Pull-tab revenue for stadium off to a slow start You might have thought the discussion of a new Vikings stadium at the Capitol was over last May. But the financing plan for the new stadium is off to a slow start. The House Commerce Committee is will assess its progress this week at the Capitol.5:40 a.m.
Living with ALS, Part X: Disappointed by drug trial's curtailment The news is filled with stories about the latest medical study, device or drug. Some turn out to be effective, but many others don't. That is the case of a drug that intrigued doctors who treat and patients who have ALS, or Lou Gehrig's disease. One of them is Bruce Kramer, of Minneapolis.6:50 a.m.
Obama Urges Congress To Raise Debt Ceiling
At a White House news conference Monday, President Obama compared lawmakers who refuse to raise the debt limit to deadbeat diners who gorge themselves at a pricey restaurant, then try to skip out without paying the bill. Congressional Republicans quickly rejected the president's argument. They hope to use the debt ceiling fight to put the government on a spending diet.
Flu Wave Stresses Out Hospitals
It's still too soon to say whether this is a historically bad flu season. But it's already clear that emergency rooms around the country are filled with feverish throngs that are much larger than during the last flu season.
More Young People Are Moving Away From Religion, But Why?
One-fifth of Americans are religiously unaffiliated, and those younger than 30 especially seem to be drifting from organized religion. Six young adults — some with Jewish, Muslim, Christian and Seventh-day Adventist backgrounds — explore their struggle with faith and religion.
Post-Sandy: Utility Contemplates Climate Change Issues
Superstorm Sandy devastated the mostly below ground electric system that runs through the heart of Manhattan. What happens if Sandy is part of a new weather pattern? Con Edison, the utility that provides power to much of New York's five boroughs, is looking for ways to protect its aging infrastructure.
Grim Situation Starts To Lift In Aleppo, Syria
The situation in the war-torn Syrian city of Aleppo is much less dire than it was a month ago. Food stalls are full of produce, albeit at much higher prices than before, and the bread crisis has been somewhat averted. The fighting is now centered on airbases on the outskirts of the city.
Training Program Aims To Prep Soldiers For Civilian Jobs
Thousands of Minnesota soldiers deployed in Kuwait woke up to a surprise last spring. Just weeks before the end of their tour, a group of corporate recruiters showed up on base. The visit was part of a new strategy to help returning service members find jobs after they've hung up their uniforms.
Wal-Mart Plans To Hire Veterans
Wal-Mart is expected to announce that it will hire every veteran who wants a job as part of a new program beginning on Memorial Day. The only requirements: that he or she left the military in the previous year and wasn't dishonorably discharged.
JPMorgan Chase Agrees To Beef Up Risk Management
Banking regulators are telling JPMorgan Chase that it must take action to improve its risk analysis and money-laundering controls. The bank racked up a $6 billion trading loss last year. CEO Jamie Dimon cited managerial lapses and called the loss inexcusable.
Toyota Regains No. 1 Sales Position
After careening from back-to-back crises — recalls and the tsunami — Toyota is No. 1 in worldwide sales again. Toyota says it sold at least 9.7 million vehicles in 2012. General Motors reports it sold 9.3 million. Both companies say it doesn't really matter which one is in the top spot.
South Park Duo Creates Production Studio
Having success in TV, movies and Broadway, Trey Parker and Matt Stone are now branching out with their own $300 million production company. They've named it Important Studios, and it's poised to approve TV, movie and theater projects.