nearly 400 points Monday. Still, the overall trend of the market is down. Some of that may be attributed to forced selling.
Economic Crisis Dampens Gulf Building Boom
The international economic turmoil is beginning to be felt in the oil-rich Persian Gulf states, where a massive building boom is being supported by migrant workers from India, Pakistan and Bangladesh. Some wonder how the countries might handle large numbers of unemployed expatriate workers.
Devastated Georgia Begins To Rebuild After War
Three months after the armies of Russia and Georgia clashed in the breakaway region of South Ossetia, Georgians are beginning to come to terms with their disastrous military defeat. Reconstruction projects are under way, but Georgians remain uneasy.
Treasury Program To Make More Credit Available
Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson is expected to unveil another plan to boost financial markets. According to reports, Paulson will announce Tuesday that he's setting up a program to boost consumer lending — like auto loans and credit cards.
More Online Holiday Shopping Expected This Year
There should be plenty of deals on Black Friday, the post-Thanksgiving start of the holiday shopping season. While analysts expect retail sales to be way down from a year ago, one shopper survey predicts online sites will see sales increase 12 percent from 2007.
Shoppers, Sellers Rediscover Consignment Shops
For some shoppers, an alternative to buying new is buying second-hand. Consignment shops also offer an opportunity for clothes horses to sell some of their wardrobes. Shoppers who normally might walk by a consignment shop are now stepping inside.