Dayton signs $4.7M aid bill for storm-damaged regions A bill signed today by Gov. Mark Dayton provides more than $4.7 million in disaster assistance for areas of Minnesota hit by severe weather this summer, as well parts affected by a winter ice storm. The Legislature passed the bill in a special session earlier today.5:19 p.m.
Obama Administration Makes Hard Push For Syria Strike
President Obama met with Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Monday as opposition to air strikes against Syria continued to mount in the polls and on Capitol Hill, where the timing of a vote on his resolution of support remains uncertain.
Scrutiny Of 'Molly' Party Drug Increases After 4 Deaths
A recent string of deaths in the Northeast from a drug known as Molly has authorities looking into whether a bad batch is to blame. Molly, a purified form of the drug known as Ecstasy, can be as easy to get — and as cheap — as a six-pack of beer.
After Tragedy, Lost Live On In 'Maid's Version' Of The Story
Daniel Woodrell's new novel explores the lingering consequences of an explosion in an Ozarks dance hall that kills 42 people. It wasn't an accident, but the book isn't about a hunt for the murderer. Instead, reviewer Ellah Allfrey says, it's a remarkable study of a surviving sister's life and grief.
Russia Calls On Syria To Give Up Chemical Weapons
Secretary of State John Kerry says there is one thing Bashar al-Assad's government can do to avoid a punitive U.S. air strike — turn over Syria's chemical weapons stockpile to international control. Russia's foreign minister picked up on the idea, perhaps calling Kerry's bluff, and made the proposal to Syria's foreign minister who happens to be visiting Moscow. Lavrov says he expects a positive response and soon.
Sen. Susan Collins Wary Of U.S. Military Strike In Syria
Robert Siegel talks with Sen. Susan Collins, a Republican from Maine who remains undecided on whether the U.S. should go forward on military action in Syria despite several high level briefings including a small dinner at Vice President Joe Biden's residence on Sunday night.