Behind the scenes with the gang strike force The now-defunct Metro Gang Strike Force was battling a growing threat from a Latino street gang over the past year, according to an internal report obtained by MPR News. The report documents what the unit was working on behind the scenes in its last full year of existence.5:20 p.m.
Hope for brain cancer treatment after canine success Veterinary surgeon G. Elizabeth Pluhar has spent the past year caring for Batman during his cancer treatment. After months of good progress reports, Wednesday was his final visit her lab for a brain scan.5:24 p.m.
Journalists Leave Behind 'Nightmare' Of Their Lives
Freed after nearly five months of imprisonment in North Korea, journalists Laura Ling and Euna Lee said that they had feared going to a hard labor camp. They were shocked when their jailers summoned them into a room with Bill Clinton.
Ex-Ambassador Bolton Criticizes Clinton Trip
Former President Clinton's visit to North Korea, where he secured the release of two American journalists held for nearly five months, is being criticized by a former U.S. envoy to the United Nations. John Bolton says such trips only encourage other countries to do the same thing.
Russian Sub Patrols Reminiscent Of Cold War
Two Russian submarines have been operating in the waters off the U.S. coast. The maneuvers, though commonplace during the Cold War, are unusual today. Although the Pentagon does not see the subs as a security threat, the development does raise questions about whether Russia is trying to reassert itself militarily.
John Waters: Manson Family Member Should Be Free
Nearly 40 years ago, Charles Manson and his commune of followers embarked on a gruesome killing spree in California. Now, director John Waters argues for one of the murderers' release from prison.
GOP's Best Hope For Future Also Has The Best Abs
At 28, Rep. Aaron Schock is the House's youngest member. GOP leaders have tapped him for key positions, while the national media have focused on his good looks. Schock hopes to usher other young Republicans into Congress.
N.J. Gubernatorial Election Examined
A new poll gives Republican challenger Chris Christie a 14-point lead over New Jersey Gov. John Corzine, a Democrat. Paul Mulshine, a columnist for The Star Ledger in Newark, N.J., says Christie would win if the election were held now, but he won't yet bet on a Christie victory in November.
Don't Get Sick In America
NPR Senior News Analyst Daniel Schorr says the sharpening summer debate about how to overhaul America's health insurance system echoes decades of bickering and inaction. Schorr wrote a book on health care financing called Don't Get Sick in America, published some 39 years ago.
Promise Of A New Day: Abdul Quits 'American Idol'
Paula Abdul is out the door at American Idol. Commentator Andrew Wallenstein of The Hollywood Reporter says it's bad for Abdul and bad for Idol. The true appeal of American Idol, he says, is its ability to prompt mass rubbernecking, not the talent of the singers. And the most steady source of train wrecks on the show was Abdul.
A Free Musical Haven For Inner-City Talents
A recession is no time to launch a new summer music camp. John Littlejohn, a classically trained musician in his early 30s, jumped through many hoops to make his summer camp a reality. Dubbed Thrive City String Academy, the camp took place on the campus of Towson University in Maryland, and the campers were all handpicked by public-school music teachers.
Obama Points To Signs Of Economic Recovery
President Obama returned to Elkhart County, Indiana, which has the highest unemployment rate in America, to tout progress toward economic recovery. Obama also repeated a promise to overhaul health care this year despite stiff opposition from Republicans and some in his own party.