Minneapolis' budget strains under weight of bridge collapse costs Minneapolis city officials say the city's emergency preparedness plan helped first responders know what to do and communicate with each other in the critical moments following the bridge collapse. That plan also includes a way for the city to protect itself from financial disaster. This is crucial for a city trying to follow a tight budget.6:50 a.m.
Bush cool to federal gas tax increase President Bush isn't embracing Minnesota Rep. Jim Oberstar's call for a federal gas tax increase. Oberstar says the tax income should be used to repair and replace structurally deficient bridges.6:55 a.m.
Debris removal on hold as search for victims continues After nearly a week of searching, divers and other emergency workers have yet to recover underwater remains of bridge collapse victims. Officials told reporters Wednesday the main problem facing the recovery effort lies in the tons of bridge materials.7:20 a.m.
Is taconite killing miners? Members of dozens of organizations met in Eveleth Wednesday to begin probing the mystery. The University of Minnesota is launching a study into taconite mining and lung disease, specifically mesothelioma.7:25 a.m.
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Niyazov's Cult of Personality Grips Turkmenistan
In Turkmenistan, nearly six million people are still caught in the iron grip of an eccentric dictator who is no longer even alive. Saparmurat Niyazov died last December and was succeeded by his personal dentist. But like so many things in secretive Turkmenistan, little is known about how that happened.
Move Around on Long Flights to Prevent Blood Clots
A new study shows that 1 in 4,500 travelers — particularly those who take long flights and fly often — will develop a blood clot. Although not every traveler has the same risk, doctors and even some airlines suggest staying alert and moving around in-flight.
Making a Mark with Rockets and Roadsters
Self-made entrepreneur Elon Musk thinks outside the box when trying to make smart investments. Venturing into the world of $100,000 electric sports cars and rocket orbiters, Musk puts a different spin on the art of saving the world.
Work, Not Quake, May Have Caused Mine Collapse
Scientists say it is more likely that mine work itself caused the collapse of a Utah coal mine where six men are trapped. But Robert Murray, who owns the mine, attributes the collapse to an act of nature.
Utah Mine Owner Defends Safety Process
The chairman of the Murray Energy Corp., Robert Murray, says his miners were not "retreat mining" when they became trapped in a central Utah mine. "Retreat mining" is when workers remove pillars of coal from a distance and then let the roof fall in.
The Friendly Skies Become Overcrowded
Crowded skies, known to pilots as mutual traffic, are a large part of air travel's woes. Mike Sammartino, director of system operations for the Federal Aviation Administration, attributes overcrowding to airlines' overloaded schedules. He speaks with Renee Montagne
Massachusetts Engineers Inspect Bridges
Inspectors in Massachusetts are evaluating bridges. Their effort follows a call by federal officials for states to examine structures similar to the truss bridge that recently collapsed in Minneapolis, killing five. Massachusetts has more than 5,000 bridges, and 24 of them are truss bridges.
J&J Sues Red Cross over Trademark Breach
Red Cross and health care giant Johnson & Johnson shared the red-cross symbol of relief for more than a century. But J&J is suing the Red Cross for trademark infringement, charging it is licensing the red-cross symbol to for-profit companies that sell medical equipment.
High School Students Find Economics Hard
For the first time, the federal government is testing U.S. high school students on how much they understand economics. The results were surprising. Only half knew that banks use deposits to make loans to other customers. Half also understood the basic principles of global trade.
Town Compels Lenders to Care for Vacant Homes
Home foreclosures jumped nearly 60 percent during the first half of the year, and many of those foreclosed houses are now sitting vacant. But in Chula Vista, Calif., residents passed a law requiring lenders to hire a management company to look after vacant houses when a buyer defaults.