Northwest cuts 2,500 jobs The Eagan-based carrier says it will also begin charging fees to check luggage. Northwest says the actions are necessary because of high fuel prices.5:20 p.m.
Rybak opposes bus fare increase A proposal to raise fares on Metro Transit buses and trains is under fire from Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak. Rybak told Metropolitan Council officials at a public hearing today the hike will hurt transit ridership.5:24 p.m.
Checking the progress of the 35W bridge The span of the new 35W bridge over the Mississippi is almost complete. MPR's Tom Crann checked in with the manager of the project to see how it's progressing.5:54 p.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Pentagon To Review Air Force Tanker Bid
Defense Secretary Robert Gates on Wednesday ordered a complete review of the bidding process that gave a $40 billion contract to build Air Force refueling tankers to a team led by Northrop Grumman Corp. and the European company Airbus instead of Boeing.
Gunmen Attack U.S. Consulate In Turkey
Armed men opened fire on a security post just outside the U.S. Consulate in Istanbul Wednesday, embassy and city officials said. Three police officers and three assailants were killed.
Obama Ad Attempts To Reintroduce Democrat
Barack Obama's new biographical ad introduces him to audiences that know little about his background. Jonathan Martin, a senior political writer for Politico, says it's an attempt to reassure middle class white voters he's no different from them.
7 Peacekeepers Killed In Darfur Ambush
Seven peacekeepers from a joint U.N.-African Union force have been killed and 22 wounded in an attack in Sudan's Darfur region. The peacekeepers were killed when their unit was ambushed by more than 200 gunmen on Tuesday.
Glass Beads From Moon Hint Of Watery Past
New analysis of tiny beads of volcanic glass collected by Apollo astronauts suggest the moon once contained enough water to fill the Caribbean Sea. The finding raises new questions about how the moon was born.
AMA To Apologize For Past Discrimination
The American Medical Association plans to apologize for past discrimination against minority physicians. The group did not take a stand against discrimination by state medical societies — including the exclusion of African-Americans — until the 1960s.
France At Forefront Of Free, Innovative Cancer Care
Annie Hubert and other cancer patients receive premium treatment in France, where coverage is universal. The national health care system covers 100 percent of their care, from home visits to experimental medication.
Obama In U-Turn On Daughters' TV Appearance
Barack Obama says he was "carried away in the moment" when he let his daughters be interviewed on television. Richard Wolffe, senior White House Correspondent for Newsweek, says the Obamas may have crossed their own line by allowing the interview.
Something Is Rotten In The State Of ... Wisconsin?
Two new books bring the story of Shakespeare's Hamlet to the American Midwest, where — in addition to the usual vengeance and depression — the prince of Denmark must contend with a kennel full of dogs or hunting deer from a tree.
Senate OKs FISA Bill, Immunity For Telecom Firms
The Senate on Wednesday approved a bill that protects telecommunications companies from liability for participating in the warrantless domestic spying program begun after the Sept. 11 attacks. The president is expected to sign the bill.