Bear center aims to bust myths Ely has a new attraction. The North American Bear Center has opened on the small wilderness town's western end. The center is the culmination of years of work by famed bear researcher Lynn Rogers. Rogers says a mission of the center is to dispel some bear myths.4:55 p.m.
Evacuation ordered in Gunflint Lodge area Firefighters are slogging through another day at the Ham Lake fire at the end of the Gunflint Trail in northeastern Minnesota. Officials evacuated the Gunflint Lodge neighborhood Thursday afternoon as smoke blanketed the area and the fire pushed forward.5:20 p.m.
Tax-for-tax swap passes state Senate Hours after DFL leaders met with Gov. Tim
Pawlenty about achieving an orderly finish to the legislative
session, the state Senate approved a tax swap bill he is vowing to
Will controversy be Mapplethorpe's lasting image? Photographer Robert Mapplethorpe is best remembered for the controversy that surrounded some of his work. A new exhibition of his photographs at the Weinstein Gallery in Minneapolis explores his more traditional side.5:55 p.m.
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Citing Domestic Successes, Blair to Step Down
Britain's Prime Minister Tony Blair has announced that he will step down on June 27, putting a firm date on the long goodbye that will end a decade on Downing Street. In an emotional speech, Blair said that 10 years was long enough for him — and for the country.
Blair's Legacy: Steeped in Disappointment?
The decision by British Prime Minister Tony Blair to step down in June is already sparking assessments of Blair's tenure at 10 Downing Street. Blair's legacy is an ambiguous one, the London Times'Peter Riddell tells Robert Siegel. Riddell, who has written two books about the British leader, says Blair's is a story of disappointment.
Bush Meets With Republicans Worried by Iraq
The Bush administration is facing growing congressional pressure on Iraq war funding, as some Republicans are joining Democrats in demanding benchmarks for the Iraqi government to meet — and for a timetable for winding down the U.S. commitment.
OxyContin Addiction Case Yields Millions in Fines
The company that makes the painkilling drug OxyContin, and three of its executives, have pleaded guilty to misleading regulators and the public about how addictive the drug is. Drug maker Purdue Pharma LP agreed to pay more than $600 million in fines. Three executives will pay $34.5 million.
New Space Telescope Will Outdistance Hubble
A model of the James Webb Space Telescope is touring the country. The real telescope will be sent to a spot nearly 1 million miles away. It's job is to capture the most penetrating images yet of the early universe.
Stocks' Gains May Be Linked to Housing Losses
One of the strongest stock market rallies on record has come at the same time as gasoline prices are soaring, the economy is slowing and real estate is in the doldrums. The winning streak has some people scratching their heads. One factor worth considering: Investors who were speculating in housing are now betting on stocks.
A Real Estate Bull Has a Change of Heart
Once a serious booster for real-estate investment, David Lereah, chief economist of the National Association of Realtors, is now sounding a note of pessism. In 2005, he wrote Are You Missing the Real Estate Boom, which suggested profits would "climb through the end of the decade." Robert Siegel talks with Lereah.
GOP Voters Look to Giuliani to Firm Abortion Stance
Republican presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani was an unabashed supporter of abortion rights during his eight years New York's mayor. But in the recent Republican presidential candidate debate, he said he was "personally" opposed to abortion and that it was "OK" if the landmark Roe v. Wade decision were overturned.
So You'd Like to Be President: Richardson Ad
New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson's presidential campaign has introduced humorous ads for the Iowa and New Hampshire markets. In the spots, Richardson is subjected to a job interview for the presidency, and his resume is being scrutinized.