Black churches celebrate Obama win Over the weekend, black churches across the Twin Cities celebrated last week's historic election of Barack Obama as the nation's first African-American president.7:20 a.m.
Plants: The Fuel Of The Future?
Researchers in Berkeley, Calif., are working on new technologies to convert plant cellulose into a fuel that could directly replace diesel and gasoline. But even if they figure out the recipe, there are still obstacles to competing with fossil fuels.
Wyoming Rabbi Reaches Out, One Challah At A Time
Rabbi Zalman Mendelsohn is in Jackson, Wyo., with a mission: to find Jews and help revive their faith. He's part of a movement that sends young Orthodox Jews to remote areas — a sort of Jewish Peace Corps. But his brand of Judaism is ruffling some feathers.
Hanggai: Chinese Punk Looks To The Past
Modern Chinese music is most famous for sappy Canto-pop love songs. But on the mainland, young Chinese musicians are innovating and taking risks with ancient music forms such as throat singing. Former punk singer Ilchi is now a force in the Mongolian folk-music revival with his band Hanggai.
Will Obama Sign Off On New Afghan Strategy?
President-elect Barack Obama will have to grapple with conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. He will have to decide whether to negotiate with members of the Taliban as a way of stemming the violence in Afghanistan. The idea is supported by the new chief of the U.S. Central Command, Gen. David Petraeus, who used a similar tactic as part of a broader strategy in Iraq.
Hamas Boycotts Reconciliation Talks With Fatah
The two main Palestinian factions have been bitterly divided since fighting in the streets of the Gaza Strip more than a year ago. Hamas and Fatah were supposed to meet in Egypt this week for reconciliation talks, but Hamas is boycotting them. The breakdown points to the entrenched divisions between Hamas and Fatah.
South African Singer Miriam Makeba Dies
Grammy award-winning South African singer Miriam Makeba has died. The singer known as "Mama Africa" was a symbol for the anti-apartheid movement. She reportedly suffered a heart attack after performing at an anti-mafia concert Sunday in southern Italy. She was 76.
Justice Leader's Job: Renew A Battered Agency
The Justice Department is emerging from what many have called its most tumultuous period in decades. A new attorney general will have to restore the department's credibility and work to counter perceptions that law enforcement decisions have become politicized.
Hope Out Of The Box
One of the main themes of Barack Obama's presidential campaign was hope. Hope means different things to different people — including young people. Hope can be a positive and a negative force in their lives.
Fed, Treasury Announce New Aid For AIG
The government is providing new financial assistance to troubled insurance giant American International Group. It includes pouring $40 billion into the company in return for partial ownership. The action was announced jointly by the Federal Reserve and the Treasury Department Monday morning. All told the moves boost aid to the company to around $150 billion.