Todd Boss rides his 'Yellowrocket' Todd Boss is riding a poetic wave. Not only has a major publishing house just released his first book of poems, "Yellow Rocket," he says the nation has just elected a poet as president. Boss is the self-appointed poet laureate of Nina's Coffee Cafe in St Paul.6:25 a.m.
Commentator detects envy of Illinois' scandal Commentator Peter Smith has been watching the developments in Illinois, where Gov. Rod Blagojevich has been arrested, with interest. He says the scandal has inspired a bit of envy.6:47 a.m.
Early decisions key to resolving challenged ballots When the members of state canvassing board convene today and begin examining the challenged ballots in Minnesota's senate recount, they will discover that there are several questions of voter intent that will come up over and over again. How they rule on those key questions will help determine who wins the recount.7:25 a.m.
Local retailers monitoring holiday sales closely There are only nine more shopping days until Christmas and retailers are hoping for a surge in sales as they finish this crucial period. A few weeks back, right before the Thanksgiving weekend, we talked with three local store owners in the region about their plans and expectations in this uncertain economy.8:40 a.m.
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Siemens Hit With $1.6 Billion Fine In Bribery Case
The German engineering company agreed Monday to pay a record fine of $1.6 billion to settle bribery allegations made by U.S. and European authorities. The company was charged with paying out more than a billion dollars in bribes to win contracts around the world.
Panel Concerned Bailout Won't Fix Root Problem
The financial turmoil in the U.S. began with the housing crisis. Elizabeth Warren, who heads the Congressional Oversight Panel — the group charged with monitoring the government's $700 billion bailout package — says the panel is looking into whether any of that money is helping ease the mortgage crisis.
Taliban Courts Filling Justice Vacuum In Afghanistan
Taliban judges are playing a larger role in Afghanistan, as the Western-structured legal system struggles to gain footing and authority. The Western-influenced system, just seven years old, is fraught with corruption and complexity, and lacks a strong judicial infrastructure.
Time Capsule Brings Headlines From 1896
In 1896, a small copper box filled with items of the day was placed in the foundation of a church in Novato, Calif. The box was opened Monday. Its damp contents included newspapers and a Bible.
Impeachment Process Begins Against Ill. Governor
The Illinois House has voted to create a bipartisan committee to study the allegations against Gov. Rod Blagojevich and recommend whether he should be impeached. Blagojevich is accused of attempting to sell an appointment to the Senate seat formerly held by Barack Obama.
Minn. Recount: Franken, Coleman Vs. 'Lizard People'
A Minnesota panel meets to review thousands of challenged ballots that may help decide the outcome of Democrat Al Franken's bid to unseat Republican Sen. Norm Coleman. Many of the ballots have unusual markings — and some were cast for "Lizard People."
Toyota Delays Mississippi Assembly Plant
Toyota says it's suspending plans to produce its Prius hybrid car in the U.S. A plant under construction near Tupelo, Miss., was to be the first to make the popular gas-electric hybrid in the U.S. But as auto sales plunged, Toyota has been scaling back production. Toyota will finish the building but won't install equipment.
Detroit Papers Expected To Cut Delivery Days
Detroit's two daily newspapers are expected to make a major announcement Tuesday. It's been widely rumored that management plans to cut home delivery to three days a week and significantly scale back their print editions.
As Rate Nears Zero, What Else Can Fed Do?
The Federal Reserve is expected Tuesday to cut short-term interest rates once again, to 0.5 percent or lower. As the rate moves closer to zero, policymakers must find alternatives to their traditional tool of cutting rates to help the economy.
Relationship Over? Time To Profit From The Gifts
There's a new Web site where people can soothe their broken hearts with some cold hard cash. At Exboyfriendjewelry.com, people can unload rings and necklaces and other baubles acquired before their relationships went south. A similar site, Excessories.com, sums up the service with this motto: Don't get mad — break even!