Democrats examine Minneapolis for 2012 convention Officials with the Democratic National Committee are in Minneapolis today, looking over the city with an eye towards hosting the 2012 Democratic National Convention. It would be the second national convention in a row in the Twin Cities, a prospect that has some people excited, and others alarmed as the selection process moves forward.7:20 a.m.
Debate emerges over oil drilling in the Great Lakes It may surprise you that one of the hot issues in the Wisconsin U.S. Senate race this year concerns drilling for oil in the Great Lakes. Putting the politics aside, this got us wondering if drilling for oil in the Great Lakes is a real possibility.7:40 a.m.
Key questions for the Fed chairman Minnesota Public Radio's chief economics correspondent Chris Farrell gives a preview of the week on Wall Street, and analyzes what's happening in the economy in the Upper Midwest. This week, he spoke about the some questions he wants the Fed chairman to answer in his semi-annual trip to Capitol Hill.8:25 a.m.
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Clinton Discusses Security On Pakistan Visit
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is in Pakistan on Monday. It's the first stage of a four-nation diplomatic tour than ends at the annual ASEAN conference in Hanoi, Vietnam.
New Law Would Restore KGB-Era Powers In Russia
Moscow is lobbying for a new law that would allow the modern-day successor to the KGB to be able to officially warn people suspected of planning to commit a crime. Opposition leaders say it's an attempt to stifle political dissent using intimidation.
North Korea's 'Currency Reforms' Hurt Thousands
North Korea's "currency reforms" introduced last fall have had disastrous human consequences. It wiped out the savings of North Koreans, and may have fueled more popular discontent with the regime. Los Angeles Times reporter Barbara Demick writes about the policy in the current issue of the New Yorker.
Little-Known S.C. Senate Hopeful Makes First Speech
Although it was billed as a 20-minute speech, Alvin Greene's remarks lasted just 8 minutes. He hit the three talking points he has repeated since grabbing the national spotlight with a surprise Democratic primary win: jobs, education and justice.
Healing Honey And The New Queen Bee(keepers)
From urban rooftops to suburban ranches, apiaries are hip. As the ranks of backyard beekeepers grow, they're reporting some mysterious and sometimes disturbing behaviors, including the disappearance of whole hives. And what about the honey? Is it really good medicine, or just a sweet treat?
Drinking Raw Milk Is Worth The Risk, Advocates Say
Selling raw milk across state borders is banned because of the risk that it could be contaminated with dangerous bacteria. Some people insist on drinking it, however, and go out of their way to find it. They say it's more natural and more healthful, but scientists aren't convinced.
Moody's Downgrades Ireland's Debt Rating
Moody's on Monday downgraded Ireland's debt rating one notch. The agency said the country's mounting debt and weakened banks would contribute to lower economic growth in the years ahead. It's not good news for Ireland. The lower rating means the government will have to pay more interest when borrowing money from investors.
Boeing's Troubled Dreamliner Makes Debut
Boeing's New 787 Dreamliner makes its international debut at the Farnborough Airshow in England on Monday. Boeing has more than 800 orders for the fuel-efficient aircraft, but the project has suffered repeated delays, and the first planes are not expected to be delivered before next year.
New Delhi Airport Terminal Parallels India Rise
The new international terminal that will soon open at New Delhi airport is more than just a spectacular building. Its proponents say it marks a coming of age for the aviation business in South Asia.
Poker World Championship Down To Last Nine
More than 7,000 gamblers plunked down the $10,000 entry fee for the World Series of Poker's Main Event. After an 18-hour session that ended around dawn Sunday, the 10th-place finisher was eliminated. The final nine players, who will meet again in November, will each have a shot at the title of World Champion and the top prize of $8.9 million.