Organic farmers hope trucks increase business Farmers in southeastern Minnesota hope to capitalize on a growing interest in local foods, and have launched a trucking business to haul their produce direct to office buildings in the Twin Cities.5:24 p.m.
Who Has Access To Max Baucus?
Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus has the clout to determine winners and losers in the health-care debate. Several former staffers are now industry lobbyists with a unique brand of access to the man at the debate's center. In Washington, access is money.
Hot! Hot! Hot! How Much Heat Can You Take?
Now that it's high summer, you're probably wondering how much heat you can take. Some 230 years ago, three curious London gentlemen walked into a room with a few eggs, a steak and a dog -- with exactly that question.
Maxwell Takes Soul Back To Basics
At a time when soul music is heavily tricked-out, singer Maxwell likes to pare things down, inviting listeners in with his smooth, fluttery singing and raw emotion. In 2001, Maxwell scored a top-selling album, then disappeared. He's back with a new album, BLACKsummers' Night.
Political Discontent, Divisions Deepen In Iran
Protesters in Iran continue to march in significant numbers, despite heavy police presence in the streets of Tehran. As well, disagreements within the ruling clerical establishment appear to be worsening. All of this makes it difficult for Washington to fashion its approach to Iran.
Can Iraqis Handle Their Own Security?
The meeting between Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and President Obama is the first in Washington between the two men after U.S. combat forces withdrew from Iraqi cities last month. Retired Lt. Col. John Nagl, president of the Center for a New American Security, says the Iraqis have improved dramatically but they still need U.S. help to deter conventional attacks from their neighbors.
GOP Sen. Graham To Support Sotomayor
Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham says he will vote for Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor. The South Carolina senator is a member of the Judiciary Committee, which votes Tuesday, and Sotomayor is expected to pass that test easily.
For Half Of Virginia Rest Areas, It's No Go
The state joins Maine, Colorado and Vermont in closing down rest areas. Lawmakers say the roadside rest stops are less necessary than they once were. Many truckers and travelers disagree.
Will Economy Push Californians Back To Midwest?
The Great Depression sent millions of dispossessed Midwesterners toward California's promise. Andrei Codrescu says now that the Golden State is selling off furniture signed by its movie-star governor to raise money, he's sure a reverse migration is on the way.
Senate Rejects Concealed Weapons Measure
Senate Democrats stopped Republicans and some centrist Democrats from attaching a gun amendment to the pending defense bill. The measure would have allowed gun owners to carry concealed weapons across state lines, even if they would be ineligible for concealed-carry permits in the states they entered.
Top Arbitration Firms Exit Business
Two of the leading arbitration companies have stopped taking consumer cases. The American Arbitration Association says it will stop mediating consumer debt cases and the National Arbitration Forum is getting out of all consumer matters.