Sparks fly at 5th District debate The three major party candidates for the 5th Congressional District seat met for a debate Tuesday evening at a St. Louis Park synagogue. DFLer Keith Ellison, Republican Alan Fine and Independence Party candidate Tammy Lee were asked their views on health care, the war in Iraq and the United States' relationship with Israel.7:20 a.m.
Search for Food Dominates North Korean Lives
North Koreans wake up each day thinking of only one thing: food. That's according to a man who left the country in 2000 and now lives in South Korea. In their search for food, the people of North Korea live with the fear of arrest and imprisonment by the government.
North Korea's Kim Jong-Il Skilled at Holding Power
The popular image of North Korean leader Kim Jong-il as a hard-drinking playboy is not accurate, according to The New York Times Magazine reporter Peter Maass. He tells Steve Inskeep that Kim is a hard worker with a knack for survival.
Connecting with Gut Values in 'Applebee's America'
Political parties and campaigns are increasingly turning to corporate tactics to win over voters. In a new book, Applebee's America, former presidential political strategists say successful candidates must make a "gut values" connection with voters.
Fish Monitors Water for Contamination
America's war on terrorism has a new foot soldier. But it doesn't actually have feet. A hyper-sensitive little fish is a key part of a high-tech system for monitoring public water supplies.
South Dakota to Vote on Ending Judicial Protections
South Dakotans will vote next month on a proposed state constitutional amendment that would strip judges, jurors, and other state officials, of their immunity from lawsuits for their official actions. The proposal has alarmed not only judges, but also large swathes of South Dakota society.
Producer Prices Fall with Drop in Energy Costs
The latest Consumer Price Index numbers are due, one day after producer prices were reported to have fallen sharply. The drop in producer prices stems largely from sizeable declines in gasoline and energy prices.
Pay Helps Keep Workers at Western Burger Chain
The In-N-Out burger chain stands out among fast-food companies by offering starting wages of $9.50 an hour. Those relatively high wages haven't hurt the company, which has loyal customers in three western states.
Wall Street Workers Average $300,000 in Pay
A new report from the New York Comptroller's Office says the average Wall Street worker earned nearly $300,000 last year. That's five times what an average New York City worker made.
Voters Tell Washington that Ethics Matter
In typical election years, scandal stories stick only to those right in the middle of the problem. But there's nothing typical about this year. And likely voters are saying that ethics do matter.