Housing money to rescue foreclosed homes The Minnesota Housing Finance Agency announced its largest award ever on Friday to create a revolving loan fund to help buy foreclosed homes before potentially unscrupulous investors get to them.5:20 p.m.
Piece by piece, budget heads to governor Beginning with a construction projects bill, the
Legislature on Monday started sending slices of the state budget to
Gov. Tim Pawlenty in a piecemeal fashion that could trigger vetoes.5:50 p.m.
Israeli Report Criticizes Olmert for Lebanon Action
A strongly worded new report says Prime Minister Ehud Olmert rushed into a full-blown war with Hezbollah after the militant Shiite group attacked a military patrol in a deadly cross-border raid, capturing two Israeli soldiers July 12.
Critique of Olmert Pushes His Tenure to Brink
David Makovsky, director of the Project on the Middle East Peace Process at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, tells Robert Siegel that with Olmert's approval numbers already hovering in the single digits, the report makes the "lame duck" prime minister look like "a dead duck."
Tenet's Words Could Foreshadow Events in Iran
Revelations by former CIA director George Tenet speak volumes about the Bush administration's efforts to build a case for the war in Iraq. But Tenet's account may also reveal what is behind early efforts to contact members of the Iranian dissident community.
Scientists Prowl to Destroy Mute Swan Eggs
Nobody objects when government biologists move to kill off ecologically destructive invasive species, such as zebra mussels or snakehead fish. But when the target is the elegant mute swan — which destroys native wetlands — nasty fights break out. In Maryland, biologists are using Wesson oil and wiles to destroy swan eggs.
Polly Hill, the Tree Lady with a Magnificent Garden
The cherry trees, camellias and magnolias are in bloom this week at the Polly Hill Arboretum at Martha's Vineyard in Massachusetts — a fitting tribute to Polly Hill, the legendary horticulturalist who died last week at 100. Hill began planting seeds outside her West Tisbury home more than four decades ago.
Britain Convicts Five of Plotting Bombings in 2006
In Britain, five men have been sent to jail for life after they were found guilty of plotting al-Qaida-inspired bomb attacks across England. Their planned targets ranged from nightclubs and trains to shopping malls. The men are all British citizens with links to Pakistan.
Behind the Messages on Stopping Terrorism, and Iraq
President Bush and other supporters of the surge in Iraq say that if U.S. troops withdraw, the terrorists "will follow us home." But many military and intelligence analysts say the U.S. presence in Iraq - and elsewhere in the Middle East - is what really upsets the terrorists and mobilizes their base.
Baseball Has Been Very, Very Good to Him
For one 89-year-old man, a lifetime of collecting baseball cards delivered a solid return this past weekend: $1.5 million dollars and counting. Lionel Carter of Evanston, Ill., sold a portion of his 50,000-card collection at auction. The items included the 1951 rookie card for Mickey Mantle.
Lineman Amobi Okoye Breaks Through to NFL at 19
This weekend, the Houston Texans laid claim to the youngest man ever picked in the first round of the NFL draft. Defensive tackle Amobi Okoye, 19, is very large — and very bright. He is already graduating from the University of Louisville with a psychology degree.