Negative ads bring attention to 3rd District race This year, the race between first-term Republican Rep. Erik Paulsen and his DFL challenger Jim Meffert was hardly getting noticed outside of the western suburbs, until the negative ads started airing on TV.7:40 a.m.
Minnesota congressional races round up There are just three weeks to go until election day and Republicans are looking to pick up lots of seats in Congress. They're goal is to regain control of the House and possibly the Senate.7:45 a.m.
Overflowing homeless shelters forced to turn away families Dozens of families have been turned away as the growing numbers of homeless means emergency family shelters in the Twin Cities are full to overflowing most nights, and the lack of space has caused one family to take desperate action.8:20 a.m.
Good harvest and high prices to boost farmers Minnesota farmers are watching grain prices soar as they push to finish the fall harvest. Corn prices alone rose for the fourth day in a row yesterday and are up 21 percent since last week. The rally started after the size of the nation's corn harvest was scaled back.8:40 a.m.
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First Of 33 Trapped Miners Raised To Freedom
After more than two months spent in a dark hole a half-mile underground in Chile, the 33 miners are being brought to the surface by rescuers. The operation is taking place in Chile's Atacama desert.
Haitians Forge Ahead As Quake Recovery Drags On
Nine months have passed since a devastating earthquake killed more than 200,000 people and left 1.5 million homeless in Haiti. The island has made some progress, but much remains to be done. By some estimates, the cleanup process alone could take years.
'Revolution Muslim' A Gateway For Would-Be Jihadis
Yousef al-Khattab helped found Revolution Muslim, a group whose goals include establishing Islamic law in the U.S., destroying Israel and taking al-Qaida's messages to the masses. The organization has paved the way for multiple terrorism plots aimed at the U.S.
Mormon Leader's Comments On Gays Draw Protests
Gay-rights groups are asking a senior leader of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saintsto take back comments he made at a recent church conference, calling the remarks dangerous and saying they could lead to more suicides by gay teens.
Hospitals Lure Doctors Away From Private Practice
Doctors are leaving private practices in large numbers and going to work for hospitals. Last year, hospitals hired half of the new doctors just out of medical school. Hospital administrators say having more doctors improves care.
Hitchens Brothers Agree To Disagree Over God
Journalist Christopher Hitchens is an atheist who says the world would be better off without religion. His brother, Peter, a conservative Anglican, says goodness is impossible without religious faith. The brothers have publicly argued over faith for years. But now that Christopher has been diagnosed with cancer, the theoretical argument is real.
States To Probe Foreclosures; Corn Prices Surge
Up to 40 states plan to band together to investigate foreclosure practices at banks. Some of the nation's biggest mortgage lenders have halted foreclosures, acknowledging that employees signed off on thousands of foreclosures without properly reviewing the paperwork. On Tuesday, corn prices hit a two-year high. Prices surged 17 percent since Friday, when the government reported this year's harvest will be smaller than expected.
Electric Vehicle Companies Tap Silicon Valley Cash
As hard times have fallen on America's Rust Belt, a new region is hoping to give Detroit a run for its money. Clean-tech entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley are investing in the emerging electric car industry. And Google is among the investors.
Starbucks To Take Time To Smell The Coffee
The coffee chain has been stung by customer surveys that say its pricey espresso drinks taste just average compared to competitors. To concentrate on quality, Starbucks' baristas have been ordered to slow down, according to The Wall Street Journal. Starting next month, baristas are supposed to work on a maximum of two drinks at a time.
Judge Rules Military Must Stop 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'
The Pentagon has been ordered to stop enforcing its policy that bars gays from serving openly in the military. A federal judge in California issued the injunction in a case brought by the gay rights group Log Cabin Republicans.