Retailers get into the act of recycling electronics Retailers are increasingly helping customers recycle everything from cell phones and printer cartridges to computers and TVs. That's made retailers important players in the effort to control electronic waste in Minnesota.7:20 a.m.
Minnesota budget talks turn to blame game As the clock ticks closer to Monday's deadline for the end of the legislative session, Gov. Dayton and Republican leaders are talking less about whether a budget agreement can be reached, and more about who is at fault for forcing a likely special session. The parties can't agree on a plan to close the projected $5 billion budget deficit.8:45 a.m.
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Obama Needs To Commit To 'Full Democratic Change'
In a speech Thursday, President Obama will address the uprisings in the Middle East and North Africa. Shadi Hamid, director of research at the Brookings Institution's Doha Center, talks to Renee Montagne about what President Obama needs to convey to the Arab world.
Poverty Hides Amid Saudi Arabia's Oil Wealth
Despite the luxury SUVs and upscale malls, poverty and unemployment affect millions in the country. It's a problem many Saudis are reluctant to acknowledge. King Abdullah has pledged billions in handouts and loans, but some worry the sudden rush of money won't fix the underlying problem.
Hard Financial Lessons Learned In College
Many struggling families have kids in college, and they're making tough choices about whether to borrow money to pay for school. That has college kids learning to keep a strict budget to avoid falling into too much debt.
For Some Athletes, A Short-Lived Financial Success
Athletes can acquire great wealth without having a clue about money. The leagues are aware of the financial illiteracy and conduct financial seminars for all rookies. But one financial adviser says finance is an issue many pro athletes "don't understand, and it's not communicated right."
TV Networks Offer Advertisers Plenty Of New Shows
In New York this week, TV networks are unveiling their new fall schedules to media outlets and advertisers. Renee Montagne talks to Kim Masters about some of buzz-worthy shows. Masters hosts The Business on member station KCRW, and is an editor-at-large for The Hollywood Reporter.
In Tight Times, L.A. Relies On Volunteer Police
The Los Angeles Police Department has more than 700 unpaid workers in its Reserve Corps. The volunteers save the city about $5 million each year. But with new budget cuts hitting the department, some in the legal profession have concerns over the volunteers' role.
'L.A. Noire' Is A Video Game That's Like A Film
One of the most promising video games of the year is out this week: L.A. Noire, a detective thriller set in late-1940s Los Angeles. Playing like an interactive movie, the game often focuses on conversation instead of violence.
IMF Chief Strauss-Kahn Resigns Amid Sex Charges
Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the embattled managing director of the International Monetary Fund, resigned Wednesday, saying he wanted to devote "all his energy" to battle the sexual assault charges he faces in New York.
Investors Snap Up Share's In LinkedIn's IPO
LinkedIn is the first social networking site to go public. Renee Montagne speaks with Steve Blank, a veteran of Silicon Valley, about what makes Internet start-up companies worth billions of dollars, and when they are overvalued.