Back from the battlefield As many as 3,000 National Guard troops are scheduled to return to Minnesota next March from Iraq and Afghanistan. The Minnesota National Guard is preparing them for that transition but the guard is also telling employers that they play a major role in helping soldiers reintegrate into society.7:54 a.m.
Starting a new life "900 Miles from Nowhere" A new book blows some dust off the history of the Great Plains. "900 Miles from Nowhere" reveals the lives of early homesteaders through their own letters and photos.8:22 a.m.
Graphic Novel Depicts Surreal North Korea
Guy Delisle's new graphic novel Pyongyang documents the two months he spent overseeing cartoon production in North Korea. Delisle's images depict his sense of the obedience of North Korean citizens to their government and the bleakness of his surroundings.
U.S., European Subsidies Undercut African Farmers
African governments have long complained that U.S. and European agricultural subsidies are undercutting African farmers. Western farm-support programs and cheap cotton dumped on the world market are impeding efforts to end Africa's cycle of poverty.
In Afghanistan, NATO Troops Fight to Build a Road
After winning a major battle against a resurgent Taliban in southern Afghanistan, NATO forces are working to keep their gains from slipping away. Building a road to link remote villages is one way they hope to keep locals from siding with the enemy.
Intelligence Veteran Focuses on North Korea
Former CIA agent Joe DeTrani took over this year as the point man for U.S. intelligence efforts on North Korea. He is the new "mission manager" for the country, working for U.S. intelligence chief John Negroponte. He is highly regarded. But there are questions about whether he can make much of a difference.
Not All Turks Admire New Nobel Literature Winner
Turkish novelist Orhan Pamuk's Nobel win is viewed with ambivalence in his native country. While he has his supporters, Pamuk is viewed by many Turks as a sell-out to the West. Pamuk's controversial public profile is rooted in his comments on the disputed Armenian genocide of 1915.
'Infamous' Fails Where 'Capote' Succeeded Infamous tells the story of Truman Capote as he wrote In Cold Blood. If that sounds familiar, it's because a movie about the exact same thing came out a year ago, and it was a better film.
Virulent Intestinal Bug Migrates to the Public
A bacterium called C. difficile used to be found mainly in hospitals. It causes intestinal distress and can be fatal. Now a potent new strain is appearing across the country among people who have not been hospitalized.
Zimbabwe Chases Lost Tourism Dollars
Zimbabwe is trying to recapture its share of the tourism industry. Thursday, it opened an international tourism fair to promote resorts that have largely been deserted under the rule of President Robert Mugabe. Tourism income has dropped more than 70 percent in the past six years, to $98 million.
Orange Futures Rise on Crop Report
Florida's orange crop will be the smallest in 16 years. The Agriculture Department said Thursday that the small crop is due in part to natural disasters, disease and development. The forecast sent orange futures soaring.
New Law Suppresses Bankruptcy, for Now
It's been a year since the nation's bankruptcy laws were overhauled. Since then, the number of people filing for bankruptcy has dropped off dramatically. But neither creditors nor bankruptcy attorneys expect the numbers to stay down.