Binge drinking is not so new In spite of the headlines about the recent deaths of several college students due to binge drinking, it seems drinking on college campuses hasn't changed all that much over the last 20 years. But the serious problems that come with heavy drinking go beyond the tragedies that make the headlines.5:35 p.m.
What is it about college that makes people drink more? All of the high-profile alcohol-related deaths in the last few months have involved college students, or young people preparing to return to college. Colleges have long struggled with the problem of heavy drinking by students and so far, have had little success combating it.5:41 p.m.
Binge drinking and the family's role Stories of young people excessively drinking -- be it at a rural bar or a college party -- prompt a lot of people to ask, "Where are the parents?"5:52 p.m.
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Bank of America Acquires Countrywide for $4 Billion
Bank of America announces it will acquire Countrywide in a stock deal valued at $4 billion. Countrywide, the nation's largest mortgage lender, had few options after losses related to the subprime mortgage crisis. Analysts believe the company faced bankruptcy if it didn't work out a deal to be acquired.
Cleveland Sues Big Banks Over Subprime Fallout
The City of Cleveland on Friday filed a lawsuit against 21 banks involved in subprime loans in the city. The city argues that the lenders created a public nuisance by selling high volumes of subprime loans in an economy and housing market that was not as strong as in other parts of the country. The city argues the banks should have known many of the loans would go bad. Mhari Saito of member station WCPN reports.
Many Think Mafia Involved in Naples Trash Crisis
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Foreign Policy Experts Ponder Geopolitical Future
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Bush Arrives in Kuwait for a Thank-You Visit
After three days in Israel and the West Bank, President Bush arrived in Kuwait. His spokeswoman says he's thanking Kuwait for hosting U.S. troops. This visit is part of the weeklong trip for the president. He'll begin to shift the focus away from Middle East peace to regional security: Iraq and Iran.
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Extra Golden Members Stranded in Kenya
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FBI Agent: Lack of Expertise Stymies War on Terror
In an exclusive interview, FBI agent Bassem Youssef says that the bureau lacks agents with the necessary know-how to effectively combat terrorism. As a result, he says it is targeting the wrong people and violating Americans' civil liberties.