Classified ad sparks new mystery novel Best-selling author and former Twin Cities TV producer Julie Kramer got the inspiration for her latest novel from a classified ad. It said: "Wedding Dress, never worn."6:55 a.m.
A Minnesota motto: Stuff it and seethe Today's headlines are about unsealed indictments... health care reform.... and here's this one... and an alleged Minnesota Ponzi scheme. But it's sometimes the little stories in the back of the newspaper that tell us how Minnesota is changing.7:45 a.m.
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Sotomayor To Answer Judiciary Panel's Questions
Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor is back before the Senate Judiciary Committee Tuesday. She listened to hours of comments at her confirmation hearing Monday before getting a chance to give her own opening statement. Senators of both parties praised her personal accomplishments.
Abortion Issue Could Derail Health Care Overhaul
Senators working to craft an overhaul bill have turned back several abortion-related amendments. And in the House, a group of Democrats has vowed to vote against any bill unless it explicitly excludes abortion as a covered or subsidized benefit.
California Schools Quake From Budget Cuts
California schools were once in the top 10 nationally. Now as scores fail, so does the economy, further compromising the school systems. One institution hopes that becoming a charter school may help brighten its future.
Web Sites: Weight Loss Tactical Support
Online weight-loss programs are gaining in popularity. Some people are finding they would rather try to lose weight through a database than meet in a group.
Baseball Standouts In St. Louis For All-Star Game
Major League Baseball players are taking a break for the All-Star game Tuesday Night in St. Louis, where President Obama will throw out the first pitch. So who's hot and who's not heading into the second half of the season?
Swat Valley Refugees Begin Journey Home
Pakistan has begun a program to return residents of the Swat Valley to their homes. People left the area after intense fighting began in late April between the country's army and Taliban militants. Some residents refuse to go back, citing lingering security concerns and demanding aid promised by the government.
Critics Say Saudi Textbooks Still Encourage Violence
Since the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, textbooks used in Saudi Arabian schools have been criticized for teaching religious intolerance that can lead to violence. Now, the country is revising textbooks and reforming education. Critics wonder if those efforts go far enough.
Lawyer Gets 20 Years In $400 Million Fraud
A once-prominent Manhattan attorney was sentenced Monday to 20 years in prison. Marc Dreier, 59, had pleaded guilty to a $400 million scheme that involved fake promissory notes.
Lender's Financial Issues Could Have Ripple Effect
The nation's No. 1 lender to small and mid-sized U.S. businesses is struggling financially. CIT Group has said it is holding advanced talks with the government about receiving emergency federal assistance. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner says he is monitoring developments.
Are Female Board Members A Boost To Companies?
A recent survey shows that 25 percent of U.S. corporate board members are women. Some people, even a recent book, argue that more women on boards means better-run companies and more profits. Lucy Kellaway, a columnist for the Financial Times in London, talks with Renee Montagne about whether that idea is true.