Farmland prices near record rates Minnesota farmland prices are rising at near record rates, according to recent estimates. Some officials say the higher prices reflect a strong agricultural economy. Others are concerned that land prices could be the next real estate bubble.7:20 a.m.
High Stakes For Europe, World Economy In Brussels
France and Germany are trying to persuade other European countries to sign onto a package of reforms aimed at shoring up the embattled euro. They're hoping to win agreement in time for Friday's big summit of European leaders in Brussels. A failure to reach agreement could send the wrong signal to the financial markets, which are already deeply worried about Europe's fiscal problems.
Can Angela Merkel Fix Europe's Economic Crisis?
As leader of Europe's most powerful economy, German Chancellor Angela Merkel is one of the most influential figures on the world stage. Supporters say she is trying to reshape Europe for the long term. But critics have derided her response to the debt crisis as too slow and unimaginative.
Black Scholar Of The Civil War Asks: Who's With Me?
The Civil War ended slavery in America. So why, asks author Ta-Nehisi Coates, do African-Americans, who benefited most from this crucial turning point, take so little interest in the conflict? Coates, a confessed Civil War obsessive, wrote an essay for The Atlantic titled "Why Do So Few Blacks Study the Civil War?"
Panel: 'Watchful Wait' OK For Many Prostate Cancers
A government-sponsored expert panel says most cases of early prostate cancer shouldn't be called cancer at all, because the disease progresses very slowly, if at all. The group says men with these low-risk cancers — the great majority — should be offered the choice of deferring treatment, maybe permanently, in favor of being monitored for signs that their tumor has become more aggressive.
Report: Troops' Cremated Remains Went To Landfill
An investigation by the Washington Post shows that remains of 274 service members were cremated and disposed of in a landfill by personnel at Dover Air Force Base. Steve Inskeep talks to the Post's Craig Whitlock, one of the reporters who uncovered the story.
Revisiting Newt Gingrich's 1997 Ethics Investigation
This week, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi suggested she might release details of the 1990s ethics investigation into then-Speaker Newt Gingrich. An investigative committee, on which Pelosi served, concluded that Gingrich had used tax-exempt funds for partisan purposes.
Boeing Labor Deal Keeps 737 Work In Washington
Union machinists voted overwhelmingly to approve a new labor agreement with the company Wednesday night. Under the four-year contract extension, Boeing promises to manufacture its popular 737 jet at an existing plant in Washington state. With that, the union is dropping its high-profile complaint against the company for shifting some work to a nonunion plant in South Carolina.
PR Blitz Aims To Win Support For Obama Nominee
The Obama administration is turning up the heat on Republican Senators who've threatened to block confirmation of Richard Cordray, a former attorney general from Ohio who is the president's nominee to head a new financial watchdog agency. A Senate vote is expected Thursday.
Fallout From India's Failed Foreign Retailer Plan
Linda Wertheimer speaks to Andrew MacAskill, Bloomberg News India correspondent, about New Delhi's failure to adopt a new law that would have allowed multinational retailers into the country and, hopefully, transform an inefficient and outdated industry. It's a huge political setback for the government, and a huge disappointment for retailers who've been licking their chops at the prospect of tapping India's consumers. But Walmart still has plans to expand in India.
Pantone's Choice Color For 2012: 'Tangerine Tango'
The gurus of the annual fashion palette have uttered their decree on what color will dominate clothing, accessories and home decor next year. According to the Pantone Color Institute, the world needs a color to recharge us and move us forward. Tangerine Tango, a reddish-orange hue, "emanates heat and energy," says a Pantone executive.