House Republicans present property tax rebate Just ahead of a due date for property tax
payments - and just weeks before the fall election - rebate checks
averaging $205 would begin arriving in the mailboxes of homeowners
if House Republican lawmakers get their way.5:19 p.m.
The future of the Oak Street Cinema
A fight is brewing over the future of the Oak Street Cinema in Minneapolis. For the last decade the non-profit movie house on the edge of the U of M campus has shown a mixture of classic movies and art films. The Oak Street has been losing a lot of money recently. Now the founders of the Oak Street are challenging the current board to step aside. Minnesota Public Radio's Euan Kerr reports.5:23 p.m.
Grand Marais gets growing pains Visitors to the tiny town of Grand Marais, on Minnesota's North Shore, enjoy the idyllic setting, the slow pace of life, and the friendly small-town feeling. But locals are embroiled in a divisive debate about how much development is good for their town.5:50 p.m.
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Article Outlines U.S. Plans to Bomb Iran
The White House has plans for a bombing campaign that might lead to regime change in Iran, according to an article by Seymour Hersh in The New Yorker magazine. The article, "The Iran Plans" quotes sources at the Pentagon. President Bush called the story "wildly speculative."
U.S. Data on Iran Is Spotty, Analysts Say
Iran is now the top security threat to the United States, according to the Bush administration's new national security strategy. But little is known about its weapons programs and intentions, according to current and former intelligence officials. The top Democrat on the House Intelligence committee says she recently requested a classified briefing on Iran -- and walked away worried that U.S. intelligence is inadequate and possibly riddled with disinformation.
Summer Airfares Likely to Remain Expensive
Travelers hoping to find airfare bargains this summer are likely to be disappointed, according to industry analysts. Faced with expanded competition, many airlines haven't been charging enough to break even. But as fuel costs have risen, so have ticket prices -- by 10 percent or more.
Italy's Prodi, Berlusconi in Close Race
Romano Prodi, leader of Italy's center-left party, is in a close race with Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi in Italy's general election. Some exit polls have predicted that Prodi will win a majority in both houses of parliament.
France Withdraws Youth Jobs Law
The French government scraps a planned youth jobs law that provoked weeks of protests. The law, intended to reduce youth unemployment, was termed discriminatory and poorly implemented. Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin, who championed the First Job Contract, has seen his popularity slump as protest to the bill grew.
ABC Ties Free Shows to Mandatory Ads
Disney-owned ABC TV says it will allow viewers to watch some of its most popular shows for free, via the Internet. But there's a catch: The commercials won't be skippable.
As Home Sales Cool, Sellers Add Perks
It's taking considerably longer to sell a home in many parts of the country than in recent years. As sales sputter, brokers and sellers are offering goodies to potential buyers. That's a complete turnaround from last year's frenzied seller's market.
Project Gives Forgotten NYC Rail Line New, Lush Life
In New York City, construction has begun on one of the most unusual and innovative parks in the nation. The High Line project will transform an abandoned railroad overpass that spans 22 blocks on Manhattan's West Side into an urban promenade of green parkland.
Immigration Rights March Draws Thousands
Protests against proposed changes to immigration law take place in Washington, D.C., and other cities. A march to the National Mall is among the largest. Michele Norris spoke with demonstrators as they boarded buses in Maryland, headed for Washington.