Sharing the Seder The Jewish celebration of Passover is traditionally marked with a Seder, a feast commemorating the liberation of Jews from slavery in Egypt. Many Jewish groups share their freedom from bondage with African-Americans. But Robin Washington of Duluth, who is both black and Jewish, has a few questions about the joint celebrations.6:54 a.m.
MPCA staff at odds on stopping spread of contamination from 3M plant The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency's plan for cleaning up PFCs from the 3M plant in Cottage Grove is under question. As a result of MPR's investigation, the MPCA commissioner says he will bring in an independent third party to review his agency's proposal to stop the spread of PFC contamination.7:20 a.m.
Twins win opener Two-time Cy Young award-winning pitcher Johan Santana struck out six and last year's American League MVP, Justin Morneau, got three hits, including a home run. However, the excitement around their first day and first win was muted as they honored the memory of broadcaster Herb Carneal, who died Sunday.7:50 a.m.
Dealers of 'power toys' battle suppliers We Minnesotans love our power toys. All told, we have 1.4 million snowmobiles, ATVs and boats. But lately, sales have been slipping. And that's helped spark a battle between snowmobile, boat and ATV dealers and big Minnesota companies that make power sports equipment.7:55 a.m.
Justices Thwart Bush Team on Environmental Policy
The Supreme Court rejects two Bush administration plans — one on global warming, the other on coal-fired power plants. The decisions are the latest in a string of setbacks the administration has suffered in the courts.
States, Feds Divide on Chemical Plant Rules
The Bush administration's new regulations for chemical facilities are meant to tighten security and prevent terrorist attacks. The industry applauds the proposals, but critics say the federal rules will block more effective state plans.
Ganges Reveals Sublime Luxury, Polluted Wasteland
India has overtaken Japan as home to the most billionaires in Asia. Yet it also has the world's largest population of hungry people, as one reporter's continuing journey down the Ganges River reveals.
Flu Studies Point to Isolation for Prevention
Scientists examining the deadly flu pandemic of 1918 say it offers a lesson for dealing with a potential outbreak today: keep people away from each other. The government supports the approach, but skeptics say it's impractical.
Gaza Clans Overwhelm Palestinian Security Efforts
Palestinians say their "national unity government" is having problems keeping order in Gaza. The Palestinian Authority has more than a dozen security agencies, but they're a poor match for heavily armed clans.
Sam Zell's Latest Gamble: Tribune Co.
The man behind the buyout of Chicago-based Tribune Co. has a penchant for risky investments. But they tend to pay off: Real estate mogul Sam Zell, 65, is worth an estimated $4.5 billion.
Big Subprime Lender Files for Bankruptcy
Subprime mortgage giant New Century Financial Group has filed for bankruptcy. The company loaned tens of billions of dollars to people with weak credit. When the housing market went flat those homeowners couldn't pay their mortgages.
Free Trade: Who Benefits in the Long Run?
Free-trade pacts with Peru, Colombia and Panama — negotiated by the Bush administration — are pending in Congress, amid some Democratic skepticism. What are the arguments for and against more free trade?
Trading Canned Pet Food for Home Cooking
There's a spike in sales of cookbooks for Fido and Fluffy as pet owners seek to replace kibbles and bits with old-fashioned home cooking. And some of the recipes are good enough to make a human drool.