Do Aveda products live up to their reputation for purity? Minneapolis-based Aveda is heading into its 30th year. And the company does so as the leader of the North American market for natural and organic beauty products. But some critics think Aveda is falling short of its reputation.7:25 a.m.
Pollsters will be in Iowa tonight When Iowans head into their caucus sites tonight, some of them will be met by pollsters. Morning Edition host Cathy Wurzer talked with Joe Lenski of Edison Media Research, which has been conducting exit polls for the major television networks and the Associated Press for the last decade.7:50 a.m.
The arts in 2008
St. Paul Pioneer Press theater critic Dominic Papatola offers his predictions for the Twin Cities art world in 2008.8:25 a.m.
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Democrats Make Last Stump Before Iowa Caucus
Iowans absorb a final rush of presidential campaign stump speeches by Democratic contenders just hours ahead of making their decisions in the 2008 presidential race. The races in both parties could not be closer. And many Iowans, even in these final hours, are still weighing their options.
GOP Makes Final Effort in Iowa to Turn Voting Tide
Many GOP presidential hopefuls crisscross Iowa making a last-minute pitch to convince voters of their qualifications to be the party nominee. Mitt Romney and John McCain rally the faithful while rival Mike Huckabee left for Los Angeles for The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.
Relocated Three Gorges Residents Face Challenges
As the waters of the reservoir rise and submerge their homes and fields, 1.3 million residents of the area are being relocated by the Chinese government. Many struggle to reestablish their once-rural lives in a more urban environment.
Kenyan Politicians Under Pressure to Seek Calm
Politicians in Kenya are under pressure to calm the political crisis stemming from recent political elections. More than 300 people have died in violence that exploded after the incumbent President Mwai Kibaki was named the winner in a disputed election there.
Hotel Maids Challenge the Placebo Effect
A study of hotel maids showed that they did not think they got much exercise — even with all the heavy lifting they do. But when they were told that their jobs qualified as workouts, the pounds started dropping.
Oil Prices Hit $100 a Barrel
After hitting the symbolic $100 a barrel mark, oil prices slipped back a bit. Still, pressures pushing oil prices to all-time highs remain: soaring demand from China and India, a weak dollar, and political tensions in both the Middle East and Africa, which are big oil producers.
Starbucks Shares Lose Steam
Shares of Starbucks fell 5 percent and are at their lowest level since 2004. For years, it seemed the gourmet coffee company was immune to conventional economic factors such as higher dairy prices. But that may no longer be the case.
Columnist Campaigns Against Business Jargon
The world of business has its own jargon based on complex financial terminology, but many of the phrases don't say anything. One observer says executives and financial analysts overuse a lot of phrases that are meaningless. Among them: "going forward" and "at the end of the day."
A High-Tech Coffee Brewer With a Price to Match
Clover, a small Seattle company, makes a new kind of high-tech coffee brewer. The handcrafted, single-cup brewer costs $11,000. It's aimed at the super-specialty coffee shop owner — the kind of person who brews extra-rare gourmet beans and charges $6 a cup.
Federal Prosecutor Named to CIA Probe
Attorney General Michael Mukasey appoints John Durham, a federal prosecutor in Connecticut, to examine whether CIA officers broke the law when they destroyed videotapes of the harsh interrogation methods used by the agency.