Guard returning to Midwest under secrecy The 1st Brigade has been in Iraq for about 16 months. Guard officials say all the troops, including 2,600 Minnesotans, will be back in the U.S. by the end of the month with most arriving within the next several days.7:20 a.m.
Farmers worry ethanol mergers in the future The face of the ethanol industry could change in the next year if analysts predicting a wave of mergers are correct. An expected over-supply of the corn-based fuel could trigger industry consolidation.7:50 a.m.
Defense Budget Amendment May Bring Pullout
The Senate is considering a series of amendments to the 2008 Defense budget that could set in motion a large-scale troop drawdown. By the end of this week, the White House is scheduled to deliver a report to Congress assessing the early impact of the President's new Iraq strategy.
White House Reviews Iraq Strategy
With Republican senators publicly questioning continued support of President Bush's strategy in Iraq, White House officials held meetings last week to discuss their Iraq strategy. The administration intends to address expected criticism.
'Legacy of Ashes' Describes Founding of CIA
The new book Legacy of Ashes: The History of the CIA traces the spy agency's failings back to its founding generation. Author Tim Weiner, a reporter for the The New York Times, speaks with John Ydstie.
Barry Bonds in Spotlight for All-Star Game
San Francisco hosts Major League Baseball's All-Star game, and all eyes will be on hometown favorite, Giants' slugger Barry Bonds. He's just four home runs short of tying Hank Aaron's all-time record. But his march to glory is overshadowed by suspicions of steroids use.
China's Former Food Safety Chief Put to Death
China executed the former head of its food and drug administration for approving fake drugs and taking bribes. He became a symbol of the flaws and corruption surrounding product safety. Officials from various Chinese ministries, including Commerce, discuss recent food safety scares.
Chinese Tourists Drawn to French Town's History
The 1949 Chinese communist revolution rarely brings to mind provincial France. But a tiny French town south of Paris played a key role in fomenting that revolution, and now the town is trying to capitalize on its communist link by luring Chinese tourists.
Chicago's Merc, Board of Trade Finally Merge
The Chicago Board of Trade voted to join forces with the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, which pursued CBOT for months and shelled out nearly $12 billion. The merger creates the world's largest one-stop futures and options market for everything from interest rates to pork bellies.
Milberg Partner Pleads Guilty to Kickback Scheme
David Bershad, once a top partner at the Milberg, Weiss, and Bershad law firm, has pleaded guilty to participating in a kickback scheme. He will forfeit millions of dollars and cooperate with prosecutors. The law firm is one of the busiest when it comes to suing corporations on behalf of investors.
Big Things Come to the Big and Tall Market
LivingXL.com is a new Web site offering products for plus-sized customers. It sells everything from kitchen items to reinforced toilet seats, but not clothes. The Web site is the creation of Casual Male Retail Group, which owns one of the nation's largest chains of men's plus-sized clothing stores.
Fruits, Veggies Not Yummy Enough for Kids
Hardly any federal programs have succeeded in changing the way kids eat. Last year, a pilot program went so far as to give away fruits and vegetables to fifth-graders. By the end of the year, kids were less willing to eat them. Apparently they realized they didn't like the taste.