Gov. Pawlenty to appoint new chief justice Gov. Pawlenty will appoint a new chief justice of the Minnesota Supreme Court this morning. The selection comes just a week after the current Chief Justice, Russell Anderson, announced that he would step down in June.7:25 a.m.
Investment bank rescue worries investors U.S. stocks appear headed to a sharply lower open this morning as Wall Street reacts to a stunning buyout of Bear Stearns by JPMorgan Chase. Minnesota Public Radio's chief economics correspondent Chris Farrell discusses the latest economic news.8:25 a.m.
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Mosul and the Fight for Iraq
Five years after the United States attacked Iraq, perhaps no place is more emblematic of the war than the northern city of Mosul. The fighting in Iraq's third-largest city seems to just go on and on.
Carbon-Trading Exchange Opens in New York
The New Green Exchange, part of the New York Mercantile Exchange, launches Monday with an offering of futures contracts tied to the cost of pollution in Europe. A company can reduce its carbon emissions and then make some cash by selling the right to pollute to another company.
Raleigh, N.C., Bans New Garbage Disposals
Starting Monday, new garbage disposals are banned in Raleigh, N.C. Officials say the appliances allow grease to accumulate in sewers, leading to sewage spills. But a lot of homeowners, and a company that makes the kitchen appliances, consider the ban invasive and misdirected.
SXSW: Where the Strange and Soothing Collide
Last week, 1,700 bands converged on Austin, Texas, for the annual South by Southwest music festival. From a Chinese woman who sings AC/DC covers to a singer whose songs are like foot rubs at the end of a long night out, the music brought out power and beauty in unexpected places.
Smithsonian Picks New Chief to Build Trust, Funding
The nation's "attic" has a new chief. Wayne Clough has been named secretary of the Smithsonian Institution. He is currently president of Georgia Tech, where he has a proven track record of running a large public institution. Now more than ever, the Smithsonian needs an adept leader who can restore the public trust.
N.C., Memphis, UCLA, Kansas Top NCAA Picks
After a regular season of highs and lows for college basketball teams around the country, the NCAA on Sunday gave 65 teams the opportunity to compete for the ultimate high — a national championship. Some are consensus front-runners to go all the way, while others hope to play the lead in this year's Cinderella story.
Baseball's Dodgers Say So Long to Dodgertown
For 61 years, Vero Beach, Fla., has been the spring home of baseball's Los Angeles Dodgers. It was the place where Jackie Robinson, Gil Hodges and Sandy Koufax trained. But an era is ending as the team moves its spring training site to Arizona.
Stock Prices Fall Around the World
Major U.S. stock indices started the trading day lower Monday — a lot lower. Investors reacted to the emergency sale of investment bank Bear Stearns, as well as drastic actions by the Fed to shore up confidence in financial markets. Investors around the globe were also nervous after the weekend news from Wall Street.
Winners and Losers in Bear Stearns' Downfall
When the dust settled from the dramatic downfall of Bear Stearns, one of Wall Street's most storied investment banks, rival JP Morgan Chase wound up taking control of it. The stunning collapse marks a significant loss for some investors, like Bear Stearns employees, who owned 30 percent of the bank.
Spamming by Text Message On the Rise
E-mail spam is an annoyance of modern life, but now spam is creeping onto mobile phones. This year, there's more of it than ever before, which has many in the industry on high alert. How much gets through to cell phones, and why is it even more annoying than e-mail spam, and what are wireless carriers doing to block it?