Bush focuses on health care 'transparency' in Minnesota visit President Bush visited Minnesota Tuesday to promote a new health care "transparency" initiative, at an event in Minnetonka. The White House billed the event as a health care summit. The president used the forum to promote liability reform, new electronic medical record-keeping, and the pooling of small business health insurance.5:19 p.m.
Hennepin County commissioner to hear from public on stadium tax
Opponents and supporters of the Twins stadium tax will get to speak out to members of the Hennepin County Board of Commissioners tonight. The board is scheduled to vote to approve that tax increase next week. Earlier this year, the Minnesota State Legislature gave Hennepin County permission to raise money for construction of the Twins ballpark with a sales tax increase.5:48 p.m.
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Iranian Official Invites 'Serious' Nuclear Talks
Iran's chief negotiator says Tehran is ready for what he calls "serious" talks about its nuclear program. It's unclear whether the government is willing to suspend uranium enrichment, a key demand from Western governments. Iran could face U.N. sanctions if it doesn't suspend its nuclear program by the end of this month.
Genocide Trial Hears from Anfal Victim
Saddam Hussein and others accused in the Anfal trial begin their defense against charges that they were responsible for the deaths of tens of thousands of Kurds. They say the Anfal mission targeted Kurdish militias and Iranian forces who were working hand in hand in Kurdistan during the Iran/Iraq war. The first prosecution witness took the stand, where he described how his village was bombed with poison gas.
Obama Faces Welcomes, Expectations in Africa
While Sen. Barak Obama (D-IL) is seen as a rising star in U.S. politics, the same could be said in Africa. Currently on a two-week visit to the continent, Obama's appearances are meeting with excitement and anticipation. That's especially true of his visit to the Kenyan town where Obama's father was born. Melissa Block talks with Los Angeles Times Nairobi Bureau Chief Edmund Sanders, who detailed the residents' expectations.
States Sue Federal Gov't Over Forest Protections
Logging has begun on the largest area of roadless forest in the state of Oregon, and the state's government is fuming. When the Bush administration reversed the ban on building new roads, it agreed to let the states decide which areas should remain protected.
Writing, Hearing: An Old Typewriter
Listener Jim Apfelbaum of Austin, Texas, takes us back in time as he praises the sounds of his typewriter as part of our series "SoundClips."
Israeli Reservists Fault Leadership on Lebanon
A growing number of Israeli reserve soldiers, frustrated at the way the war with Hezbollah was managed, are calling for senior political and military officials to resign. Some soldiers have launched a petition drive; others are protesting outside Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's office. Many soldiers say they lacked vital equipment and were misled by dithering leaders.
Uncle Sam Keeps Grip on Man's Seized $124K
Last week, the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in the case of U.S. v. $124,700 that Nebraska police were correct to seize money from a California man who'd been stopped for a speeding ticket. A drug-sniffing dog detected the smell of narcotics on the money.
Rewriting the Social Contract in New Orleans
Commentator Michael Depp says that most things in New Orleans -- from a traffic intersection to the lack of a citywide rebuilding plan -- are a re-negotiation of the social contract.
Pluto's Planetary Status Teeters -- Again
In a stunning reversal of fortune, it now seems likely that Pluto will lose its title of planet. Scientists meeting in Prague were presented with a new definition of the word "planet" last week, which would have included Pluto as a planet. But the proposal met with fierce protests. Opponents say there are hundreds of objects like Pluto.
The Two-Year Rule for Golden Friends
Commentator Carol Wasserman tells the story of her new friend John -- who is trying to become her old friend John. Wasserman lives in Wareham, Mass.