Do-it-yourself litigators get a hand from state One of the results of the bad economy is that fewer people can afford lawyers, making Minnesota's virtual self-help program an attractive option for the rising number of people representing themselves in court.7:25 a.m.
USDA forecasts crop yields Minnesota farmers are expected to harvest an above average corn crop this fall, but the soybean crop is struggling. The U.S. Agriculture Department released its first detailed look at the fall harvest.8:35 a.m.
Analyst Urges More Troops For Afghanistan
Anthony Cordesman of the Center for Strategic and International Studies argues that winning the war in Afghanistan would require the equivalent of armed nation building. He calls for more troops with fewer restrictions, fighting corruption in the Afghan government and a coordinated, efficient aid effort.
Rocking The Vote, Afghan-Style
Afghanistan's biggest musical star and heartthrob, Farhad Darya, is performing a series of concerts to encourage voters to turn out for the Aug. 20 presidential election. The campaign has been looking increasingly American — with posters, rallies, Web sites and music.
Earth Science From The Sky: The Next Generation
NASA's new program prepares young Earth scientists to tackle tough environmental issues. In an airplane laboratory, students study everything from the growth of unusual algae blooms to the methane from a dairy cow's burp.
Kill Grandma? Debunking A Health Bill Scare Tactic
Some analysts say false claims that the health bill encourages seniors to end their lives early were purposely spread to undermine the bill. In fact, the bill would pay health care providers to discuss a patient's health care wishes.
Google Deal With Publishers Raises Privacy Concerns
Some authors and privacy groups are upset about the pending settlement between Google and publishers. Privacy advocates say the pact has no provisions protecting the anonymity of readers and want something like the protections afforded library patrons. Google says the privacy of the system will be taken up after the system is built.
A Classic List Of Must-Read Children's Books
As summer vacations draw to a close and school-age children begin the mad scramble to fulfill their summer reading obligations, author Lesley M. M. Blume recommends a few timeless books that may not be on the required book lists.
Kaiser Permanente Announces Layoffs
Nonprofit health care provider Kaiser Permanente said Tuesday it is cutting more than 1,800 jobs in California, or just under 2 percent of its employees; no doctors will be cut. The move underscores pressures facing the health care industry.
Madoff Aide's Guilty Plea Could Net More Arrests
Frank DiPascali Jr., who played a key role in Bernard Madoff's huge Ponzi scheme, pleaded guilty to multiple counts of fraud. Sentencing isn't until May of next year, but the former chief financial officer says he will name names, which could mean less prison time and more arrests in the case.
Fed Weighs State Of The Economy
The Federal Reserve wraps up Wednesday a two-day meeting at which it has been pondering the state of the economy. Wall Street Journal economics editor David Wessel says things seem to be getting better, but they are still far from being good.
Animal Groups Seek Court Help On Helmsley Estate
Animal-welfare groups are asking the courts for help, alleging that the trustees of hotel magnate Leona Helmsley's estate are ignoring her wishes. When Helmsley died in 2007, she left billions of dollars to her dogs; the rest was meant to go into a trust that would be disbursed to various animal-welfare organizations.