When a house is more than a place to live Common sense would warn against buying a former crack house as a fixer-upper project, particularly if you are a house renovating newbie. But that is exactly what St. Paul writer Matthew Batt and his wife did a few years ago.6:25 a.m.
And Now For The Lighter Side Of Egypt's Revolution
An online news website, El Koshary Today, is sort of the Egyptian equivalent of The Onion. It's taking advantage of the country's freer atmosphere and isn't afraid to mock the absurdities of politics.
Obama's Immigration Policy Leaves Many Questions
Friday's announcement by the Obama administration that the U.S. plans to stop deporting some illegal immigrants received mixed reviews in Alabama. That state has one of the most aggressive anti-immigration laws in the country.
'Citizens United' Case Gets Renewed Scrutiny
A Montana case could lead the Supreme Court to take a second look at Citizens United, a campaign finance decision that politicians have been fighting about since it was handed down in 2010. Recently, some of the criticism has been aimed at Chief Justice John Roberts and his role in the case.
Main Syrian Opposition Group Tries To Unify Factions
The main opposition group in Syria is making a renewed push to unify various strands of the anti-regime movement. The new head of the Syrian National Council wants to broaden the group's appeal, and combat fears that it is dominated by the Muslim Brotherhood.
Consumers Stuck With Murky Sunscreen Labels Another Summer
Consumers who were expecting the Food and Drug Administration's new requirements for sunscreen labels to be implemented this month will have to wait. The agency has given sunscreen manufacturers until December to catch up to the mandate for clearer information on labels.
Microsoft Expected To Debut Tablet Rival To iPad
Microsoft isn't confirming but the company is expected to unveil a tablet device at an event in Los Angeles on Monday. Bloomberg News reports sources say the device would compete with Apple's iPad and Amazon's Kindle. Meanwhile, IBM has created a computer that ranks the fastest in the world. The Sequoia machine beat out the previous No. 1, the Japanese Fujitsu.
Locals Fear Venice Becoming 'A Big Shopping Center'
As Italy tries to fight its way out of recession, local governments are looking for creative way to raise revenue. Venice is allowing Benetton to put the city's first shopping mall right on the Grand Canal. Citizens are up in arms, but officials say deals like these keep the lagoon city afloat.
Chevy Volt Sales Begin To Show Improvement
General Motors is pinning some of its hopes for the future on its gas-electric hybrid the Chevy Volt. After a slow start last year, Volt sales are beginning to pick up. According to Edmunds.com, Volt sales so far this year are almost level with all of last year's sales. GM has sold about 7,000 of the hybrids.