More Minnesota schools not meeting standards Half of all schools in Minnesota did not meet the yearly progress they were supposed to under the federal No Child Left Behind law, according to new numbers from the state education department.6:50 a.m.
Duffer doesn't like pro golfers as athletes The best golfers in the world are in the Twin Cities for the PGA Championship, which begins on Thursday. Seeing all those first-rate players evokes a whole range of emotions -- including petty jealousy -- for duffers like commentator Peter Smith.8:45 a.m.
McChrystal: Give Taliban Fighters A Political Voice
The American commander of coalition forces in Afghanistan says he is comfortable with the prospect of lower-level Taliban commanders and fighters rejoining the country's political process. Gen. Stanley McChrystal says the average Taliban fighter is not ideologically driven.
Seeking New News Formulas, ABC Tries A 'Quick Fix'
ABC News has launched a daily online video feature called The Quick Fix, aiming to capture a younger audience. But the project's quirky stories and edgier tone have ruffled some feathers at the network.
Talking Back To Your Device Has Never Been Easier
Who hasn't spoken to their computer on occasion? It's not hard to find people exchanging some choice words with a laptop, PC and even the occasional PDA. Most of the time all you get in response is silence. But voice recognition software has advanced to a new level.
U.S. Seeks Release Of 3 American Hikers In Iran
The situation surrounding three Americans detained in Iran has taken an ominous turn. Senior Iranian officials have suggested the three may be linked to the recent political unrest following June's disputed presidential election.
Almost Like Fenway, For A Fraction Of The Price
Major League Baseball comes with a major price tag, so check out a less expensive minor league game. The snacks are cheaper, the players are more accessible, and the fans are just as enthusiastic.
In Paris, A Mystery Writer Whose Name Is 'Noir'
Cara Black's crime novels explore the gritty underbelly of the City of Light, neighborhood by neighborhood. She draws on a longtime network of contacts — including private detectives and police officers — for inspiration.
Mission: Make Taliban Area Safe For Afghan Voters
U.S. Marines launched an offensive last month in the southern Afghan province of Helmand. The mission is aimed at clearing the Taliban from the region, and paving the way for Afghan government control. The immediate aim is to make the area is safe enough so Afghan authorities can set up polling stations in time for the Aug. 20th elections.
'Seattle Times' Sees Profitability After Cutting Costs
Good news is rare in the newspaper business these days. But one paper says it's clawing its way back from the brink. The publisher of The Seattle Times says his paper has started turning a profit. He attributes that to dramatic cost cutting and to the demise of the city's other newspaper, the Seattle Post Intelligencer, which now exists only online.
Tiny Damselfish May Destroy A Caribbean Reef
Damselfish and coral coexist in the waters off the Caribbean island of Bonaire. But now that humans have overfished their natural predators, a booming damselfish population could eventually lead to the collapse of the coral community.