Betsy-Tacy author celebrated In the 1940s, the stories of two fictional Minnesota girls named Betsy and Tacy became a sensation. Author Maud Hart Lovelace based the stories on her own happy childhood in Mankato in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Fans can visit the Betsy-Tacy Society in Mankato and tour the childhood homes of Lovelace and her best friend.8:45 a.m.
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Obama In Bali For East Asia Summit
As President Obama meets with world leaders on the Indonesian island of Bali, the U.S. is proclaiming a strategic "pivot" towards Asia. Asian nations appear split as to whether increased American involvement in the region will lead to more stability or conflict.
Would Supercommittee Failure Roil Markets?
The bipartisan committee still seems far from an agreement despite Wednesday's deadline. There's concern that if lawmakers don't make credible progress on reducing the budget deficit, the impact on Wall Street will be severe.
Italy's Government Criticizes Debt Crisis Response
Italy's new Prime Minister Mario Monti has chosen a government and is hoping to win votes of confidence in it from both houses of Parliament. Despite his best efforts to forge ahead, investors remain skeptical. Monti also said he hopes Italy can contribute to the changes being made to the European financial system.
Why Germany Needs The Eurozone To Be A Success
Economist Nicolas Veron talks to Renee Montagne on why such a strong economic power like Germany would be motivated to be part of the European Union and the eurozone, which has economically weak members such as Greece and Spain. Denmark and the United Kingdom are both part of the EU, but opted out of using the euro.
Attacks Target Palestinians In Israeli Towns
Over the past few months, militants have vandalized several Arab sites in the coastal Israeli city of Jaffa. For years, Jews and Arabs coexisted there in relative peace. Now, locals say racist sentiment is on the rise, as settler groups focus on Palestinian populations inside Israel.
Mrs. Stamberg's Relish Goes To Washington
This year, Susan Stamberg brings her mother-in-law's famous cranberry relish recipe to two veteran White House chefs. They say it reminds them of the infamous "cheddar cheese ring" from the Carter administration.
'Happy Feet Two' Lacks Satisfying Story
It's hard to resist dancing penguins, but Happy Feet Two makes you want to try. It features tens of thousands of Antarctic types toe-tapping their way across the screen, but it doesn't have a clear idea of what else it wants them to do.
Oil Prices Raise Sharply On Improving U.S. Economy
Oil prices are hovering around $99 a barrel. Oil has gone up sharply since last month, partly because of signs of improvement in the U.S. economy. The debt crisis in Europe is holding prices below the psychologically important $100 mark.
Honda Deflects Criticism Of 2012 Civic
Japanese automaker Honda has had a tough time recently. The earthquake and tsunami disrupted production. And now flooding in Thailand is causing more trouble. There are concerns that the quality of Honda's cars may be slipping.
Big, Small Cars Adorn LA Auto Show
The Los Angeles auto show is open to the public beginning Friday. It's the first of the U.S. car shows, and it helps set the pace for the new year in the auto industry. Some of the hottest cars there are big luxury vehicles, and the tiny one are terrific too.