Show that's part human and part horse unlike any other "Cavalia" has galloped into the Twin Cities. Tickets for the show -- a mixture of equestrian showmanship and Cirque du Soleil aesthetics -- has been selling briskly and in fact the show recently extended its local run through October 16. But what is the show's magic and how can it command such a high ticket price?7:45 a.m.
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German Lawmakers Pass Expanded Euro Bailout Fund
The global financial community has been looking to Europe to act decisively with its debt crisis. German political leaders praised the 523-85 parliamentary vote as a victory for Europe and an important step toward solving the sovereign debt crisis. But most economists say the bailout fund needs to be even larger and stronger.
Saudi Woman's Driving Violation Spurs Controversy
Saudi men are expected to cast votes Thursday in the kingdom's municipal elections. King Abdullah has promised that women can vote in the next election in four years, but that pledge has been overshadowed by the case of a woman sentenced to 10 lashes for violating the ban on driving.
'Retirement Heist': How Firms Trimmed Pensions
As companies have moved away from traditional pension plans, they've been shifting employees to 401(k)s that transfer the cost — and the risk — to workers. Companies have claimed for years that old-style pensions were unsustainable. But author Ellen Schultz says the shift has helped firms boost their bottom lines.
Violent Attacks On Transgender People Raise Alarm
After a series of violent attacks on transgender people in Washington, D.C., the city's transgender community is demanding action. Police have hesitated to call the assaults hate crimes, but they're increasing efforts to keep the population safe.
British Leaders Object To EU's Proposed Tax
Plans by European politicians to introduce a tax on financial transactions are getting a cold reception in Europe's main financial center, London. On Wednesday the head of the EU executive branch said banks and other financial institutions should contribute to fixing Europe's economic problems ... but 80 percent of any income would come from London, and many British leaders reject the idea.
Can Amazon's Fire Tap Into iPad's Success?
Amazon has unveiled its new Fire, a tablet device that does much more than the company's successful Kindle e-readers. Will Amazon's entry into the tablet market challenge Apple's iPad dominance?
Cincinnati, Charlotte Make Appeals For Chiquita
The lease on Chiquita's Cincinnati headquarters is up next year, and Charlotte, N.C., is trying to persuade the company — and its 400 jobs — to relocate. Cincinnatians launched a Twitter campaign using the hash-tag "No Cincy Banana Split," and Charlotte responded with its "Bananas for C-L-T" hash-tag.
How Did Anti-Muslim Bias Seep Into FBI Training?
A counterterrorism training session at the FBI training center in Quantico, Va., taught agents that Islam was a violent religion and erroneously linked religiosity to terrorism. Officials close to the process say part of the problem is that the counterterrorism training division has a lot of autonomy.