Coleman, Franken clash over absentee considerations Lawyers for Democrat Al Franken and Republican Norm Coleman took widely opposing views on which standard the three-judge panel hearing the Senate election case should use to count absentee ballots. The court held a special hearing Thursday on streamlining the number of ballots under consideration.6:20 a.m.
Weather with Mark Seeley University of Minnesota climatologist Mark Seeley discusses Minnesota weather history and looks ahead to the weekend forecast.6:50 a.m.
Tying the knot gets put on hold in tough economy Valentine's Day is a popular day for popping the question. But brides and grooms-to-be are planning their weddings during a tough economy and the recession has couples cutting back, or trying to wait it out for better times. It's not a fairy tale for the wedding industry either.6:55 a.m.
Governor reports on climate change pollution The Pawlenty administration says Minnesota is on track to meet its ambitious goals for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Some legislators aren't so sure emissions are improving, and they said the governor should be providing more leadership.7:35 a.m.
Looking for love songs Mark Wheat is looking for love songs. Every Valentine's Day, he hosts a special program on 89.3 The Current featuring some of the greatest love songs of all time. There are some songs that come up over and over again. But every year brings new surprises.8:25 a.m.
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Valentine's Cupcakes From Nigella Lawson
As Valentine's Day approaches, one person who doesn't get mushy about it is food writer Nigella Lawson. Still, she jumps at the chance to make her own cupcakes. "I think that adults have some sort of yearning for childish things, childish foods," Lawson notes. "And I don't mean that disparagingly."
Scientists Finish First Draft Of Neanderthal Genome
Researchers in Germany say they have drawn up a map of about 60 percent of the genetic "letters" in the genome of Neanderthals. The map is expected to help reveal what genetic differences allowed humans to leave Neanderthals in the evolutionary dust.
In Iran, Supreme Leader Wields True Power
If the U.S. wants to improve relations with Iran, it can happen only with the approval of Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Iran's supreme leader controls everything from Iran's nuclear program to full authority over foreign policy.
Sarkozy Wants To Save Ailing French Newspapers
French President Nicolas Sarkozy says he will give $800 million in emergency aid for the country's failing newspaper industry. He wants to boost the newspaper reading habits among young people in France, but many of them think the French press has too much opinion and not enough reporting.
'Moral Police' In India To Get Valentine's Underwear
After a group of hard-line Hindu activists barged into a pub last month and roughed up female clients who were enjoying a quiet drink, one woman took a stand. She and her allies are set to retaliate against the "moral police" by distributing pink underwear to the group.
N.Y. Plane Crash Kills 49 On Board, 1 On Ground
A commuter plane slammed into a home near Buffalo, N.Y., Thursday night. Authorities say all 49 people on board were killed along with one person on the ground. The 74-seat Q400 Bombardier aircraft, operated by Colgan Air, was flying from New Jersey to Buffalo Niagara International Airport in light snow and fog.
A Big Bank Is The Villain In 'The International'
Hollywood is always on the lookout for a good villain. The new movie The International stars Naomi Watts and Clive Owen as investigators trying to bring down what is apparently the most evil institution in the world: a multinational bank. Does the movie portray the world of high finance correctly?
GM, Chrysler Face Deadline On Survival Plan
General Motors and Chrysler have until Tuesday to show the government their corporate survival plans. If they don't, they could lose billions in emergency government loans and face bankruptcy. In recent days, GM has announced it's cutting jobs and salaries. Chrysler is also working with its union and lenders to come up with a plan in time for the deadline.
Sirius XM Satellite Radio Faces Bankruptcy
Sirius XM Radio Inc., which has $3.25 billion in debt, faces a deadline next week to repay $175 million. With credit hard to come by, the satellite radio company has few options and could be forced into bankruptcy.
Bankruptcy Boom Is Big Business For Lawyers
As the U.S. economy sours, a growing number of people are being forced into bankruptcy. More than 1 million people filed for bankruptcy last year. This trend is attracting new attorneys to one part of the legal profession: consumer bankruptcy law.