Gen. Nash on MN Guard's mission in Iraq There are about 1,200 Minnesota Guard troops currently serving in Iraq. Last month, their leader, Major Gen. Richard Nash, assumed command of all 15,000 U.S. troops serving in Iraq's nine southern provinces.7:25 a.m.
Arts groups largely spared of unallotments Arts and cultural institutions largely avoided Gov. Tim Pawlenty's budget ax--for now. Yesterday, the governor outlined in detail state budget cuts and accounting shifts of almost $2.7 billion.8:25 a.m.
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Job Seekers Find New Rules Of Recruitment
With the unemployment rate at 9.4 percent and ticking up, millions of Americans are in the job market for the first time in several years. But that market has changed: Many employers now consider paper resumes passe and LinkedIn profiles a must.
Kennedy Absent As His Health Bill Launches
As Congress prepares to tackle the daunting task of reforming the U.S. health care system, the absence of Sen. Edward Kennedy from the debate could alter the Democrats' influence of the so-called Kennedy bill.
Planning For N. Korean Instability Poses Challenges
Some experts think the United States and North Korea's neighbors should be discussing what to do in the event of instability or even regime collapse in North Korea. But openly mentioning any such planning would antagonize Pyongyang, and therefore any multilateral discussions including China and the United States are out of the question.
Iran Cracks Down On Foreign Journalists
Supporters of Iran's defeated presidential candidate are keeping up pressure with new protests. Babak Rahimi, a professor of Iranian and Islamic studies at the University of California, San Diego, talks from Tehran with Steve Inskeep about what's been going on in the Iranian capital since demonstrations broke out.
GOP Wants Harsher Tone Toward Iran
President Obama has chosen his words carefully in reacting to the massive street demonstrations and violence that have taken place in Iran since last week's disputed presidential election. He's walking a fine line — condemning the crackdown but not declaring the election illegitimate. Republicans in Congress say a more forceful reaction is warranted.
BRIC Nations Seek Greater Role In Global Economy
Leaders of the world's four big emerging economies had a summit in Russia on Tuesday. It was the first official meeting of the so-called BRIC group: Brazil, Russia, India and China. These are the rising stars of the global economy, and they're determined to make their voices heard.
Former Cub Star Sosa Reportedly Failed Drug Test
According to a report in The New York Times, former baseball slugger Sammy Sosa tested positive for a performance-enhancing drug in 2003. The paper, citing lawyers familiar with the case, reported that Sosa is one of 104 players who tested positive in a 2003 baseball survey but did not identify the drug.
L.A.'s Urban Schools Hardest Hit By Teacher Layoffs
California's budget problems mean that thousands of public schoolteachers are being laid off in the city of Los Angeles. Urban, low-income schools are taking the most losses because they have the greatest number of beginning teachers.
Bloomsday Honors Irish Author James Joyce
Once again, fans of Irish author James Joyce have celebrated Bloomsday. Thousands of people descend on Dublin each June 16 to celebrate Joyce's epic novel Ulysses by re-creating the events in the book. The novel chronicles the passage of Leopold Bloom through Dublin on a single day — June 16, 1904 — a day, as Bloom says, that's a "chapter of accidents."
Obama Proposes Overhaul Of Financial Regulations
President Obama unveils his plans for overhauling the nation's financial regulatory system Wednesday. The proposal is to help bring stability to the industry, and to make meltdowns less likely.