Peter Smith: Bungee cords, the Minnesota ties that bind The campaign-style negative television ads, the town hall meetings that dissolve into shouting matches -- The acrimony of the health care debate may have some Minnesotans feeling a little fractious. But just the other day, I came across one of those Minnesota ties that bind.6:55 a.m.
Recession's End May Be In Sight, But Jobs May Not Be
Long-term joblessness is at its highest level since the 1940s, according to the government. In real terms, that means about 5 million people have been out of work for more than half a year. Economists expect that for many, the pain will continue well after the economy rebounds.
New J.C. Penney Caters To Impatient Manhattanites
J.C. Penney has taken extra steps to provide the fast service demanded by fast-paced customers at its new Manhattan store. That includes hiring "runners" to retrieve merchandise from stockrooms, and setting up an electronic system to funnel customers through registers quickly.
Remembering 1979 Execution Of Pakistani Politician
Journalist and author Ahmed Rashid talks with Steve Inskeep about the 1979 hanging of a democratically-elected leader in Pakistan. Zulfikar Ali Bhutto was overthrown by a general who Islamicized Pakistani society. To this day, Pakistan has been plagued by internal tension between the more radical and the more secular elements of its society.
Actor's U.S. Detention Sparks Outrage In India
Bollywood super star Shah Rukh Khan was detained at Newark airport when he arrived in New Jersey last week. Khan says his name came up on a computer alert list, and that prompted the questioning. While U.S. immigration officials deny he was formally held, the incident has enraged fans in India.
Not All Democrats Want 'Public Option' Dropped
The Obama administration may be willing to listen to different ideas about competing with private health insurance other than controversial public insurance option. But plenty of other Democrats are not.
Medical Fraud Carries A Staggering Price Tag
Low estimates say around $60 billion per year is lost to health care fraud. Others say the real figure may be ten times that much. Scams range from submitting claims from fictitious doctors to rent-a-patient schemes.
General Motors Inks Conditional Deal to Sell Saab
GM plans to sell its floundering Saab unit to the Swedish luxury sports carmaker Koeningsegg. Questions remain regarding the financing of the deal. Koenigsegg is a tiny Swedish outfit that makes high-performance sports cars that can sell for $1 million.
Miami Man Charged In Major Identity Theft Case
The Justice Department on Monday announced charges in what it said was the biggest identity theft and hacking case in history. Prosecutors say Albert Gonzales, 28, of Miami stole information on more than 130 million credit and debit accounts.
'Save The Dream' Tour Helps Troubled Homeowners
As foreclosures continue to mount, a group called Neighborhood Assistance Corporation of America is trying to help. Organizers are holding Save the Dream sessions across the country to help homeowners figure out how to get their mortgages restructured.
Hotel Booking Error Sells Weekend Stay For 1 Cent
A romantic weekend at a four-star hotel near Venice, Italy, was sold on the Internet for just a penny. The mistake was made at the Atlanta offices of Intercontinental Hotels Group. The company says the chain will honor the offer. Nearly 230 patrons booked reservations before the mistake was discovered. The Crowne Plaza hotel stands to lose nearly $130,000 because of what's termed a human error.