MN Supreme Court Chief Justice concerned about budget cuts Chief Justice of the Minnesota Supreme Court Eric Magnuson has been on the job for two years, and has been openly critical of the way state courts are funded. He is at odds with Gov. Tim Pawlenty over a new round of proposed cuts to courts and court services. In his latest state budget proposal, the governor seeks to cut $14.7 million from the courts to help erase a state budget deficit.7:36 a.m.
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Iran's Opposition Falters After State Stifles Protests
Last week, on the anniversary of the Islamic revolution, Iranian police managed to largely suppress opposition demonstrations in the streets of Tehran. Experts wonder how a divided opposition movement will survive under a government growing better at squelching public dissent.
Pakistan's Government Averts Judicial Confrontation
Government officials in Pakistan withdrew orders from President Asif Ali Zardari, and instead appointed judges to the Supreme Court which were recommended by the chief justice. Lawyers across Pakistan had rallied to protest Zardari's appointments, saying the president had usurped the authority of the chief justice.
In London, Bomb Suspect Found Militant Edge
Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab's evolution as a radical Muslim took root in his home in Nigeria, but found rich soil during his time as a university student in London. The man accused of trying to blow up a Detroit-bound airliner rubbed shoulders with Islamic extremists and organized an event that brought former Guantanamo detainees to campus to speak.
Study: States Must Fill $1 Trillion Pension Gap
Many states have been skimping on the payments they are supposed to make to state employee pension funds. That's according to a report released Thursday by the Pew Center on the States. Pew says many states are accruing large liabilities that will require big tax increases in the future.
Lawmakers To Walk Fine Line In Toyota Hearings
The first congressional hearing on Toyota's safety problems gets underway next week. Toyota has production plants in several states, and directly employees some 36,000 workers. Thousands more are employed by parts suppliers. Lawmakers have to weigh how hard to push the company over the safety of the cars many of their constituents drive, versus protecting the high paying manufacturing jobs the company provides many others.
Has The Swine Flu Pandemic Peaked?
The World Health Organization meets next Tuesday to decide if the H1N1 flu pandemic has officially peaked. Cases of pandemic flu have been decreasing. However, a third wave of the flu had been predicted. Thursday the WHO decided to include the pandemic virus in next fall's seasonal flu vaccine.
Cost-Cutting Helps HP's Bottom Line
Hewlett-Packard says its profit rose 25 percent in the latest quarter, topping forecasts. It was helped by cost-cutting and a stronger showing in its personal-computer division.
Deadly Belgian Rail Crash Renews Safety Calls
While many people blasted the Belgian rail authority for the crash, its director blamed the European Union for being slow to come up with common international standards. Current EU standards require only high-speed international trains to have the latest safety technology to deal with the 20 different systems in operation throughout the 27 EU states.
GM's $5,000 Minivan, A Hit In China
GM and its partner manufacture the Wuling Sunshine, a $5,000 minivan, in China. But there is little hope such an inexpensive mode of transportation would sell in the U.S. without fancy options and basic safety features like air bags.
iPhone App Adds More Cowbell To Winter Games
It's a tradition at the Winter Olympics to use a cowbell to cheer for athletes — it's louder than clapping with mittens on. A new iPhone application called Cowbell 2010 turns your iphone into a cowbell. At 99 cents, the app is one of the top sports downloads in the iTunes app store.