Ten years after devastating tornadoes, communities thriving Ten years ago at least five tornadoes ripped through south central Minnesota. The cities of Comfrey and St. Peter were damaged so badly that residents worried their towns would disappear. Instead, they have managed a remarkable recovery.4:50 p.m.
Republicans face off for 1st District endorsement Republicans in southern Minnesota meet Saturday to endorse a candidate for Congress. But whomever they choose will face a primary election battle before he can run against incumbent U.S. Rep. Tim Walz, D-Minn.5:53 p.m.
Roundtable: The Week in Politics
The New York Times' David Brooks and the Washington Post's Ruth Marcus discuss the week in politics with Robert Siegel. On tap: Pennyslvania Sen. Bob Casey's endorsement of Sen. Barack Obama and Vermont Sen. Patrick Leahy's call for Sen. Hillary Clinton to drop out of the race.
A Man and His Mitt: A Love Story
In a new anthology of baseball essays, sportswriter Stefan Fatsis celebrates his beloved, 31-year-old baseball glove. He talks to Robert Siegel about how he set out to find out about his mitt's history and what he learned along the way.
Existing Home Sales Are Up Slightly
The latest figures show an uptick in existing home sales for the first time since July 2007. Is the market beginning to turn around? A real estate agent and a buyer in Tucson, Ariz., looking at homes share their impressions.
Rubin Advises Quick Action to Fix Economic Crises
Citigroup executive Robert Rubin evaluates proposals made by the top three presidential candidates and others to fix the housing and credit crises. The former Treasury secretary is supportive of the idea of renegotiating loans, especially for people whose houses are worth less than their mortgages.
Financing for Private Equity Deals Dries Up
Private equity firms that want to buy Clear Channel Communications are suing Citigroup and other major banks, saying they've backed out of a deal to finance the purchase. In the current credit crunch, the banks once eager to lend money for private equity deals now appear skittish.
Post-Saddam, Abuses Still Plague Iraqi Courts
In Saddam Hussein's Iraq, drummed up charges against political rivals and intimidated judges were the norm. Five years after the U.S. invasion, not much has changed — and the abuse of at least one law has actually worsened.
Former Olympian, Activist Debate Beijing Boycott
International Olympic Committee member Anita DeFrantz — a U.S. rower who missed the 1980 Moscow games because of a boycott — says the Olympic games have forced China to be more open. David Kilgour, a Canadian human rights lawyer and former member of parliament, supports a boycott of the opening ceremonies.
It's Davidson, Not Duke, with Hoop Dreams Intact
North Carolina is filled with perennial college basketball powerhouses. And then there's tiny Davidson College, known more in the state for its academics than its sports prowess. But this year it's Davidson making its mark in the tournament, outlasting even big-name schools like Duke.
U.S. Drawn Deeper into Iraq Offensive
The U.S. military bombed Madhi Army targets in Basra and Baghdad on Friday, as it was drawn into the Iraqi government's fight against Shiite militias. U.S. commanders say they can't let the Iraqis fail.