U.S. Senate candidates go country at Farmfest The candidates for Minnesota's U.S. Senate seat sparred over agriculture policy today at Farmfest near Redwood Falls. Republican Mark Kennedy and Democrat Amy Klobuchar both said it may be a good idea to extend current federal agriculture programs instead of writing a new farm bill next year. They disagreed over which one is the true friend of the farmer.7:20 a.m.
How chaotic would CHAOS be for Northwest? Northwest Airlines flight attendants have set the clock ticking toward a possible strike, one day after union members rejected a negotiated package of pay and benefit cuts. The union says on Aug. 15 its members will begin a strategy of intermittent work stoppages, called CHAOS, designed to confuse airline management, and lead travelers to book elsewhere.7:53 a.m.
Video in Zimmermann trail shows former Minneapolis councilmember taking bribe
Government prosecutors played jurors a videotape for the first time that shows former Minneapolis city council member Dean Zimmermann accepting an envelope with $5,000 inside. He took the envelope from an FBI informant. Zimmermann is on trial in federal court this week on four counts of corruption.7:56 a.m.
Thunderstorms flood roads and close highways in metro, tornadoes in southern Minnesota
Cathy Wurzer spoke with Greg Spoden, a state climatologist with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources about whether the rain affected the state's drought conditions.8:24 a.m.
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Israel Expands Ground War in Lebanon
About 10,000 Israeli troops are now fighting across a wide stretch of southern Lebanon in an expanding offensive. Hezbollah struck back Wednesday with one of the heaviest rocket barrages of the three-week-old war. At least 150 rockets hit Israel, killing one.
Lebanon Pleas for Safety of Ancient Roman Ruins
Lebanon is asking Israel to avoid hitting ancient Roman ruins in Baalbek as the Jewish state attacks targets in the eastern Bekaa Valley. At the same time, Israeli operations continue to make it difficult to move humanitarian aid into many of Lebanon's rural regions.
New York Takes Action to Handle Heat Wave
As temperatures approach 100 degrees, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg takes several city facilities off the electrical grid and asks residents to conserve. Utilities say they have the generating capacity to handle increased demand, but questions remain about the distribution grid.
Bigger Houses Pull More Electricity for Cooling
The rise of McMansions is testing the ability of power grids to provide electricity for cooling during the summer heat. U.S. Census figures show that the interior space of new homes has expanded since 1980 from an average of 1,900 square feet to about 2,500.
Summer Season Sizzles in Calcutta
As parts of the U.S. bake in above-average temperatures, commentator Sandip Roy remembers the sweltering summer heat of his childhood in Calcutta.
U.S. Waits for Concrete News from Cuba
The Bush administration says it's closely monitoring the situation in Cuba, where Fidel Castro has ceded power to his brother due to health issues. It is official U.S. policy to "undermine" Cuba's planned succession from Fidel to his brother Raul.
Can Hillary Rodham Clinton Win the Presidency?
Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton is cruising toward a second term representing New York. She also happens to be the front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2008. But after 15 years in the public eye, she is also a polarizing figure. That's sparked an intense debate among Democrats about whether she can win the presidency.
Senate Considers Changes to Pension Rules
The Senate is working on a bill that would tighten funding and accounting rules for corporate pension funds. Backers believe the new rules would shore up traditional pensions. But some experts think that the bill would actually force some companies to drop their pension plans altogether.
No Timetable Set for Castro's Return to Power
Cuban government broadcasts say Fidel Castro is recuperating from surgery for an intestinal disorder -- and in good spirits -- but there has not been an indication of when the Cuban leader might return to power. No photos or video of Castro were released. Castro has temporarily handed control of the government over to his younger brother, Raul.