Analysts predict lower heating bills this winter Officials with Minnesota's energy assistance program say they could see a record number of people seeking help with their home heating bills this winter, but the good news is that economists predict heating your home this winter will be a little bit easier on the pocketbook.6:25 a.m.
Gang Strike Force abuses prompt scrutiny of seizure laws Police in Minnesota can take and keep cash and property used in connection with some crimes. But the law that permits forfeitures is getting close scrutiny at the Capitol in the wake of the Gang Strike Force scandal.7:20 a.m.
Young Minnesota Timberwolves worth watching The Minnesota Timberwolves put their perfect 1-0 record on the line tonight when they host the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Wolves won their season opener on Wednesday night, coming back from 19 points behind to beat the New Jersey Nets. The team has a new head coach, several new players, and a new general manager this year.8:35 a.m.
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Clinton Faults Pakistan On Al-Qaida Inaction
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton wraps up her trip to Pakistan Friday, and she's been causing a stir. On Thursday, she suggested the Pakistani government was not doing enough to root out al-Qaida. Her remarks were the strongest suggestion yet by the Obama Administration that the Pakistanis could find al-Qaida leaders, but aren't really going after them.
Afghan Decision Will Come With A Price Tag
President Obama holds the last of six White House meetings to re-examine the course set in Afghanistan Friday. Still unknown is how the president will come down on a request from his top commander there for additional U.S. troops. Any decision will require funding by Congress, and that's bound to put some Democrats on the spot about an increasingly unpopular war.
Chief Leaves L.A. Police For Corporate Job In N.Y.
During his seven years as police chief, Bill Bratton had many words for criminals and troublemakers — calling them knuckleheads and nitwits. And he repeated his mantra "cops count, police matter" throughout his years on the force. Now he's moving back to New York for a job with a corporate security firm.
Los Angeles Moves To Gmail And 'Cloud' Computing
The City of Los Angeles has voted to overhaul its e-mail system, converting it all to Gmail. It's a victory for Google, which is trying to replace Microsoft applications in government cubicles everywhere. But some in L.A. are concerned about storing public data on Web-based servers.
House Scrutinizes Fake Letters Sent To Congress
In June, as the House prepared to consider a sweeping climate bill, several lawmakers received letters seemingly from the NAACP and the American Association of University Women. The letters warned lawmakers that the organizations had serious doubts about the bill. But the letters were fake.
Calif. Commuters Eager For Bay Bridge To Reopen
Transportation crews in California are working to finish emergency repairs to the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge. They have been working to fix a span of the bridge after 5,000 pounds of steel crashed down onto westbound lanes earlier this week.
Sufjan Stevens: Finding Inner Peace In Traffic
The Brooklyn-Queens Expressway isn't exactly the type of scenic roadway that usually inspires great works of art, yet that's the inspiration behind Stevens' new album, The BQE. The singer-songwriter spent nine months traveling the BQE to capture the moods and frustrations of its motorists.
Chinese Banks To Fund Texas Wind Farm
Two Chinese power companies and their American partners have announced plans to build a big wind farm in West Texas. The turbines will be manufactured in China. Chinese banks will finance much of the project, which will cost about $1.5 billion. The U.S. government will provide some backing as well.
China Lifts Ban On U.S. Pork Products
American pork producers say China's decision to lift a ban on U.S. pork imports comes at a critical time. The industry is struggling because of fears over swine flu. China imposed the ban on U.S. pork five months ago following the outbreak of the H1N1 flu virus. The disease cannot be caught by eating pork.
State Parks Juggle More Visitors With Budget Cuts
Because of the down economy, state and local government have put the squeeze on spending. Some of the first items on the chopping block were parks and after-school recreation programs. Those cuts come at a time when demands for the services are up.