Lutherans pass measure on gay clergy Leaders of the country's largest Lutheran denomination have decided to allow gay men and lesbian pastors in committed relationship to lead individual congregations.5:20 p.m.
Police to change review policy for dash cam videos Minneapolis police officials say they will make minor changes to the department's policy on squad car videos in response to a videotaped incident in which officers kicked and punched a man who they say resisted before he was arrested.5:24 p.m.
Gang strike force fallout raises new questions As the FBI continues its investigation into the now defunct Metro Gang Strike Force, questions linger about prosecutions related to those cases and how jurors view police testimony in future cases.5:45 p.m.
Lutherans pass measure on gay clergy Leaders of the country's largest Lutheran denomination have decided to allow gay men and lesbian pastors in committed relationship to lead individual congregations.6:20 p.m.
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Ex-DNC Chief Dean Urges Public Option
Former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean, who was the chairman of the Democratic National Committee, is pushing to keep a government-run insurance option, or "public option," in the health care legislation. He says it's not a left vs. right issue, but a common sense issue.
Sen. Grassley Shifts Stance On Health Care
Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa, the leader of the GOP on the Senate Finance Committee, has backed off his earlier commitments to bipartisan health care changes and become the prime obstacle to legislation. The apparent shift in position follows weeks of rowdy town hall meetings.
Obama Expression Gets Press Corps 'Wee-Weed Up'
President Obama spent time Thursday rallying his supporters for a health care overhaul. He compared the current pessimism over health care to the early days of last year's presidential campaign. In doing so, he used the term "wee-weed up" to describe the emotions in Washington in August and September. That unusual phrase set off a flurry of head-scratching in the press corps.
Karzai, Rival Claim Win In Afghan Vote
Afghan President Hamid Karzai and his chief rival, Abdullah Abdullah, both declared themselves winners in Thursday's presidential election. Election officials said, however, results aren't due for days.
GOP, Dems Spar Over Pa. Budget Impasse
Republicans and Democrats in Pennsylvania are blaming each other for the state's failure to pass a budget. Meanwhile, nonprofits that rely on state funding are closing their doors.
Conn. In Stalemate Over State Budget
Connecticut is nearing a third month without a budget. With a Republican governor and an overwhelmingly Democratic legislature, the stalemate boils down to whether the state's wealthiest residents should pay higher taxes.
Prep Football Players Grit Through 'Basic Training'
For soldiers, it's basic training. For accountants, it's tax season. For football players, it's summer two-a-days. Coaches, players and parents from two high school football teams — one in New Jersey and one in Philadelphia — sweat it out in the blistering heat in the hope it'll all pay off come fall.
Bud Light Fan Can Draws Criticism
The new Bud Light "Fan Can" promotion features beer cans decorated in the colors of college football teams. Some universities have objected, on grounds that the cans encourage alcohol consumption. But some schools are also concerned about agreements with other brewers.
Nortec Collective Crosses Musical, Real Borders
The Nortec Collective, a group of musicians in Tijuana, blend the traditional Norteno style with club beats. They have thrived in the mix-it-up culture of Tijuana for a decade, in part, because so many people traveled across the border to collaborate with and listen to them. But recent border crackdowns have changed the musical culture and the style of the Nortec Collective as well.
Obama Visit Builds On Vineyard's Historic Legacy
Next week President Obama and the first family head to Martha's Vineyard. Historian Robert Hayden says the Vineyard's summer intellectual activities have long made it a popular destination for prominent African-Americans.