SE Minnesota declared a disaster area The declaration releases the Federal Emergency Management Agency to begin registering and helping residents and businesses for disaster relief. The agency will also help with public infrastructure projects like roads and sewers.5:20 p.m.
How much does it cost when a bridge goes down? If you've had to take a detour because of the I-35W bridge collapse, chances are you've been burning extra gas -- and time. The state estimates the cost of those delays and detours adds up to about $400,000 a day.5:24 p.m.
Sen. Warner Urges Mini-Drawdown to Kickstart Iraq
Sen. John Warner of Virginia, the senior Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee, said Thursday that he thinks President Bush ought to send a signal of frustration to the Iraqi government by beginning the withdrawal of a portion of U.S. forces.
Well-Meaning Projects Stir Contempt in Iraq
The Army touts its programs for establishing good will in Iraqi villages, such as paying villagers to collect trash in their neighborhoods. The experience of one patrol shows how a well-meaning project can engender hostility and mutual contempt between villagers and soldiers.
Election Looms as Musharraf Rival Cleared to Return
Pakistan's Supreme Court ruled Thursday that President Gen. Pervez Musharraf's main rival, whom he ousted in a coup in 1999, can return to the country. The decision comes two months before the presidential election and could hurt Musharraf's bid.
Midwest States Scramble for Flood Recovery Aid
On Thursday, Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff and FEMA Administrator R. David Paulison visited Ohio to assess the damage in that state, but throughout the Midwest, thousands of residents are trying to recover from the relentless storms.
BP Backtracks After Criticism over Lake Pollution
Oil company BP American says it will not immediately increase the amount of pollution it dumps into Lake Michigan from its refinery in Whiting, Ind., reversing earlier comments. The announcement follows weeks of uproar after the state approved BP's plan to dump 54 percent more ammonia into Lake Michigan.
Would a Run by Obama Boost Black Voter Turnout?
Illinois Sen. Barack Obama recently asserted that he would put red states in play because of the impact he would have in bringing out black voters. Political analyst David Bositis talks with Robert Siegel about the potential impact of a black candidate on black voter turnout in the presidential race.
Candidates Flock to U.S. House Race in Mass.
Voters in the Fifth Congressional District of Massachusetts have an opportunity to fill something that doesn't come up often in that state: an open seat. Candidates for the Sept. 4 primary include the widow of a former presidential candidate and the brother of a Sept. 11 victim.
Arts Boards Struggle with Changing Roles
Recent criticism of Smithsonian mismanagement and corruption has come to haunt its Board of Regents. But ineffective governance by the board of a nonprofit organization is not a problem unique to the Smithsonian.