Growing biotech in Minnesota State leaders believe the growing biotech industry could be a big part of the future of Minnesota cities. Local leaders and politicians focused on biotech at a conference Tuesday in St. Cloud. At least one school in the region is already working to prepare students for careers in the biosciences.5:20 p.m.
WTO finds EU GMO moratorium violated trade rule
The World Trade Organization issued a long-awaited decision with implications for Minnesota farmers who use biotech products. News reports indicate the WTO has ruled that European Union restrictions on genetically modified foods are illegal under international law.
The WTO decision remains officially confidential, but the news reports, citing unnamed sources, say the WTO has sided with the U.S, Canada and Argentina in the dispute over a six-year-old ban on biotech foods in European countries.
Tom Crann talked with Kevin Paap, president of the Minnesota Farm Bureau.5:24 p.m.
Anti-Cartoon Protests Turn Deadly in Afghanistan
At least three demonstrators are killed during a protest outside a NATO peacekeeping base in the northwestern part of Afghanistan. Unrest among Muslims continues in the country, prompted by the publication in European newspapers of caricatures of the Muhammad.
Denmark Battles Muslim Backlash over Cartoons
The Danish government tries to mollify Muslims angry over cartoons depicting Muhammad that were first published in a Danish newspaper. But it has not condemned their publication. As protest continues around the world, Copenhagen is demanding protection for its diplomats and citizens.
How the Muhammad Cartoon Controversy Spread
Andrew Higgins of The Wall Street Journal, talks to Michele Norris about what prompted the publication in a Danish newspaper of the controversial cartoons of Muhammad at the heart of recent protests. They discuss how reaction to the cartoons, which began in Copenhagen, spread across the Muslim world.
New Studies: Low-Fat Diets Don't Prevent Cancers
Three studies of post-menopausal women show low-fat diets don't prevent heart disease, breast cancer or colon cancer. The report appears in Wednesday's Journal of the American Medical Association. Two years ago, the same studies showed that hormone replacement therapy didn't prevent disease.
Proposed Tax Would Help Pay for Fast-Food Cleanup
A controversial tax would have fast-food sellers contributing to the cleanup of litter in California. Jane Brunner, Oakland City councilwoman, talks to Michele Norris about her proposed tax. Brunner says businesses have a responsibility to be good neighbors.
Washington, D.C., Battles AIDS Health Crisis
The District of Columbia has one of the highest HIV/AIDS prevalence rates in the United States. D.C.'s annual rate for new AIDS cases is 10 times higher than the national average. In a city of 1.5 million residents, 1 in 50 people are living with AIDS, while an estimated 1 in 20 residents are HIV-positive.
British Court Convicts Prominent Muslim Cleric
A court in London finds prominent British Muslim cleric Abu Hamza al-Masri guilty of 11 counts, including inciting murder. He is sentenced to seven years in jail. Al-Masri, who maintained his innocence, is still wanted by the United States on terrorism charges.
Worldwide Protests, Proof of the Power of Cartoons
Muslims in the Middle East and Asia participate in more violent protests over a Danish cartoon of Muhammad. Commentator Joel Pett says the riots -- and deaths -- are evidence of the power of cartoons. He is a Pulitzer-winning editorial cartoonist for the Lexington Herald Leader and USA Today.
Thousands Pay Tribute to Coretta Scott King
Thousands flock to Atlanta to bid farewell to civil rights icon Coretta Scott King. President Bush, three former presidents, more than a dozen U.S. senators and civil rights leaders attend what was called the "homegoing celebration" in honor of King.
FEMA Hotel Payments for Katrina Evacuees Ends
The Federal Emergency Management Agency expects to end its hotel and motel housing program for Hurricane Katrina evacuees Tuesday, even though it will continue to cover the costs of some 20,000 rooms for at least another week. The emergency shelter program was originally scheduled to end Dec. 1.