St. Paul OKs costlier Saints ballpark plan The newly-approved plan costs 16 percent more than the stadium's initial estimate. The city has to pick up most of the nearly $9 million cost overrun, with a small contribution from the St. Paul Saints.7:20 a.m.
Chan Poling, the reunited Suburbs and the Kickstarter life Bypassing record labels probably wasn't a great option for The Suburbs when the Twin Cities band released its last collection of songs 27 years ago. It's legit now. The reunited band is recording a new album, and turning to fans to help pay for it.8:45 a.m.
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South Africans Ponder A Nation Without Mandela
The anti-apartheid hero has been a unifying force in South Africa, particularly for the ruling African National Congress. There's concern, however, that xenophobia, racism and political infighting may grow once the "father of the nation" dies.
Iraq Prison Break Worries Counterterrorism Officials
Al-Qaida operations around the world have used prison breaks as a method to beef up their ranks. Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula, the terrorist group's arm in Yemen, came into being shortly after a 2006 prison break. That history explains why officials are so worried about a jailbreak this week in Iraq. More than 400 prisoners are thought to have escaped, and many of them are key operatives with the group al-Qaida in Iraq.
La. Flood Board Sues Oil Industry Over Wetlands
Since the 1930s, Louisiana has steadily been losing land that protects it from hurricanes and other disasters. The government board charged with protecting New Orleans from flooding sued the oil and gas industry Wednesday, arguing they are responsible for a big part of the problem.
After Years Of Violence, L.A.'s Watts Sees Crime Subside
For decades, the Watts neighborhood has been notorious for gang violence and strained relations between residents and police. But violent crime and homicide have fallen dramatically in recent years, and a community policing effort is helping to ease tensions between cops and the community.
Controversial L.A. Museum Director Steps Down
In Los Angeles, the controversial director of the Museum of Contemporary Art is leaving, three years into his five-year contract. Jeffrey Deitch had stirred up L.A.'s art world from the start.
Spain's Unemployment Rate Drops For First Time In Two Years
Spain got some good news about its economy Thursday: For the first time in two years, its unemployment rate fell. Spain's jobless rate is now at 26.3 percent, down from 27.2 percent. The government says a strong tourism season has helped.
Facebook Draws More Mobile Advertising
Facebook, the world's most popular social network, is gaining ground in the race for mobile advertising. Profits and revenue exceeded expectations in the second quarter as the company snared a bit more of the mobile ad market from competitors Google and Yahoo.
Ex-Goldman Sachs Executive Takes The Stand
Former Goldman Sachs executive Fabrice Tourre took the witness stand Wednesday. The Securities and Exchange Commission charged Tourre with misleading investors who bet housing values would continue to rise back in 2007.