School districts challenged by rising energy costs School districts across Minnesota will pay more to keep their classrooms warm this winter. Rising energy costs will likely mean cooler classrooms and tighter budgets as districts look for ways to conserve.6:47 a.m.
Jailed protesters criticize police actions The Republican National Convention wraps up tonight, following several days of protests and more than 300 arrests. As the first detainees charged with gross misdemeanors or felonies were released yesterday, many said police arrested them without cause.7:24 a.m.
St. Paul nightlife still in Minneapolis' shadow during the RNC It appears that even though St. Paul's Excel Energy Center is the site of the Republican National Convention, it's Minneapolis that's playing host to the conventioneers. That's where most of the private parties are taking place and where the majority of Republican delegates and supporters are staying.7:53 a.m.
Drama plays out inside and outside RNC With protests swirling outside the Xcel Energy Center and history being made within, it's been a dramatic few days in St. Paul during the Republican National Convention.8:24 a.m.
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Palin Takes Aim At Obama, Revs Up Republicans
Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin electrified the crowd Wednesday night at the Republican National Convention. The vice presidential nominee attacked Barack Obama, praised John McCain and pushed back against criticism that she is too inexperienced to be on the ticket.
Pakistan Condemns Raid, Blames U.S. Troops
The government in Pakistan has condemned an attack on a remote village near the border with Afghanistan. Pakistani officials say Wednesday's raid was led by U.S. troops. However, U.S. officials have not officially commented.
Iraq Paramilitary Group Targeted, Despite Success
The Sunni paramilitary group Sons of Iraq has been a centerpiece of the American strategy in Iraq. But the group, which receives funding and support from the U.S., is now being targeted by Iraq's Shiite-led government.
Giants Host Redskins In NFL Opener
For fans and fantasy league wonks, it's the time of year when they begin to hum the tune: "Are You Ready for Some Football?" Bill Curry, former NFL player and college coach, previews the season as it kicks off Thursday night.
Charting McCain's Unlikely Rise To Nominee
Sen. John McCain will officially become the Republican nominee Thursday, despite his at times rocky relationship with the party. Though McCain has adopted a more conservative game plan of late, he's still willing to call an audible now and then.
Ex-POW McCain Has Supporters In Vietnam
Republican presidential hopeful John McCain spent years as a prisoner of war in Vietnam. You might think people there would be less supportive of McCain because he is a conservative who backs the war in Iraq and was in the U.S. military during the Vietnam War. But McCain has a lot of supporters in Hanoi.
Boeing Machinists Reject Contract, Vote To Strike
Aircraft assembly workers at Boeing have voted to strike for an unprecedented second time in three years. But their contract has been extended 48 hours at the request of Washington Gov. Christine Gregoire and a federal mediator.
Nearly Every Automaker's U.S. Sales Drop
August was not a good month for U.S. car sales. At GM, sales were down 20 percent compared with a year ago. Nissan was the only major automaker to report an increase over August 2007. Dustin Dwyer reports from Michigan Radio.
'99 Cents Only' Stores Losing Money
Economic analysts say when inflation drives up the cost of doing business, a business passes on the cost to consumers. But the 99 Cents Only discount chain hasn't been able to do that. What cost 99 cents a couple of decades ago now costs $2.26, but the retailer still charges the same price. Now its CEO says he'll probably have to change his pricing strategy.