Big budget bills to hit the floor this week Legislators will be putting in some long hours at the Capitol this week as the House and Senate vote on a series of budget bills. Republican leaders say the bills fulfill their pledge to erase a $5 billion budget deficit without raising taxes. But DFL Gov. Mark Dayton, who wants to raise taxes on the state's top earners, claims the GOP is trying to balance the books with "extreme" spending cuts and "unrealistic" numbers.7:20 a.m.
Rebels Claim They've Retaken Gadhafi's Hometown
Rebel fighters in Libya are making their way west after taking back several cities along the coast toward the capital Tripoli. And they've taken key oil terminals along the coast. After a week of NATO air strikes, the rebels are claiming success in Sirte, which is Moammar Gaddafi's hometown.
Obama Seeks To Define Libya Mission In Speech
The president has been criticized by Republicans and some Democrats who say he should have stated his goals for airstrikes from the start. Monday's speech will be Obama's first major attempt to address the complaints since the military operation started nine days ago.
Yemen's President Drops Offer To Leave Early
Yemen's president, clinging to power despite weeks of protests, scrapped an offer to step down by year's end on Sunday. The withdrawal indicates an attempt to negotiate a transfer of power to end the crisis has failed.
Behind The Scenes: How Do You Get Into Amherst?
Admissions committees at selective colleges sometimes have to plow through thousands of applications to choose the members of next year's freshman class. The committee at Amhest College in Mass., will accept only 1,000 of the more than 8,000 students who applied.
Lessons Learned From Three Mile Island's Meltdown
Monday is the anniversary of the worst nuclear accident in U.S. history. The partial core meltdown at Three Mile Island on March 28, 1979, was a major setback for nuclear power in the U.S. But the industry did learn some crucial lessons about safety and crisis management from the accident.
Put Those Shoes On: Running Won't Kill Your Knees
Contrary to popular belief, running isn't damaging to your knees. In fact, a light running regimen may actually strengthen healthy knees. But researchers say if you've just had knee surgery or if you're overweight, don't suddenly jump right into an intensive running program.
Alexander Technique: A Balm For Back Pain?
Research from the University of Southampton suggests Alexander Technique, a method for improving posture, can alleviate back lower back pain. A doctor thinks the therapy might be especially helpful for the deep lumbar muscles in the lower back.
Supreme Court To Hear Appeal On Gender Pay Suit
The Supreme Court hears a case this week to determine whether hundreds of thousands of women will be allowed to sue Wal-Mart. If the class action lawsuit is allowed to proceed, it could cost the retailer billions of dollars.
Starbucks CEO: Can You 'Get Big And Stay Small'?
In 2008, the faltering economy sent Starbucks a wake up call. Former CEO Howard Schultz returned to the company's helm, and led the coffee giant in some corporate soul searching. He describes the process in his new book, Onward: How Starbucks Fought For Its Life Without Losing Its Soul.
Japan Crises Affect New Car Paint Choices
Automakers around the world are adjusting production to deal with a shortage of parts made in Japanese factories. The crisis is even affecting car colors because key pigments come from Japan. Ford has stopped new orders for trucks, SUVs and cars that come in tuxedo black, according to The Wall Street Journal.