Poll: Franken popular with DFLers, but many undecided A new Minnesota Public Radio News/Humphrey Institute Poll indicates DFL Senate hopeful Al Franken poses a tougher re-election threat to Republican Sen. Norm Coleman than any of the other Democrats who want Coleman's job.7:20 a.m.
Clinton, Obama Set New Tone in Democratic Debate
Leaving behind the acrimony that marked an earlier on-stage encounter in South Carolina, Sen. Barack Obama and Sen. Hillary Clinton held a cordial one-on-one debate Thursday at the Kodak Theater in Hollywood, Calif. They covered questions on health care, Iraq and the possibility of a joint ticket.
Kenyan Talks Resume After Second Killing
U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon joins efforts to calm post-election violence in Kenya. Negotiations to end the crisis were postponed Thursday after a second opposition lawmaker was killed — one of more than 850 deaths in a month of unrest.
Soldier from Wisconsin Sought Role of Protector
Army PFC Jason Lemke died in Iraq in January when his vehicle was hit by a roadside bomb. His family says the 30-year-old Wisconsin native tried to be protective of everyone — even people he didn't know.
Tucson School Program Touts Interpreter Jobs
Arizona has problems keeping Latino students in high school. It also lacks Spanish-speaking interpreters for hospitals, courts and businesses. A project in Tucson addresses both issues.
Super Patriots Play It Cool Through the Hype
Coach Bill Belichick has kept the New England Patriots focused — and mostly understated — as the wins have piled up this season. That's no small achievement as media interest peaks over the prospect of a perfect NFL season.
Dolphins' Great Csonka on Perfect Season, Pats
If the New England Patriots win Sunday, they will join the 1972 Miami Dolphins as the only unbeaten Super Bowl champions. Hall of Fame fullback Larry Csonka, a star of that Miami squad, reflects on gridiron excellence, past and present.
Rivals Seek Chance to Buy Societe Generale
French banks are circling their wounded competitor, Societe Generale, eyeing it for a possible purchase. SocGen is still convulsing from allegations that a rogue trader cost the bank more than $7 billion.
Trader in French Bank Debacle a New Folk Icon
As the French bank Societe Generale seeks to blame 31-year-old trader Jerome Kerviel for more than $7 billion in losses, an odd trend has emerged: Some Web sites praise him for exposing flaws in "Anglo-Saxon capitalism."
Pawnshops Seize Opportunity as Gold Prices Soar
The price of gold has soared to record levels, reaching $930 an ounce earlier this week. And pawnshops are perfectly positioned to take advantage of the rise in the value of the precious metal.