Green city blues Minneapolis has excellent "green" credentials. But even people in an eco-friendly city can get discouraged when looking at the big picture of waste and energy use.6:50 a.m.
A window into the home front Nicky Inskeep and her husband Jason are both members of Minnesota's National Guard serving in different units. Jason is currently on an extended tour in Iraq while Nicky is staying home with their four-year-old daughter, Kirsten.7:50 a.m.
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Bill Offers Mix of Security Provisions
A Senate committee endorses a bill to implement some recommendations of the Sept. 11 commission. It includes efforts to improve communications for first responders and to expand a visa-waiver program. But it's notable for what it doesn't propose.
Talks Aside, Nuclear Might Likely to Spread
U.S. officials cite six-party talks on North Korea's nuclear program as a diplomatic victory. But many observers believe North Korea will never disarm. Analysts say the outcome of the negotiations may influence Iran's thinking on nuclear weapons.
New Citizenship Test Gets Dry Run
The federal government began pilot-testing the new citizenship test this week. The test is designed to be more meaningful, but some think it is too hard. A visits to an adult education class finds prospective citizens preparing for the big day.
'Breach' Spins a Harrowing, Human Spy Tale
The story of FBI spy Robert Hanssen makes for a film that offers a tale of real-life espionage that doubles as a compelling psychological drama. A cast led by Chris Cooper offers a compelling look at the complexities of human relationships.
Toyota Cars Set to Join NASCAR Field
Toyota enters American stock car racing this Sunday at NASCAR's season opener, the fabled Daytona 500. What does it mean to NASCAR, racing fans and the U.S. auto industry to have a Japanese carmaker involved in the sport?
Shia-Sunni Conflict Forces U.S. Shift in Iraq
America's aims in Iraq changed as the sectarian conflict between Shia and Sunni deepened. Now bringing stability to Iraq is the goal, while preventing Shiite Iran's emergence as a regional power.
Hershey Plans to Shed 1,500 Jobs
The largest U.S. chocolate maker — Hershey — says it will trim 1,500 jobs, or about 11 percent of its workforce. Hershey says it will also close some U.S. plants and move some production to Mexico. When the overhaul is complete, officials say production from North America and Canada will make up about 80 percent of the company's total, down from 90 percent.
The Fine Art of Rebuiding West Oakland
Oakland has seen a black exodus fueled by crime and rising housing costs. An African-American artist hopes to reverse the trend with a cultural district in a rundown part of town. Critics say his efforts aren't practical.
'Bill of Rights' for Air Passengers Revived
Passengers on a Jet Blue flight were stuck on a New York airport tarmac for nearly 11 hours this week during an ice storm. The incident boosted efforts for a "flyers' bill of rights." Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) plans a bill that would give passengers the option of leaving a plane held more than three hours and ensure access to food, water and hygiene.
Senate Democrats Seek Way Back into Iraq Debate
The Senate started the ball rolling on a resolution opposing President Bush's plans for a troop increase in Iraq, but couldn't get its act together. Now the House is close to a final vote on the issue, while Senate leaders seek a way to take back the initiative amid procedural hurdles.