Small towns search for candidates As voters across the region head to the polls on Election Day, they'll see ballots filled with the names of people eager to serve in public office. But in some of Minnesota's rural communities it's getting harder to find folks who want to run for office.7:20 a.m.
Honor democracy by voting says commentator
Minnesota has a historically high turnout rate in elections compared to the rest of the nation. But even in Minnesota, many eligible voters will not cast a ballot. Commentator John Doan, a 31-year-old father of two from Blaine, wants to urge every potential voter to vote with a story about what brought him to this country, and what motivates him to head to the polls.7:26 a.m.
Lila Downs' Cross-Border Musical Influences
The Mexican-American singer turns the bitter experience of immigrants into music full of life. Her influences include traditional Spanish ballads and jazz from the American songbook.
New Machines, Rules Could Cause Election Confusion
One-third of the nation is using new voting equipment this year. Many states also have new voter-identification rules. And a record number of voters are expected to cast absentee and provisional ballots.
Former Baathists May Return to Iraqi Government
Thousands of Saddam Hussein's Sunni supporters from his former Baath party may be able to return to jobs in the current Iraqi government. The news comes just a day after the former dictator was sentenced to death.
New Orleans Rebuilds Prisons Amid Calls for Reform
Thousands of prisoners from New Orleans have been held in jails around Louisiana since Hurricane Katrina. They are now returning to the city's prison, a temporary holding facility built by FEMA. But many public-safety advocates say New Orleans needs to reform its prison system instead of rebuilding it.
High School Students Return to New Orleans -- Alone
Hundreds of teens have returned to New Orleans to finish high school, without their parents. It's a chance to graduate with the classmates they've known for years. But school officials say the lack of parental supervision is causing discipline problems.
Florida a Favorite as College Basketball Begins Play
College basketball begins another season Tuesday night, with the University of Florida returning most of its key players from a team that won the NCAA title in April in Indianapolis. They are the preseason favorites to win when the championship game rolls around again, this time in Atlanta.
Clean Water Act Enforcement Falls to Active Citizens
Federal laws designed to protect the nation's wetlands are difficult to enforce in small towns. In one northern Wisconsin town, local property owners have taken on the burden of patrolling land developers who skirt the now ambiguous Clean Water Act.
YouTube Honored by 'Time' Magazine Time magazine has named the video-sharing Web site YouTube as its "Invention of the Year for 2006." The magazine says YouTube's scale and sudden popularity have changed how information is distributed.
Investors Bid to Take Four Seasons Chain Private
An offer to take the Four Seasons luxury hotel chain private is being backed by Saudi Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal and Bill Gates' Cascade Investment company. The two are poised to take the company private, along with controlling shareholder Triples Holdings Limited, for $3.7 billion.
KFC Brings Tasty Treats to North Vietnam
Consumer groups have welcomed the news that KFC will be phasing out trans fat from the frying process. In Hanoi, many people are just happy that KFC has finally come to the heart of communist Vietnam.