Lawmakers divided over need for election reform The Minnesota Senate could take up a bill as early as today that changes state election law, but members of the Minnesota House don't appear to have the same sense of urgency to pass the legislation.7:20 a.m.
State's biggest school district budget uncertain Officials at the Anoka-Hennepin school district are waiting on several factors before the district's budget for the next few years can be set. The economy, the state legislature, and a planned local school levy are all unsettling the district's budget situation.7:25 a.m.
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Afghanistan-Pakistan Talks Highlight Complex Ties
President Obama plays host Wednesday to the leaders of two countries that have been a central focus of his administration's foreign policy: Afghanistan and Pakistan. The idea of the trilateral meetings is to come up with some concrete guidelines to cooperate in the fight against extremists, says U.S. envoy Richard Holbrooke.
Pakistan's Military Attacks Taliban In Swat Valley
Pakistani forces on Wednesday attacked Taliban fighters in the Swat valley with artillery and helicopters. U.S. officials have called on Pakistan's government to show its commitment to fighting militancy.
In Somalia, Piracy Is An Attractive Career Option
To most of the world, Somalia could easily be renamed the Land of Pirates. Hijackings on the high seas have become routine off the coast of this East African nation. Known for their pragmatism, Somalis have taken to piracy because it's a multimillion-dollar industry that works.
Flu Disrupts Calexico's Cinco De Mayo Celebrations
Cinco de Mayo is usually cause for a big party in Calexico, Calif., which is two blocks from the Mexican border. But Tuesday's celebrations were overshadowed by worry over the swine flu virus and the region's poor economy.
Democrats Wait To See How Sen. Specter Votes
A week after switching parties, Pennsylvania Sen. Arlen Specter is still trying to fit in as a Democrat. He has moved his desk in the Senate chamber across the aisle. He has gone from ranking Republican on the Judiciary Committee to being just another Democrat. Still, not everyone is sure of Specter's intentions.
Will Fla. Gov. Crist Decide To Run For Senate?
Republican Charlie Crist is expected to announce whether he'll remain governor of Florida or run for the Senate in 2010. Republican Sen. Mel Martinez is retiring, and Crist is interested in the job. Although Crist is popular in Florida, there are signs that he could face significant challenges if he runs for the Senate.
Judge OKs Chrysler's Steps Toward Sale To Fiat
The judge overseeing Chrysler LLC's Chapter 11 proceedings has ruled that the automaker may start taking steps toward selling most of its assets to Italy's Fiat Group. The ruling came late Tuesday after more than seven hours of testimony and legal arguments.
Ford Foundation Aids In Solving Mortgage Crisis
The Ford Foundation is trying to save neighborhoods beset by home foreclosure. The nation's second largest philanthropy will pour $50 million into a program designed to get houses off the books of financial institutions and into the hands of homeowners.
Will $100 Million Solve World's Problems?
Larry Brilliant has been given $100 million to help solve the world's problems. He left his job as head of Google's philanthropy division to head up the Skoll Urgent Threat Fund with a mandate to focus on climate change, water scarcity, pandemics and more. Brilliant talks with Renee Montagne about whether the world's problems can be solved with just $100 million.
Scientists Unveil Chocolate-Fueled Race Car
The car is made with biodegradable materials. The steering wheel is made out of plant-based fibers derived from carrots and other root vegetables. The seat is built of flax fiber and soybean oil foam. The car is powered by chocolate — or rather, waste from chocolate factories.