Dayton, state lawmakers want credit for budget surplus Gov. Mark Dayton and state lawmakers are headed into the 2012 legislative session with a budget surplus, news that has a lot of elected and appointed officials taking credit for the state's return to the black. But much of the $876 million surplus has little to do with the actions taken in the past year.6:55 a.m.
Boogaard's reported brain injury reignites hockey safety debate The nationwide conversation about head injuries in youth sports was reignited earlier this month after a report disclosed that late Minnesota Wild hockey player Derek Boogaard had extensive brain injuries, likely as a result of his violent playing style.7:25 a.m.
Russian Election Protests Biggest In 2 Decades
A weekend of protests in Russia has forced President Dmitry Medvedev to order an investigation into allegations of electoral fraud during last week's parliamentary vote. There hasn't been demonstrations like this in Russia since the collapse of the Soviet Union.
Absent President Ignites Rumors In Pakistan
President Asif Ali Zardari went to Dubai unexpectedly for medical treatment, and his political opponents say he has been weakened at a time when he faces multiple challenges.
Florida's Infamous Voting Machines Sold By Collector
On the tenth anniversary of the Supreme Court Bush v. Gore decision, Steve Inskeep reports that collectors have bought up those punch-card voting machines that caused the hanging chad confusion of the 2000 election. Jim Dobyns bought 4,500 machines in Palm Beach County and has sold nearly all of them.
Unpaid Bills Land Some Debtors Behind Bars
Debtors' prisons are illegal in every state, but more and more Americans are finding themselves behind bars as a result of unpaid debt, some for just a few hundred dollars. The state of Illinois is investigating creditors who might be abusing their power and sending debtors to jail.
Road Rage: A Symptom Of Much More Than Bad Traffic?
It's not unusual for awful traffic conditions or incompetent driving to make some people really angry behind the wheel. But researchers say there may be a biological component to road rage — one that can be tempered with medication and, yes, time outs.
French Lessons: Why Letting Kids Drink At Home Isn't 'Tres Bien'
Growing evidence suggests that kids who are allowed to drink in the home are at greater risk of developing alcohol-related problems. That's unwelcome news in France, a nation known for its love of wine that's now grappling with a binge-drinking problem among teens.
Occupy Protesters To Try To Shut Down Ports
Occupy protesters in cities along the West Coast are attempting to paralyze some of the nation's busiest ports Monday. Organizers say they expect thousands of demonstrators to turn out for what they're calling "Wall Street on the Water Front." Occupy protesters in Oakland successfully shut down the port there last month, and they're looking to do it again.
Despite Growth, China Too Faces Debt Problems
By all appearances, China has been one of the countries least affected by the global downturn in recent years. But the Chinese government stepped up spending to keep its economy going, and many local governments now face serious debt problems.
Hooman Khalili's 'Olive' Filmed On Smartphone Olive is the first feature film shot entirely on a phone to get a theatrical release. And making it wasn't easy. The N8 phone has a high-resolution camera, but director Hooman Khalili told the Los Angeles Times he had to hack the phone in order to disable its auto-focus.