Amy Senser: 'I finally get to speak' After she took the witness stand on Monday afternoon in her hit-and-run vehicular homicide trial, the first question defense attorney Eric Nelson asked his client Amy Senser was, "Are you nervous?"5:24 p.m.
Teen driver resists the texting temptation Traffic crashes were the leading cause of death for 15- to 19-year olds in 2010, according to the Minnesota Department of Health. For those young drivers, texting can be a tempting distraction. It's illegal to text and drive in Minnesota, but many people do it anyway. In this new installment of our Young Reporters Series, 18-year-old Asma Adam tells us she won't be one of them.5:50 p.m.
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White House Defends Drone Program
The White House's chief counterterrorism adviser offered a detailed defense on Monday of America's use of drones against al-Qaida terrorists, including the targeted killings of U.S. citizens. John Brennan's comments come on the eve of the anniversary of the raid that killed Osama bin Laden.
In Israel, A Rift On How To Deal With Iran
Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said repeatedly that time is running out for Israel to act against Iran and its nuclear program. But several prominent Israelis, including former security officials, say that the prime minister has overplayed the threat posed by Iran.
Towns Debate Impact Of Calif.-Las Vegas Bullet Train
A bullet train that would deliver tourists from southern California to the Las Vegas strip could be the nation's first high-speed rail system to break ground. The private company, DesertXpress, will soon learn whether it's going to receive a $4.9 billion federal loan for the project. The train's supporters and its critics have squared off over the familiar issues of jobs versus wasteful federal spending. The proposed train is also pitting two small towns against each other.
Europe Pressures U.S. Tech On Internet Privacy Laws
American tech giants are under pressure from Europe to offer stronger privacy options to consumers. Privacy advocates say American Internet users will have the European Union to thank if tighter regulations pass, but the industry says the Europeans are hampering an American success story with regulation.
In Cell Era, Timepieces Are Fashion Trend To Watch
With cellphones nearly ubiquitous, fewer people are relying on watches to tell time. But some retailers are doing brisk business marketing watches as fashion statements, or by appealing to shoppers' sense of novelty or nostalgia.
From Minister To Atheist: A Story Of Losing Faith
Teresa MacBain admits that when she was ordained as a minister, she had big questions. She thought they'd make her faith stronger, but instead they haunted her. Then one day, she couldn't take it anymore. In a move that's left her unemployed and nearly friendless, MacBain has come out as an atheist — and she says it's a big relief.
Letters: Eric Holder, Picking The Worst English Word
Robert Siegel and Audie Cornish read listener emails about a profile of Attorney General Eric Holder, and their reaction to an interview with New Yorker blogger Ben Greenman about eliminating the word "slacks" from the English language.
Peace, Justice Elude Rape Victims Of Bosnian War
The courageous testimony of women who suffered sexual violence during the Bosnian War led to rape being recognized as a war crime under international law. But 20 years since the start of that war, thousands of Bosnian women continue to suffer the effects of rape while their attackers remain free.
A Museum Teaches Tolerance Through Jim Crow
Michigan's new Jim Crow Museum of Racist Memorabilia is using the ugliness of racism to teach a lesson of acceptance. "We are a resource that does the thing that many Americans don't want to do," says museum founder and curator David Pilgrim, "and that is to talk about race in a direct way."
Activist's Escape Complicates Clinton's China Visit
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is heading to China — and into a firestorm — after a high-profile dissident's daring escape from house arrest. Chen Guangcheng is now said to be under U.S. protection. Human rights activists say the case is a test for both China and the Obama administration.