Huge surge seen in methadone prescriptions nationwide Doctors are prescribing the drug methadone for pain more and more often. Methadone is a narcotic that has been used for years to wean drug addicts off heroin. Methadone a powerful and effective drug, but is itself highly addictive and in some cases it's deadly.5:50 p.m.
Minnesota State Fair: What's that sound? The Minnesota State Fair has been going since last Thursday and it's always a feast for the senses. You might even say, sensory overload. Great people watching and visual distraction everywhere. The smells of the deep fryer, and the swine barn.5:56 p.m.
Minnesota State Fair by the numbers More than 1.5 million people make their way to the Minnesota State Fair each year, which kicked off Thursday. However, those are not the only significant numbers of the Great Minnesota Get-Together.6:23 p.m.
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U.S., Iraq Near Pact On Troop Withdrawal
Iraq and the U.S. reached a preliminary agreement including the withdrawal of U.S. forces from Iraqi cities by next June if security conditions allow, Iraq's foreign minister said Thursday. The draft document still must be approved by the U.S. and Iraq governments.
Candidates Would Ease Up On Executive Power
The Bush administration has dramatically expanded executive authority over the past seven years. John McCain and Barack Obama have generally distanced themselves from President Bush's stance on executive power — but some scholars want a more resounding renouncement.
NFL's Gene Upshaw Dies
Gene Upshaw, the longtime president of the NFL Players Association, has died. The former all-pro offensive lineman was a member of the Hall of Fame. He led the union into the era of free agency and negotiated one of the most generous contracts in professional sports.
Condom A Capella Ringtone Fights HIV In India
The BBC World Service Trust has begun an unusual, new campaign to help prevent the transmission of HIV in India. It's a ringtone — for your cell phone. It features the word "condom" repeated over and over in a catchy, a capella arrangement.
Convention Host Committees Flush With Funds
More money than ever is flowing into the "host committees" that supposedly support the conventions with funding from proud local businesses. And more than ever, the host committee money is being raised nationally by the presidential campaigns.
Podesta: Progressive Politics Will Cure U.S. Ills
In his new book, the head of the Center for American Progress and former chief of staff for President Clinton says the U.S. needs to create community activists, reform immigration law and form a stronger government; that will lead to a more fair society, he says.
McCain's Homes Are Focus Of Latest Political Flap
Sen. John McCain told Politico he's not sure how many homes he and his wife own. Sen. Barack Obama seized on that remark, telling an audience there's a fundamental gap of understanding between McCain's world and what Americans are going through.
Seattle's Bag-User Fee Spurs Backlash
The Seattle City Council has voted to start requiring grocery stores to charge a 20 cent "user fee" for every plastic bag. But many people call the council's actions heavy-handed and the food industry is trying to repeal the measure.
New Orleans Empty Lot Brings Neighbors Together
Empty lots are hardly unusual in New Orleans. Many of them are trashed and overgrown, a depressing reminder of the devastation of Hurricane Katrina. But the corner of North Roman and Columbus is different.