So what happens next in North Dakota politics? So what happens next in North Dakota politics? To get some analysis on the impact U.S. Sen. Byron Dorgan's retirement will have there, All Things Considered talked with Professor Mark Jendrysik.5:15 p.m.
Flu cases up slightly in the past week Some Minnesota clinics saw an uptick in flu-like illnesses during the past week. But the Health Department says that doesn't necessarily mean H1N1 is making a comeback.5:50 p.m.
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Sen. Dodd Latest Democrat To Announce Retirement
Veteran Democratic Senator Chris Dodd of Connecticut announced Wednesday he will retire at the end of this term. Dodd was expected to have a tough re-election fight. His departure and that of his Democratic colleague Byron Dorgan of South Dakota will test Senate Democrats in the 2010 elections.
Dorgan: Another Term Too Much Of A Commitment
Democrat Byron Dorgan of North Dakota announced Wednesday that he would not seek re-election to the U.S. Senate, ending a 30-year congressional career. Dorgan says he was confident of winning re-election, but the prospect of serving another term in the Senate was too much of a commitment.
Broadcasters Line Up To Announce 3-D TV
ESPN announced it is going to begin broadcasting some games in 3-D. The move is months away and it seems there are still details to work out. Discovery Communications, Sony Corp. and IMAX Corp. also announced a joint venture established to develop the first 24/7 3-D television network in the U.S.
Some Iraqis Choose Perils Of Home Over Life In U.S.
In 2008, thousands of Iraqis began applying for visas to the U.S. under a special State Department program. Now, some applicants are having second thoughts, fearful about economic prospects and other challenges of living in a foreign land.
Suicide Bombers A Deadly Menace
In recent years, the suicide bomber has emerged as the greatest menace to the lives of innocents, more deadly because it is difficult to design a strategy to deal with someone ready to face death. Manifestly, martyrdom has become the weapon of choice of the jihadist.
Autism 'Clusters' Linked To Parents' Education
Researchers in California have identified 10 regional clusters where autism rates are roughly double that of surrounding areas. Most of the clusters are in places where parents have higher-than-average levels of education and researchers found no evidence of environmental risk factors.
Meds May Help Only Those With Severe Depression
Antidepressant drugs — like many medications — are tested primarily in people with major depressive illness, yet they also are prescribed for those who have mild to moderate symptoms. A recent study found that for those with mild or moderate depression, drugs have an effect similar to a placebo.
Only Survivor Of Both Atomic Bombs Dies
Tsutomu Yamaguchi, the only person officially recognized as a survivor of both the Hiroshima and Nagasaki atomic bombings, has died at the age of 93. Charles Pellegrino, author of the forthcoming book The Last Train from Hiroshima: The Survivors Look Back, says Yamaguchi later became an advocate for the abolition of nuclear weapons.
In New Book, N. Korea Seen Through Defectors' Eyes
Barbara Demick's book Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea opens with a nighttime satellite image of northeast Asia that shows North Korea, which has little electricity, cloaked in darkness. She says the image conveys much about the way North Korea is perceived.
Afghan Bombing: A Failure Of Counterintelligence
Last week's deadly attack at a CIA base in Khost resulted from the failure of "counterintelligence," the work of keeping your enemy from penetrating your own defenses. During the Cold War, counterintelligence was largely a spy-versus-spy game. Now, the challenge is different but no less important.