New report questions the value of Iron Range mining jobs The Iron Range is poised to add more than 1,000 high-paying jobs in several new mining projects. But the report's author says the region should think hard about whether those jobs will fulfill the promises their backers are making.5:20 p.m.
Clinton Takes Iowa Lead in Newspaper's Poll
For the first time, Sen. Hillary Clinton is leading Democratic candidates in Iowa, according to a Des Moines Register poll. On the Republican side, Mitt Romney leads, with newcomer Fred Thompson in second. Now Clinton has a narrow lead, with 29 percent of likely caucus-goers.
Elizabeth Edwards Takes Candor on Campaign Trail
Known as someone who's not afraid to speak her mind, Elizabeth Edwards is hitting the campaign trail, stumping for her husband, Democratic presidential hopeful John Edwards. Her sharp-tongued opinions sometimes earn her as much attention as her husband.
Jordan Belfort: A Big Story for the Big Screen?
The story of Jordan Belfort, the former meat salesman from Queens who built a $100 million fortune by selling artificially inflated stocks to investors, is slated to be made into a movie with Leonardo DiCaprio. In the famed Stratton Oakmont scandal, Belfort spent 22 months in prison. He now says that he has changed; he has written a memoir about his boiler-room days.
Lying Legally, and the Right to Speech
Last week, the Washington State Supreme Court struck down a 1999 law that banned political candidates from lying about their opponents. In the decision, the majority said the law was an affront to free speech.
In Energy Bill Fight, Nuances Matter
To understand the difficulty Congress faces in raising mileage standards for cars, one might consider Toyota. The maker of fuel-efficient hybrid cars is lobbying against higher standards. After all, Toyota also wants to sell gas-guzzlers like its full-sized Tundra pickup trucks.
Minneapolis Bridge Work Raises Costs, Rancor
In Minnesota, the governor and state lawmakers are arguing over the best way to pay for replacing the I-35W bridge that collapsed in August. Cost estimates for cleanup and reconstruction have skyrocketed from $250 million dollars to nearly $400 million.
In Chile, Commuters Sue City over Transit System
Cities around the world have been trying to lure commuters out of their cars and onto mass transit with the aim of making urban life cleaner and greener. In Chile, Santiago's new system has reduced pollution. But a bungled plan has left millions of passengers reeling and hundreds of others suing the government.
Young Climber Takes On the Odds, and Kilimanjaro
Michele Norris talks to Nicolai Calabria, 13, who climbed Mount Kilimanjaro this summer. He climbed the 19,000-foot mountain on crutches, braving arctic temperatures. Calabria was born without a right leg; in his climb, he relied on his upper-body strength to battle the mountain.
'Leaves of Grass' Still Growing, Inspiring
Author Diane Ackerman writes that Walt Whitman's Leaves of Grass is an epic journey of self-discovery. He began with a microscopic eye focused on a leaf of grass, and then stretched his mental eye out to the beauty of the farthest nebulae.
Three Win Nobel for Work on 'Gene Targeting'
Three scientists will share the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for their pioneering work in the fields of "gene targeting" and embryonic stem-cell research. The discoveries, made over the past three decades, laid the groundwork for understanding how genes work.