Minn. colleges go a year without drinking deaths No alcohol related deaths have been reported among Minnesota college students this school year. Last year several college-aged Minnesotans suffered alcohol related deaths and this prompted Minnesota colleges to step up their efforts to curtail binge drinking.6:50 a.m.
Weather with Mark Seeley University of Minnesota climatologist Mark Seeley discusses Minnesota weather history and looks ahead to the weekend forecast.6:55 a.m.
An analysis of legal strategies in the Senate trial Lawyers for Republican Norm Coleman and Democrat Al Franken are expected to make closing arguments today in the trial over who should be Minnesota's second U.S. Senator. The election contest trial has lasted seven weeks.7:40 a.m.
Sweet Memories Of A Snack Food Financial Scheme
Back in 1980, when Josh Bearman was in third grade, he started a snack food con game. With the promise of a huge cake, he lured his classmates into surrendering their Rice Krispies treats and other prized snacks. The scenario mirrors many current financial scandals.
Sky-High Chinese Art Market Comes Back To Earth
Over the past five years, the market for contemporary Chinese art rocketed up 583 percent. But like so many other markets, it was driven by speculation and greed. Now, that bubble has burst — a development some artists actually welcome.
Zoe Heller, A True 'Believer' In Bad Characters
Novelist Zoe Heller has a soft spot for selfish characters. But, the author says, just because her characters are unlikable, doesn't mean they are without virtue. Her new novel, The Believers, uncovers a tangled web of secrets inside a lefty New York family.
Protests Direct Challenge To Pakistan's President
Protesters in Pakistan are trying to reach the capital Islamabad, but are being stopped by police. They are demonstrating against recent moves by President Asif Ali Zardari intended to neutralize his chief political opponents. As the protest gains momentum, it is now seen as a direct challenge to Zardari's government.
Building Infrastructure, Security Key For Afghanistan
The Obama administration is near the end of a major review of the war effort in Afghanistan. Among the priorities are increasing security in the country; developing roads, schools and electricity; and helping the government become more responsible.
How Does Economy Compare To Past Downturns?
Bad economic news seems to come at us from all sides, and we often hear the words "worst since the Great Depression" in reference to things like job losses and foreclosure rates. But it's important to put the current downturn in context.
You Really Can Get Something For Nothing
Finding money scarce? Check out the Really, Really Free Market. The movement started about four years ago during the anti-globalization protests in 2004, as a way to create something positive beyond protests. Everything at the market is free --there's not even any barter.
It Takes More Dough To Buy Russian Bread
Bread has a major place in Russian culture. It's more than just a staple. In Russia's turbulent history it's often been the only thing that's kept people alive. Now this delicious part of Russian life is under threat.
FedEx Pay Cuts Spark Union Talk
With the recession eating into profits, many employers are trying to cut costs however they can. But one union official warns that the general trend of wage cuts will worsen the spiral into an "even greater depression."
Misery And Muses On 'The Edge Of Love'
The wife and the lover of poet Dylan Thomas become unlikely allies in the lushly filmed Edge of Love. Critic Kenneth Turan says in this case, less — of its self-involved characters — might well have been more.