Combat Paper: finding new life in the garments of war For many military veterans, it can take years, even decades, to deal with the emotional trauma incurred during their service. A new program is helping them put their experiences into words and down on paper. Not just any paper - these sheets are made from their old military fatigues.4:54 p.m.
Final version of voter ID bill headed to House and Senate Gov. Mark Dayton said he will work against a Republican-backed constitutional amendment that would require voters to present photo identification at the polls, even though he has no power to stop it from reaching the ballot in November.5:20 p.m.
Minn. HMOs to return $73M to state Four big Minnesota HMOs will repay the state an estimated $73 million as a result of a negotiated cap on profits earned on government health programs.5:24 p.m.
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Romney Nears Delegate Tipping Point
By some projections, more than half of the delegates to the Republican convention will be committed by the end of Tuesday's voting in Wisconsin, Maryland and the District of Columbia. It would mean Mitt Romney's lead will be all but insurmountable.
Will 2008's Surge In Young Voters Continue In 2012?
Historically, young people have been much less likely to vote than older Americans. That trend has started to change in recent presidential elections, including in 2008, when Democrat Barack Obama capitalized on the under-30 vote. But political analysts say young voters in 2012 are harder to read.
Women's Basketball Down To Notre Dame, Baylor
Notre Dame takes on Baylor on Tuesday night for the NCAA women's basketball title. The Fighting Irish have a challenge on their hands. Baylor is undefeated this season and has a superstar player, Britney Griner, who is 6 feet 8 inches tall.
City Rents Rise As Buyers Wait Out Housing Bust
The housing sector turmoil scared a lot of people away from buying homes. Now, many people who can afford to buy are renting, sending rental prices soaring. In places such as New York City, they're near record highs.
Home Buyers Still Face Mortgage Barriers
The housing market is still operating at very depressed levels, despite low interest rates and lots of pent-up demand. But many buyers seeking a mortgage find that the hoops are being held very high. It's tough to jump through them all. From the credit score review to the appraisal process, each step is an ordeal for the potential buyer.
Under Scrutiny, Some Head Start Programs In Limbo
The Obama administration has proposed big changes for the early childhood education program Head Start. Programs the government has labeled "deficient" must now compete for funds to continue operating. But some argue that turning Head Start into a competitive grants program will not be easy.
Is North Korea Changing — Or Resisting Change?
In February, North Korea agreed to freeze uranium enrichment and missile tests and allow international nuclear inspectors — and then immediately announced a rocket launch. North Korea watchers are puzzled by the mixed messages and wonder who is calling the shots in a country with a new, untested leader.
FDA To Fund Controversial Research Foundation
In 2007, Congress created a public-private foundation to support research of interest to the FDA. Critics said this amounted to a new way for industry groups to influence the agency's decisions, and any FDA funding for the foundation was blocked for years. That's about to change.
Obama Takes Aim At 'Radical' Republican Budget
Speaking to newspaper editors gathered in Washington on Tuesday, President Obama used his opportunity to rip Republican budget priorities and tax cuts and defend his own efforts to grow the economy and shrink the deficit.