Floods prompt talks of special session State help may be on the way for southern Minnesota residents flooded out by last week's freak deluge of rain. Up to ten inches of rain fell across a wide swath of southern Minnesota, causing substantial damage to towns like Zumbro Falls.7:20 a.m.
Settlement Freeze Ends, Mideast Talks In Doubt
The Obama administration is trying to keep the Mideast peace talks alive. The Palestinians have threatened to break off negotiations, if Israel resumes settlement construction. A 10-month settlement construction slowdown in the West Bank has expired.
Lee Hamilton Shares Memories From His Public Life
Former Democratic congressman Lee Hamilton of Indiana is retiring after more than 40 years of public service. Hamilton will step down from his position as president of the Woodrow Wilson International Center later this year. He talks to Steve Inskeep about his experiences.
DNA Is New Weapon In Fight Against Dogfighting
Scientists hope a new DNA database for dogs will help track — and prosecute — people who breed dogs to fight. But advocates say there's a risk that the DNA records could be used against the dogs, or against people who adopt them.
Braces For Young Kids Might Not Always Be Best
Orthodontists recommend that children get checked for treatment no later than age 7. But research shows waiting until kids are older may be more beneficial in the long run. In some cases, young kids could be back in braces again when they're older.
A No-Cringe Fix? Filling Cavities Without The Drill
A widespread aversion to drills is inspiring some dentists to look for new ways to treat cavities without them. But some question whether a new treatment using a mild acid and resin will hold up over time.
Wal-Mart Moves Into Africa, Hyundai Recall
The world's largest discount chain has offered more than $4 billion to buy the South African retailer Massmart, which owns nearly 300 stores in 14 African countries and has a similar high-volume, low price business model as Wal-Mart. And, the Korean carmaker Hyundai Motor Co. is recalling 139,000 Sonata sedans in the U-S. A manufacturing defect in the steering system could some 2011 cause models to lose control.
Remedy For Foreclosures Has Economists Divided
About 25 percent of households with a mortgage owe more than their house is worth. To prevent further foreclosures, some economists want the government to take bolder action and automatically refinance homeowners. Others say it should back away and allow the market to chart its own course.
Google Picks 5 Futuristic Idea Winners
Google has announced the winners of a contest that will give out $10 million to people with futuristic ideas. The Internet giant received more than 150,000 submissions. The company has announced the five winners which include a project to put all legal documents in this country online.
Obama Woos Young, Middle Class As Voting Day Nears
The president begins a four-state, three-day political tour Monday. One goal is to mobilize younger voters. But Obama is also aiming his pitch at the middle class -- using backyard talks with voters to make the case that he and his fellow Democrats have their interests in mind.