St. Paul narrows superintendent finalists to six Interviews with the six people vying to be the next superintendent of St. Paul Schools are set to begin in days. Most of them won't have to drive far to get to those interviews. The district named its semi-finalists last night. Five of the six are from the Twin Cities area.6:20 a.m.
PUC approves Prairie Island power increase The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission has approved a plan for Xcel Energy to increase the power it produces at its Prairie Island nuclear plant, and to store more radioactive waste on site.7:20 a.m.
Change of venue a hot topic in high-profile court cases The legal concept of "change of venue" has been in the news a lot recently. The attorney for the man accused of killing 13 people on a Texas military base says his client will have a difficult time getting a fair trial in Fort Hood "given the national media attention that has been focused" on the case.8:45 a.m.
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For Muslims, Fort Hood Case Sparks Fresh Fears
Thousands of Muslims are in the U.S. military, and many more work for the federal government. After the shootings at Fort Hood, many of these individuals fear they're in for some unpleasant scrutiny.
Recalling The Chaos Of The Fort Hood Shooting
Last week, soldiers were lining up in the Readiness Center at Fort Hood, Texas, to receive their last checkups before shipping out to Iraq. Then one of them jumped on a table and opened fire with a semiautomatic handgun. A soldier who was wounded but managed to escape recounts the ordeal.
Corruption Mars Romania's Post-Communist Progress
Communist rule of Romania ended 20 years ago in a bloody revolt that killed more than 1,000 people. The country is now a member of the EU, with a solid economy and a passionate, if hectic, democratic life. But some believe Romania's rampant corruption is threatening its future.
Baltimore Mayor Faces Trial On Corruption Charges
Opening statements begin Thursday in the trial of Baltimore Mayor Sheila Dixon, the first African-American woman to lead the city. Prosecutors say Dixon asked wealthy developers to donate gift cards to the poor in Baltimore, and then used those cards for personal shopping sprees.
In South Korea, Nation Stops For Mega Exam
More than 650,000 high school seniors in South Korea took a national college placement exam Thursday that many believe will determine the rest of their lives. The government takes it so seriously that aircraft are barred from flying near the test site, and the workday begins an hour late, to prevent traffic jams.
The Gut Response To What We Eat
A new study of human gut microbes put into mice has found that when mice eat a high-fat, high-sugar diet, abrupt changes result in the population of microbes. Scientists believe this research could open a new window into interactions between our gut bacteria, diet, and weight gain.
Unlikely Word Origins Defined In 'Anonyponymous'
Did you know that the word "Frisbee" is derived from Mary Frisbie, a woman who made pies in Connecticut? Or that "silhouette" originated with Etienne de Silhouette, an 18th century French finance minister? John Marciano shines light on these and many other etymological mysteries in Anonyponymous: The Forgotten People Behind Everyday Words.
Army Muslim Chaplain: No Hostility Since Shooting
Chaplain Maj. Dawud Agbere, one of the 10 Muslim chaplains employed by the U.S. military, flew to Fort Hood, Texas, to support members of the military in the wake of last week's killings. Agbere says he has not faced any hostile comments since the shooting.
Lou Dobbs Steps Down From CNN
CNN anchor Lou Dobbs announced Wednesday that he was leaving the network to pursue new opportunities. Dobbs was the last of the network's original anchors.
U.S. Unveils Education Stimulus Rules
The Department of Education releases the rules Thursday for getting Race to the Top money — $4.5 billion in funding for education innovations for which states must compete. But some local officials are irritated with the process because they feel their concerns are being trampled on in the rush for cash.