Doughnut Girl Coffee provides a different kind of pick-me-up Most mornings, coffee is the most important thing on many people's minds. It's that pick-me-up that launches the day. Now, coffee may be changing lives in the Twin Cities suburb of Brooklyn Park, where a coffee roastery is creating a different kind of pick-me-up.6:50 a.m.
Soldiers' families speak Families of Minnesota soldiers serving in Iraq say they're carrying a heavy burden while their loved ones are away. MPR's Cathy Wurzer talks with the wife of one Minnesota National Guard soldier.7:50 a.m.
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Future Iraqi Advisers Face Hard Lessons
American soldiers who will serve as advisers to Iraqi forces learn hard lessons, both from staged bombings and as they hear from former U.S. trainers who discovered deception and corruption among their Iraqi counterparts.
Small Leaves Smithsonian Amid Criticism
Lawrence Small resigns after seven years at the head of the Smithsonian Institution. He was admired for his fundraising skills, but recently was accused by critics of mishandling Smithsonian funds, allegedly to support a lavish lifestyle.
Polygamist's Lawyers Want Trial Moved
Lawyers for polygamist Warren Jeffs want his trial moved to the other end of the state, saying their client can't get a fair trial in Southern Utah. Jeffs is accused of facilitating rape. The case involves the marriage of a 14-year-old girl to a member of Jeffs' Fundamentalist Church of Latter Day Saints.
Iran Signals Softer Stance on British Captives
Iran says it will seek to determine whether the 15 British soldiers and marines it has detained intentionally crossed into Iranian waters. It's a signal that Iran is softening its stance in a standoff with Britain, which insists the military personnel were in Iraqi waters when captured.
Senate Enters War-Spending Debate
Senate debate begins on a $122 billion war-spending bill. The measure would require a phased pullout of U.S. troops from Iraq, much like a House bill passed last week. President Bush insists he will veto any legislation tied to a timetable for withdrawal.
California Town Hit Hard by War Losses
Hemet, Calif., east of Los Angeles, has suffered major losses in Iraq. Eight members of a community of 68,000 have died in the war. That's the highest per-capita rate in California, and four times the national average.
Bush, Automakers Discuss Alternative Fuels
Alternative fuels are on the agenda as President Bush meets with the CEOs of GM, Ford and DaimlerChrysler. All agree more alternative fuels should be available. But they decline to discuss fuel efficiency.
Blockbuster Targets Netflix with 'Total Access'
Blockbuster mounts a challenge to the DVD-rental company Netflix. The key: Customers can get DVDs from Blockbuster through the mail, but with Blockbuster, have the option of using brick-and-mortar stores, too. The company is battling back from financial loses and the resignation of its CEO.
That's the Way 'LIFE' Magazine Goes LIFE is dead — for the third time. From the 1940s through the early '60s, LIFE magazine was the source for who's who and what's what in America. It was first laid to rest in 1972. It was revived from 1978 to 2000 and again in 2004. Declines in the newspaper business are blamed for the latest demise.
Hicks Pleads Guilty to Supporting Terrorism
An Australian detainee takes a first step toward getting out of the U.S. prison camp at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. David Hicks has pleaded guilty to providing material support for terrorism. His lawyers say he will be allowed to serve his sentence in Australia.