MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Here are the four stories you need to know about for Thursday, July 2 as we move into the holiday weekend. They include a very surprising interview by Stephen Colbert, and something that might get a few air commuters hot under the collar.
The Justice Department is now investigating whether airlines are working together to limit the number of available seats in order to keep fares high. The government has requested information from carriers as part of its antitrust probe. In the past six years, the average price for domestic airfare has gone up 13 percent annually.
Does “the four best days of summer” have a ring to it? That’s not the only change to Aquatennial. Classics like the Torchlight Parade and the Target fireworks are returning. But two popular events — the milk carton races and the sandcastle competition — are out. Yoga at Target Field Station and a Caribbean festival have also been added. Organizers say the Downtown Council wants only downtown events. It runs July 22 through July 25.
Japan beat England, which means Team USA is out for redemption. For the second World Cup in a row, the women will face off against Japan, who beat them in 2011. During Japan’s game against England Wednesday night, the match looked like it would go into extra time. But England scored on their own goal with just a minute left to play. That gave Japan the 2-to-1 win. The final is set for Sunday at 6.
Colbert Tackles Public Access
Stephen Colbert took over a local access show in Monroe, Michigan on Tuesday. The first guests were the two women who normally host the show. His other guest was rapper Eminem, a Michigan native. Colbert got him to sing a little Bob Seger. Colbert has been doing a variety of unique appearances as he prepares to take over “The Late Show” this September.