Cleanup begins in flooded town Residents of Browns Valley are beginning to clean up after sections of their town flooded Tuesday night. The town sits on the Minnesota side of the border with South Dakota. Ice jams apparently caused the Little Minnesota River to burst its banks.4:45 p.m.
Two-dozen employees grab Star Tribune buyout The Star Tribune began saying goodbye to 24 newsroom employees on Wednesday. The workers have chosen to take a buyout offer from the paper; Friday will be the last day on the job for many. It's unclear whether the paper's new owner will want even more staff reductions in the future.5:50 p.m.
Where journalism and blogging overlap A ruling from a Dakota County judge may be good news for bloggers. Last week the judge dismissed a lawsuit brought about by public relations executive and political commentator Blois Olson, who accused blogger Michael Brodkorb of defaming him.5:55 p.m.
Senate Republicans Change Tack on Iraq Debate
In a departure, most Senate Republicans joined their Democratic colleagues in voting to allow debate on a new resolution aimed at winding down U.S. participation in the Iraq war. The vote is a new stance for Senate Republicans, who have twice blocked resolutions on an Iraq withdrawal.
Anatomy of a Scandal: E-Mails Led Up to Dismissal
The Bush administration announced in December that it was replacing seven federal prosecutors around the country. In the following weeks, Democrats became the majority party in Congress and began holding hearings on the subject. Developments have piled up since then.
Eagles Vie with Landowners for Waterfront Property
Development around the Chesapeake Bay is quickly eating up the habitat of a resurgent population of bald eagles. Terrell Bowers' riverfront property is at the center of a controversy over how to protect eagle habitat.
Bush Urges Immigration Changes as Trip Ends
After talks with Mexico's President Calderon, President Bush says he will press Democrats and Republicans in Congress to overhaul U.S. immigration law. The president ended his Latin American tour in Mexico, after visiting Brazil, Uruguay, Colombia and Guatemala.
Raid on Illegal Immigrants Brings Chaos to Town
A roundup of illegal workers in New Bedford, Mass., last week continues to spark criticism about the federal government's handling of the raid. Nursing infants were separated from their mothers, and older children were left in inappropriate care when immigration officials took their parents.
Immigration Raid Leaves Schools Scrambling
When a garment company was raided in New Bedford, Mass., last Tuesday, more than 350 workers were arrested — many of them with children enrolled in the town's schools. Fred Fuentes, the district's superintendent for equity and diversity, says his first challenge is to accurately count how many students have been directly affected.
Playing Tchaikovsky On Spring Break
Yuja Wang, 20, recently played with the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Her chance came after 65-year-old pianist Martha Argerich canceled at the last minute. After just two rehearsals, Wang wowed audiences and critics.
Cicadas' Return Worries Festival Organizer
Robert Siegel talks with Welz Kauffman, president and CEO of the Ravinia Festival in Highland Park, Ill. When he was hired in 2000, Kauffman was told about the coming advance of the 17-year cicada. He has been fretting ever since.