Education bill creates winners and losers The $13.8 billion education bill passed by the Legislature would boost spending on special education by about $330 million, the largest-ever increase for special ed funding. School districts with large numbers of special education students are the biggest winners.7:20 a.m.
The mind of a cop The first class of this year's recruits has graduated from St. Paul's Police Academy. One aspect of a police officer's life they're preparing for is the emotional stress of facing physical danger and possibly using deadly force every day.7:50 a.m.
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Congress Reluctantly Passes War-Funding Bill
A bill providing funds for the war in Iraq passes Congress despite misgivings from many who approved it. Democrats who failed to establish a timetable for pulling U.S. troops out of Iraq say this is the best bill they could manage.
Omaha Voters Unhappy with Status Quo
A flood of Washington scandals and uncertainty about the direction of the U.S. economy have left voters in America's heartland disgruntled and dismayed. How do they size up the 2008 presidential race?
Why Is Iran Holding U.S. Scholars?
Iran had detained a number of Iranian-American scholars, but there isn't much indication from the government why it has pursued this course. It's also unclear what conditions they face in captivity.
Funds for 'Civil Society' in Iran Raise Concerns
The U.S. State Department has a $75 million budget to promote better relations with Iran. But some observers say a portion of the money, spent to promote democracy, is causing problems for rights activists.
A Year After His Death, Soldier's Family Reflects
It has been one year since Army Capt. Doug DiCenzo of Plymouth, N.H., was killed by a roadside bomb in Iraq. On the anniversary of his death, DiCenzo's widow and family share thoughts on how his loss has changed their lives.
Search Persists for Two Missing Soldiers
The U.S. military is still hunting for two of the three soldiers ambushed earlier this month in Iraq. The body of one of the men was found Wednesday in the Euphrates River.
On Immigration Issue, It's a House Divided
Getting a bill to overhaul U.S. immigration policy through the Senate will be a challenge, even with a much-publicized compromise and President Bush's support. But prospects for the bill are even less promising in the House.
Ancestry Site Opens Index of War Records
The genealogy Web site Ancestry.com is making millions of U.S. military records available online. The free access allows people to search through indexed databases of draft cards, POW records and other information in search of family history.
Facebook Gets New Features
The social networking Web site Facebook.com is getting a makeover. Taking its cue from rival MySpace.com, Facebook will invite technology companies and programmers to add features such as book reviews, online games and music players.
Federal Minimum Wage Set to Rise
The federal minimum wage will increase by more than $2 an hour over the next two years, reaching $7.25. The Economic Policy Institute says the hike will change wages for 4 percent of the country's workforce.