Music in a war zone A Fergus Falls couple is sending hundreds of musical instruments to soldiers deployed in Iraq.6:50 a.m.
Murphy Oil owners want to expand in Superior Some experts blame recent gas price spikes on lack of refineries in the upper Midwest. Now there are plans for a new oil refinery in South Dakota, and in Wisconsin there's a major expansion proposed for a refinery in Superior.7:20 a.m.
Waiting on the home front As part of our coverage of Minnesota National Guard troops serving in Iraq, we have been checking in with Nicky Inskeep, whose husband, Jason, just returned from Iraq. Nicky is also the Guard and just finished her annual training; we asked her to share her thoughts while she was there.7:25 a.m.
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Iran, U.S. to Discuss Security in Iraq
The U.S. and Iran are talking for the second time in as many months after nearly three decades of silence. Ryan Crocker, the U.S. Ambassador to Iraq, and his Iranian counterpart are due to meet in Baghdad to discuss the worsening security situation there.
Attorney General Has a Second Date with Congress
Attorney General Alberto Gonzales testifies Tuesday morning before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill. In April, Gonzales' performance before that committee was panned, but he managed to keep his job. Some question the value of a follow-up hearing.
An Adoption Gone Wrong
After adopting two sisters from India, David and Desiree Smolin were shocked to learn that the girls' birth mother had been tricked into giving them up. The Smolins say their experience reveals the dark side of international adoptions.
Moroccans in Italy Arrested for Running Terror School
Three Moroccans were arrested in Italy for allegedly operating a terrorism school. Those detained were said to be part of a terrorist cell that trained militants at a mosque near Perugia. One of the suspects detained was the imam of the mosque. Italy has so far been spared terrorist attacks.
Gas Flaring Disrupts Life in Oil-Producing Niger Delta
Natural gas is a byproduct of drilling for oil. Nigeria disposes of it through burning, emitting millions of tons of carbon dioxide each year. The practice is wreaking havoc on the country's environment and the health of its people.
Westinghouse to Build Nuclear Reactors in China
Westinghouse Electric is due to sign a multi-billion-dollar deal to build four nuclear reactors in eastern China. That puts China at the forefront of a global trend toward nuclear power. China is now the world's second-largest energy consumer.
Minimum-Wage Workers Get Federal Raise
The federal minimum wage goes up 70 cents to $5.85 an hour. More than a million workers will make around $1,500 a year more than they would have without the increase. It is the first increase in a decade.
Prince Releases 'Planet Earth' CD Planet Earth, the new CD by Prince, is being released in the U.S. Prince caused a stir in the U.K. recently when he gave away nearly 3 million copies of the album with a British newspaper. It was great news for his fans, but a loss for his label and record shops.
Bon Jovi Wants Energy Drink Makers to Change Name
Jon Bon Jovi, the 80s pop-metal icon, has asked the makers of the energy drink Mijovi to change its name, saying it's too close to his own. But the drink's creator claims the name has nothing to do with the singer. He says he named the drink after his girlfriend, Jovita.
Democratic Debate Fields Frank YouTube Questions
Video questions submitted via the Web site YouTube shook up the usual campaign debate for Democratic contenders. Questions included lesbians asking about gay marriage; parents with sons in Iraq asking about the war; and a snowman asking about global warming.