Two economists assess TARP and job creation President Obama is expected to unveil a new proposal today designed to spur job creation. We spoke with two economists to get their opinions on how the money should be spent.7:40 a.m.
Aid cushions blow of state tuition hikes The average yearly tuition at Minnesota's public and private colleges has gone up 82 percent in the last decade. However, increases in financial aid have cushioned the blow of those tuition increases in Minnesota.8:25 a.m.
Commentator's advice for winter driving With a snowstorm bearing down on Minnesota, it's time for motorists across the state to pause and review their cold weather driving techniques. Commentator Peter Smith designed this refresher course.8:45 a.m.
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Opinions Vary On What To Do With Extra TARP Money
The Troubled Asset Relief Program, or TARP, is expected to lose less money than first thought. Republicans want to use the money that isn't spent to reduce the federal deficit, but President Obama wants to use it to help create jobs. Meanwhile, financial analysts suggest reducing taxes on businesses.
Flu Pandemic Much Milder Than Expected
Last spring, experts thought it was possible swine flu would kill 1 out of every 100 people who got the virus. But the death rate so far is around 1 out of every 2,000. The CDC says the number of children who've died is troublesome, however, and worries if people think the threat is over, they'll be less likely to get vaccinated.
Scientist: Urgency Needed On Climate Change Action
The NASA scientist who accused agency administrators and the Bush White House of manipulating public releases of climate data says he is disappointed that President Obama hasn't taken more action on the issue.
Report: Cancer Deaths Declining Since 1990s
A report by the American Cancer Society says cancer deaths overall in the United States have been dropping since the 1990s. Researchers say that the decades-long effort to improve diets and reduce bad habits, like smoking, have begun to pay off.
U.S. Citizen Charged In Mumbai Attacks
There's been a break in the Mumbai terrorist attacks. U.S. prosecutors say American David Coleman Headley helped plan last year's attacks in India. Hotels, cafes and a train station were targeted. Prosecutors say the Chicago man made five trips to Mumbai from 2006 to 2008, and took pictures of various targets.
Chicago Suspect Front-Page News In India
David Coleman Headley of Chicago is charged with conducting extensive surveillance on potential targets in Mumbai before last year's terrorist attacks. Headley, a U.S. citizen, changed his name in 2006. Prosecutors say that is so he could pass in India for an American who was neither Muslim nor Pakistani. Stories about Headley's involvement in the attacks have been circulating in India for weeks.
Global Calls For Guinea's Military Junta To Step Aside
Guinea's military leader is hospitalized in Morocco, after surviving an assassination attempt back home last week. His alleged assailant remains at large. Meanwhile the opposition in Guinea, and the influential regional West African grouping, have repeated calls — echoed earlier by Washington — that the junta leadership must go.
Japan Votes On Stimulus, Publishers To Unveil Plan
Japan's lawmakers have agreed on an $80 billion economic package. The world's second-largest economy pulled itself out of recession earlier this year but is being hit now by deflation. Print media companies are trying to slow their financial descent. Several magazine publishers are expected to unveil a joint venture Tuesday. It's a new company that hopes to create technology standards for how magazines will look on digital devices.
AOL Cuts Ties With Time Warner
The "merger of the century" between AOL and Time Warner comes to an end this week as AOL gets spun off into an independent company. Technology columnist Kara Swisher talks to Steve Inskeep about the future of AOL. Swisher, who wrote two books on the company, explains what went wrong with the merger.
Merrill Lynch Bull Logo Returns To Business Cards
Bank of America bought investment bank Merrill Lynch at the depths of the financial crisis. Executives had planned a rebranding campaign that would have eliminated Merrill Lynch's iconic bull logo. The Wall Street Journal reports that lobbying by top Merrill Lynch executives has prompted the bank to reverse course. Bankers may now print the bull on flip side of their business cards.