'Gran Torino' a movie made in Minnesota, almost The new Clint Eastwood movie, "Gran Torino," was shot in Detroit. But the heart of the film was born in Minneapolis. The film has launched the career of screenwriter and Twin Cities native Nick Schenk.6:25 a.m.
Weather with Mark Seeley University of Minnesota Meteorologist and Climatologist Mark Seeley looks back at what happened with the weather in December and what we can expect this weekend.6:55 a.m.
Scrapbooking company attempts fresh start after bankruptcy The Antioch Company, the parent company of St. Cloud-based Creative Memories, filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in November. Creative Memories, the scrapbooking pioneer, is optimistic about its fresh start as it leaves its debt behind.7:25 a.m.
Grant makers planning less giving A new report shows that Minnesota foundations and other giving programs plan to reduce their grantmaking by about four percent this year.7:45 a.m.
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Gaza Fighting Continues Despite U.N. Resolution
Israel says its Gaza military offensive will continue despite a U.N. call for a cease-fire. The U.N. Security Council passed a resolution Thursday night calling for an "immediate" and "durable" cease-fire in Gaza. A spokesman for Hamas says the group had not been consulted on the cease-fire.
Has U.S. Lost Its Role As Main Peace Broker?
Several countries have been working to bring about a settlement between Israel and the Palestinians. Aaron David Miller has been a Middle East adviser to six secretaries of state. He gives Ari Shapiro a snapshot of the would-be peace brokers.
GOP's McConnell Sees Hope For A Stimulus Plan
Senate minority leader, Mitch McConnell of Kentucky has become the most powerful Republican in government. And even though Democrats now hold sway in Washington, his backing is crucial to President-elect Barack Obama's plans for an economic stimulus package.
Solis To Lay Out Vision for Labor Department
President-elect Barack Obama's pick for labor secretary is set to appear before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee. The labor-friendly Hilda Solis isn't expected to have any problems in the confirmation process. The California congresswoman, a Democrat, has a 97 percent rating from the AFL-CIO.
Daschle, With Congress, To Overhaul Health Care
The Senate kicked off the confirmation process for President-elect Barack Obama's Cabinet picks Thursday. First to go before a Senate committee was former Senate majority leader Tom Daschle. He's been tapped to head the Department of Health and Human Services. Daschle says his first and largest task will be to work with Congress to overhaul the nation's health care system.
Most Flu Viruses Resistant To Tamiflu This Year
Every winter, the influenza virus kills thousands of people. In recent years, doctors have relied on the drug Tamiflu to treat serious flu cases. But most of the flu viruses circulating in the U.S. so far this season are resistant to Tamiflu.
Mosquito Duet Leads To Love
While humans find the mosquito's buzz irritating, scientists have discovered that courting mosquitoes adjust the tone of their buzz to create a near-perfect duet.
Russia Agrees To Deal To Resume Gas Supplies
Russia said it would sign a deal Friday to resume natural gas supplies to Europe, fueling hopes for an end to Europe's energy crisis. A Russian dispute with Ukraine has left large areas of Europe without heat as record freezing temperatures hit many parts of the continent.
Will Stimulus Package Pass Quickly?
With jobs evaporating at an alarming rate, President-elect Barack Obama's case for a big package of tax cuts and spending to stimulate the economy looks ever more compelling. The question now is what will Congress do? David Wessel of The Wall Street Journal talks with Renee Montagne about the stimulus package.
Social Security Payments To Rise Nearly 6 Percent
The Social Security Administration has a stimulus package of its own for recipients. The financial publication Forbes.com notes that overall Social Security payments will go up $38 billion this year. That's because the government ties Social Security payments to inflation, which climbed last year when oil prices spiked. The result: Payments will rise nearly 6 percent this year.