Witness: Circus bleacher collapsed like a 'fallen souffle' The city of St. Paul has temporarily closed the circus academy where about a dozen spectators were injured when a set of bleachers collapsed last night. The accident happened at the end of the final performance of the summer show at Circus Juventas.5:24 p.m.
Debate divided on gay clergy in Lutheran church Leaders of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America are in Minneapolis this week debating many issues, most notably whether or not to allow sexually active homosexuals in committed relationships to serve as clergy.5:50 p.m.
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Odierno Seeks To Move Troops To Northern Iraq
More than six weeks after U.S. soldiers withdrew from Iraqi cities, Gen. Ray Odierno, the top American commander, wants to put U.S. troops in disputed parts of northern Iraq. Political tension between Iraq's Arabs and ethnic Kurds has resulted in a security gap in the north that militants have exploited.
Organizers Rally Support For Chicago's Olympic Bid
Chicago is one of four finalists vying to host the 2016 summer games. Organizers of Chicago's bid have spent more than a month traveling to neighborhoods to build support. It's an unusual — and risky — strategy.
Not Enough Money Or Time To Defend Detroit's Poor
In Detroit, the public defender system that guarantees poor defendants a voice in court is in crisis. Public defenders struggling with low pay and unmanageable caseloads say they can't provide proper representation.
Young High-Tech Entrepreneurs Get Noticed
Robert Clarke, 12, and his two elementary school pals, Carson Fujisaki and Lucas Reif, run the Redmond, Wash.-based product review Web site OmniTechNews.net. Although companies send them free gadgets and accessories to review, the boys also go out to interview local business managers.
For Chinese Seniors, Love Blooms In Beijing Park
Most of the time, Changpuhe Park is just another urban oasis. But on Tuesday and Saturday mornings, the beautiful park transforms into the center of the Chinese capital's dating scene for seniors. Amid ballroom dancing and Peking Opera, middle-aged and senior citizens seek romance.
Flea Market Find Might Carry Lincoln's Last Signature
After being ignored by historical societies for years, an antique note purchased at an Ohio flea market, signed "A. Lincoln" and dated April 14, 1865 — the day the 16th president was shot and killed — is now believed to be authentic.
Human Speed Limit? We're Nowhere Near It
Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt set the record Sunday for the 100-meter dash at 9.58 seconds. But Southern Methodist University's professor Peter Weyand, who specializes in the biomechanics of running, says runners still haven't come close to approaching human speed potential.
Obama Blasts Defense Pork
President Obama called the conflict in Afghanistan "a war of necessity." Speaking Monday to the Veterans of Foreign Wars convention, Obama also lashed out at wasteful Pentagon spending and pledged to veto any pork-laden defense bills.
Some Vietnam Vets Get Their Due
Soldiers coming home from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan often return to a parade-like atmosphere that was unheard of during the Vietnam-era. So this past weekend, officials at Fort Campbell, Ky., offered the same fanfare to more than 1,000 Vietnam veterans.
Sen. Hutchison Announces Texas Gubernatorial Run
GOP Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison kicked off her gubernatorial campaign Monday against incumbent Gov. Rick Perry, also a Republican. Political watchers say this race could divide the Texas GOP. Wayne Slater, a senior political writer for the Dallas Morning News, offers his insight.