Bush declares federal emergency at Minn. bridge collapse Officials are now stepping up efforts to remove debris from the site of the bridge collapse. Gov. Pawlenty is moving closer to calling a special session of the Legislature to deal with bridge costs, as well as flood relief for southeastern Minnesota.5:20 p.m.
Bridge with a view reopens After almost three weeks of television images, and a stream of photos in newspapers and on the web, there's something about the collapsed I-35W bridge that people still want to see for themselves. Now it'll be easier.6:24 p.m.
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Hurricane Dean Soaks Mexico's Coast
Hurricane Dean roared ashore on Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula early Tuesday, carrying sustained winds of 165 mph and causing storm surges of 12 to 18 feet. But it hit a relatively unpopulated area of the coastline, and then weakened.
Damage But No Deaths in Yucatan State Capital
The state of Quintana Roo is the area of Mexico hit hardest by Hurricane Dean so far. Gov. Felix Gonzalez Canto says that in the state capital, Chetumal, primary damage is to public services, such as electricity and phone lines. He had heard no reports of deaths.
Storm's Impact Hits N. America Summit in Quebec
Concern about Hurricane Dean overshadowed the summit in Quebec, as Mexican President Felipe Calderon left early to oversee relief efforts. The war on terrorism was among other topics at the meeting of President Bush, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Calderon.
Pentagon to Shutter Anti-Terrorism Database
The Defense Department says the usefulness of Talon, the anti-terrorism database, has declined and any further data collected will be stored in an FBI system, called Guardian. Talon had been criticized for storing information on peace activists.
Anti-Violence Group Targets Chicago Dogfighting
The case of Michael Vick has brought public attention to dogfighting, which is illegal. Tio Hardiman, who works at CeaseFire, a Chicago anti-violence group, talks with Robert Siegel about the prevalence of dogfighting in the Windy City.
Book Buying Among College Practices Under Scrutiny
After a recent scandal where financial aid officers at universities accepted favors from private lenders, other university practices are under scrutiny — including book sales. Textbook sellers are continuously courting professors, prompting worries about the potential for abuse.
Father's Journey to Find Captive Son Gains Support
In Colombia, thousands of people have been kidnapped by Marxist rebels over the years. Gustavo Moncayo's son is among the captives, seized 10 years ago. Moncayo trekked across the country to the capital to raise awareness about the problem.
Released Activist Returns to United States
Chinese pro-democracy activist Yang Jianli, who recently completed a five-year prison term in China, has returned to the United States and will speak publicly for the first time. Yang, a permanent U.S. resident, was arrested when he returned to China to observe labor unrest there.