Wisconsin: A state divided As the standoff continues in Madison over public employee benefits and bargaining rights, the debate has spread to communities across the state, including those along the Wisconsin-Minnesota border. We visited some of those communities and found that opinions are just as divided as they are in Madison.7:20 a.m.
Plenty of 2012 would-bes, but no GOP front-runners, yet A lot of possible GOP presidential contenders are acting like candidates, including former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty and U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann, but so far no high profile Republicans have announced they're running. Some analysts say the party is having an unusually difficult time getting behind a candidate.8:25 a.m.
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Wounded Libyans Say Protests Were Worth The Price
In the second largest Libyan city of Benghazi, a massive protest is planned after Friday prayers as a message to Moammar Gadhafi. All of eastern Libya is under the control of the rebels, and the people there say they will never submit to Gadhafi's rule again.
Fierce Clashes Drive People Out Of Libya's Capital
People fleeing Libya for Tunisia describe continued fighting in and around the capital Tripoli. The Tunisian military has taken the lead in receiving the newcomers, placing them in resettlement camps near the border, and making arrangements for transfer to their home country.
A Lonely Club For Women In Top Army Jobs
Heidi Brown's Army uniform is decorated with one small star, which marks her as a brigadier general. But at this point in her career, she's not sure how much higher she can climb. And she doesn't see many women coming up behind or above her. "Gender now shuts the door for me," she says.
Child's 11,500-Year-Old Remains Unearthed In Alaska
Archaeologists made the discovery in a settlement that housed some of the very first North Americans. Researchers have been studying the region for more than 70 years, but until now have not found anything from that time period.
Billionaire Brothers In Spotlight In Wis. Union Battle
The low-profile brothers Charles and David Koch give millions of dollars to groups working to drive civil service unions out of government and ultimately out of politics. Supporters say they are countering the large amounts of money going from labor to the Democratic Party.
Boeing Wins $35 Billion Tanker Contract Over EADS
Boeing won the Air Force contract to build a new fleet of aerial refueling tankers over its European rival EADS. The $35 billion contract is a major boost to Boeing workers in the Puget Sound area and in Wichita, Kan., where the planes will be built. Officials say about 50,000 jobs are at stake.
Libyan Leader's Finances Are Under Siege
The regime in Libya is estimated to have some $32 billion in liquid assets, but it may be difficult to get access to holdings that are abroad. The Swiss government ordered its banks to freeze assets related to the regime of Moammar Gadhafi. The British government reportedly is considering doing the same.
Providence School Board Sends Teachers Pink Slips
The school board in Providence, R.I., has sent pink slips to all of its teachers — nearly 2,000. City officials say they need flexibility to make budget cuts. Not all of the teachers will actually lose their jobs but the move allows for potential layoffs.
Debate Heats Up Over Public And Private Pensions
A leading pension expert says people in the private sector have pension envy because it seems their public sector peers are getting a better deal in retirement. But that envy may not last long as state and local governments struggle to pay for those benefits.