Digital TV conversion not going well for some Nielsen Media Research estimates there are more than 22,000 households in the Twin Cities metro area that haven't made the switch to digital TV, but for those that have, many are reporting reception problems they are not pleased with.6:50 a.m.
Word Choice A Key Factor In Health Care Debate
Choosing which words to use is a key part of the health-care debate. For example, is it a "public option" or a "government plan"? Every side uses words calculated to persuade people before they even think about it. But can one side or the other win the debate simply by winning the war of words?
Bernanke Says Fed Has Tools To Fight Inflation
Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke is on Capitol Hill this week seeking to reassure lawmakers about the state of the economy. He told them Tuesday that as the economy begins to recover, the Fed will be on the lookout for inflation and has the tools to fight it.
China Aims High For Its Space Program
In 2003, China became the third country after the United States and the Soviet Union to put a human in space. China may be a latecomer to the field of space exploration, but it has big plans, including its first unmanned mission to the moon's surface some three years from now.
Despite Glitches, India Shoots For The Moon
India launched its first moon mission in October amid a great gust of patriotic excitement about securing membership in the world's tiny lunar explorers' club — which includes its regional rival, China. Despite the mission's technical problems — and the space program's huge costs — Indian scientists' ambitions are high.
CDC Reports Rise In Teen Pregnancy, STD Rates
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is concerned about sexual health trends among teens and young adults: Pregnancies and STD rates are up. Children have access to a lot of information via the Internet, but experts say prevention programs have to interpret it for them.
U.S. Pressure On Jewish Settlements Spurs Sales
U.S.-Israel relations are worsening over Israel's refusal to halt new construction in Jewish settlements. But as the Obama administration presses for a halt to all new building, real estate agents are reporting a rush to buy apartments both in east Jerusalem and the West Bank.
In Colombia, Tourists Flock To Drug Kingpin's Ranch
What once served as an exotic playground for Colombian drug cartel boss Pablo Escobar is now a theme park with guided tours, horseback riding, a swimming pool and a zoo. Park officials say the goal isn't to glorify the drug trafficker but to chronicle his place in history.
Starbucks Posts Profit, But Sales, Traffic Still Low
Starbucks shares rose on the news that it made about $150 million in the most recent quarter, but this doesn't mean the economy's bubbling again. Sales and customer traffic at Starbucks stores are still lower than they were this time last year. The giant coffee retailer's profits are largely a result of corporate cost cutting. The company has laid off many of its workers and shut hundreds of shops.
Apple's Spring-Quarter Profit Highest Ever
Sales of iPhones and Mac computers are brisk, and Apple posted its highest profit ever for the spring quarter. The feat is especially impressive considering the weak global economy.
A Neighborhood Enterprise For The 21st Century
Years ago, milk was delivered to your door and knife sharpeners serviced city neighborhoods. In most places those things are part of the past, but this generation has its own version of such localized services: from New York to California there are now repair people who will pull up in their vans, and, in just a few minutes, fix your mp3 player, or your iPhone.