Shutdown threat highlights thin financial margin for nursing homes Nursing home officials in Minnesota are breathing a little easier now that Gov. Mark Dayton wants to include nursing homes in a list of essential state services that should be paid if the government shuts down July 1, but they won't know for sure until a court takes the matter up today.8:45 a.m.
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Afghans Divided On When U.S. Troops Should Leave
President Obama has told the nation that he's pulling 33,000 troops from Afghanistan by next summer. About 10,000 of those troops will be withdrawn by the end of the year. How was the announcement received in the Afghan capital Kabul?
Fort Drum Relatives: Time For Troops To Come Home
President Obama travels to Fort Drum in upstate New York on Thursday. The base has sent many troops to Afghanistan over the past decade. Fort Drum's been involved in Iraq and Afghanistan since the beginning.
Obama's Afghan Speech Echoed Lincoln's Talk
President Obama has studied the life of President Lincoln. In his second inaugural address in 1865, Lincoln spoke of the Civil War, then nearing its end: "With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in." A section of Obama's speech had a similar rhythm.
Feds Capture Fugitive James 'Whitey' Bulger In Calif.
A notorious Boston gangster has been captured by authorities near Los Angeles. James "Whitey" Bulger is on the FBI's "Ten Most Wanted" list for his alleged role in 19 murders. The 81-year-old has been on the run for 16 years.
GOP Hopefuls Divided Over Anti-Abortion Pledge
Most of the GOP presidential candidates have signed a pledge to push through tough anti-abortion measures if elected president. But two candidates, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and pizza magnate Herman Cain, have resisted signing it out of concerns that it goes too far.
Debate: Did Obama Overstep His Authority In Libya?
The White House says it is confident President Obama has followed the law regarding U.S. involvement in Libya. When it comes to the War Powers Resolution, Obama is relying on the fact that troops aren't on the ground in Libya, and aren't taking fire, to argue the nation isn't engaged in hostilities.
Outspoken Chinese Artist Released On Bail
A Chinese artist known around the world for his sculptures and conceptual art has been released on bail by authorities in China. Officials say Ai Weiwei was guilty of tax evasion, and has agreed to pay the taxes. He designed the Bird's Nest stadium for the Beijing Olympics.
In West Bank, Palestinian Accord Faces Challenges
Palestinian factions Fatah and Hamas were expected to announce a unity government this week, but that's been postponed over disagreements about who should be prime minister. In the city of Hebron, there are similar signs of discord over local matters — like the election of a medical association.
Winklevoss Twins Drop Lawsuit Against Facebook
Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss said they would accept a settlement that was worth $65 million when agreed upon in 2008. The twins had sought to undo the settlement of $20 million cash and $45 million in stock.
Valvoline Introduces Greener Motor Oil
As drivers get their cars ready for summer road trips, Valvoline is marketing a new, greener car oil which is made from 50 percent recycled oil. Recycled oil used to have a bad rap but re-refining technology has improved.