Shutdown concerns mixed among Minnesota's private sector A state government shutdown could have dramatic affects on the finances of thousands of state government employees, but as the state suspends projects and laid off workers trim their spending the effects on the private sector aren't so clear.6:50 a.m.
GOP senator and Archbishop at odds over budget policy The rhetoric at the state legislature is growing increasingly heated as a possible state government shutdown draws near. A Republican state lawmaker has accused the Twin Cities Catholic Archbishop of endorsing socialist fiction. Republican State Sen. David Hann was responding to Archbishop John Nienstedt's call for a state budget deal that includes more revenue.8:25 a.m.
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Syrian Activist Dodges Authorities On Streets, Online
Mohammed Feezo, a Syrian cyber-activist who brought his family to southeastern Turkey, says the Internet allowed opponents of the Assad regime to follow the examples of Tunisia and Egypt. But "even if they cut the Internet in the whole country," he predicts, "the protests will continue."
Russia Keeps Mum On What To Do About Syria
Throughout the uprisings in the Middle East and North Africa, Russia has kept analysts guessing. On Libya for example, the Russians want to find a peaceful way for Moammar Gadhafi to leave power. But at the same time, Russia is not putting pressure on Syria.
Advanced Tornado Technology Could Reduce Deaths
Tornadoes have killed at least 530 people in the U.S. this year, the highest death toll since 1950. But researchers say they are working on new detection and forecasting technologies. One of those technologies got put to the test in May when this tornado touched down near Chickasha, Okla.
Seedings Set For Play At Wimbledon
Tennis action at Wimbledon begins on Monday. Jon Wertheim, of Sports Illustrated, tells Steve Inskeep this year's tournament will be especially interesting on the women's side because Venus and Serena Williams are returning after a long absence. On the men's side, Rafael Nadal will be trying to win his second straight Grand Slam.
Conservatives Gather For GOP Leadership Conference
Republican leaders are meeting in New Orleans for a conference. The South has long been a GOP bastion, but Barack Obama did surprisingly well in the region with the support of black and young voters. Several of the Republican presidential candidates will be addressing the conference.
Liberal Bloggers: Obama 'Not Our Boyfriend Anymore'
President Obama took his licks from progressives who are meeting at the Netroots Nation Convention, the annual gathering of liberal bloggers and other social media activists. Despite some gains, panelists agreed it hasn't turned out so well for progressives on health care or financial reform or the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Capital One To Buy ING Direct
Capital One, which started off as a credit card lender, has announced it is paying $9 billion for online bank ING Direct. The deal would make Capital One the country's 5th largest bank.
Pilot Vote Will Decide Frontier's Future
Pilots at Denver-based Frontier Airlines are voting whether to reduce their pay and benefits to keep their employer in business. In exchange, they'll get a stake in the airline, which has been losing a lot of money.