Two sides of the debate over Norwegian consulate The Norwegian government said this week is may close down the Norwegian Consulate in Minneapolis, and many people in the area are upset about the plan. MPR's Tom Crann gets both sides of the debate.5:53 p.m.
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Justice Dept. Accused of Partisan Voter-Roll Purge
Voting-rights advocates see partisan motives behind the Justice Department's aggressive campaign to get states to purge ineligible voters from voter-registration lists. Justice officials counter by pointing to recent efforts to register eligible voters.
Leading Democrats May Forgo Early Michigan Vote
When Michigan moved up its primary to Jan. 15, the move ruffled feathers in Iowa and New Hampshire, and as those states push votes in their states even earlier, several leading Democrats are trying to pull their names off the Michigan ballot.
Literature Nobel Awarded to Writer Doris Lessing
Best known for her 1962 novel The Golden Notebook, Lessing's life work spans more than a half century. The British author is the 11th woman and the oldest writer to win the Nobel literature award.
Law Decides Who Owns a Dead Star's Image
A new California law allows famous people to pass along the rights to their image as part of their estates. As a result of the retroactive law, an archive of Marilyn Monroe shots owned by her favorite photographer now belongs to the wife of her acting coach.
Designers Jockey for Spot in 'Architectural Digest'
For two days in New York, more than 500 home-design devotees, some professionals and some not, line up to show their designs to editors in hopes of being featured in the magazine. Readers will vote for their favorite among the finalists.
Clinton's Vote on Iranian Army Unit Draws Fire
The nonbinding resolution that the Senate passed, denouncing the Revolutionary Guard Corps as a terrorist organization, has become a hot issue on the presidential campaign trail. Hillary Clinton was the only Democratic contender who voted for it, and her opponents are using it to question her judgment.
Rice, Gates Head to Russia to Plug Missile Defense
U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Defense Secretary Robert Gates go to Russia on Friday to discuss U.S. plans to build part of its missile defense system in Poland and the Czech Republic. Russia has taken strong exception to the plan, and its military says it will regard the sites as potential targets for Russian missiles. Rice and Gates are expected to repeat earlier assurances by the U.S. that the missile system is not intended to threaten Russia, but as protection from attack by countries such as Iran. Moscow and Washington, however, also have deep divisions about how to deal with Iran's nuclear ambitions. The talks are expected to cover that issue as well.
Turkey Calls Its Envoy Home After 'Genocide' Vote
In the wake of a House committee vote to label as genocide the deaths of more than 1 million Armenians at the hands of Ottoman Turks a century ago, Turkey's ambassador to the U.S. was recalled for consultations. He will be gone for a week or 10 days, a foreign ministry official says.
Letters: SCHIP, Elizabeth Edwards, Laptops
Michele Norris and Robert Siegel read from listeners' letters and e-mails. This round features the vetoed children's health — or SCHIP — legislation, an Elizabeth Edwards interview, the annoying click-click of a computer keyboard, Sputnik and the melodious keys of Thelonius Monk.
Judge Halts Construction of Border Fence
A federal judge Wednesday temporarily halted construction of the fence on the border in the federally protected San Pedro National Riparian Conservation Area, saying the government rushed into construction without the necessary environmental and public-comment reviews.