Meet the Minneapolis Movie Bears More than 80 bears turned up at a Twin Cities movie theater the other night. These bears were not true ursines, but members of a human social group, the Minneapolis Movie Bears.6:55 a.m.
State officials predict 'historic' budget deficit Minnesota finance officials announce Thursday the size of the deficit they see looming on the state budget horizon. Recent predictions say the shortfall could surpass $4 billion, and lawmakers will need to consider deep spending cuts and tax increases.7:20 a.m.
Dance is enjoying a renaissance From the new Broadway musical "Billy Elliott," to the variety of "Nutcrackers" flitting across local stages, dance seems to be enjoying a renaissance -- or at least increased attention -- these days. But there are challenges for the art form as well, both locally and nationally.8:25 a.m.
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Treasury Weighs Plan To Cut U.S. Mortgage Rates
The Treasury is considering a plan to lower mortgage rates for homebuyers to as low as 4.5 percent — more than a full point below currently offered rates, sources say. But analysts say the plan would be even more effective at boosting the economy if it also lowered rates for refinancings.
Big, Small Home Builders Feel Housing Pinch
Smaller home builders — like Florida's Chuck Fowke — are going out of business, while large companies are cutting back. The industry wants any federal stimulus package to include new incentives for homebuyers. But analysts say the industry won't begin to rebound without a decrease in home builders and inventory.
Economy, Drug Wars Hurt Cross-Border Business
El Paso, Texas, and Ciudad Juarez in Mexico are economically tightly intertwined. The economic downturn in the U.S. is hurting the hundreds of assembly plants just across the border as a raging drug war that's killed some 1,400 people in Juarez this year is squashing tourism.
Analyst: Pakistani Group Behind Mumbai Attacks
A radical Islamic group from Pakistan has emerged as the prime suspect in last week's deadly attacks in Mumbai, India. The group known as Lashkar-e-Taiba was thought to have mainly local ambitions, but it shares the jihadi philosophy of al-Qaida.
Flu On Campus: Avoiding Misery For $20
Every year, about 1 in 4 college students gets the flu. A $20 flu shot can be a cheap insurance policy against aching joints and muscles, high fever, missed classes. But even that isn't enough to motivate some students to get vaccinated, so one health expert is trying an economic argument.
With Google Phone, Track Flu In Your Zip Code
Owners of a T-Mobile G1, also known as the "Google phone," can now download a program that tracks flu outbreaks by zip code. The makers of the flu remedy Zicam created the program and got their information from polling health care providers and pharmacies. A version for the iPhone is expected to be availible later this month.
Bratz Dolls To Disappear From Toy Shelves
Just in time for the holidays, a federal judge has granted giant toymaker Mattel one of its big wishes. The judge ordered a rival company to stop selling Bratz dolls, which have undercut sales of Mattel's own Barbie. Wednesday's ruling follows a jury's finding that Bratz doll designer Carter Bryant came up with the pouty-lipped dolls while working for Mattel. The judge said the Bratz dolls may remain on store shelves until after the holidays.
Spanish Soccer Teams Short Of Financial Goooals
Spain's decade-long real estate boom was a gold mine for Spanish soccer. Construction firms paid large sums to have their logos on team jerseys, and real estate moguls lined up to buy teams. Now, with investments failing, struggling teams and owners are looking for buyers — or maybe a bailout.
Chrysler No Stranger To Bailouts
The heads of the big three U.S. car companies are back on Capitol Hill on Thursday, trying to convince Congress to give them billions in loans so they can avoid bankrupty. For some at Chrysler, there might be a sense of deja vu. Paul Eisenstein, who covers the car industry for the independent news service The Detroit Bureau, talks to Renee Montagne about the first time Chrysler was bailed out in the '80s.