Rural areas battle electronic waste State officials say a 2007 law requiring electronics manufacturers to pay for e-waste recycling has reduced the illegal dumping of electronics in rural Minnesota.4:50 p.m.
Percussion in the spotlight Percussionists have a vital, but under-appreciated role in symphonic music. Over the next three weeks they're being showcased in the Crash! Bang! Boom! Festival.4:54 p.m.
Lawyers target bridge consultant Attorneys representing victims of the 35W bridge collapse say that a new state report is giving them addition ammunition against a company MnDOT hired five years ago to analyze the bridge.5:20 p.m.
Quake Further Endangers China's Giant Pandas
Found only in China, the giant panda is threatened by extinction, and researchers in southwestern China have devoted themselves to saving the species. The May 12 earthquake in Sichuan province has exacerbated the challenges facing the already fragile population.
With Indy in His 'Kingdom,' What Could Go Wrong?
Filmdom's favorite archaeologist is back — this time facing Russian spies and legions of Mayans. Like the earlier Raiders sequels, this one's inventively conceived, capably managed and amusing enough to please those already hooked.
Petraeus Hints at Deeper Iraq Troop Pullout
Gen. David Petraeus, the top U.S. commander in Iraq, says he will likely recommend more withdrawals of U.S. troops before he leaves his post in September. Petraeus made the remarks to the Senate Armed Services Committee on Thursday.
Doctors Provide Care Despite Obstacles in China
In China's earthquake-damaged Sichuan province, 39,000 medical personnel are now working to provide care, according to provincial authorities. Chinese emergency medical workers have been able to cope with the rush of injured people.
Defying Bush, Senate Bolsters War Funds Bill
The Senate votes to approve a war funding bill for Iraq and Afghanistan that would add extended unemployment benefits and expand the GI Bill for returning veterans. President Bush has threatened to veto any measure with the added spending, but there may be enough GOP support in Congress to override a veto.
McCain, Obama Said to Ponder VP Choices
Looking forward to a fall campaign, Sen. John McCain and Sen. Barack Obama are quietly considering potential running mates. Ron Klain, who helped vet VP candidates for Al Gore in 2000, offers insight into the secretive process.
NOAA Hedges Bets on Hurricane Forecast
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration predicts the 2008 "hurricane season" may be above normal in terms of the number and strength of named storms. But more than in the past, the agency is acknowledging that precise estimates are difficult.
Counterfeit Drug Cases on the Rise
Officials attending the World Health Assembly in Geneva are told that 2007 showed a sharp increase in incidents of counterfeit medications. Greater access to sophisticated technology is helping drive the rise in sales of fake drugs.
China's Only Children Face Great Expectations
Since 1980, when China implemented a one-child policy, traditionally large families have turned into inverted pyramids with multiple grandparents for every child. They lavish the child with attention — and expect great things.
'Oakland Tribune' Maps Murder Victims
The Web site of The Oakland Tribune offers a detailed, interactive map of the city showing the locations of homicides and names and photos of the victims. Tribune editor Martin Reynolds talks about the project.