Steel plant proceeds slowly Officials with Minnesota Steel Industries plan a $1.6 billion iron-to-steel operation near Nashwauk. But environmental permitting is taking longer than they expected.7:20 a.m.
Nationwide "calling card" for Courage Center Courage Cards are going nationwide this year. You've probably seen them in stores or perhaps received them in the mail. The proceeds from the sale of the cards helps fund programs at the Golden Valley-based Courage Center.7:25 a.m.
Reflections on Radke A look at Twins starting pitcher Brad Radke's career as he is expected to officially announce his retirement from baseball today.8:25 a.m.
Maliki's Ties to Sadr Complicate U.S. Mission in Iraq
Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki came to power as a compromise candidate with the help of Muqtada al-Sadr, the radical anti-American cleric whose followers are behind much of the sectarian violence that continues to plague Iraq.
Change of Leadership Suggested for Iraqi Police
The Iraq Study Group recommended changes to how Iraqi security forces are run. Bing West, a former assistant secretary of defense, talks with Steve Inskeep about the challenge of forging an effective Iraqi police force.
Further Political Consolidation in Venezuela?
Venezuela's ruling party is attempting to forge a single pro-government party. Opponents say the push is intended to consolidate more power in the hands of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez.
Colombian President Snared by Scandal
Colombian President Alvaro Uribe is embroiled in the biggest scandal of his political career. Nine congressmen, all allies, have been implicated as having had ties to right-wing paramilitaries.
U.S. Delegation Returns from Talks in China
Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson, and the high-level delegation he led on a visit to China, is in Washington. The group discussed currency and other trade issues with China.
New Underwater Fiber-Optic Link Planned for Pacific
Verizon announced it has signed agreements with various Asian firms, including China Telecom, to build an undersea communications cable across the Pacific. The advanced cable will greatly increase the amount of voice and data traffic that can cross the Pacific.