Writing runs in the Higgins Clark family Mary Higgins Clark is one of the best-selling and most prolific mystery writers of all time. And her daughter, Carol Higgins Clark, has been following in her footsteps. The two authors are in the Twin Cities promoting their latest books.4:50 p.m.
Coleman joins in call for Gonzales resignation Alberto Gonzales' Justice Department had considered dismissing one in four of the nation's U.S. attorneys, according to a report in the Washington Post. The Post reports former Minnesota U.S. Attorney Tom Heffelfinger was on the list. In response to the developments, Republican Sen. Norm Coleman of Minnesota joined the calls for Gonzales' resignation.5:20 p.m.
House speaker: Talks stuck in "neutral" With time running out in the regular legislative session Gov. Tim Pawlenty and legislative leaders will continue their closed-door meetings Friday.5:24 p.m.
Asian dust plumes heading to West Coast Massive plumes of dust from Asia are blowing across the Pacific Ocean. The plumes are among the largest such events on Earth, and scientists believe they might affect clouds and weather patterns. They may also play a role in global warming.
MPR meteorologist Paul Huttner is tracking a new scientific mission to investigate the plumes. A link to the Pacific Dust Experiment Web site is at right.5:48 p.m.
Returning to Gunflint Lake Even as the Ham Lake fire burns into Canada, life can start getting back to normal for many of the people who live in the Gunflint Lake area. Fire officials let them return to their homes Wednesday, nearly a week after they were forced out by the Ham Lake fire.5:53 p.m.
National Public Radio Stories
U.S. Soldiers Try to Bridge a Sectarian Gap in Iraq
U.S. soldiers in one Baghdad district are caught in the middle — trying to heal the divisions between Sunni and Shia factions. Members of the 12th Cavalry, which has an outpost north of the Gazalia district, have seen violence there drop substantially.
Bush Hosts Blair in White House for Final Time
British Prime Minister Tony Blair makes what will likely be his last visit to Washington, staying at the White House. In a Rose Garden press conference, Blair and President Bush praised each other's leadership. The two stood together through the Iraq war, even as it badly damaged their political standing.
Wolfowitz Resigns; Officially Leaves Post in June
Embattled World Bank President Paul Wolfowitz has resigned, in a move that will take effect in June. Until then, he is on administrative leave. Pressure on Wolfowitz to step down has grown since the release of a report on his handling of a 2005 pay raise for his girlfriend — also a bank employee.
Microsoft Royalty Claims Help Fuel Patent Backlog
Microsoft is claiming that 235 of its patents are being violated by distributors of free software. Fortune magazine's Roger Parloff says Microsoft has been laying the groundwork for patent claims against Linux and open-source software for some time.
Secretary Spellings Defends Agency's Loan Rules
U.S. Education Secretary Margaret Spellings has been on the defensive this month amidst a scandal about the student-loan industry, and accusations from Congress that her department has not provided sufficient oversight. Spellings says the industry is not entirely within her jurisdiction.
Whale Rescue Aims to Save Two Humpbacks
Marine and wildlife experts launched a rescue of two humpback whales stranded in the Port of Sacramento on Thursday morning. From member station KQED, Tamara Keith reports.
The Musicians of !!!: Making Their Own 'Myths'
The nine-member band !!! has a raucous, rollicking sound, and a name that's open to interpretation. The bi-coastal band met in a dingy basement in Nashville, Tenn., to record its latest CD, Myth Takes.
Senators and White House Agree on Immigration
Senators have reached a bipartisan deal with the White House on enacting an immigration overhaul. The measure would include procedures for border security and stronger employer sanctions, as well as a new emphasis on legal immigrants who rely on work visas as opposed to family visas.
Miss. Reaches Deal to Revamp Child Welfare System
Mississippi has reached a settlement agreement that will put it under a federal court order to reform its child foster care system. For years, the state has failed to meet standards on caring for foster children. Critics say neglect and abuse have been widespread.