Two Minnesotans receive France's Legion of Honor award The Minnesota State Capitol has a French feel this afternoon. Two Minnesotans who served in World War II received France's highest award - The Legion of Honor. The country started awarding the medal to American servicemen after the 60th anniversary of the D-Day invasion of Normandy.5:24 p.m.
U.S., Turkey Share Intelligence on Kurdish Rebels
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice visit Iraq unannounced on Tuesday, but her trip was overshadowed by an incursion into the northern part of the country by Turkish troops hunting guerrillas of the Kurdish separatist group PKK. The U.S. has recently begun sharing intelligence with Turkey to pinpoint guerrilla positions.
Control of Kirkuk Central to Iraq's Stability
The northern city of Kirkuk, with its ethnic tensions and violence, is often viewed as a microcosm of the current situation in Iraq. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice visited the city unannounced Tuesday. Are sectarian leaders there closer to political reconciliation?
Black Hole Bullies Neighboring Stars
NASA observatories have discovered a fight brewing in a galaxy far, far away. It seems a black hole is pummeling a small, nearby star cluster with a jet of highly charged radiation.
Ethnicity Likely to Play Part in Kenya Elections
A political suspense thriller is unfolding in Kenya. No fewer than nine candidates are running for president, but from nearly every angle, it is a two-man race between Raila Odinga and Mwai Kibaki.
Fed Crafts Regulations for Future Mortgages
With hundreds of thousands of people losing their homes to foreclosure, the Federal Reserve on Tuesday proposed regulations to combat predatory lending. The new rules would only affect future mortgages, and some say that's too little too late.
Plans to Build a Cleaner Coal Plant Advance
A consortium of coal industry players has announced that they'll build a pilot power plant in Illinois that will have zero emissions. The facility will sequester the plant's CO2 emissions deep into the ground rather than release them into the atmosphere.
Fun Facts About Mattoon, Ill., World Bagel Capital
Want to study up on soybean hybrids or enjoy some really good bagels? Mattoon, Ill. — where plans to create a new, more environmentally friendly coal plant are moving forward — is the place to visit.
Calif. Hospitals Get More Time for Seismic Upgrades
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has given California hospitals a break — he's allowing them to delay seismic upgrades mandated after the devastating Northridge earthquake. Lobbyists argued that the upgrades would bankrupt hospitals; critics say public safety is being traded for fiscal security.
Now, You Can Bring Us Some Figgy Pudding
For years, Michele Norris has wondered what exactly figgy pudding is. To find out more about the Christmas treat that generations of carolers have demanded, she invited baking expert Dorie Greenspan to her kitchen to prepare the dessert.
Clinton, Obama Combat Perceived Weaknesses
Two of the top three Democratic contenders for the presidential nomination were campaigning Tuesday in Iowa, and each had special guests — basketball legend Magic Johnson, for one — to help them address perceived deficiencies in their bids for the White House.