Andy Saur's Vikings quest A Duluth man is on a quest to change the music the Minnesota Vikings play in the Metrodome before kicking the football. Andy Saur says the Vikings should be playing a Led Zeppelin song rather than the one they use by Guns N' Roses. He admits he's in for a long struggle.7:55 a.m.
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Compromise Key to Progress in Democratic Senate
When the 110th Congress convenes in January, both chambers will be in the control of Democrats, the first time since 1994 that's happened. But they will have just be a one-seat majority in the Senate. Democratic leaders say they know they'll have to reach out to Republicans to get anything done.
Gates Has Just Two Years to Make a Difference in Iraq
If confirmed as defense secretary later this year, Robert Gates will inherit America's most complex policy crisis in decades. Former Pentagon advisors and retired generals say Gates will have to come up with a creative solution fast if he hopes to salvage the situation in Iraq during President Bush's final two years in office.
Women Bring New Power, Perspective to Congress
Record numbers of women will be serving in the 110th Congress, and the U.S. House will be led by a woman speaker for the first time in history. Nine governors will be women. There will be 16 female senators, and at least 70 women will be in the House. So is this finally the "Year of the Woman" everyone's been waiting for?
War Ties All Veterans Together
Veterans' Day is this Saturday. The original version of the holiday was Armistice Day, celebrating the end of World War I. Whatever its name, it's a day that bonds together people who have experienced the emotions of fighting in War.
Decoding the Sea Urchin Genome
Scientists have just spent considerable effort reading the complete gene set of the sea urchin. It turns out, the sea urchin has a lot to tell us about how we develop from a single cell into a complete human being.
Rural Voters Helped Put Democrats in Charge
In key House races across the country, rural voters played a critical role in the Democrats' election success. They've been reliably Republican voters in past elections. But the issues of Iraq and the economy pushed them toward the Democrats.
Universities Crack Down on Tailgate Tradition
Universities across the country are placing restrictions on tailgating to curb underage and binge drinking. Tailgaters say they're cracking down on the wrong people. School officials say the restrictions will please the majority of fans.
Japanese Cars Dominate Reliability Survey
Consumer reports is out with its annual car reliability survey for 2007. It says 39 of the 47 most reliable vehicles are Japanese. Six are U.S.-made models. Among the domestic cars making the list are the Ford Fusion and Mercury Milan.
New Windows Has New Sound
Microsoft is getting ready to release its new Windows Vista operating system. The system will come with a new start-up sound, the morning greeting for millions of workers every day.