Will merger solve library's problems? Hennepin County Commissioners meet Tuesday to consider a merger of the Minneapolis and Hennepin Libraries, to help solve a funding problem with the city library system.7:20 a.m.
Republicans in St. Paul Concerns about the bulge of people in St. Paul for the 2008 Republican National Convention arise at public meetings.7:25 a.m.
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Immigration Issues Mar Bush's Guatemala Visit
President Bush's stop in Guatemala was supposed to focus on U.S. aid to the country. Instead, immigration dominated the agenda. The issue is likely to come up again during Tuesday's visit with Mexico's president.
Pa. City's Law Offers Immigration Test Case
A federal judge in Pennsylvania is considering whether an ordinance passed by the city of Hazleton is legal. City officials are seeking to penalize people who hire and rent property to illegal immigrants.
Immigration Proposal Inflames French Campaign
France's leading conservative presidential candidate, Nicholas Sarkozy, proposes a ministry of immigration and national identity. He says the move would reduce bureaucracy. Political opponents call his proposal racist and xenophobic.
Church Tries Its Hand at Sex Education
The federal government has invested millions of dollars in sex-education programs for public schools that emphasize abstinence. But a church in Washington state is among many now offering their own sex-ed programs, which they say offer a fuller picture.
NASA Report on Asteroids Suggests Nuclear Option
Scientists have sent Congress a report on ways to prevent an asteroid from hitting Earth. Among the proposals: Use nuclear weapons to nudge a big space rock off a collision course. Some scientists don't think much of that idea.
Zimbabwe Opposition Leaders Arrested, Beaten
Opposition leaders are among scores of Zimbabweans under arrest after a crackdown by President Robert Mugabe's security forces. One opposition leader was reportedly beaten while in police custody.
South Africa Seeks Solutions to Crime Problems
High-profile murders and robberies have fueled a perception that crime is rampant in South Africa. The crime rate is high, but has dropped a bit in recent years. Still, government officials concede crime is a major problem.
Halliburton's Dubai Move Raises Questions
Democratic lawmakers are condemning Halliburton's decision to open a corporate headquarters in Dubai. They say the oil-services giant is seeking a tax dodge. Halliburton says it's responding to opportunities in the region.
Schultz Bemoans Starbucks' Lost 'Soul'
Starbucks plans to open an additional 40,000 stores worldwide. But in a recent e-mail to staff, CEO Howard Schultz complained the coffee shops have "lost their soul." He urged employees to help bring the company back to its founding principles.