Rural nonprofits struggle with sagging economy The sagging economy is putting a pinch on Minnesota's nonprofit sector. High demand for services and shrinking budgets are putting some nonprofits in crisis. Some say the problem may be worse in greater Minnesota.4:50 p.m.
New poll shows Obama, Coleman have big leads in Minnesota A new poll shows Democrat Barack Obama leading Republican John McCain by 17 percentage points in Minnesota. The poll also shows that despite Obama's popularity, DFL Senate candidate Al Franken trails Republican incumbent Norm Coleman.5:20 p.m.
Wounded Iraqi war veteran gets a new home An army of volunteers raised the first wall of a house today that will soon belong to a Minnesota National Guard member who was severely wounded in a bomb attack last year.5:50 p.m.
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U.S. Lifts N. Korea Trade Sanctions
President Bush Thursday lifts trade sanctions against North Korea and moves to remove it from the U.S. list of state sponsors of terrorism. The move comes after Pyongyang hands over accounting of its nuclear work to Chinese officials.
Ex-Official: Proliferation Is Key to N. Korea Deal
The U.S. has eased sanctions on North Korea in exchange for a key step toward denuclearization. Charles Pritchard, head of the Korea Economic Institute, who worked with North Korea issues in the Bush and Clinton administrations, says the the key to this deal will be whether or not North Korea reveals its involvement in nuclear proliferation.
D.C. Mayor: Court Ruling May Mean More Violence
Washington, D.C., Mayor Adrian Fenty says Thursday's decision by the U.S. Supreme Court to strike down the District ban on handguns will mean more gun violence in the city. But the decision doesn't mean guns will go on sale in the city anytime soon.
Oil Price Up; Market Down
Oil spiked Thursday more than $5 to a record high near $140 a barrel. The Dow industrials fell to a new low for the year. The sell-off on Wall Street started when Goldman Sachs issued downgrades on Citigroup and GM.
An Art Star Creates a Splash in New York
New Yorkers woke up this morning to new landmarks in the city's harbor and along the East River: four waterfalls. They're actually a public art project, courtesy of artist Olafur Eliasson.
Obama's Foreign Policy Aide Weighs In on Iraq
Denis McDonough is Sen. Barack Obama's foreign policy adviser. He says Obama wants to start withdrawing troops immediately at the pace of one to two combat brigades per month. At this pace, the remaining U.S. troops can leave Iraq in 16 months.
McCain Foreign Policy Aide Outlines Iraq Position
Randy Scheunemann is Sen. John McCain's foreign policy adviser. He says McCain won't put a timetable on withdrawing troops from Iraq because that would send the "wrong signal to our enemies." He says an early withdrawal would help al-Qaida.
Justice Department Politicization Reflects Bush Policy
This week, a government report said the Justice Department rejected law students for jobs two years ago based on their liberal leanings. A growing number of government positions are being politicized under the Bush administration.
Young Victim of Iraqi Insurgents Heals in U.S.
Hamoody Jauda was 2 years old when he was shot in the face by insurgents in Iraq. An American group brought him to the U.S. for medical treatment. Two years later, he's still undergoing treatments — and much about his old life is a distant memory.
Supreme Court Strikes Down D.C. Handgun Ban
The Supreme Court for the first time ruled that the Second Amendment guarantees individuals the right to own a gun. The 5-4 opinion said the justices expect new cases to test the boundaries of government limits on those lawfully held guns.