Gutknecht facing tough challenge from Walz The race for Congress in Minnesota's 1st District has become competitive with a political newcomer running as a DFLer posing a serious challenger to six-term Republican incumbent Gil Gutknecht.7:42 a.m.
Alleged page scandal hits South Dakota Senate
South Dakota Gov. Mike Rounds has agreed to call the state's Senate into a special session to look into allegations of improper behavior by a state senator. Senate leaders from both major parties asked for the special session which will meet on November 27, 2006.7:51 a.m.
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In Tight Race, Santorum Urges Tactical Shift in Iraq
Pennsylvania Republican Sen. Rick Santorum is seeking re-election in one of the tightest Senate races in the country. Unlike other embattled incumbents, Santorum isn't trying to distance himself from President Bush on Iraq. But he says the U.S. needs to re-evaluate its tactics as violence there surges.
Both Parties See Upside to Immigration Issue
Candidates are talking almost as much about immigration this election season as they are about Iraq and the economy. Both the Republicans and Democrats think it's a winning issue for them.
Rural California Bank Supports Local College Students
A hometown bank in a rural California county awards a cash scholarship to high school graduates who attend the region's junior college. In the nearly 60 years since it started the program, Exchange Bank has awarded more than 100,000 scholarships so far.
Police Departments Struggle with Staffing Levels
Law-enforcement officials from around the country can't seem to hire enough police officers. They're in Washington for a Justice Department forum to talk about the problem. Many are trying to add perks and benefits to attract and retain officers.
Post-Ramadan Celebration Muted in Iraq
Iraqis, both Sunnis and Shia, are observing Eid el Fitr, the feast days that mark the end of the holy month of Ramadan. It's normally the liveliest holiday of the Muslim calendar, but not in conflict-ridden Iraq.
Seven-Eleven Pulling 'Cocaine' Drink from Shelves
Seven-Eleven says it will stop selling a high-caffeine drink because of its name. The drink is called Cocaine and comes in red cans, with the name spelled out in what are meant to resemble lines of white powder. The drink is targeted at teens and parents have complained about its sale.
Comverse Executive Pleads Guilt in Backdating Case
A former Comverse Technology executive admitted he illegally backdated stock options to enrich himself, and other company officials. David Kreinberg becomes the first executive to plead guilty in the widening scandal over options backdating.