PACs pouring money into judicial campaigns - just not in Minnesota A non-partisan Washington D.C.-based group reports special interests have poured an unprecedented amount of money into TV ads for judicial campaigns. Justice at Stake says the money spent on those ads jumped nearly 70 percent in the past two years in judicial races around the country - that is, except for Minnesota.6:51 a.m.
Minnesota Senate candidates clash on Iraq, taxes Candidates in Minnesota's closely watched U.S.
Senate race clashed Sunday on issues such as Iraq and tax policy,
with the Republican candidate saying he stood by his vote to
authorize the war in Iraq.7:21 a.m.
McGuire out at UnitedHealth amid options scandal McGuire has been under pressure since The Wall Street Journal
reported in March that he received stock options on the days the
company's stock price hit yearly lows in 1997, 1999, and 2000.7:49 a.m.
Scores of companies rocked by backdating scandals More than 100 companies have seen fallout from the practice of backdating stock options. UnitedHealth Group's William McGuire is the fifth CEO to step down over the practice in just the past week.8:24 a.m.
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Sting's 'Labyrinth': 16th Century Pop Music
Refined Elizabethan music might not come to mind when you think of Sting. Think again. The rock star has released Songs of the Labyrinth, a new CD of songs for voice and lute by John Dowland, one of that era's most important composers.
At Philly 'Future' School, Books Are So 20th Century
The School of the Future, a much-anticipated high-tech high school, opened its doors last month in one of Philadelphia's poorer neighborhoods. Designed with input from Microsoft, the school uses the latest technology to teach students the fundamentals.
Armey: 'Parochial' GOP Has 'Compromised' Agenda
Dick Armey helped the Republicans take over the House in 1994. The former majority leader now says that the GOP risks losing House control because it has failed to seize important issues.
Israeli President May Face Rape Charge
Israeli President Moshe Katsav may be charged with rape, sexual assault and fraud. The country's police have recommended that prosecutors bring charges against Katsav.
Ecuadorian Presidential Election Down to Two Men
Ecuador's presidential election is heading for a second round. Sunday's balloting reduced a field of 13 to two men -- one a banana tycoon, the other a left-wing supporter of Venezuela's president, Hugo Chavez.
Guatemala, Venezuela Compete for U.N. Seat
The United States is supporting Guatemala for a seat on the U.N. Security Council. Venezuela's president, Hugo Chavez, said Washington was waging "a dirty war" to keep his country from getting the seat.
U.S. Becoming a Nation of Extreme Commuters
A new survey finds the percentage of commuters spending more than an hour on the road each way to work has grown substantially. The Census Bureau has coined a new word for it: extreme commuting.
U.S. Deaths in Iraq Pass 50 for October
More than 80 Iraqis died in sectarian killings and insurgent bombings over the weekend. Also, five American troops were killed, putting the total for the month at more than 50.
Taliban Attack Afghan Road Project
Two Canadian soldiers died Saturday guarding a road project in southern Afghanistan. They were killed when Taliban fighters launched rocket-propelled grenades from nearby ground cover.
North Korean Military No Paper Tiger
North Korea's active military is one of the largest in the world at 1.2 million men. The troops are backed up by a significant missile arsenal that can hit targets in South Korea, and Japan.