Lawmaker proposes ban on foreign-made U.S. flags One state lawmaker is trying to ban sales of foreign-made American flags and flag novelty items. But critics say the proposal may run headlong into another American icon -- the U.S. Constitution.6:50 a.m.
False documents: A lucrative business It's been nearly three months since federal immigration raids at six Swift meatpacking plants, including one in Worthington. The raids targeted workers using fake work papers to secure employment. There's little evidence to suggest the raid has had any effect on either the supply or demand for fake and stolen documents.7:20 a.m.
Charmed by books Cathy Wurzer talked with Mary Brainerd about her passion for reading and, in particular, her interest in Joan Didion's "The Year of Magical Thinking," which Brainerd says is one of the most compelling books she's read in the last year.7:50 a.m.
No room for snow Minneapolis public works officials are already preparing for the coming snow storm, and are faced with where to put the new snow after last weekend's storm.8:25 a.m.
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Several Factors Led to Dow's Sudden Plunge
The Dow Jones industrial average lost more than 400 points Tuesday. Many factors were in play, including a possible computer glitch. There were worries about China's economy and about cautionary words from former Fed chief Alan Greenspan.
Rumors Drive Volatility of Chinese Markets
Wild rumors about the Chinese government are probably to blame for Tuesday's sharp sell-off in the Chinese stock market. What kind of market is this? Should it have such an instant, negative effect on financial markets in the United States?
Marine in Military Court for Iraqi Civilian Killing
A Marine sergeant charged with overseeing the killing of an Iraqi father of 11 faces a second day in military court at Camp Pendleton, Calif. Sgt. Lawrence Hutchins was the leader of a squad accused of carrying out the killing.
VA Tries 'Exposure' Therapy on Older Female Vets
A study contains surprises on the causes of post-traumatic stress disorder in female military veterans. Meanwhile, Veterans Affairs counselors try a new technique — prolonged-exposure therapy — on nearly 300 women suffering from long-term PTSD.
Carney Finds New Role: Reconstructing Iraq
Ambassador Tim Carney left Iraq three years ago, angry that the Bush administration had made policy there without consulting Iraqis. Surprising Carney and many others, President Bush asked that he return as an economic coordinator.
Poll Shows Black Voters Shifting to Obama
A new Washington Post-ABC poll shows increased support among black voters for Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois. It could be significant as Obama vies with a fellow Democrat, Sen. Hillary Clinton of New York, for the party's presidential bid.
Obama to Attend Selma March Anniversary
Sen. Barack Obama will speak this weekend on the anniversary of the day in 1965 when civil rights marchers were beaten in Selma, Ala. He talks about the trip and his experiences as a black presidential hopeful.
Chinese Stock Market Rebounds a Bit
Stock investors in China returned to the market Wednesday after Tuesday's big sell-off. The Shanghai stock market's main price index recovered nearly 4 percent in early trading. Tuesday it dropped nearly 9 percent, rattling investors around the world. But stock markets in other parts of Asia are less ready to bounce back. Leading indices in Tokyo and Hong Kong continued to fall.
Workplace Woes: The Team-Building Retreat
For years, companies and other organizations have gathered groups of employees for out-of-office retreats aimed at fostering closer ties. But these team-building exercises often have the opposite effect, a workplace expert says.
Moms-to-Be: Let's Keep it Loose in the Office
A new trend in office fashions includes a movement toward skin-tight maternity clothes. Expectant mothers are beautiful, but shouldn't we all vow to leave spandex at home when it comes to office attire?