Wet weather could keep farmers from their fields The Red River flood is the latest headache for farmers in northwest Minnesota, who in some cases are still trying to finish last year's harvest. It's possible some land close to the river will not get planted at all this year. Farmers in the rest of Minnesota could also face planting delays if the weather stays wet.6:55 a.m.
Court ruling makes Coleman win unlikely It's looking less likely that Republican Norm Coleman will surpass Democrat Al Franken's 225-vote lead in Minnesota's long-running race for U.S. Senate. The three-judge panel hearing Coleman's election contest says it will consider opening and counting at most only 400 absentee ballots.7:25 a.m.
Justice Dept. Seeks To Void Stevens' Conviction
The Justice Department asks a federal judge to drop all charges against former Sen. Ted Stevens of Alaska. Last fall, a jury convicted Stevens of seven counts of lying on his Senate disclosure form. Allegations of prosecutorial misconduct delayed his sentencing.
Public Concern, Not Science, Prompts Plastics Ban
The federal ban on chemicals in kids' plastic toys isn't necessary, say some government scientists. Despite alarm stemming from animal studies, tests with children show they don't absorb enough of the plastic softeners called phthalates to even approach a health risk.
Thousands Of Children Stolen During Franco Rule
In recent years, there's been a movement in Spain to dig up the dark secrets of the Franco dictatorship, but there's one atrocity that is only now coming to light. It involved the stealing of thousands of children from leftist parents so they could be indoctrinated in fascism and archconservative Catholicism.
Chrysler May Not Survive, Even With Fiat Deal
President Obama is pressing Chrysler to make an alliance with the Italian company Fiat by April 30. If the deal goes through, Chrysler will stay in business for now and could get another $6 billion in government loans. But that does not guarantee Chrysler's future.
GM Could Move Quickly Through Bankruptcy
Politicians and economists have been debating the pros and cons of letting the auto makers go bankrupt for months. The White House has spoken of a possible quick bankruptcy that would reorganize General Motors to survive. Adam Levitin teaches law at Georgetown University and specializes in bankruptcy and commercial law. He talks with Steve Inskeep about what a quick bankruptcy would mean for GM.
Despite Expense, Foreigners Pursue U.S. Degrees
Enrollment in American colleges is hitting record highs as people look to education to improve their economic situation. Enrollment is growing even among those students who have to travel halfway around the world to get here.
Q&A: Getting Financial Aid During An Economic Crisis
Tally Hart, who runs an outreach program for lower income students at Ohio State University, says that no matter how discouraged prospective students may be about their chances, they should apply for financial aid and find out what they are really eligible for.
U.S., India To Work On Relations At G-20 Summit
President Obama is scheduled to hold bilateral talks Thursday with India's prime minister, who's also in London for the meeting of the G-20. The White House says the talks will aim to strengthen relations between the United States and India. But developments in Pakistan and the Taliban problem in Afghanistan also are likely to be on the agenda.
Netanyahu Takes Over As Israel's Prime Minister
In Israel, conservative Benjamin Netanyahu has been sworn in as prime minister — an office he held 10 years ago. In an address to parliament, Netanyahu warned of the threat from Iran; and he tried to persuade skeptical Palestinian officials that his right-leaning coalition is interested in peace. But Palestinian leaders in the West Bank noted Netanyahu made no reference to a two-state solution to the conflict.
Japanese Auto Sales Lowest Level In 35 Years
Figures released Wednesday indicate Japanese auto sales dropped more than 25 percent in March. Honda has announced a plan to shut five North American factories for about two weeks. The automaker is also cutting pay to both white and blue-collar workers.