Ads in ethnic media key to highstakes census count The U.S. Census Bureau's efforts to count citizens include placing advertisements in ethnic media outlets--whose audience is vital to Minnesota's push to keep its eight congressional seat--but local ethnic newspapers say they've been passed over.7:25 a.m.
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Rebuilding Afghanistan: Locals Want More Say
Many Afghans complain that the United States and other donor countries are spending billions of dollars creating a hodgepodge of expensive and often shoddy relief and development projects in dangerous areas. A U.N. official says it's time to "let the kid drive," allowing Afghans to direct aid projects.
Gaza ID Keeps Palestinian Woman From West Bank
This Christmas Israel says it will allow hundreds of Gazan Christians, who want to worship at the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem to travel to the West Bank. Among those who hope to go is a young Christian woman, who was forcibly returned to Gaza from Bethlehem by Israeli authorities. A human rights group says there are 25,000 Palestinians like her living in fear in the West Bank because they have a Gaza ID.
Celebrating A Kikuyu Christmas
Dreaming of stuffed stockings and glittery lights this Christmas? You wouldn't be in Kenya, where members of the predominantly Christian Kikuyu tribe celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ a bit differently. It isn't commercial there. It's spiritual.
For 125 Years, Trading Post Has Served Community
A traditional trading post in the Navajo Nation in Arizona continues to sell and exchange hand-woven rugs, Native American art and groceries. It is one of the longest continuously operating trading post in the Southwest.
MySpace: Still The Musician's Friend
The site launched in 2003 as an open social network — a new idea at the time. Today, it's been overtaken by Facebook, but it's still the place musicians go to post their work and build a fan base.
For Sale: 'Lost In Space' Robot Replicas
As a child, Mike Joyce dreamed of two things: being an astronaut and owning his own robot from the show Lost in Space. Now, he makes and sells them at $25,000 a pop. Building the robot started as a hobby, and then selling these replica robots became a business. He's sold 53 so far.
Downey Picks Up Sherlock Holmes' Magnifying Glass
Fictional detective Sherlock Holmes has been the topic of films some 200 times, and this weekend he's on the case again. The new movie Sherlock Holmes stars Robert Downey Jr as Sherlock. Jude Law is Dr. Watsonn.
Chevron Agrees To $45 Million Settlement
The Justice Department has announced Chevron Corp. will pay $45.5 million to resolve claims that it underpaid natural gas royalties to the government and Native Americans. Chevron is not admitting wrongdoing.
Melting Ice Threatens Holiday Shopping In Alaska
In the southwest corner of Alaska, there are few roads to connect towns or villages. Instead, rural Alaskans must travel across a frozen river to buy gifts. That's become a challenge this year as warm temperatures have melted river roadways.
No Batteries Required: Board Game Sales Soar
While Xboxes, PlayStations and Wiis top holiday wish lists, sales of more traditional games are increasing. Industry insiders say board game sales were up by more than 20 percent last year, and they're expected to be even higher this year as people look for cheaper entertainment.