Minneapolis debates getting into electricity business Under pressure from environmentalists who say Xcel Energy isn't doing enough to combat global warming, several Minneapolis City Council members want to let voters decide if the city should pursue forming a public utility for electrical service.7:20 a.m.
New Minn. laws include sick leave, 911 calls, bus driver safety Same-sex marriage is the highest profile new law taking effect here on Aug. 1. But there are a few other changes to state law today. MPR's Cathy Wurzer has more about laws that changed regarding sick leave, 911 emergency calls, bus driver safety and bicycles.8:25 a.m.
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NSA Chief Faces Tough Crowd At Hacker Conference
On Wednesday, the head of the National Security Agency, Gen. Keith Alexander, addressed a tech conference in Las Vegas called Black Hat. He spoke before a sometimes hostile crowd of hackers — computer security experts and technology executives.
Beyond .Com: Some See Confusion In Internet Domain Expansion
As early as September new Internet suffixes — from .nyc to .google to .ngo — will begin rolling out. It's a controversial plan that raised concerns about fraud, trademark infringement and customer confusion, but the Web's governing body says those issues have been addressed.
Congress Sends Student Loan Bill To Obama
With an easy House vote, Congress gave final passage to a student loan bill that rescinds the doubling of interest rates that took place July 1. The ultimate product resembles both a House bill that passed months ago and President Obama's proposal this spring and pegs interest rates to a government borrowing rate.
Firm Hopes 'Owning Nashville' Will Pay Off For Investors
A new fund on the New York Stock Exchange is a collection of stocks in publicly traded companies that have one thing in common: the city they call home. The fund managers say it will be an opportunity for locals to invest in companies they know. If it succeeds, other cities could be next.
Jack Longino, 'The Astonishing Ant Man,' Finds 33 New Species
All told, the scientist has discovered 131 new species of animals in his career, and some are so scary-looking, he's named them after demons. It's a task that's taken more than 30 years of crawling through rain forests to accomplish, and Longino says he's still only scratched the surface.
Sony Plugs Back In To Profits
Sony reported Thursday that it's making money again. The Japanese company announced its net income for the latest quarter was $35 million. Much of its success came thanks to a favorable currency rate — a weak yen was key for Sony. Still, the company did see a little improvement in its smart phone sales and entertainment business.
As Back-To-School Shopping Begins, Consumers May Turn Frugal
Most economists say this year's back-to-school sales will be slower than last summer's because consumers have been coping with more expensive gasoline and higher payroll taxes. Still, several states are offering tax-free shopping to encourage purchases.