Franco guilty on all 24 counts A jury in Willmar Wednesday night found Olga Franco guilty of driving a minivan into a school bus and killing four children last February near Cottonwood.7:20 a.m.
Minnesota equestrian set to compete in Olympics The Olympic equestrian events begin on Saturday in Hong Kong.
Becky Holder, of Mendota Heights, will be taking part in three day eventing with her big gray horse Courageous Comet.7:44 a.m.
Child contracts measles inside Minnesota For the first time since 2001, a child in Minnesota has contracted measles from someone in the state. The Minnesota Department of Health says a 10-month-old Hennepin County child has the infectious disease.7:54 a.m.
The best -- and worst -- of the Fringe Festival As the 15th annual Minnesota Fringe Festival moves into its second weekend, Morning Edition Arts commentator and St. Paul Pioneer Press theater critic Dominic Papatola is still getting used to daylight again.8:24 a.m.
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Evidence Lays Out Ivins' Steps In Anthrax Attacks
The Justice Department has made some evidence public in the case of scientist Bruce Ivins, the government's suspect in the 2001 anthrax mailings that killed five people. A U.S. attorney said he is confident that the evidence would have been enough to make the case in court. Ivins committed suicide last week.
Documents Provide Glimpses Of Ivins' State Of Mind
The FBI released documents Wednesday, including e-mails written by Bruce Ivins, the Army scientist who killed himself after learning he was the prime suspect in the anthrax attacks investigation. The e-mails reflect what many call evidence of Ivins' declining grip on reality.
PGA Championship Starts Without Defending Champ
The PGA Championship — the golf season's final major tournament — begins Thursday — without last year's champion Tiger Woods, who is rehabilitating an injured knee. Commentator John Feinstein talks about the history of the tournament and its relative importance among the four majors.
High Temps On Turf Fields Spark Safety Concerns
Schools and coaches love artificial turf because it's easy to maintain, and the field stays in great shape all year. But the air around synthetic turf can reach 160 degrees on a 90-degree day. New York City has canceled contracts for turf that contains recycled tires, because of concerns that the rubber adds to the heat-absorbing effect.
What's The Best Remedy For A Bad Sunburn?
Though your first instinct may be to apply aloe vera, dermatologist Paula Moskowitz has another suggestion, and it's something you're likely to have around the house.
Chrysler Considers Outsourcing Work To Nissan
As the third-largest U.S. automaker struggles to survive, it's looking for new ways to do business. Increasingly, Chrysler is turning to outsourcing, at least for its passenger cars. The Wall Street Journal reports Thursday that Chrysler is talking to Nissan about a deal in which the Japanese carmaker would manufacture cars, and Chrysler would sell them under its own brand.
IRS Offers Companies A Deal To Quit Tax Sheltering
The IRS has been targeting companies that engage in transactions that have no purpose other than to reduce or eliminate tax liabilities. The IRS on Wednesday said it is offering to settle tax shelter abuse cases against about 45 companies, but they have to stop using the shelters by 2010.
As Retail Chains Fold, Shoppers Flock To Bargains
In the past few weeks, some retail chains have gone out of business, or filed for bankruptcy protection. Retail consultant Howard Davidowitz traces the problem to increasing online sales and the credit crunch, among other factors.
Calif. Strawberries Bound For China's Top Athletes
Some California farmers are getting an unexpected boost from China's Olympic athletes, who told Chinese officials that the fruit they most desire as they strive for gold is strawberries. Strawberry season in China has ended, so officials turned to California, where strawberry growers have been trying to break into China's market for years.