Complaints arise in governor's race over incumbency advantages It's no secret that incumbency gives politicians certain advantages that many of their challengers can't match. Sometimes it's simply a higher public profile. But where to draw the line on using the advantages of office has become an issue in the Minnesota gubernatorial race.5:24 p.m.
St. Paul mayor proposes tax hike to balance budget St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman on Wednesday proposed to raise the city's property tax levy by 8.5 percent over last year. The mayor says raising taxes is necessary to plug a nearly $17 million budget deficit.5:44 p.m.
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Israeli Forces Strike In Lebanon's North and South
The Israeli Army sends thousands of troops deep into Lebanon, backed by artillery and airstrikes. Hezbollah guerrillas fired more than 200 rockets into northern Israel, where one civilian was killed. Israeli commandoes also engaged Hezbollah fighters in northeastern Lebanon, according to the Associated Press.
U.S. Urges Int'l Force, Despite European Stance
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice maintains that calls for a cease-fire must be based on an international force to maintain the peace and a political agreement between the parties. But the European Union has called for an immediate end to the fighting.
Capitol Hill Puts the 'French' Back in Its Fries
Back in 2003, legislators angry at the French for their opposition of the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq banned the word "French" from their cafeteria on Capitol Hill. But "Freedom Fries" and "Freedom Toast" are things of the past.
GAO: Border Security Worse than in 2003 Test
U.S. border security has not improved in the past three years, according to the Government Accountability Office. In a test earlier this year, investigators used fake driver's licenses and birth certificates to enter the United States from Canada and Mexico. None were detained.
Gay-Marriage Advocates Regroup After Latest Defeat
Proponents of gay marriage are weighing their options after a surprising defeat before the Washington State Supreme Court, which ruled in favor of a statewide ban on gay marriage. The decision was the second defeat for gay-marriage advocates in recent weeks.
Monitoring Teens' Media Intake Poses Challenges
Bringing up teenagers has never been easy. But it could be argued that today's parents have it harder than ever before, at least when it comes to regulating teenagers' access to a media landscape filled with what one critic has called an avalanche of crud.
A Teen Turns Her Back on Spanish TV Shows
Youth Radio's Sandra Quel grew up watching racy telenovelas and game shows on Spanish-language TV alongside her mother. But she and many of her friends are embarrassed and turned off by a lot of what they see these days.
In Sturgis, a Clash over Motorcycle Rally
Every August, the outskirts of South Dakota's Black Hills National Forest teem with thousands of motorcycles, as riders meet up in Sturgis for a huge rally. This year, the Lakota Tribe is upset with plans for a gigantic biker bar and concert venue not far from Bear Butte -- a mountain the tribe considers sacred.
In Brazil, Even Bad Music Is Good
Bad music is something Americans love to hate. Commentator Michelle Mercer says we're not alone; Brazilians have their own brand of music that's so bad it's good.
Official Puts Castro's Absence at 'Some Weeks'
National Assembly of Cuba president Ricardo Alarcon says it will be "some weeks" until Fidel Castro returns to power. The Cuban president is recovering from surgery after giving his brother, Raul Castro, responsibility for running the country until he's back on his feet.