Why Pawlenty's campaign didn't catch fire Tim Pawlenty supporters say the former Minnesota governor would have made a good president and they're disappointed he had to end his campaign. Pawlenty dropped out of the race for the Republican nomination for president Sunday morning, following his disappointing third place showing in the Ames Straw Poll over the weekend.7:20 a.m.
Cannon Falls' message to Obama: Jobs President Barack Obama is kicking off a three-day trip through the Upper Midwest later this morning with a stop in the small southeastern Minnesota town of Cannon Falls. Obama can expect to hear from residents about their frustrations with Congress and the economy.7:25 a.m.
Is run for Senate next for Pawlenty? Former Gov. Tim Pawlenty has some choices ahead of him as a result of his withdrawal from the Republican presidential race. Pawlenty hasn't signaled what his next move will be, but he could become a factor again in Minnesota politics.8:40 a.m.
How Minnesota might fare in a second recession Regional economists say the probability of another economic downturn is growing, but a lot depends on how businesses and consumers react to the uncertainty in the months ahead.8:45 a.m.
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Perry, Bachmann Share Billing At Iowa Fundraiser
It was a political whirlwind of a weekend in Iowa, culminating in an event Sunday night in Waterloo. Ames Straw Poll winner Michele Bachmann and new entrant in the race, Texas Gov. Rick Perry, gave back-to- back speeches at the same county GOP dinner. People in the audience were sizing both up, as the campaign moves into a new phase.
Libyan Rebels Capture More Cities Near Tripoli
In Libya, rebel have fought their way out of the mountains to a key coastal city — only 30 miles from the capitol of Tripoli. In a defiant speech Sunday night, Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi exhorted his forces to fight, even as reports surfaced of talks between the regime and the rebels.
Arctic Warming Unlocking A Fabled Waterway
For centuries, the ice-choked Northwest Passage has been prized as a potential trade route. Now, rising Arctic temperatures mean the waterway is expected to open up for longer periods — a boon for shipping companies seeking a shortened trade route and for nations vying for untapped natural resources.
Oh, The Nerve: Betting On Fear In A Volatile Market
The Volatility Index — or VIX — was created in 1992 to measure market nervousness, and even trade on it. And with the stock market logging huge single-day gains and losses, the volume of VIX-related trades hit record highs this month.
Improv For Alzheimer's: 'A Sense Of Accomplishment'
Researchers in Chicago have paired up with a local theater group to see how improvisational theater games affect the health and mood of patients with early-stage Alzheimer's disease. "Improv is all about being in the moment, which for someone with memory loss, that is a very safe place," says one researcher.
GDP Report Sparks Rally On Tokyo Stock Exchange
New numbers show Japan's GDP did better in the second quarter than economists expected. After all of the volatility last week, the good news for the world's third-largest economy helped spark a rally on Tokyo's stock market. The Nikkei posted its biggest gains in more than six weeks.
Naming A Company Right Can Spell Success
Would Twitter have succeeded if it had been called Twitch, as it first considered? When it comes to naming your business, there's a lot at stake. A company name is how it connects with consumers, investors and other businesses.
New Zealand Mint Issues Star War Coins
The tiny Pacific island nation of Niue near New Zealand is known as the Rock of Polynesia. In November, the New Zealand mint will offer a limited edition of Star Wars coins. While the coins are meant to be collectible, they will be legitimate currency for Niue's 2,000 residents.
Low Rates Alone Not Seen Reviving Housing Market
The turmoil in the financial markets has pushed mortgage rates close to the lowest levels on record. But many Americans can't qualify for refinancing, and analysts say the government needs to step in to help.
Growing Pains Hurt Native American Food Company
Quick access to credit is not an easy thing for any small business to attain. But it's even harder for Native American Natural Foods. Its headquarters in South Dakota sits on tribal lands and therefore has no value that could be used as collateral for a loan.