Wealthy outside political groups find a home in Minnesota Next weekend, residents of southern Minnesota may notice a black bus painted with the words "Obama's Failing Agenda Tour" out on the road. The bus is owned by Americans for Prosperity, a political pressure group founded by wealthy conservative donors Charles and David Koch.7:20 a.m.
MnDOT wages October campaign for pedestrian safety October is the month public safety officials say is most dangerous for pedestrians. The days are shorter, the nights longer, and drivers have a harder time seeing pedestrians. The Minnesota Department of Transportation will be with waving signs in busy intersections today to encourage drivers and pedestrians to watch out for each other.8:25 a.m.
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Clinton Kicks Off A Busy Week Of Diplomacy
The U.N. General Assembly opens at a time when U.S. embassies and consulates have been the target of protests across the Muslim world. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has met with the presidents of Pakistan, Afghanistan, Libya and Egypt. She says one of her messages is that people in that region don't want to trade the tyranny of the dictator for the tyranny of the mob.
Mideast: 'Traditionally A 2nd-Term Problem' For U.S.
The peace process in the Middle East has been a back-burner issue for President Obama. Steve Inskeep talks to Jeffrey Goldberg, a correspondent for The Atlantic and a columnist for Bloomberg View, about whether the issue can get more attention after the November presidential election.
Doctors Sift Through Patients' Genomes To Solve Medical Mysteries
Doctors used genome sequencing to put a name to the mysterious cluster of symptoms that afflicted Christian Terry, 5. He's one of many patients now getting the test, which can cost as little as $1,000, to resolve undiagnosed illnesses. Doctors are also using it to sequence cancer and target treatment at the precise genetic mutations in a tumor.
Phone Home: Tech Draws Parents, College Kids Closer
College students often contact their parents twice a day, seven days a week, and they are not always asking for money. Communications technology — including texting, email and social media — has changed the relationship among parents, students and universities.
IMF's Lagarde: Uncertainty Slows Global Recovery
The risks to the global economy from trouble in Europe have diminished somewhat in recent weeks, according to Christine Lagarde, managing director of the International Monetary Fund. But she says the dangers from the so-called "fiscal cliff" in the U.S. have increased.
Americans In China Feel Pinch Of Shifting Economies
In recent years, China's status — like its economy — has continued to rise as the economies in America and Europe have struggled. That shift isn't just reflected in economic numbers, and some American business people in China say they don't feel as respected or as valued as before.
Apple Runs Out Of Initial iPhone 5 Stock
Apple says it sold more than 5 million of its new IPhone over the weekend. The iPhone 5 sold better than the last version. But sales were not as strong as many analyst expectations, and there are concerns about Apple's ability to keep up with demand.
Discover To Refund $200 Million To Customers
Discover has agreed to refund customers over claims it engaged in deceptive marketing practices over the phone. The company allegedly got customers to unwittingly pay for add-on services they never ordered. Discover says it's not admitting any wrongdoing with this agreement.
Chicago Pits Quieter, But Traders' Outcries Linger
Thirty years ago, shouting, sweating traders thronged the trading pits of Chicago's exchange markets in barely controlled chaos. Today, a lot of the trading has left the pits and gone electronic, leaving Chicago's trading pits tamer places.
Kellogg Signs Deal With Singapore Firm
The joint venture will manufacture and distribute Kellogg brands like Frosted Flakes into China. The Chinese don't have a tradition of eating breakfast cereal, and turning them into cereal lovers may be tough because of deadly scandals involving tainted milk.