Flu hits Lakeville school hard Public health officials have warned for months that the H1N1 flu pandemic could cause absentee rates of 30 percent or more at schools and businesses across the country, and it looks like that is already happening at one elementary school in Lakeville. Close to a third of the students at Eastview Elementary School stayed home yesterday.6:55 a.m.
U of M sues Met Council on Central Corridor The proposed Central Corridor light rail line between downtown St. Paul and downtown Minneapolis has hit a bump. The University of Minnesota is suing the Metropolitan Council over concerns about the route of the rail line.7:20 a.m.
New park pairs nature with art This Saturday, Silverwood Park hosts its grand opening. The newest addition to the Three Rivers Park District is a 120-acre spread in the Minneapolis suburb of St. Anthony, complete with trails and classroom spaces. But what makes Silverwood distinctive is the way it pairs nature and art.8:25 a.m.
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Obama Dominates World Stage From New York
President Obama speaks at the opening session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York Wednesday morning. On Tuesday, the president delivered a speech on climate change, met privately with China's president and pressed the Israeli and Palestinian leaders to restart peace talks.
China, U.S. Try To Get Climate Talks Moving
The special meeting on climate at the United Nations Tuesday produced strong rhetoric, but no breakthroughs. U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon called the meeting in advance of a December deadline. That's when talks in Copenhagen are supposed to produce a new treaty to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases.
Floodwaters Begin To Recede In The Southeast
In the storm-drenched Southeast, as many as nine people have died in flooding. Some areas saw as much as 16 inches of rain in just a 48 hour period. The storms caused hundreds of millions of dollars in damage. Residents in cash-strapped Georgia are struggling to clean up the mess.
Tracking Stimulus Dollars: Dot-Com Vs. Dot-Gov
When Congress approved the stimulus bill, it made a point of setting up a Web site called Recovery.gov to allow citizens to track all those billions in spending. But a dot-com version not run by the government also tracks the stimulus, and much of its information is more up to date.
Myanmar At U.N. For The First Time In 14 Years
Myanmar's prime minister is among those attending this week's United Nation's General Assembly meeting in New York. His visit comes as the U.S. reviews its policy toward Myanmar — a fact not lost on the country's military leaders. The prime minister is the first senior member of Myanmar's military to attend the annual gathering in 14 years.
U.S., Mexico Border Crossing Closed After Shots Fired
The nation's busiest border crossing was closed to northbound vehicle traffic for hours Tuesday after federal agents fired shots to stop three vans suspected of smuggling illegal immigrants from Mexico. The 74 people crammed into the vans were taken into federal custody.
French Police Raze Camp Used By Illegal Immigrants
Near the French port city of Calais, a squalid refugee camp known as "the Jungle" has been cleared by police. More than 270 young men — mainly from Afghanistan and Iraq — were detained when the camp was bulldozed Tuesday. For ten years, the camp has been a sore point between Britain and France. Desperate to reach Britain, the immigrants try to hide in trucks and cross the Channel Tunnel.
Russian Tycoon Offers To Buy N.J. Nets
Russian tycoon Mikhail Prokhorov says in his personal blog that he has made an offer to buy the New Jersey Nets basketball team. The team isn't commenting but does say the team did receive interest from potential investors. The Nets are currently owned by New York real estate developer Bruce Ratner.
House Bill Adds To Jobless Benefits In 27 States
House lawmakers have voted to extend unemployment benefits for 13 weeks to people in states where the unemployment rate is at least 8.5 percent. That's about half the states. It affects about 300,000 workers whose benefits would otherwise run out this month. The Senate is working on a similar bill.
Creative Ways Around Import Tax Barriers
As government leaders discuss trade issues, a story in this week's The Wall Street Journal reported on some of the bizarre trade rules that are still on the books. Reporter Matthew Dolan tells Linda Wertheimer about a story he dug up on how Ford Motor Company does some fancy maneuvering to get around an import tax that started in the 1960s with chickens.