Coleman won't support troop pullback Republican Sen. Norm Coleman says he won't support an immediate withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq. Democrats have been trying to pressure Coleman this week as the Senate debates various amendments about the Iraq war.5:20 p.m.
Researcher predicts larger Gulf dead zone this year A researcher with the U.S. Geological Survey says there was a sharp increase this spring in the amount of nitrogen entering the Gulf of Mexico from the Mississippi River. The excess fertilizer likely will cause an increase in the size of the Gulf's dead zone.5:50 p.m.
Minnesota teens push gang proposal to members of Congress A delegation of high school students from the Twin Cities think that mandatory financial management classes would help keep their peers out of gangs. They recently had the chance to take that proposal drectly to their U.S. senators.6:24 p.m.
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Bush: No Moves on Iraq Until September
President Bush says he will make no decisions on possible troop withdrawals until at least September, when Gen. David Petraeus, the commander of U.S. forces in Iraq, gives his security report. He also said that Congress should not be making policy in Iraq.
Democrats: Bush Out of Touch, Wrong on Iraq
A report on Iraq's progress in meeting benchmarks is providing ammunition for critics and supporters of President Bush's strategy in the country. Democrats in the Senate say the president is out of touch. In the House, they move toward a vote on a bill to withdraw troops by spring.
Trying Diplomacy in Person, in Iraq
Horatio Ureta worked as a political officer for the State Department based in Anbar province. He says the situation there is improving greatly, citing improved security and living conditions.
Lacihte? Whole Foods CEO Spams Under Anagram
The head of organic food giant Whole Foods has been caught trashing a competitor on the Internet. Using the pseudonym of Rahodeb — his wife's name spelled backwards — Whole Foods CEO John Mackey said a competitor's stock price was too high and that it had no future. Now he's trying to buy the company.
Letters: R. Kelly, Mormons, and Crudo
Each Thursday, we read from listeners' e-mails. This week, we hear responses to our report on the singer R. Kelly, a piece about Mormonism, and varying views on our story on crudo, a sort of Italian raw fish.
'Dirty Bomb' Sting Finds a Hole in Security
Undercover investigators obtained a license to buy enough radioactive material to build a "dirty bomb," amid little scrutiny from federal regulators, according to a government report obtained Wednesday. The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission issued the license to a fake company in just 28 days, with only a cursory review, the Government Accountability Office says.
Cover-Up Charged at Dallas-Fort Worth Airport
For the second time in two years, whistleblowers are accusing their air-traffic control colleagues of a wide-ranging conspiracy to cover up errors at one of the nation's busiest airports. The latest accusations charge that Dallas-Fort Worth controllers blame near collisions on pilot error.
Music Business Still Groping for a Digital-Age Plan
Midyear music sales figures are in. Not surprisingly, they're not good: CD sales are down from last year, and legitimate online sales are far outstripped by downloads for free. How will the industry cope in this new generation of digital media consumers?
Mysteries, Race Intertwine in 'New England White'
Stephen Carter's novel New England White centers on a prominent African-American family in a largely white New England college town. The thriller, which offers keen observations on race, focuses on two murders separated by 30 years.
Sen. Reed: Bush 'Overly Optimistic' on Iraq
President Bush outlined a mixed interim progress report on Iraq, emphasizing his belief that peace can be secured there. Sen. Jack Reed (D-RI) says the White House is "being overly optimistic" in reviewing the situation in Iraq and the country's fledgling government.