Big names battle in the 8th Familiar names face off in the 8th District race this year. Long-time incumbent Democrat Jim Oberstar faces a challenge from Republican Rod Grams, the former TV news anchor who served both in the U.S. House and Senate.5:20 p.m.
Heart attacks and the marathon
One of the runners in yesterday's Twin Cities Marathon collapsed and died from a heart attack. George Spears, 49, collapsed at the 6-mile-mark, near Lake Calhoun in Minneapolis. It was the second death in the 25-year-history of the Twin Cities Marathon.
The marathon's medical director, Dr. Bill Roberts, says race participants don't need to prove they're physically fit, and it may not help if they did.5:23 p.m.
Legal? Don't bet on it You may have noticed a number of new billboards in the Twin Cities promoting BetUS.net. The Web site says it just teaches sports fans how to bet. But is there more to it? You bet.5:40 p.m.
MPR reporter Annie Baxter reports from the scene of a Twins rally in Minneapolis.5:45 p.m.
Woodward's Tone Changes in New Bush Chronicle
In State of Denial, reporter Bob Woodward paints a picture of a White House that has become increasingly insular, often ignoring urgent warnings while carefully shielding the public and lawmakers from the truth about the situation in Iraq.
Peace Remains Elusive in Anbar, Iraq
Anbar Province, northwest of Baghdad, remains the most dangerous area in Iraq. American Marines are trying to bring order, but without much help from the Iraqi police battalions, whose numbers are dwindling.
Siege at Amish School Ends in Murders, Suicide
In the nation's third deadly school shooting in less than a week, a truck driver kills three female students at a one-room Amish schoolhouse in Nickel Mines, Pa. Authorities say the gunman also killed himself.
Club Musicians, Owners at Odds Over Pensions
New York state is eliminating a food and beverage sales tax paid by jazz clubs so that the money — about $20 billion — can be redirected to the musicians union for pensions. The plan, supported by the union and most club owners, is voluntary. But many club musicians don't belong to the union and would rather get better pay.
Casino Giant Harrah's Weighs Buyout
Two private equity firms offer $15.1 billion for the casino operator Harrah's Entertainment. At $81 a share in cash, the offer's premium is more than 20 percent over Harrah's closing price Friday. Harrah's said it hasn't determined whether the proposed deal is in stockholders' best interests.
New Rules Send Web-Gambling Stocks Falling
New legislation that sharply limits the ability of U.S. gamblers to use credit cards, checks and electronic-fund transfers sends online-gambling stocks plummeting. British gambling sites Sportingbet and PartyGaming were especially hard hit, dropping more than 60 percent in trading Monday.
Netflix Puts Bounty on Viewer Habits
Netflix, an online movie rental company, offers a $1 million reward for new software that improves recommendations on what its users should watch next. James Bennett, vice president for recommendation systems at Netflix, explains.
In New Novel, Frazier Returns to Love in Appalachia
Nearly a decade after the release of his first novel, Cold Mountain, Charles Frazier returns to the mountains of Appalachia for Thirteen Moons, a story of a man chasing love and fighting to save the Cherokee Nation.
Shooter at Amish School Identified
Authorities say a 32-year-old milk truck driver barricaded the doors of a one-room Amish school house in Lancaster County, Pa., and shot at least three girls, before apparently turning the gun on himself. The incident marks the nation's third deadly school shooting in less than a week.
Hastert Defends Leadership over Foley Allegations
Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert said today that none of the House leaders knew the messages Rep. Mark Foley (R-FL) was sending to underage boys were explicitly sexual. Hastert (R-IL) defended his leadership team's handling of the incident, which led Foley to resign last week and enter a treatment program for alcoholics.