Sudanese ambassador addresses Darfur criticisms The head of the United Nations says he's frustrated that the Sudanese government has done so little to try to bring peace to the Darfur region, where some 200,000 people have been killed since 2003. The Sudanese ambassador to the U.S. responds to that criticism.4:50 p.m.
Pentagon Disputes Insurgents' Claims on Crash
The Pentagon says early indications suggest that a U.S. military helicopter that crashed in Iraq today had mechanical problems. But an Iraqi insurgent group claims on a Web site that its militants shot down the aircraft. All seven people aboard the chopper were killed.
Debate on Iraq Doesn't Hurt Morale, Leaders Say
Congressional debate over President Bush's new plan for Iraq will not undercut troop morale, according to Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Marine Corps Gen. Peter Pace, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. The two testified before the Armed Services Committee in the House, which will debate the issue next week.
Being the Mother to a Family of Soldiers
As his older brother heads back for his third tour in Iraq, one man wonders how his mother has coped with watching several of her sons go off to war. In this essay, he decides to ask her.
SEC Inquiry Looks Into 'Front Running' Trades
The Securities and Exchange Commission asked nearly a dozen brokerage firms for trading records and other documents. The SEC investigation is reportedly focusing on allegations that some firms are "front running," or using inside information to trade before clients make a big move in the market.
School Faces Dilemma on Valuable Art
A painting of an Afghan tribesman has hung for decades in an elementary school in North Attleboro, Mass. It turns out that picture is worth millions of dollars. Now the school system must decide whether it will display the painting in accordance with the wishes of its donor, or sell it.
Almost-NBA Players Take Home Paltry Salaries
With an average annual salary of more than $5 million, NBA players are the highest paid athletes in professional sports. But for the many skilled professionals who haven't quite made it into the NBA, the financial gulf is huge.
In a Widening Market, NBA Athletes Have Options
Michele Norris talks with Keith Kreiter, president and CEO of Edge Sports Intl., a firm that manages and markets athletes. He talks about income disparity between the NBA's development league and professional basketball, and how players decide whether to play overseas.
If Baboons Could Talk: 'Mr. Thundermug'
A baboon with "an unsettling mastery of human speech" is the chief protagonist in Mr. Thundermug, the first book by author Cornelius Medvei. The idea for a story about a talking baboon sprang from a dream that one of Medvei's friends described to him.
Valentine's Confidential: Behind the Flowers
Valentine's Day is coming up — do you know where your flowers are coming from? How about the way they're treated? For an inside peek, spend a day at a florist's shop on the big day itself. Commentator Amy Stewart is the author of the book Flower Confidential.
Joint U.S.-Iraqi Security Outposts Set Up in Baghdad
Joint security stations are a key feature of the new Baghdad security plan. Eventually, there are to be more than 20 neighborhood outposts where U.S. and Iraqi security forces work together. One of the first to be set up is in one of Baghdad's most dangerous neighborhoods: Gazalia.