Lack of snow is affecting tourism Reporter Tom Robertson talks to Cathy Wurzer about what's going in northern Minnesota. Tourism is down this winter because of the lack of snow around the state, but the lakes are making cool sounds as they freeze.8:25 a.m.
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Reversal On Health Mandate Came Late For Gingrich And Romney
Both Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney once supported the requirement that almost everyone have health coverage — a key plank of the federal overhaul. And both GOP presidential hopefuls stuck with that position a lot longer than you might realize.
'Smart Decline': A Lifeline For Zombie Subdivisions?
With many boomtime developments now just dusty wastelands, Sun Belt suburbs like those outside Phoenix are shifting gears. Some planners argue for a radical option called "smart decline" — letting empty lots go back to nature and even, in some cases, tearing down infrastructure.
Fannie, Freddie 'Catastrophe' Began In 1991
It's been more than three years since the government bailed out mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Gretchen Morgenson, of The New York Times, has co-authored a book about Fannie and Freddie called Reckless Endangerment. Morgenson talks to Linda Wertheimer about the taxpayer-owned entities.
India's Techies Angered Over Internet Censorship Plan
Millions of India's young people are cutting edge when it comes to high-tech. Yet the country is still very conservative by Western standards, and a government minister recently said that offensive material on the web should be removed. The statement has angered the nation's tech community who say the idea infringes on democracy and is possibly illegal.
New England Fishermen Brace For Cod Restrictions
Three years ago, scientists found plenty of cod in the region but data this season indicates just the opposite. Federal regulators say stocks are at such dangerously low levels, cod fishing might need to be shut down. Fishermen say they don't believe the reports.
60 Years After Leaving, Porpoises Again Play In SF Bay
Harbor porpoises are showing up in growing numbers under the Golden Gate Bridge. Six decades ago, they were driven away in part by wartime activities and poor water quality; now, researchers are trying to understand why they're returning.
Iran Threatens To Block Oil Routes
Oil prices were higher after a top Iranian official threatened to block a considerable part of the world's oil supply, if new economic sanctions are imposed on his country. The official spoke of blocking oil tankers from moving through the Straits of Hormuz.