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Almost 30 percent of the American Midwest -- the area that produces most of the country’s corn, soybeans and livestock -- is suffering an escalation of its most extreme drought in five decades.

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The number of significant earthquakes in the Midwest has increased almost fivefold in the last four years. Researchers with the United States Geological Survey set out to discover why.

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Like most states, Minnesota has a big budget problem. But unlike most states, it’s looking to the well-heeled to help fill the gap. Gov. Mark Dayton plans to attack the state's $6.2 billion deficit by raising taxes on the rich.

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