Some young vets struggle to find work Several thousand Minnesotans have been to Iraq and back over the past five years. Some are finding that the economic downturn has made getting a job more difficult than it used to be.7:41 a.m.
Politics of the Iraq war are changing It has been five years since the U.S. invasion of Iraq began. Recent polls show the politics of the war in the presidential campaign, and Minnesota's U.S. Senate campaign, seem to be changing.7:45 a.m.
Edo de Waart returns to the Twin Cities A familiar face is returning to the Twin Cities classical music scene. The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra has appointed former Minnesota Orchestra conductor Edo de Waart as one of the group's new artistic partners beginning in 2010.7:54 a.m.
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Pledging to 'Do Better' Amid Corruption in Iraq
The Iraqi government is allocating billions for schools, clinics and roads, but corruption remains a major problem that impedes projects to rebuild the war-torn country, Deputy Prime Minister Barham Salih says. "We need to do better," he says.
Smith Island Cake Poised for Maryland Fame
Unless you're a big fan of the Chesapeake Bay, it's likely you've never heard of Smith Island, let alone tasted the island's historic multilayer cake. But this delicacy, known for its oh-so-sweet chocolate frosting, may soon be designated Maryland's official state dessert.
Living in an Iraq Still at War, Five Years Later
Saleem Amer, an NPR staff member in Iraq, talks about what it's like to live in Baghdad five years after the U.S. invasion. Since the war began, Amer has gotten married, welcomed a baby with his wife and moved after his neighborhood became too dangerous.
Obama: U.S. Can't Afford to Ignore Race Issues
Sen. Barack Obama has addressed the simmering controversy about racially charged remarks made by his longtime pastor. In his speech in Philadelphia Tuesday, Obama denounced the remarks and engaged in a conversation about the broader issues of race in America.
Chicagoans: Reports Misrepresent Obama's Church
The Rev. Jeremiah Wright's comments from the pulpit at Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago have spotlighted on his church and his relationship with Barack Obama. The church being portrayed in the media, however, is unrecognizable to many who are familiar with the congregation.
'Space Odyssey' Author Clarke Dies at 90
Writer Arthur C. Clarke has died in Sri Lanka. He was 90. He's best known for writing 2001: A Space Odyssey, but he wrote many dozens of science fiction novels. Clarke, a trained scientist who united intellectual rigor with imagination, inspired generations of writers and scientists with his powerfully humane vision of the future.
Individuals' Rights Key in Landmark D.C. Gun Case
The Supreme Court on Tuesday heard arguments on the District of Columbia's law that essentially bans handguns in the city. Courts historically have interpreted the right to bear arms as a collective right, linked to military service and state militias. But on Tuesday, a majority of justices indicated that they believe it's an individual right.
Doctor: China's Stem-Cell Therapy for Kids Is Risky
Optic nerve hypoplasia is a condition in which nerves in and around the eye fail to develop properly. Some parents of affected children are seeking controversial stem cell treatments in China. Dr. Mark Borchert, head of the Vision Center at Children's Hospital Los Angeles, urges caution.
FCC Airwave Auction Rakes In $20 Billion
For the past eight weeks, the Federal Communication Commission has been auctioning off airwaves that will be empty when television stations move to digital format next year. Bidding ended Tuesday, with the FCC — and ultimately the U.S. Treasury — raking in about $20 billion.