Heaney looks back - and forward A powerhouse in the DFL party is retiring. Judge Gerald Heaney has ruled from the federal bench -- and influenced Minnesota politics -- for 40 years.6:47 a.m.
HIV and AIDS increase in women worldwide
The number of women and girls around the world with HIV and AIDS is growing steadily. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that, women now account for more than one-quarter of all new HIV/AIDS diagnoses. Women of color are increasingly affected by HIV infection and AIDS, now the leading cause of death in African-American women between the ages of twenty-five and thirty-four. Wednesday afternoon, a panel at the University of Minnesoa's Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs will discuss this trend. Idah Mukuka, Director of Community Outreach for the Centre for Infectious Disease Research in Zambia and Humphrey Institute panelist, spoke with Morning Edition host Cathy Wurzer.7:42 a.m.
Remembering the 1981 tornado Twenty-five years ago, people living in parts of the Twin Cities took cover as a fierce and destructive tornado churned 15 miles across the metro area. The tornado, packing winds of more than 200 mph, destroyed homes and businesses in Edina, St. Anthony Park, Roseville and Lake Owasso.8:20 a.m.
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Iraqis Move to Bolster Baghdad Security
The new government in Iraq puts tens of thousands of members of the security forces on the streets in a bid to restore security outside Baghdad's fortified Green Zone. The move follows President Bush's surprise visit Tuesday.
U.S. Troop Cutbacks in Iraq Not Likely Soon
Don't expect a pullout of U.S. troops from Iraq in the near future. An increase in sectarian violence and U.S. dependence on Middle East stability -- largely because of oil-supply concerns -- argue against leaving Iraq.
Univision's Ramos: No Stopping Growth of Spanish
Making English the official language has been one of the hottest flashpoints in the U.S. immigration debate. Univision news anchor Jorge Ramos says Spanish is already the primary language in many communities around the country amid a "demographic revolution."
Cleric Tied to Bali Bombings Leaves Prison
Abu Bakar Bashir, a militant Islamic cleric, walks out of an Indonesian prison after serving 26 months for conspiracy in the deadly 2002 Bali bombings. Some consider him the most dangerous man in South Asia. Others say evidence against Bashir was weak.
Cajuns Hope for Revival of Battered Marshes
Hurricanes Katrina and Rita not only destroyed human habitats, they laid waste to animal habitats as well. The storms altered the map of Louisiana's southern wetlands. Wild things are only now slowly starting to return.
Recent Market Slide Erases Dow's Yearly Gains
The Dow Jones industrial average is now in negative territory for the year. A recent sell-off, which continued Tuesday, has wiped out solid gains made in the first months of 2006. Just a month ago, the Dow was in sight of its all-time high.
Pension Chief Departs with Words of Warning
Bradley Belt took over the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp. as big companies began dumping retirement plans on the federal government. Now he's leaving with dire warnings about the private retirement system.
Bush Urges Iraqis to 'Seize the Moment'
President Bush says the killing of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi and the new Iraqi Cabinet are opportunities for Iraq's government to make headway in stamping out violence and creating a lasting democracy.
The Day the President Dropped by Baghdad
President Bush's surprise visit with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki in Baghdad turned to a specific discussion about the situation in Iraq. The president says he emerged with some new information, and some fresh concerns.
Capitol Hill Debates to Focus on Iraq Conflict
House Republicans seek to pump up support for the war. But in the Senate, the arrival of a bill authorizing military spending and war policy for the next year may prompt a debate on a new direction in Iraq.