Xcel Energy fires up new High Bridge plant Things are literally heating up at Xcel Energy's new High Bridge generating plant in St. Paul. The company has started the final steps to bring the new plant online, sending billowing clouds of steam over the Mississippi River.7:25 a.m.
Northwest moves closer to a merger The pilots unions at Northwest and Delta Airlines have reportedly come to an agreement on how to consolidate if the two companies merge. An agreement would help clear the way for a merger. Morning Edition host Cathy Wurzer talked with Minnesota Public Radio's Marty Moylan.7:50 a.m.
Monday Markets with Chris Farrell Minnesota Public Radio's chief economics correspondent Chris Farrell discusses trouble in the banking industry and other economic news.8:25 a.m.
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Castro Resigns as Cuba's President
After nearly 50 years as president of Cuba, Fidel Castro is resigning. He explained his decision in a letter to the Web site of the Communist Party's newspaper. The Cuban president hasn't been seen in public since he became ill and provisionally turned over his powers to his brother, Raul, in July 2006.
Hercules and Hemings: Presidents' Slave Chefs
Hercules, a slave of George Washington, and James Hemings, owned by Thomas Jefferson, began a long connection of presidents and their African-American cooks. And President Lyndon Johnson's black cook may have influenced his work on civil rights reform.
Musharraf's Party Takes Pounding in Election
Pakistanis dealt a crushing blow to President Pervez Musharraf in parliamentary elections Monday, raising questions about the future of the U.S. ally in the war on terror. Early returns indicate that the opposition parties of Benazir Bhutto and Nawaz Sharif have won enough to command a majority.
Al-Sadr Faces Pressure to Call Off Truce
Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr is expected to announce his decision in the next few days about whether to maintain the ceasefire he ordered six months ago. There has been pressure from rank-and-file members of his militia to end it.
Bush in Rwanda to Honor Genocide Victims
President Bush visits Rwanda on Tuesday to pay tribute to that nation's victims of genocide. He is also highlighting Rwanda's contributions to peacekeeping forces in Darfur. The president will open a new U.S. embassy and visit U.S.-funded HIV and AIDS clinics.
Malians Dying from Treatable Ailments
Mali is full of people who hope to save money by waiting to go to the health clinic. But if an illness gets worse, the treatment gets more expensive and they are even less likely to be able to afford it. As a result, many people become seriously ill or die from ailments that aren't life-threatening when properly treated.
Pettitte Apologizes for Using Hormones
New York Yankees' pitcher Andy Pettitte held a news conference on Monday where he apologized for using human growth hormone in 2002 and 2004. The All Star said he wasn't hiding any other drug use.
As Bush and Democrats Spar, Spy Law Lapses
A temporary version of the law allowing intelligence agencies to conduct surveillance of terrorism suspects without a warrant expired Saturday. A key sticking point is whether to grant retroactive immunity to telecom companies that cooperate with the government.
Path from Senate to Presidency Not Easy
Whoever wins the White House in November will almost certainly come from the ranks of the Senate. It will be the first time that's happened since John F. Kennedy in 1960. Historian Robert Dallek talks about the often difficult path from the Senate to the presidency.
Castro Says Resignation Is Not 'Farewell'
A presidential transition is apparently underway in Cuba. Fidel Castro, who has already given up power temporarily because of illness, says he will do so permanently.