Ford workers wonder if it's really lights out in '09 United Auto Workers union members at Ford's plant in St. Paul have ratified a new contract that keeps the plant open a year beyond its previously scheduled shutdown. Some local union members wonder if there could be life even beyond the new shutdown date.7:20 a.m.
Ciresi dusts for an endorsement DFL Senate candidate Mike Ciresi will spend the day in the shoes of custodian Mark Scherbing as he seeks the Service Employees International Union's endorsement.7:25 a.m.
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San Francisco Bay Oil Spill Investigated
Federal authorities are investigating a massive oil spill in the San Francisco Bay after a Hong Kong-owned cargo ship smashed into the Bay bridge. The 58,000 gallons of fuel has defiled some 40 miles of beaches.
Oil Spill in Black Sea Called Ecological Disaster
A tanker broke up in the Black Sea between Russia and Ukraine two days ago. It was carrying 1.3 million gallons of oil, much of which spilled into the water. As many as 30,000 birds have already been killed. Officials are calling it an ecological catastrophe.
Lawmakers Grapple with How to Cut Oil Dependency
As the price of oil nears $100 a barrel, Congress' energy bill is still bogged down in conference, with House and Senate leaders unable to agree about car mileage standards, alternative fuels for utilities or ending tax breaks for oil companies.
Chechnya's Pro-Moscow President Rebuilds Nation
Locals openly claim that pro-Moscow Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov brought peace to the region. But in private, some say he has built his own cult of personality and that people live in fear of his private militia.
Moscow Honors Spy Who Defected from Britain
George Blake, one of Russia's most revered spies was honored on his 85th birthday. Blake worked for Britain's spy agency during the Cold War. In time, he tipped off the Soviets to efforts by their enemies to decode military communications in East Berlin.
Heavy Rain in Vietnam Frees Crocodiles from Farm
An unknown number of crocodiles were loose in south central Vietnam, washed free from their farm after weeks of rain. The crocodiles are now being hunted by soldiers, militiamen and private citizens.
Off-Broadway Shows Buoyed by Stagehand Strike
Off-Broadway shows had a great weekend as Broadway went dark because of striking stagehands. Tourists and regular theatergoers found their way to off-Broadway theaters, packing those smaller houses.
War Comes Home for Mother-Soldiers
For two Southern California mothers who served in Iraq, returning home was a difficult transition. One National Guard sergeant said she had to "unplug the warrior" in her. The other found herself distant, mentally, from her children.
Gore Hired to Work on Green Investments
Former Vice President Al Gore has been hired by leading venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers to work on green-technology investments. The idea is that Gore will help attract new clean technology companies, and help guide them through the political process.
Oregon Lawmaker Calls for Improved Toy Safety
Following a string of recalls of toys made in China, Oregon Rep. Darlene Hooley, a Democrat and member of the House Commerce, Trade and Consumer Protection Subcommittee, is pushing a bill to require independent inspections for all toys sold in the U.S.