Digital divide still an issue in Minnesota A new report by the University of Minnesota's Institute on Race and Poverty shows that while the digital divide remains a problem in Minnesota, community technology centers can help bridge the gap.7:21 a.m.
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U.S. Wants NATO to Step Up in Afghanistan
Suicide and roadside bombings have increased in Afghanistan, making this the most violent year since 2001. Some NATO countries' commitment to the Afghan mission appears to be wavering, and the U.S. is urging NATO allies to do more.
Turkey Bombs Rebel Kurds' Hideouts
Dozens of Turkish planes were bombing mountain hideouts of the rebel Kurdish organization, the PKK, over the weekend. The attack, 60 miles inside Iraq, lasted for three hours. This appears to be the most intense cross-border attack launched by the Turks since the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003.
Parents Force Charter Takeover of L.A. High School
Locke High School is, by all accounts, among the worst high schools in Los Angeles. It's crowded and on the brink of an academic meltdown. Earlier this year, parents and half of the school's faculty revolted, forcing the school district to turn over Locke High to a private group.
Net Game Boosts Vocabulary, Fights Hunger
A computer programmer in Indiana develops FreeRice.com, a game that teaches vocabulary and helps fight hunger. The word game offers four definitions for a word, and clicking on the right definition leads to a donation of 20 grains of rice to the U.N. World Food Programme.
Congress Presents $500 Billion Spending Bill
Lawmakers unveil a $500 billion-plus catchall spending bill, reluctantly sticking within President Bush's budget but still protecting politically sensitive domestic programs from White House cuts. Eleven overdue spending bills will be rolled into one.
Mexico's Drug-Related Murders Rise
In his first year as Mexico's president, Felipe Calderon takes aim at drug cartels, deploying thousands of soldiers and police to battle narco-traffickers. Although violence is dropping, drug-related murders for the year are at an all-time high. And those on the front lines say more needs to be done.
Rising Food Costs Threatens Inflation
As consumers digest higher energy prices, it looks like rising food costs will also cut into household budgets. Grain prices are soaring. Wheat prices have jumped to an all-time high of more than $10 a bushel. Corn and rice prices are up, and soybeans are the highest in more than three decades.
Mac Computers Increasingly Targeted by Hackers
A report from a computer security firm shows hackers are increasingly targeting Macintosh computers. It's an unhappy change for Apple, since the Mac has long been touted as more secure than Windows PCs.
Green Jobs Seek Entry-Level Workers
Green companies are sprouting. There are some 200 new businesses for solar-panel installation, home weatherization, and electronic recycling. The sector is growing so fast, there's a critical shortage of entry-level workers. And that's opening doors for unemployed young people.
Internet Vanity Becoming Common
A new report shows 47 percent of adult Internet users have Googled themselves. It shows people are comfortable posting personal information on the Web, and that it is easier for others — employees to identity thieves — to find information. Only 3 percent of all self-Googlers do it regularly.