Rep. Kline agrees with Iraq assessment U.S. Rep. John Kline, Republican from Minnesota's 2nd District, is a member of the House Armed Services committee, which heard from the two top U.S. leaders on Iraq Monday. Kline agrees with Gen. David Petraeus that the recent troop surge has been successful.7:19 a.m.
Housing slowdown hits rural cities and towns The pace of new home construction across the region has slowed considerably in the last six months and while the construction slowdown means tough times for the housing industry, it also has leaders in some fast-growing Minnesota towns pondering the affect on their city's bottom line.7:25 a.m.
Is Al-Qaida Stronger Six Years After Sept. 11?
In the six years since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, there have been wars launched, reforms of U.S. intelligence and domestic security and billions spent to combat terrorism. Yet the threat from al-Qaida is still grave and may be growing.
Lawmakers Respond to Iraq Progress Report
Initial response to testimony on Iraq from Gen. David Petraeus and Ambassador Ryan Crocker is split along party lines. Republicans see hope in Petraeus' remarks on progress; Democrats find fault with talk of a "token" withdrawal of troops.
Scholar Recalls Captivity in Iranian Prison
During more than 100 days in an Iranian prison, Iranian-American scholar Haleh Esfandiari spent the time in virtual isolation writing a book in her head about her grandmother. She says that she is "disappointed in Iran, [but] I'm not angry at it."
Pendleton Cheers Talk of Troop Withdrawals
Army Gen. David Petraeus, the top military commander in Iraq, says some U.S. troops are headed home. The news is welcome at Camp Pendleton Marine base in California, which could see some of the first troops return.
Hunt Oil Makes Deal to Seek Oil in Iraq
U.S.-based Hunt Oil signs a deal to explore for oil in Iraq. It's the first major oil contract between a U.S. company and Iraq in decades. But it was signed with the Kurdistan Regional Government, the body that runs Iraq's four northern provinces.
Libya Realizes Part of Its Great Pipe Dream
A recently completed pipeline pumps water from the Sahara Desert to Libyan coastal cities, which have long suffered a shortage of fresh water. It's part of a grand vision for Libya's decades-long public works project.
Apple's iPhone Sales Hit 1 Million
Apple, Inc. sells its millionth iPhone, less than three months after its debut. Last week, Apple cut the price of the iPhone by $200, sparking fears from investors about sales. Apple CEO Steve Jobs notes that it took almost two years to sell 1 million iPods.
Oil Man Oscar Wyatt on Trial for Deals with Iraq
Federal prosecutors say well-known Texas oilman Oscar Wyatt earned millions of dollars through illegal dealings with Saddam Hussein's Iraq. Wyatt is on trial in federal court in New York on charges of violating an international economic embargo against the country.
Fed Feels Pressure to Tweak Sluggish Economy
Some analysts expect the rising number of mortgage-payment delinquencies and drop in jobs to constrain consumer spending. That could mean trouble for the overall economy, placing pressure on the Federal Reserve Board to cut the interest rates.
Anita Roddick, Founder of Body Shop, Dies at 64
Body Shop founder Anita Roddick, who used her international cosmetics chain to promote eco-friendly practices long before they were widely fashionable, died after suffering a brain hemorrhage. She was 64.