Sizing up the competition in the 6th Congressional District Three Democrats are already running to challenge first-term Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann next year in Minnesota's 6th District.
DFLers say Bachmann is vulnerable, but political analysts suggest she's in a good position for re-election.7:20 a.m.
Hospital turns into a school in Starbuck A new charter school opened in the western Minnesota town of Starbuck. Some say the new school represents a rebirth of their community after a tough couple of years.7:25 a.m.
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Judge Blocks Program to ID Illegal Immigrants
A federal judge in San Francisco blocks the start of a controversial program to find illegal immigrants in the nation's workforce. Under the plan businesses face penalties if they keep workers whose Social Security numbers don't match their names.
Virtual Border Security Behind Schedule
The government says it is making progress securing the southern border, with fewer illegal crossings in the last year. But a high-tech "virtual" fence that is supposed to curb more traffic is well behind schedule.
Senate Panel to Hear from Ex-DOJ Official
Former Justice Department official Jack Goldsmith — a Bush critic — is due to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee on the subject of civil liberties and the war on terror. A bid to discuss classified legal opinions at a separate closed-door hearing was denied.
Colorful, Long-Serving La. Sheriff Lee Dies at 75
Harry Lee, the flamboyant sheriff of Jefferson Parish, La., died after a battle with leukemia. He was in his 27th year in office. He claimed to be the only Chinese-American sheriff in America. He was 75.
Suicide Bomber Hits Kabul Bus Filled with Police
For the second time in four days, a suicide bombing blamed on the Taliban targets a rush-hour bus in Kabul. The latest target was a police bus that had stopped to pick up officers on their way to work.
Displaced Iraqis Devoid of Food Rations
Millions of Iraqis who have moved as a result of ongoing violence had been depending on food rations from the Iraqi government. Many can't get those rations in their new homes.
Blind Man Aids Some Displaced Iraqis
Some of the displaced families in the Baghdad neighborhood of Zafaraniya have found help, but not from the Iraqi government. Rather, a blind man has been of help. His resources are limited, but he's generous and reliable.
Citigroup Profits Crunched by Credit Woes
Citigroup, the largest U.S. bank, says profit fell 60 percent in the third quarter stemming from credit and trading losses. The crisis in credit markets is taking an especially big toll on Citigroup, leading critics to call for CEO Charles Prince to resign.
Dow Rallies to Record High
Wall Street began the fourth quarter with a huge rally, sending the Dow Jones industrial average to a record close. Stocks were buoyed by belief that the worst of the credit crisis has passed.
GM's New Hires Will Earn Fewer Benefits
A combination of an aging workforce and a new tentative union contract has given General Motors the opportunity to accelerate its buyout offers to longtime workers and create a second tier of workers with far fewer benefits. GM is expected to hire thousands of workers.