House explosion brings a closer look at drilling method Utility crews were back on the scene of an Edina house explosion Wednesday, trying to determine what caused Tuesday's blast. It's the second explosion this winter related to underground drilling, now a common excavation method.5:49 p.m.
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Democrats Chide Insurer For Planned Rate Hikes
Officials from Anthem Blue Cross of California explained the company's decision to increase health care premiums to a House Energy and Commerce subcommittee. The hearing takes place a day before President Obama hosts a bipartisan summit aimed at reviving the long-stalled health care bills.
Effect Of Health Bill On Insurance Premiums
California health insurer Anthem Blue Cross' plans to raise premiums by as much as 39 percent in some markets has become a rallying cry for the Obama administration as it aims to increase public support for health overhaul. President Obama's health bill could affect the future rate increases of Anthem and other insurers.
Bernanke Backs Low Interest Rates
Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke told lawmakers Wednesday the Fed needs to keep interest rates low to aid the economy "for an extended period." He used his semi-annual report to Congress to emphasize his concerns about both unemployment and the budget deficit.
McCain Faces Election Challenger From The Right
John McCain's maverick moves of the past have ticked off some of his own conservative constituents. Enter congressman turned radio talk show host J.D. Hayworth, who appeals to the Tea Party crowd. This election, McCain might have some serious competition.
Toyota Woes Highlight Lobbyists, Lawmakers Link
More than 40 percent of the members of Congress investigating Toyota have received campaign donations from the company, according to research by The Washington Post. NPR Senior News Analyst Dan Schorr says it's another example of the problematic relationship between corporate lobbyists and elected representatives.
Health Summit Provides Obama A Leadership Test
When President Obama sits down with Republican leaders for his live health care summit Thursday it will look like he is trying once again to find that elusive commodity: bipartisanship. But, in fact, a lot more will be going on at Blair House, including an important test of presidential leadership.
Town Wants To Charge For 911 Medical Calls
The town of Tracy, Calif., will soon start charging people for medical emergency calls to 911. The town is trying to make up for a $9 million budget deficit, in part, by charging residents $300 per call, and nonresidents $400 per call. The fee can be avoided by paying an annual surcharge.
How Social Networking Helped Capture Saddam
A five-part series running on Slate.com this week illustrates how the capture of Saddam Hussein was the result of some creative intelligence work. While the military focused on capturing and questioning top government officials, a group of men in the U.S. military honed in on a social network of family and friends that led to Saddam's capture. Chris Wilson, the author of Searching for Saddam, discusses how Saddam was caught.
Archives Bans Photography In Rotunda
In an effort to safeguard the original record copies of the Declaration of Independence, the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights, the National Archives has decided to ban all photography in the Rotunda, where the historical documents are displayed.