Vikings, Childress, Johnson pass first test against Redskins 19-16
New Minnesota Vikings head coach Brad Childress is undefeated in his NFL career. His first win came on the road against the Washington Redskins and hall-of-fame coach Joe Gibbs on Monday Night Football. Cathy Wurzer spoke with Sean Jensen, who covers the Vikings for the Pioneer Press.6:24 a.m.
Jurors continue hearing testimony in Rodriguez trial
The sentencing phase in the trial of Alfonso Rodriguez, Jr., resumes at 9:00 a.m. today in Fargo, ND. Jurors will continue to hear testimony to help them decide whether Rodriguez should spend the rest of his life in prison or be executed. The federal jury convicted Rodriguez late last month of kidnapping and killing 22-year-old Dru Sjodin.7:50 a.m.
Love of flying machines propelled Minnesota native to shuttle job When the space shuttle Atlantis completes its 11-day mission next week, Paul Dye will engrave the name of the mission on the head of a railroad spike once used by the Duluth, Messabi, and Iron Range Railroad. It's one of the few sentimental traditions the Roseville native allows himself in his job as flight director.8:53 a.m.
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Alabama Directs New State Money into Education
After years of lean budgets, money is flowing into many state treasuries. That's true for Alabama. The state is spending much of the extra money on education, boosting outlays significantly.
Arizona Among States in the Black Cutting Taxes
Lawmakers in Arizona have decided that the best way to deal with their $1.1 billion surplus is to give it back by cutting taxes. Arizona is one of twenty states that used their surpluses this year to reduce income taxes.
Iraqi Economy Staggers from Inflation, Fighting
Violence and instability in Iraq have hit the economy hard. The basics of life are difficult to obtain, and when food and fuel can be bought, they are expensive. The country's central bank recently warned of massive unemployment, faltering growth and inflation of nearly 70 percent.
U.S. Government Blocks Citizens' Return Home
Federal officials are preventing a Pakistani-American father and son from returning to their home in California. Officials want the two U.S. citizens to take a polygraph test before allowing their return home. The case raises constitutional questions.
The Rising Tide of Political Islam
A younger generation of Middle Easterners is embracing political Islam. Proponents believe that the way to good governance is through religion -- and that the Bush administration is waging an undeclared war on Islam. The question is, what would political Islamist leaders do differently than today's Arab rulers?
Oil Prices Show Improvement
Oil prices of $67 a barrel were once seen as a nightmare. Now that they've been well over $70, $67 looks like an improvement. And prices dropped below that mark Monday after OPEC said it will keep pumping oil at a steady pace.
Weaker Housing Prices Threaten Economy
Housing prices across America are falling to their lowest levels in recent years. With an increasing number of houses for sale, that's an equation that doesn't bode well for the economy.