Tutu says he'll visit St. Thomas if professor is reinstated Nobel peace laureate Desmond Tutu has notified the University of St. Thomas that he'll accept an invitation to speak on campus next spring, but only if the university reinstates Cris Toffolo as director of the Justice and Peace Studies Program.5:20 p.m.
'Black Radical' remembers his days as a Minnesota Communist Nelson Peery grew up in the only black family in Wabasha, Minnsota. It was as an Army soldier during World World II that he learned what racial discrimination meant. When he returned to Minnnesota, he joined the Comunist Party, which he says was the only racially integrated organization a person could join.5:50 p.m.
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Turkish Troops Bolster Mountainous Iraq Border
Iraqi leaders are vowing to crack down on the Kurdish separatist group known as the PKK as Turkish troops gather at Iraq's mountainous northern border. Diplomatic talks between Turkey and Iraq on Tuesday brought promises, but it's unclear what Baghdad can do to rein in the Kurdish rebels.
Three Marines Try to Build Trust in Iraqi Province
Shiite militias have almost completely taken over the Iraqi province of Qadisiyah, which is a transit route for weapons from Iran. Gen. David Petraeus has sent three Marines to try to regain the people's trust and improve the situation there.
Fires Take Great Toll in San Diego
More than a dozen wildfires continue to rage across Southern California. San Diego County is still getting hit the hardest. Hundreds of thousands of residents have been forced to flee the flames, and at least 700 homes have been destroyed.
Clinton-Obama Battle for Black Voters Heats Up
Both Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama hope to win the African-American vote in the Democratic presidential primaries. One key is winning high-profile endorsements. Clinton got one of those earlier this month when the civil rights icon John Lewis chose her over Obama.
GOP's Hunter on America's 'Arsenal of Democracy'
As the presidential candidates strap on their boots and begin to blaze their campaign trails, we'll highlight stump speeches they give along the way – including this excerpt from U.S. Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA) at the Values Voter Summit on Oct. 19 in Washington, D.C.
'Redacted' Producer Blocks Real, Horrifying Images
Director Brian DePalma's Redacted, a fictional version of a real event in Iraq, is embroiled in controversy. The film ends with a horrifying montage of real photos of dead and wounded Iraqis, and the movie studios insisted that the subjects' eyes and identifying features be blacked out.
The Musical 'Seeds' of Jesca Hoop
Unsigned and living in a van, Hoop took the Los Angeles area by storm with only a demo recording. Several years later, she has a fully fleshed-out major-label album, one that draws on sundry sounds and shape-shifting voices.
Fire Evacuees Crowd Makeshift Shelters
Hundreds of thousands of Californians have evacuated their homes because of wildfires raging from north of Los Angeles all the way to the Mexican border. Two evacuees who took up shelter at Qualcomm Stadium and the Del Mar Fairgrounds detail their experiences.