Cleanup of problematic Excel Dairy may be far off The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency says it won't re-issue a permit for the Excel Dairy farm in northwestern Minnesota, in effect shutting it down, but that doesn't mean the foul-smelling and overflowing manure pits will be cleaned up anytime soon.6:20 a.m.
Campaign Finance Ruling: Hard To Reverse
The Supreme Court's landmark campaign finance decision opens the way for almost unlimited campaign spending by unions and corporations. President Obama condemned the ruling, but there may be little he and campaign finance watchdogs can do to counteract it.
Honest Ads May Be Byproduct Of Landmark Ruling
The Supreme Court tossed out parts of a campaign finance law that have been around for decades. Businesses and unions now will be able to spend millions of dollars to support or oppose candidates for president and Congress. Truth in advertising is expected to be one result of Thursday's court ruling.
Inmates Who Can't Make Bail Face Stark Options
Shadu Green was like hundreds of thousands of inmates nationwide who can't afford bail or a bondsman's fee. So Green, who insists he is not guilty of a series of misdemeanors after getting pulled over for speeding, had to decide whether to fight his case from jail or plead guilty and get out faster. Studies show that internal debate usually works in prosecutors' favor.
Health Care Overhaul May Be Mortally Wounded
The House is not about to pass the Senate's version of the health care overhaul bill. And so far, the idea of scaling back and reaching out to Republicans doesn't seem likely to pay off. So lawmakers are now scrambling for a new strategy after nearly a year of intense work on a massive piece of legislation.
Tangle Of Detainee Rules Leads To Court Confusion
One year after President Obama pledged to close the Guantanamo Bay prison, 200 detainees remain there. A new study finds judges using wildly different criteria to review the cases — the result of a lack of clear guidelines on issues such as the use of coercion — and how to define an enemy combatant.
Trial To Start For Abortion Doctor's Alleged Killer
Jurors begin hearing evidence Friday in the trial of Scott Roeder, charged with first-degree murder in the shooting of a doctor who performed abortions later in pregnancy. The Kansas man has admitted to killing Dr. George Tiller in May, but the case is far from open-and-shut.
Toyota Recalls More Vehicles To Fix Gas Pedals
Toyota is recalling millions more vehicles because of problems with accelerator pedals. The recall includes the Camry, Corolla and Avalon models. It comes just months after the Japanese automaker recalled 4.2 million vehicles over concerns that accelerator pedals could become lodged under floor mats.
Low Mortgage Rates Fuel Demand For Homes
Despite the bad job market, demand for U.S. home loans rose last week for the third straight week. An industry group says home ownership is being helped by low mortgage rates, which fell again to a one-month low. They're below 5 percent in some areas for 30 year fixed rate loans.
Obama Wants To Limit Risks That Banks Take
President Obama is stepping up efforts to reduce the chances of another financial crisis. The president is trying to rein in banks, and on Thursday he asked Congress to limit the size and the activities of some of the nation's largest financial institutions. David Wessel of The Wall Street Journal talks to Renee Montagne about Obama's proposal.
Tiger Woods Game Franchise Grows
Video game publisher Electronic Arts says sales of the company's Tiger Woods golf games have grown, despite the scandal over Woods' extramarital transgressions. EA says it still plans to launch "Tiger Woods PGA Tour 11" for game consoles and the iPhone in June.