Judge to hear Sen. Craig's request to throw out guilty plea A case that could determine Idaho Sen. Larry Craig's political fate goes before a Hennepin County judge Wednesday. Attorneys for Craig will ask Judge Charles Porter to throw out the senator's guilty plea in connection with a sex sting operation at the Minneapolis airport.7:19 a.m.
Sen. Steve Murphy says MnDOT is broke DFL Senate Transportation Committee Chair Steve Murphy is one of the eight members of the Legislative Advisory Committee and he wants some transparency from MnDOT and Gov. Pawlenty.7:24 a.m.
When Athletes and Fans Play the Race Card
This summer has seen a return of the race card in sports. Donovan McNabb declared that black quarterbacks are more scrutinized than white ones. And fans of Barry Bonds and Michael Vick said those athletes were treated unfairly because of their race.
UAW Ends Strike Against GM
The United Auto Workers and General Motors reach a tentative deal to end a two-day nationwide strike. The agreement shifts the burden of retiree health care from GM to the union and gives workers bonuses. Ratification is expected this weekend.
Labor Strikes Growing Far Less Common
A national strike like the one against General Motors is rare. As the influence of labor unions has waned, so have strikes. There were 20 strikes and lockouts involving more than 1,000 people last year. In 1952, there were 470.
Japan's New Leader Seeks to Revive Public Trust
Yasuo Fukuda, Japan's new prime minister, moves quickly to form a new cabinet. His ruling Liberal Democratic Party is facing a crisis of public trust that is unprecedented in more than a half century.
Sect Leader Convicted of Accessory to Rape
Jurors convict Warren Jeffs on charges of accomplice to rape. The leader of the polygamous Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints forced a 14-year-old follower to marry her 19-year-old cousin.
GI Bill's Impact Slipping in Recent Years
At the end of World War II, the GI Bill helped create a new "middle class" in America, allowing those who served a chance for an education. The bill's legacy is still tangible, but today the funds it offers barely meet veterans' expenses.
Credit-Rating Executives Set for Hill Testimony
Senators will grill executives of credit-rating agencies for their role in the subprime mortgage crisis at a committee hearing. Critics say firms such as Moody's and Standard & Poor's should have downgraded the bonds backed by risky home loans much earlier.
Glut of Homes Sparks Incentives, Auctions
Homebuilders are starting to sound more like car dealers, asking customers, "What will it take to put you into this house?" With a glut of unsold houses already on the lot, some builders are offering special incentives to move the merchandise.
Web Site Names Become Big Business
More than 100 million URLs have already been identified and purchased. So new business owners who want a specific URL must cough up big bucks for the name they want — or try a more creative naming approach.