Demand is high for wood stoves High energy costs have prompted many Minnesotans to turn to alternative sources to heat their homes. Some businesses who sell wood and corn stoves say more customers are demanding their products.7:48 a.m.
DNC has all the elements of great theater After Barack Obama's acceptance speech tonight, the Democrats will wrap up their national convention in Denver. The quadrennial party gatherings are equal parts politics and pageantry.8:24 a.m.
What restaurants will be open during the RNC? A few Twin Cities restaurants and nightspots will be closed for private parties for periods of time during the Republican National Convention. Others say they'll be open for business as usual and they hope local patrons won't stay away.8:40 a.m.
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Bill Clinton, Biden Tout Obama's Preparedness
Barack Obama will accept the Democratic presidential nomination Thursday night. He was nominated Wednesday by acclamation at the Democratic National Convention in Denver. Later, Bill Clinton delivered a ringing endorsement of Obama, and then vice presidential nominee Joe Biden told the crowd that the nation requires more than a good soldier in the White House.
Before King's 'Dream' Day, City Feared Nightmare
Many white residents of Washington, D.C., didn't expect the day of Aug. 28, 1963, to shine as a beacon in the history of U.S. civil rights. "They expected riot and mayhem," historian Taylor Branch said. With activist Roger Wilkins, Branch looks back at that day.
'Boss' Fans Share Tips On Rockin' A Political Party
Barack Obama will accept the Democratic presidential nomination in an outdoor stadium with 70,000 screaming onlookers, a light show and music. It'll look like a rock concert rather than a political rally. Bruce Springsteen concertgoers give advice on how to keep your cool and not look like an Obama poseur.
Protesters Fill Prime Minister's Office In Bangkok
In Bangkok, Thailand, anti-government protesters are still occupying the grounds of the prime minister's office. For a third straight day, the demonstrators are demanding his resignation. The government has said it will not remove the protesters by force, but it has issued arrest warrants for nine of the group's leaders.
Football Uniforms Turn Up The Heat
Injury-inducing collisions aren't the only safety issues football coaches and trainers need to worry about, physiologists say. High temperatures and humidity can also take a serious toll on players wrapped up in pads and uniforms.
Bankruptcy Filings Jump, Most For Individuals
Nearly a million people filed for bankruptcy in the year ending in June, up nearly 30 percent from the same period last year. Some of the bankruptcies are businesses, but most are individuals. Analysts say the weak housing market and widespread credit card debt are forcing more people to seek court protection from their creditors.
Fannie Mae Shuffles Top Executives
Troubled mortgage finance giant Fannie Mae has announced a management shakeup, but its chief executive will keep his job. Fannie Mae has been struggling to persuade investors that it has the capital to keep operating and avoid a government bailout.
Bracing For A Second Wave Of Home Foreclosures
There is growing concern that the home foreclosure crisis may worsen next year as lenders are hit by a new category of loans that haven't caused much trouble. Bank analysts say they expect delinquency rates on so-called "option ARMs" to continue rising, and those loans could cause as much trouble as subprime loans did.
Real Estate Agents Cater To Bicycle Commuters
With gasoline prices still high, many people are looking to move to areas with good bike lanes and bicycle stores. Real estate agents are catering to the niche market by donning helmets and hopping on two wheels to show off houses in bike-friendly neighborhoods. But not all agents are so eager to ditch their suits and cars.
Obama Building On Historic Path To Nomination
History was made Wednesday in Denver as a major political party for the first time nominated a black man to be president of the United States. Barack Obama will accept the nomination Thursday at the pary's convention. Early on, his campaign was propelled by his opposition to the Iraq war, but it succeeded for reasons well beyond the war.