Trial begins in 36-year old cop killing A Ramsey County prosecutor said the man accused of conspiring to kill a St. Paul police officer nearly 36 years ago was attacking a symbol of the white establishment. Attorneys gave their opening statements Tuesday in the trial of Ronald Reed, 54, who is accused of aiding and abetting the 1970 murder of Officer James Sackett.7:20 a.m.
South Dakota Senate to take up bill limiting abortions
The South Dakota Senate is expected to vote today on a bill that would outlaw nearly all abortions in that state. If it passes in the Senate and is signed by Gov. Rounds, it will almost certainly be challenged in court by abortion rights advocates. MPR's Cara Hetland has been covering this story.8:25 a.m.
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Saving the Snow Lotus from Extinction
A species of Himalayan snow lotus, a cottony white flower, is used in Tibetan medicine and prized by tourists -- and it's popularity has already knocked four inches off the plant's height and could be leading to its extinction.
U.S. Government Plans for 'The Long War'
Over the past several weeks, senior administration and Pentagon officials have adopted the phrase "the long war" to characterize the global war on terrorism. Some analysts say the adoption of the phrase is an attempt to prepare Americans for a costly, long-term campaign.
Defining the Power of the President
Historian Sean Wilentz talks with Steve Inskeep about how American presidents have defined the powers of the office. Wilentz is a professor at Princeton University and author of The Rise of American Democracy.
Santorum Fights for Survival in Pennsylvania Senate Race
The Senate race in Pennsylvania is considered the No. 1 race to watch this year. Republican incumbent Rick Santorum trails in his bid for a third term. Ironically, the Democrats' best chance at gaining a Senate seat is with a pro-life, pro-Alito candidate.
Shrine in Iraq Damaged in Attack
Iraqi officials are blaming al Qaeda and a Sunni militant group for an explosion at one of the country's most famous Shiite religious shrines. The blast in Samarra destroyed the golden dome and sent protesters into the streets.
Failure to Court Faculty Dooms Harvard President
The announcement Tuesday that Harvard University President Lawrence Summers is resigning points to the difficulties of running a high-profile university, and the need to balance many constituencies: alumni, governing board, faculty and students.
Congress at Odds with Bush over Port Contract
President Bush is standing behind a decision to let a Dubai-based company take over shipping operations at six major seaports in the United States. He says it will not jeopardize security. Congress isn't so sure.
Port Newark Not Worried by Dubai Purchase Plan
There are many levels of security at New Jersey's Port Newark, one of the terminals that would be run by Dubai Ports World. The workers at the terminal are nearly all American and that won't change, according to managers at the facility.
Movie Follows Fish Through the Global Economy
Filmmaker Hubert Sauper talks about his new documentary Darwin's Nightmare with Renee Montagne. The movie has been nominated for an Academy Award. It examines the global economy and its effect on one place and one commodity; in this instance, Nile perch in Tanzania's Lake Victoria.