Can Democrats take over Minnesota House? Republicans currently have a two-seat majority in the Minnesota House but Democrats think they have the candidates and the political climate to win control.5:20 p.m.
UnitedHealth Group's profits give investors something to cheer Minnetonka-based UnitedHealth Group Inc., the nation's second-largest health insurer, said its third-quarter earnings rose almost 38 percent on growth across its businesses. Even so, the company's incoming CEO is apologizing for the company's stock option problems.5:46 p.m.
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Spike in Iraqi Attacks 'Disheartening,' General Says
Insurgent attacks against U.S. and Iraqi forces have soared in the past three weeks. The northern city of Mosul was hit by at least six suicide bomb attacks Thursday; one attack at an Iraqi police station killed at least 13 people.
Parallels, Differences in Vietnam 1968, Iraq 2006
The current escalation of violence in Iraq, coupled with the American public's war fatigue, resembles conditions during the Vietnam War's Tet Offensive, says New York Times columnist Tom Friedman. Andy Kohut of the Pew Research Center polled U.S. opinion during that war.
Little Joy in Gaza as Ramadan Tapers Off
The last days of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan are a festive time for most Muslims. But in Gaza, the mood is dark for many Palestinians. Israel continues to apply military and economic pressure on Gaza, where militants continue to fire rockets at the Jewish state. At a time when inter-Palestinian violence threatens to widen into a civil war, lawlessness, border closures and a poor economy put Gazans in a bleak mood.
Democratic Party Embraces 'Values' Debate
Religious and moral issues mobilized record numbers of voters in 2004, to a Republican advantage. This year, Democratic candidates have taken up the debate, speaking openly about their faith -- and asserting that issues such as AIDS and poverty are about morality, too.
NBC Universal Plans to Cut 5 Percent of Staff
NBC Universal says it is cutting 700 jobs. Cost-cutting plans include the news operation. General Electric's NBC expects to save $750 million by 2008. The job cuts would represent about 5 percent of its work force.
'Ugly Betty' Leads Pack of New TV Series
This fall's network TV season has already seen cancellations, as well as stability. Ratings for 30 Rock and Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip -- both NBC shows centered on the behind-the-scenes life of TV series -- have faltered recently. But ABC's Ugly Betty, based on a Colombian telenovela, has been a surprise hit. Robert Siegel talks with Marisa Guthrie, of The New York Daily News.
Immigrant Group Sues Arizona for Millions
An Illinois immigrant-rights group is suing the Arizona Attorney General, accusing him of illegally seizing millions of dollars in money transfers sent to Arizona and Mexico by thousands of people in 26 states. The group charges that Arizona improperly used blanket warrants.
Aliens Teach University Economics Class
Students in Jeff Sarbaum's online ECON 201 class take on the role of Sarbonians, an alien race that has crash-landed onto a post-apocalyptic Earth. As the Sarbonians learn how to survive, students learn the principles of microeconomics.
Hold Steady's 'Boys and Girls' with Problems
The Hold Steady is led by a very wordy, not-so-great singer named Craig Finn. The group's latest CD is Boys and Girls in America — a title taken from a line by Jack Kerouac. The line goes, "Boys and girls in America have such a sad time together." Critic Robert Christgau says that despite the band sounding a bit more like Bruce Springsteen, the characters are strong and indeed quite sad.
House Clerk, GOP Leader Questioned on Foley
Former House Clerk Jeff Trandahl, who oversaw the congressional page program until late last year, testifies for more than four hours before a special House ethics panel looking into the Mark Foley scandal. The House panel also heard from House Majority Leader John Boehner.