Minnesota colleges making efforts to prevent dropouts In a new effort to keep students in school, Minnesota colleges are reaching out to students who face academic or financial challenges through tutoring and advisers before those problems force them to drop out.7:20 a.m.
National H1N1 emergency's effect in Minnesota President Barack Obama has declared that the H1N1 flu outbreak is a national emergency. The emergency declaration allows hospitals and local governments to set up temporary sites for treatment.7:45 a.m.
Fighting health care fraud a difficult battle The Obama administration has talked about stepping up efforts to investigate health care fraud to recoup nearly $3 billion as a way to help pay for health care reform, but rooting out improper health care spending and fraud in Medicare and Medicaid is not easy.7:50 a.m.
Golden eagle returns to Minnesota This is the time of year when the skies are filled with migrating birds. There's one big bird that researchers are very interested in -- a golden eagle who was nursed back to health in Minnesota and released in March, wearing a special GPS unit strapped to his back. The latest data from the unit shows he's back in Minnesota.8:50 a.m.
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Violence Encroaches On Northern Afghanistan
Throughout the war in Afghanistan, most of the insurgent attacks have occurred in the eastern and southern parts of the country. But the northern part of the country has become unstable as well. Afghans' growing frustration with their government, and tense relations between the locals and Western forces, are helping the militants gain traction in the once-stable north.
Afghan President, Challenger Endorse Runoff
Afghanistan's president and his challenger are both ruling out a power-sharing deal before the November 7th runoff. In TV interviews broadcast Sunday from Kabul, Hamid Karzai and former Foreign Minister Abdullah Abdullah said they're committed to a second-round of voting, despite security and logistical challenges and the threat of Taliban attacks.
Karadzic Boycotts Start Of War Crimes Trial
A war crimes trial began Monday in The Hague for Radovan Karadzic, who led the Bosnian Serbs through a three-year civil war. He went into hiding after the war to escape arrest, but was finally seized last year, and he faces 11 count of war crimes. Karadzic boycotted the opening of the trial, he is representing himself.
More Hondurans Leaving Their Country To Find Work
The political crisis in the central American nation of Honduras is affecting the entire region. Most international aid to Honduras has been suspended and the country's borders have been intermittently shut since the June coup. Officials who work with migrants in southern Mexico say the turmoil is pushing more and more Hondurans to emigrate.
'DJ Hero' Lets You Rock The Club ... From Your Couch
If you've ever dreamed of spinning records in front of a screaming crowd, here's your virtual chance. The new music video game DJ Hero lets gamers scratch and mix on a fake turntable while a funky DJ avatar struts and cuts onscreen.
A Push For Colleges To Prioritize Mental Health
When budgets get tight, colleges struggle to support the students who need psychiatric help. Experts stress that it is vital that schools keep their counseling centers and other mental health resources intact.
Closed GM Plant In Delaware May Make Hybrids
A California luxury automaker is expected to build plug-in hybrid electric vehicles at a former General Motors plant in Delaware. Published reports indicate Vice President Joe Biden, who's from Delaware, could make the announcement Tuesday. Fisker Automotive has received hundreds of million dollars in government loans to develop hybrids.
Verizon's Droid Phone To Compete With iPhone
The battle for consumers is heating up in the smart phone world. An ad campaign has been launched for the Droid, a new phone by Verizon, Google and Motorola. While Apple's iPhone dominates the market, the Droid hopes to compete.
Yahoo Says Goodbye To GeoCities
Back in 1994, GeoCities was one of the first Web sites to help people create their own sites. Yahoo later bought GeoCities for more than $3 billion. When MySpace and other social networking sites came along, GeoCities couldn't keep up. Yahoo officially shuts it down Monday.
Public Option Plan Still Up For Discussion
This could be the week House and Senate leaders unveil the health overhaul bills they intend to take to their respective floors for debate. The government-run public option may still be on the table. Senate Democrats are trying to come up with a bill that can overcome a threatened Republican filibuster.