Meg Tilly's promise to "Gemma" Meg Tilly won fans in the 1980s with her acting in "The Big Chill" and an Oscar nomination for the title role in "Agnes of God." Then she turned her back on Hollywood and moved to Canada to write.4:50 p.m.
Barack Obama: Part politican, part rock star Illinois Sen. Barack Obama, one of the biggest names in the Democratic Party, spent Monday in Minnesota -- campaigning for Democrats and signing copies of his new book. The atmosphere at the book signing was worthy of a rock star.5:20 p.m.
Mesaba mechanics continue negotiations Mesaba reached agreement with negotiator for its pilots and flight attendants unions over the weekend, but is still bargaining with mechanics. A judge's ruling that the bankrupt regional airline can impose contracts on workers put all the unions at a disadvantage.5:23 p.m.
Minnesota's timber industry in crisis
In September, Ainsworth Lumber Company -- one of the state's largest wood products operations -- temporarily shut down plants in Grand Rapids and Cook. It laid off 300 workers. Just a month earlier, Ainsworth permanently cut more than 100 jobs when it closed a production line in Bemidji.
Observers say the cuts have far reaching implications. Many loggers, haulers and suppliers are expecting tough times ahead.5:50 p.m.
National Public Radio Stories
In Iraq, October Death Toll Hits 101 for U.S. Forces
The U.S. military has announced the death of its 101st service member to die in Iraq this month. The number is the highest monthly death toll since January 2005. The grim milestone came as violence returned to Baghdad after a lull that followed the end of Ramadan.
Thousands of U.S.-Bought Weapons Lost in Iraq
The U.S. military can't account for thousands of weapons purchased to arm about 325,000 Iraqi security forces by December, according to a new report. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said last week that the U.S. military would beef up Iraqi forces' training. But the new data reveals weaknesses in the arming of Iraqi security forces.
Reports Reveal Problems with Iraqi Forces
A quarterly report on Iraq released by the U.S. Congress contains updates on Iraq reconstruction and security. Two reports requested by Sen. John Warner relate to the Iraqi Security Forces; another outlines problems with a program putting American advisers in Iraqi provinces to help them learn to govern. Robert Siegel talks with Stuart W. Bowen, the Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction.
The War on the Word 'Jihad'
The word jihad is pervasive in American culture, but the word has changed meaning over the centuries. Some Islamic scholars think the word "jihad" should be abandoned and replaced with a more effective term.
KFC Will Cut Trans Fat from Its Famous Recipe
In a mounting war against trans fat, officials at Kentucky Fried Chicken announce that the company will begin frying most of its foods with an oil that doesn't contain trans fat. Omitting trans fat, which is especially bad for people's arteries, may affect not only the food's taste, but also costumers' health, and the company's business.
New York Considers a Trans-Fat-Free City
The New York City Health Board holds a public hearing on its plan to ban anything more than tiny amounts of trans fats at the city's 20,000 restaurants. New York would become the first large American city to strictly limit trans fats, although Chicago is considering a smaller plan. The final New York board vote is in December.
Sounds of Old Cumbria, at a Phone Near You
A telephone helpline that plays callers the sounds of vacation in Cumbria (in the north of England) launched last week. It includes the sound of Lake Windermere lapping against a jetty, and the crisp crunch of leaves on a country walk. Robert Siegel and Melissa Block take a listen.
Underwater Pumpkin Carvers Vie for Top Honors
Conventional pumpkin carving just isn't enough for some people. For the Mountain Sharks Dive Club of Missoula, Mont., it's just the start. At its premier underwater pumpkin-carving event, held Sunday, nearly a dozen divers sank to the bottom of the Blackfoot River to test their manual dexterity.
'Press Play' Finds Diddy in Good Company
Sean Combs, known as "Diddy" to his fans, has released his first album in five years. The rap star and entrepreneur has a net worth of more than a quarter of a billion dollars. He hopes to add to his wealth with his new CD Press Play.
President Lends Support in Red-State Races
With midterm elections eight days away, President Bush is out on the campaign trail, flying to Georgia and Texas, two states he won by wide margins in 2004. But the political climate is vastly different now; several states the president won in 2004 are now battlegrounds for GOP candidates.