Terrorism law predates 9/11 Salah Ahmed, one of the two Somali-Americans facing terrorism charges, is expected to appear in federal court in Minneapolis Thursday for a detention hearing. Ahmed and Abdifatah Isse are charged with providing material support to terrorists and conspiring to "kill, kidnap, maim and injure."7:25 a.m.
Sotomayor questioned on 1987 Minnesota case At her Senate confirmation hearing, U.S. Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor has faced hours of questions about her 2001 speech "A Latina judge's voice." In addition to the oft-quoted passage about "wise Latina" women, the speech contains a reference to Minnesota.7:40 a.m.
House Committees To Release Health Bills
Work continues on Capitol Hill to overhaul the nation's health care system. A Senate committee on Wednesday became the first panel to complete work on a health bill. Meanwhile, three House committees launch their formal drafting sessions Thursday.
Health Plan Issues Divide Democrats, Republicans
Senators Christopher Dodd and Orrin Hatch say they are committed to finding middle ground on overhauling health care. Dodd is filling in as the chairman of the Health Education and Labor Committee, while Ted Kennedy is treated for brain cancer. Hatch has been a Republican leader on health care for years. The two senators talk with Steve Inskeep about what issues need to be resolved with the health plan.
Nopalitos: Taming The Prickly Pear Cactus
Some summer foods beg to be eaten: fresh tomatoes, sweet corn on the cob. But one virtually screams, "Leave me alone!" Nopalitos are the pads of the prickly pear cactus. In Mexico and the American Southwest, they're a staple at farmers' markets.
Ill. Officials Want Tougher Cemetery Regulations
The governor of Illinois says he's behind the call for tougher regulations for cemeteries, in light of the grave selling scandal at a historically black cemetery in suburban Chicago. Investigators continue to identify the remains of as many as 300 bodies said to have been dug up at Burr Oak Cemetery so their burial plots could be resold.
Clinton Emerges, Reasserting Her Diplomatic Stature
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was sidelined in recent weeks by a broken elbow, and some observers say, was eclipsed on the world stage by President Obama. But Clinton has emerged to assert her diplomatic role in a series of recent appearances and an upcoming trip to India and Thailand.
Foreclosures Up As Unemployment Soars
New figures show the number of people in trouble with their mortgages continues to rise. According to foreclosure listing service RealtyTrac Inc, more than 336,000 households received at least one foreclosure-related notice in June. That's 33 percent higher compared to June of last year.
Disagreement Over Plan Giving Fed More Oversight
The Obama administration has proposed giving the Federal Reserve Board more authority for overseeing companies too big to fail. A group of investors said Wednesday that an independent board, and not the Federal Reserve, should be looking out for systemic risks to the financial system.
Congress Begins To Overhaul Consumer Protections
Treasury officials have sent draft legislation to Congress to create a one-stop financial protection agency for consumers. The agency would have authority over financial products from credit cards and home mortgages to payday loans. And it could ban practices it deems unfair.