S.D. Sen. Tim Johnson has a Republican challenger South Dakota Republicans selected state Rep. Joel Dykstra of Canton to challenge Democratic U.S. Sen. Tim Johnson in the November general election. Johnson suffered a brain hemorrhage in December of 2006, but Dykstra said he won't make Johnson's health an issue.4:50 p.m.
Clinton backers ponder move to Obama In the wake of Barack Obama's victory speech, Minnesota supporters of Hillary Clinton are now coming to terms with the inevitable end of her presidential campaign.5:20 p.m.
Officials disagree on value of 35W bridge report One official at the NTSB says the agency will consider an academic report on the cause of the 35W bridge collapse. Another transportation organization says the findings are not complete and may not be totally accurate.5:24 p.m.
MnDOT: No decision yet on replacing Winona bridge MnDOT Commissioner Tom Sorel says his agency is still examining the Highway 43 bridge. It was closed Tuesday after inspectors found rust and corrosion on steel plates holding the
bridge together.5:50 p.m.
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Palestinians Crack Down on Restive West Bank City
Hundreds of newly trained Palestinian soldiers and police have deployed in the West Bank city of Jenin, part of a U.S.-backed plan to bolster the government of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and encourage an Israeli military pullback. But many view the crackdown with skepticism.
Emanuel Gets Out of Neutral, Endorses Obama
Rep. Rahm Emanuel, chairman of the House Democratic Caucus, has thrown his support behind Sen. Barack Obama after remaining neutral throughout the primary race. Emanuel says Clinton has acknowledged Obama is the nominee.
Bred for Edge, Greatest Racers May Have Handicaps
Big Brown may accomplish what no horse has done for 30 years — win racing's Triple Crown. But Big Brown's path to the Belmont Stakes has been marred with questions. Some vets say racehorses are breaking down more often because they're being bred for speed at an early age.
Obama, Clinton Follow McCain to AIPAC
Sen. Barack Obama and Sen. Hillary Clinton address the annual meeting of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee. In an earlier appearance at AIPAC, Sen. John McCain blasted Obama's willingness to meet with the president of Iran.
The Arc of the Democratic Race
By every measurement, the Democratic nominating battle broke records. There were 56 contested primaries and caucuses, more money raised than ever before and the biggest voter turnout in Democratic Party history. Now the presumptive nominee is a historic candidate. NPR charts the course of the race.
Oil Prices a Drag on Airlines
Even when the economy is strong and fuel is cheap, the airline industry is, perhaps, the most difficult business in America. Now, with oil prices soaring, that tough business has become just about impossible.
Are Motorists Scamming for Free Gas?
With gas prices at near-record highs, some motorists may be resorting to extreme measures. Bill Luna, manager of Sierra Hart Towing in Sacramento, Calif., says tow-truck drivers suspect motorists are letting tanks run dry to get a free gallon of gas from the state.
Darfur Peace Deal on Shaky Ground
Five years after the U.S. used the term "genocide" to describe the situation in Sudan's western region of Darfur, conditions remain dire. And a three-year-old peace deal that had inspired some hope may be breaking down.
Blending Cultures in the Melting Pot
A Muslim immigrant says he had a rough time fitting his ethnic and religious background into American culture when he was young. But the work of Woody Guthrie and others helped him see how identities could be blended.