Minn. economic forecast: Gloomy for a few more years While politicians wrangled today over how to address the projected shortfall in the next biennium, the state economist laid out the grim reasons behind the budget problems. Some observers say even his gloomy outlook might be too sunny.5:24 p.m.
State lottery bucks the economic trend During this recession, people are cutting spending on things they don't really need or can wait to buy. But spending on gambling is actually going up.5:50 p.m.
Iran confirms arrest of US journalist Iran's judiciary spokesman confirms that Roxana Saberi, a U.S. journalist who grew up in Fargo, N.D., was detained about a month ago and is being held in a prison north of the capital, Tehran.5:55 p.m.
National Public Radio Stories
In Israel, Clinton Backs Two-State Solution
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton pledged Tuesday to promote Arab-Israeli peace, saying a two-state solution to the decades-old issue was "inescapable." Clinton also signaled a potential diplomatic opening with Syria.
Expert: Choice Of U.S Envoys Sends Right Signals
The Obama administration's envoys for talks with Syria are Jeffrey Feltman, a former U.S. ambassador to Lebanon, and Dan Shapiro of the White House's National Security Council. Scott Lasensky, a senior research associate at the U.S. Institute of Peace, says the choices show the White House and the State Department are on the same page on the issue.
In GOP Spat, Steele Tries To Take On Limbaugh
Michael Steele may be the chairman of the Republican Party, but radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh remains the GOP's most public face. A simmering spat between the two went public this week, culminating in an apology from Steele.
Study: Drug Combo Raises Risks For Heart Patients
A combination of drugs commonly used in heart attack and stent patients can actually increase the risk of more heart problems, according to a large study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Banks Refusing To Take Back Foreclosed Properties
Let's say you made mistakes, borrowed more than you should have — or maybe you lost your job — and now have to walk away from your house. In some parts of the country, simply walking away isn't so simple — especially if the bank doesn't want your house.
U.S., Russia Deny Secret Deal On Missile Defense
The denials follow a New York Times story saying that President Obama sent a "secret letter" to Moscow, suggesting he would back off deploying a missile defense system in Eastern Europe if Moscow would help stop Iran from developing its nuclear weapons programs.
Pakistanis Shocked By Attack On Cricketers
The attack on the Sri Lankan cricket team in Lahore, Pakistan, is an embarrassment for the Pakistani government. Islamabad has had trouble convincing other cricketing nations to compete in Pakistan due to the deteriorating security situation.
Flight Controller Honored For Grace Under Pressure
John Charlton, an air traffic controller for Lake Charles Regional Airport in Louisiana, will receive the Archie League Medal of Safety Award for the National Air Traffic Controller Association's southwest region. He coached a student pilot to a safe landing after the student failed in earlier attempts to land the aircraft.
In Birmingham, Ala., New Life For Iron And Steel
The citizens and government of Birmingham, Ala., once known as the "Pittsburgh of the South," saved Sloss Furnaces, one of its largest steel furnaces, from destruction in the 1970s. It is now a National Historical Landmark where the public can see metal-arts programs in action, attend concerts and movies, and learn about the industrial, race and labor history of their city.
Neko Case: The Fierce, Fleeting Nature Of Love
As Case tours the country, driving her own van and showcasing that powerhouse voice, she appears strong and fearless. But on her new album, Middle Cyclone, her heart is cracked open. Her songs tremble with the stunning reality that love is the one thing we need the most, and the one thing that we can never control.