Weekend warriors create a world of songs The Twin Cities indie rock band Army Defense has hundreds of songs in its recording vault. But chances are you won't hear any of them. That's because the only fans Army Defense members truly want to please are each other.7:15 p.m.
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House Adopts Resolution Protesting Troop Surge
The House, over the objections of the minority Republican leadership, passes a nonbinding resolution disapproving of President Bush's plan to send additional soldiers to Iraq. The vote approving the measure came after four days of debate.
Week in Politics: Congress, Iraq and North Korea
Robert Siegel talks with our regular political commentators, E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post and David Brooks of The New York Times. They'll talk about the House debate on Iraq, presidential politics, Iran's posturing and the agreement with North Korea.
Marine Base Honors Those Killed in Iraq
A memorial service was held at Camp Pendleton in Southern California for the Fifth Regimental Combat Team to pay tribute to the 100 Marines and sailors who were killed in Iraq during the past year's deployment.
Tribe that Saw Pilgrims Land Gets Recognition
After a decades-long struggle, the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe of Cape Cod, Mass., has won official recognition as a sovereign Native American nation. The Indians' ancestors were on shore when the Pilgrims arrived in the 1620s. The recognition brings land rights, access to federal grants — and perhaps a push for casino gambling in Massachusetts.
Palestinians Cautiously Optimistic on Unity Pact
Rival Palestinian factions are struggling to turn the "unity government" deal, signed with great pomp and glitz in Mecca late last week, into a reality in Gaza and the West Bank. The international community's muted reaction to the deal has prompted cautious optimism among Palestinians.
Guinea Under Martial Law as Protests, Riots Mount
Soldiers with orders to shoot rioters and looters are patrolling the West African nation of Guinea, where President Lansana Conte has declared martial law. The crackdown is meant to crush a general strike that mushroomed into an open rebellion against Conte's 23-year rule.
Not All Women Are Laughing at 'Norbit'
Eddie Murphy's new movie Norbit raked in the big bucks at the box office last weekend, when it claimed the top money-making spot. But the portrayal of an overweight, bossy, mean black woman has many African-African women angry.
Ride to Remember: The 20-Hour Traffic Jam
Motorists sat stranded on Interstate 78 Thursday, between Harrisburg and Allentown, Pa. Snow and ice and stuck tractor-trailers caused a 50-mile logjam. Some people sat in their cars without moving for 20 hours. Robert Siegel talks with Gay Elwell, a Magisterial District Judge in Easton, Pa.
Albarn's The Good, The Bad, and The Queen
Damon Albarn is an increasingly busy British musician whose past projects include the rock band Blur, the pop/hip-hop mutation Gorillaz, and a West African ensemble called Mali Music. His latest group, which has just released their eponymous debut, is The Good, The Bad, and The Queen.