New candidates shake up races Native American voters in Minnesota have historically aligned themselves with the DFL party. But two Native American candidates in northern Minnesota are bucking that trend. The two have formed their own political party and are running for state House and Senate seats currently held by the DFL.8:45 a.m.
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BP Suspends Dividends, Sets Up Gulf Fund
President Obama may not have cleaned up the oil spill yet -- but on Wednesday he succeeded in extracting a big financial commitment from BP. After a four hour meeting with BP executives at the White House, the oil giant agreed to put $20 billion in an escrow fund to pay the claims of Gulf residents hurt by the spill.
Before Gulf Spill, BP CEO Tony Hayward Won Praise
President Obama's meeting with top BP executives marked a big change in the energy giant's handling of the crisis. Until now, CEO Tony Hayward has been the public face of the company, but after a series of gaffes, he has been shunted into the background.
Move Over World Cup, Wimbledon Starts Next Week
While much of the world's attention is on the World Cup, Wimbledon starts Monday. Defending champion Roger Federer is no longer the No. 1 player in the world, but he is still the favorite. Patrick McEnroe, a commentator for ESPN, tells Deborah Amos that Serena Williams is a favorite --although it's her sister Venus, who often has an edge on the grass court.
Nonprofit Gym Helps Low-Income Community Get Fit
In many low-income neighborhoods, obesity and diabetes are huge problems. Fear of crime and traffic keep many residents from exercising outdoors, and indoor gyms are often too few and too expensive. Healthworks, a nonprofit fitness center in Boston, is trying to change that.
EU Leaders Search For Wide Range Fix To Debt Crisis
European leaders are in Brussels to discuss their latest plans to deal with the sovereign debt crisis. Market confidence in the euro is still shaky, despite the $1 trillion stability pact set up by the European Union. Also on the agenda, controversial measures that some hope will prevent undue market speculation.
In Kandahar, A Battle For Hearts, Minds
In Afghanistan, the battle for Kandahar may not have officially begun, but it is already quietly under way. Green Berets outside Kandahar city are working to set up schools and clinics and provide security. But building ties with the villagers may prove the most difficult job of all.
Veterans Travel Farther For Surgery With New Policy
The new guidelines come after an investigation into an Illinois VA hospital, where nine people died after surgical mistakes. The new rules restrict the types of surgery performed at certain veterans' facilities.
Spirit Airlines May Resume Flights Friday
Discount carrier Spirit Airlines reached a deal with its pilots, who walked off the job last weekend because of a pay dispute. It's the first pilot strike in 5 years, and it completely grounded the Florida-based airline. About 16,000 passengers normally fly Spirit each day.
High Demand Backlogs iPhone 4 Orders
AT&T has stopped taking advance orders for Apple's new iPhone 4. Unexpectedly high demand and technical problems caused the company to suspend orders so it can fulfill the ones it's already received. That means phones that were supposed to ship next week won't be in consumers hands until next month.
Hesitant Consumers May Slow Sales This Summer
Retailers were encouraged by an uptick in shopping earlier this spring. But more recent data suggest a slowdown at clothing and department stores. Consumer confidence measures are up, but without incentives, cash-strapped shoppers are likely to remain cautious.