McCollum hopes to give Ciresi boost with early endorsement A member of Minnesota's congressional delegation has come out with an early endorsement for U.S. Senate candidate Mike Ciresi. Political observers say the endorsement is a significant development in the race to oppose Republican Sen. Norm Coleman next fall.5:24 p.m.
Ash borers on their way to Minnesota An exotic beetle that destroys ash trees has people worried across the Midwest. The emerald ash borer has already killed more than 20 million ash trees in Michigan, Ohio and Indiana. Federal agriculture officials said this week the pest could spread to Minnesota and other states within the next two decades.5:50 p.m.
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Rice, Syrian Foreign Minister Discuss Iraq
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice held the first ministerial-level meeting with Syria in more than two years Thursday. Rice says she pressed Syria on securing its border with Iraq, while Syria's Foreign Minister Walid al-Moualem urged that a U.S. ambassador return to Damascus.
U.S., Iraq Disagree on Dead Insurgent's Identity
The U.S. military says a man recently killed in an attack is the minister of information for al-Qaida in Iraq. The Iraqi government says he was the head of an insurgent coalition that includes al-Qaida in Iraq, but the U.S. cast doubt on the claim.
Tony Snow Discusses Bush's Talks with Congress
White House Press Secretary Tony Snow talks with Robert Siegel about negotiations between President Bush and Congress on the war spending bill, including the president's remarks on al-Qaida and Iraq, and whether the president will accept a proposal to set benchmarks for the Iraqi government.
Letters: Carbon Clarified, and Killing Sparrows
Melissa Block and Robert Siegel read from listeners' letters and e-mails. The topics include a correction regarding our story on the carbon atom, thanks to listeners who pointed out an inaccuracy. Also, criticism about a story on killing house sparrows for their predatory ways, and praise for a story on cellist and conductor Mstislav Rostropovich, who died last week.
Kicking for a Job: Rockettes Hold N.Y. Auditions
There was a strange sight Thursday on 51st Street in Manhattan: Hundreds of statuesque women with dramatic eyeliner and swept-up hair waiting in line. They were there to make a bid to join the Radio City Rockettes. The young women auditioned for the Christmas show.
In Bangkok, U.N. Climate Panel Visits a Conundrum
The city of Bangkok reveals much about why it's so hard to do anything about climate change. The city, which is hosting a meeting of the U.N. Inter-Governmental Panel on Climate Change this week, is home to 12 million people.
A Mining Adviser's View of Global Warming
Tom Burke is an environmental adviser to one of the world's largest mining operations and the British government. At heart, he's an environmental activist, but he's pragmatic about what it will take to shift corporate and political thinking on climate change.
Oh Kentucky Home, and the Derby
The Kentucky Derby, often referred to as "the fastest two minutes in sports," is more than just a sporting event to the citizens of Louisville. It's a whole series of events, integrating horseracing tradition and civic pride. For one native Louisvillian, the pageantry and ceremony associated with the Derby can bring on homesickness.
Hearing a Breakthrough: Feist's 'Reminder'
Many critics are calling The Reminder by Feist, the new recording by the Canadian songwriter and singer, her best yet... and this may be her moment. She was the subject of an extensive New York Times profile. The record came out this week.