Voters approve more money for Minnesota school budgets Most of the 99 school districts with levy questions on the ballot Tuesday were successful in winning voter approval for local property tax increases. Levies in at least 54 school districts were approved, but in the two dozen districts that failed, large budget cuts are looming.7:20 a.m.
Springs and Walls: A Touching Cowboy Story
When Everson Walls donated a kidney to former Dallas Cowboys' teammate Ron Springs, it seemed like the act of friendship that might have a happy ending. But subsequent health problems have left Springs in a coma, turning the saga melancholy.
Senate Panel Clears Mukasey for Confirmation Vote
Judge Michael Mukasey is on his way to confirmation as the country's next attorney general, after an 11-8 vote in the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday morning. He is expected to be easily confirmed as the next attorney general when the full Senate votes next week.
Glossy View of the Soviet Era Takes Hold in Russia
Ninety years after the Bolshevik revolution and 16 years after the end of communism, Russians look back at the Soviet era. Some recall the horrors of gulags and executions, while others look wistfully at the strong hand of the Soviet government.
Afghanistan Mourns Bombing Victims
The death toll from a suicide blast targeting a group of lawmakers and children rose to 60 in the deadliest attack in Afghanistan since the 2001 U.S.-led invasion. Hundreds of mourners gathered at a mosque near the site of the bombing in the town of New Baghlan, north of Kabul.
Maronite Christians Thrive in Lebanon
Lebanon is about to choose a new president who will be a Maronite Christian — though Lebanon is predominantly Muslim. The Christian denomination is found mainly in Lebanon and has played a central role in that country's frequent struggles over political power.
Pope, King Abdullah Meet at Vatican
Pope Benedict met with Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah. It was the first such visit for a Saudi monarch. They discussed relations between Christians and Muslims. There are no formal diplomatic relations between Saudi Arabia and the Vatican.
Election of 1st Black Mayor Forever Changed Politics
Carl Stokes was elected the nation's first black mayor 40 years ago today in Cleveland, Ohio. He was the grandson of a slave and he beat the grandson of a president. The electoral victory forever changed American politics as it encouraged black voter registration.
FBI and Universities Unite to Fight Terror
The FBI is concerned that the open environment at U.S. universities makes it child's play for political or corporate spies to steal U.S. research. The relationship between the FBI and universities has traditionally been strained, but the fight against terrorism creates new bedfellows.
FBI Decries Ruling Blocking Security Letters
FBI Director Robert Mueller speaks out against a ruling that blocks "National Security Letters." The letters are sent to companies like Internet service providers to obtain e-mail addresses and telephone numbers without approval by a judge. The ACLU sued and a New York judge agreed.
Tough Times on Wall Street
A new report shows private equity bidders are walking away from deals. Because of the credit squeeze, the number of failed buy outs has doubled this year. The credit problems are taking their toll on executives in charge of those deals. Wall Street bonuses are expected to fall by 10 percent.