St. Paul insists on Union Depot in LRT plan St. Paul officials have unveiled a grand vision for light rail in their city. They say transforming the former Union Depot train station on the river is a critical element. But, the cost of extending the rail line to the depot is high and could make the entire pricetag of too rich for the federal government.7:20 a.m.
Members of Military Make War Views Known
Members of the armed services are prohibited from speaking out against the war in Iraq. The Uniform Code of Military Justice limits what they may say about political issues. But as opposition to the war mounts, some service members are finding ways to air their opinions.
Medicare Money Problems Trigger Warning
Medicare is still going broke, according to an annual report to trustees. That's not new, but a mechanism created by Congress in 2003 compels the federal government to take steps to address the problem. A political firestorm is likely.
Wolfowitz: Will He Stay or Will He Go?
President Bush says he supports embattled World Bank President Paul Wolfowitz. But will Wolfowitz weather criticism of the way he has handled his girlfriend's employment at the bank? And if he does leave, who might replace him?
Are Clinton's 'Negatives' Too Much to Overcome?
Sen. Hillary Clinton has roared out of the gates as the leading fundraiser in the 2008 presidential campaign and the presumed front-runner for the Democratic nomination. Now polls suggest she may be much more vulnerable than she looks.
Former Apple Exec Said to Cut Deal with SEC
Fred Anderson, Apple's former CFO, reportedly has agreed to pay about $150,000 in SEC penalties while refunding millions made on a stock sale. Anderson was accused of back-dating stock options to buy Apple shares at a cheaper price. The Wall Street Journal says the settlement with the SEC requires Anderson to pay back $3.5 million in gains on the sale, while admitting no wrongdoing.
Outlook Improves for Social Security, Medicare
The financial forecast has improved for trust funds covering Social Security and Medicare. A projected increase in tax revenues and slight reductions in benefits mean the programs will be adequately covered a little longer than expected.
Pop Goes Dr. Pepper with CD Project
Dr. Pepper, known for catchy ad ditties, is now sponsoring some new tunes. The soda manufacturer has hired Cartel, a pop-punk band, to live and work in a transparent bubble in New York City for 20 days. Cameras will record the band as members write and record a new CD.
Iraqi Prime Minister Torn Between Two Nations
Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki is under internal pressure to distance himself from the U.S.-led war effort. At the same time, the U.S. wants him to make more progress in reconciling Iraq's sectarian divisions.
For Many Russians, Yeltsin Was No Hero
Seen in the West as a vital democracy advocate, Yeltsin was disliked by many ordinary Russians. They blamed him for the economic chaos that followed the collapse of the Soviet Union.