STD cases in Minnesota down last year The number of reported sexually transmitted diseases in Minnesota dropped slightly last year, according to figures released on Tuesday by the state's Health Department.5:56 p.m.
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Obama Administration Unveils New Nuclear Policy
Every new administration conducts a Nuclear Posture Review, which outlines the government position on the use of nuclear weapons. On Tuesday, Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton presented the Obama administration's new policy.
U.S. Nuclear Policy Shift Seeks To Diminish Threat
The Obama administration released its nuclear posture review Tuesday, narrowing the use of nuclear weapons to the role of deterring nuclear attack. The review, released two days before Obama and the Russian president meet to sign a new arms treaty, maps out a strategy for the U.S. to combat nuclear proliferation.
Letters: Tiger Woods, Statehood
Listeners respond to our coverage of Tiger Woods' press conference, and our conversation with Michael Trinklein on proposals for statehood that never came to pass. Michele Norris and Melissa Block read from listeners' e-mails.
Courts Weigh Whether Vatican Controls Bishops
At the heart of two lawsuits that are working their way through the federal courts lies one question: Does the Vatican control its Catholic bishops? The answer could determine whether the Vatican can be sued in U.S. courts and be forced to open up its secret archives.
Vatican Names Next Los Angeles Archbishop
The Vatican has named a designated replacement for Los Angeles Archbishop Roger Mahony, who's expected to retire next year when he turns 75. Pope Benedict has named Jose Gomez as next in line. Gomez has been archbishop in San Antonio since 2004.
Brand Obama: A Hit Abroad, But What About Loyalty?
The president built an image of "hope," "change" and "Yes We Can" on the road to the White House. And aides credit that brand with advances overseas. But that has not yet translated to strong approval ratings and longtime loyalty at home.
Are RNC Woes Filtering Down To State Party Level?
Michele Norris talks to Dick Wadhams, chairman of the Colorado Republican Party, about the recent Republican National Committee spending troubles, and the impact of those troubles at the state party level.
Surgery May Not Be The Answer To An Aching Back
Too many complex back surgeries are being done and people are suffering as a result, according to a new study. The number of these surgeries has increased by 15 times in five years, but researchers say the benefit isn't there.
Changing Font To Save Ink
A Wisconsin university has found a new way to cut costs with e-mail — by changing the font. The University of Wisconsin, Green Bay has switched the default font on its e-mail system from Arial to Century Gothic. The university says the change sounds minor, but it will save money on printer ink when students print out e-mails in the new font.
'Philagrafika' Printmaking: No Paper? No Problem
A citywide festival in Philadelphia is celebrating contemporary approaches to an age-old art form. More than 300 artists from around the world are displaying their work at 80 venues throughout the city — with designs rendered on almost everything you can think of: walls, water, skin, cardboard ... even on toilet seats.