Minnesota may be on verge of "energy revolution" A committee in the Minnesota Senate unanimously approved a bill that would require utility companies to get at least a quarter of their energy from renewable sources after a wide variety of interests reached an agreement on the bill late Thursday.6:50 a.m.
"The Separation" joins crunchy guitars with crystalline polyphony The mystical sounds of a 15th-century choral mass mix with thrashing guitars and crashing drums this weekend at the Walker Art Center. The Walker brings together jazz drummer Bobby Previte with the St. Paul-based Rose Ensemble, a choral group more at home with ethereal medieval chant.7:25 a.m.
Call-center bill advances at Capitol The bill requires telemarketers and customer service representatives to identify their location if asked. Overseas call centers would also have to disclose an alternative U.S. contact when requesting personal or financial information.7:45 a.m.
He's an artist, he don't look back An exhibition that's about to open at the Weisman Art Museum explores a pivotal period in Bob Dylan's career, a time that includes his Minnesota years. It reveals a lot about Dylan's ability to transform himself as an artist.7:50 a.m.
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Senate Considers McConnell for Top Intelligence Job
The Senate Select Intelligence Committee is weighing Mike McConnell's credentials to be national intelligence director. If confirmed by the full Senate, McConnell would become the second U.S. director of national intelligence, overseeing 16 agencies.
Senators Air Iraq Doubts at Confirmation Hearing
Gen. George Casey is up for the job of Army chief of staff. But senators at his confirmation hearing took the opportunity to criticize him about his former job as the senior U.S. Army officer in Iraq.
War Strains Family Life for Military Couples
According to a number of commanders, there are more married U.S. military couples serving together in Iraq and Afghanistan than in any previous conflict. These men and women all face the same challenge: remaining a family during wartime.
Peter O'Toole, Young and Old, Is Back on Screen
Actor Peter O'Toole is up for an Oscar for his movie role in Venus. But he is also known for his best-actor nod in the 1964 film Becket. That movie has been restored and is back in theaters.
Small Farmers Hit Hard by Bad California Weather
California's cold weather has devastated crops planted by the state's small farmers. Many of the farmers are immigrants who have trouble getting affordable insurance, or help from the government.
Cease-Fire Collapses Between Palestinian Factions
Clashes between rival Palestinian factions, Hamas and Fatah, in Gaza continue for a second day. The groups had recently declared a cease-fire, but the Gaza battles of Thursday and Friday have killed at least 17 people.
Arab Cabinet Minister Approved in Israel
Israel this week approved the first Muslim and Arab cabinet minister in the 59-year history of the Jewish state. The new minister, and the Labor Party leader who appointed him, call the move a historic step toward equality and integration.
With Difficulty, Senate Passes Minimum Wage Raise
The Senate passed a bill Thursday that raises the federal minimum wage by more than $2 an hour. The bill was supposed to be an easy victory for the new Democratic majority. But passing the bill got complicated when it reached the Senate.
CEO Pay Enters the Political Dialogue
Executive pay packages are beginning to register as a political issue in Washington, with questions being raised about the pay gap between top corporate officers and lower-rung workers.
Students Use Remote Monitoring for Washing
At the University of Iowa, students can now monitor how their wash is doing from the comfort of their rooms using a Web-cam. They can also receive e-mails telling them it's time to put their clothes in the dryer.