Twin Cities hospitals prepare for nurses' walkout Hospitals have been advertising for replacement nurses for months. They haven't released any details yet on how many nurses they have recruited, but hospitals have said that their staffing will be sufficient to provide critical care.7:20 a.m.
Lessons learned from the oil spill Watch it on TV or follow it on the Internet, and the Gulf oil spill seems both surreal and far away. But essayist Peter Smith says the lessons of the spill apply right here in Minnesota.8:47 a.m.
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North Korea Reshuffles Parliament
Ailing North Korean ruler Kim Jong Il has changed the government in yet another move seen as trying to pave the way for his 27-year-old son to succeed him. Like everything in North Korea, the succession politics are murky. Brian Myers, an expert on North Korea at Dongseo University in South Korea, talks to Steve Inskeep to try to shed light on the changes.
Kaesong Industrial Complex Experiment In Harmony
The joint North Korea/South Korea industrial park, once the symbol of potential inter-Korean harmony, could become victim to the current crisis over the sinking of a South Korean naval ship. Hundreds of workers from South Korea go to work in North Korea, while thousands of workers from North Korea go to work in South Korean factories.
Colorado Tightens Medical Marijuana Rules
Local governments will now have the option of banning dispensaries in their communities, and doctors who recommend marijuana have to show they actually examined their patients.
Pot Radio: Traffic, Weather And Drug Bust Tips
For decades, marijuana growers in Northern California have been tipped off to police activity by a community radio station and local citizens wary of the drug war. Now, police -- citing a boom in marijuana production and a possible influx of armed illegal drug traffickers -- say the practice needs to stop.
As Strasburg Takes Mound, Hype Gives Way To Reality
Stephen Strasburg is scheduled to put on a Washington Nationals uniform and throw his first pitch in a Major League Baseball game Tuesday night. But in the sports media, he's been hyped to a level rarely seen. And at 21, it's hard to say how Strasburg's career will go.
Germany Introduces Austerity Measures
The German government has announced a package of spending cuts intended to keep the country's sovereign debt in check. Chancellor Merkel says Germany needs to save around $100 billion over the next four years. She also hopes other countries using the euro will follow Germany's lead and introduce their own austerity programs to help strengthen confidence in the currency.
There's An Upside To The Euro's Decline
The sharp decline in the value of the euro has caused much anguish on both sides of the Atlantic. There is, however, an upside for many European companies: Goods and services from inside the euro zone are a lot more internationally competitive.
Sea Salt Latte: Is 85C The Next Coffee Craze?
The coffee company from Taiwan hopes to teach Americans to love marbled taro and iced sea salt lattes. Each store in the 85C chain also includes a bakery. A crossover hit is black squid-ink bread, made with Vermont sharp cheddar cheese and garlic paste.
Spanish Workers Protest Austerity Plan
Many government workers in Spain are staying home Tuesday -- protesting wage cuts and other austerity measures. The government says the cuts are essential.
Apple Debuts Mobile Ad Network Next Month
Apple has unveiled the latest version of the iPhone. Among its innovations is iAds, which will make it possible to put ads right in apps. It might be the start of some new creative advertising.