Duluth's fiscal woes haunt mayoral election In Duluth, you might wonder why anyone would want to be mayor. Candidates Charlie Bell and Don Ness are competing to run a city in fiscal crisis. Whoever gets the job will grapple with a huge city debt that's already forced cuts in city services and jobs.6:40 a.m.
Winds, Heat Stoke California Wildfires
More than a quarter of a million people have been evacuated and 600 homes have been destroyed, as fierce wildfires continue to burn over a large part of Southern California.
Drought in South Is Normal Part of Climate
The drought affecting Atlanta stems, in part, from the way Atlanta sits on relatively high ground, says Michael Hayes, Director of the National Drought Mitigation Center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He says precipitation in Atlanta naturally runs down to its shared basin with Florida.
Rock Stars Lobby Congress Against Nuclear Power
Rock musicians are bringing the messages of their socially conscious music to Capitol Hill. Bonnie Raitt, Jackson Browne and other aging rockers are due in Washington this week to urge Congress not to support nuclear power in its new energy bill.
Bush Wants $46 Billion More for Iraq, Afghanistan
President Bush says he needs an additional $46 billion for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. He is asking Congress for more than $196 billion to fund the wars through the end of the current fiscal year. If approved, the total price tag for the Iraq war will exceed $600 billion.
Al-Qaida Records Disclose Group's Strategy
Vahid Brown, Research Associate at the Combating Terrorism Center at West Point, discusses his recent study on al-Qaida, which draws from recently declassified documents from the Defense Department's database.
Apple Computer's Profit Rockets 67 Percent
Apple's fiscal fourth-quarter profits jump 67 percent to cap a year of unprecedented momentum in its Macintosh computer business, as well as continued demand for iPods and the successful launch of the iPhone.
Kansas Regulator Rejects Coal Power Plant
Sunflower Electric in Kansas pledges to move forward with a project to build a new coal power plant despite a setback by state regulators. The Department of Health and Environment refuses to grant the utility a permit based mostly on concerns over greenhous gas emissions.
UAW Contract with Chrysler May Be in Trouble
A proposed contract between Chrysler and the United Auto Workers could be in jeopardy. Workers in several large assembly plants have already voted against the four-year deal. The union is about halfway through the balloting, and the vote is too close to call right now.
Google Spreads Its Worth
The Google "gusher" describes the spread of wealth from one of the most successful companies. The San Jose Mercury News found that after the Internet search engine went public in 2004, it generated more than $19 billion.