Minnesotans spending more of their income for housing Minnesota claimed the top spot in the nation for homeownership in 2005. But information released by the U.S. Census bureau also shows residents are sacrificing more of their incomes to pay housing costs.5:19 p.m.
Mobilization of the faithful is a two-party affair It's not just conservative churches that are trying to get out the vote this fall. Urban church leaders are registering voters in low-turnout precincts in Minneapolis and St. Paul - areas that tend to vote Democrat.5:23 p.m.
St. Paul astronaut had fun in space Minnesota astronaut Heidemarie Stefanyshyn-Piper says being in space was "cool." Stefanyshyn-Piper, a native of St. Paul, was a member of the space shuttle Atlantis crew, which spent 11 days in space last month.5:52 p.m.
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Girls' Murderer Told Wife of Past Troubles, Police Say
Police say the man responsible for killings at an Amish schoolhouse told his wife he had molested two young relatives decades ago and was tormented by the memory. Police say Charles Roberts was also upset about the loss of his daughter at childbirth.
Amish School: No Precedent for Shocking Tragedy
Melissa Block talks with Professor Mark Dewalt of Winthrop University in South Carolina. Dewalt, who has studied one-room schoolhouses and Amish education in the United States and Canada for 20 years, has just finished a book on Amish education. For his research, he spent time in the schoolhouses of Lancaster County, Penn. He says that Monday's shooting is an unprecedented and shocking tragedy for the community.
Grieving Amish Turn to Mental Health Counselors
After a school shooting, psychiatrists and other mental health counselors rush to the scene to help the traumatized. In the Amish community, victimized on Monday, there is a changing relationship with mental health counselors. The Amish have come to rely more on mental health care -- especially if it is tailored to their beliefs.
Dow Surpasses Its Six-Year-Old Record High
In a historic day for the stock market, the Dow Jones Industrial Average finished at an all-time high. The index closed at 11,727 -- beating a record set six and a half years ago. Analysts credit a drop in energy costs and a belief that interest rates have peaked for the rise.
Big-Bang Detective Work Wins Physics Nobel
Americans John Mather and George Smoot (left) have won the 2006 Nobel Prize for Physics. Their work on cosmic radiation helped pinpoint the age of the universe and added weight to the big-bang theory, which holds that the universe was created 13 billion years ago in an unparalleled explosion.
North Korea Plans to Test Nuclear Weapon
North Korea has alarmed the world by announcing it intends to a carry out a test of a nuclear weapon soon. The United States and other nations in the region have expressed concern, saying the move would be unacceptable and a threat to peace.
Donald Rumsfeld, Secretary of Self-Defense
It doesn't seem to matter how many people line up to take a whack at Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld. High-level generals, the White House chief of staff, the national security advisor and the secretary of state: All thought Rumsfeld should go during his first four years on the job, but he's still there and going on six. NPR's John Hendren reports.
Justices Debate Legal Threshold for Deportation
The Supreme Court hears arguments on whether an immigrant can be deported for a crime that is a felony on the state level -- but a misdemeanor under federal law. At issue is not whether someone should be deported for committing a felony, but whether states may set a tougher standard for staying in the United States than does the federal government, which has the power to regulate immigration.
Sean Lennon Explores Love's 'Friendly Fire'
On his new CD, Friendly Fire, Sean Lennon tells the story of love, friendship and betrayal. The singer and songwriter talks about how he's able to express such personal feelings in his art and music — and what it's like to be John Lennon's son.
Foley Fallout Spreads; Bush Defends Hastert
The fallout from computer messages resigned Rep. Mark Foley sent to under-age pages continued Tuesday, with a call for Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert's resignation. And late Tuesday, Foley's attorney acknowledged that his client is gay. Attorney David Roth also said that when Foley was a teenager, he was molested by a clergyman.