Obama Seeks Bipartisan Health Care Summit
President Obama told CBS on Sunday that he wants to host a bipartisan summit meeting on health care later this month. But Republicans, who have one more Senator on their side, thanks to last month's special election in Massachusetts, have little incentive to cooperate.
Texas Nurse On Trial After Reporting Doctor
A nurse in Texas is standing trial for reporting a doctor she thought was practicing bad medicine. Prosecutors have charged 52-year-old Anne Mitchell with making inflammatory statements about a doctor at a rural hospital in Kermit, Texas. She faces up to 10 years in prison. Mitchell says she was just trying to protect her patients. Kevin Sack of The New York Times says much of the case stems from local politics.
After Saints Win, Trash Piles Up
Thousands of ecstatic fans packed New Orleans' French Quarter on Sunday to watch the Saints win their first Super Bowl. One measure of just how happy Saints fans were is the garbage. Calvin Jones, French Quarter Supervisor for SDT Waste and Debris, says it was like a small Mardi Gras.
Digital Tears: Breakups And Social Networks
Separations are hard enough. But then there's the question of what to do when it comes to the social networking ties you share with your former significant other. To break or not to break? It's a question many people are grappling with as they examine their digital personas.
Thanks To Hulu, Indie Film 'Strictly Sexual' Hits Big
Hulu's most-watched movie is not, as the title might suggest, just about sex. Strictly Sexual, despite never making it to the big screen, has made more than 10 times its cost because of its success on Hulu. This could mean the Internet is a good place for independent filmmakers to thrive.
Critics Worry About Shanghai Expo's Legacy
China's largest city is preparing to host the 2010 World Expo, a world's fair expected to draw 70 million visitors. But critics say construction of the exposition and the face-lift to neighborhoods is bringing environmental concerns and altering the character of the city. Some voices of dissent are being muzzled.
Observations Of China, From Behind The Wheel
In summer 2001, New Yorker Beijing correspondent Peter Hessler got his Chinese driver's license. For the next seven years, he traveled thousands of miles through China, reporting on how the car is transforming the country.
Two New Novels Based On Homer's Work
Two new novels this month are based on motifs from Homer's great poems, the Iliad and the Odyssey. Alan Cheuse reviews Ransom by David Malouf and The Lost Books of the Odyssey by Zachery Mason.
Mahalia Jackson: Voice Of The Civil Rights Movement
The gospel singer was born about 100 years ago in New Orleans, and when she was 16, she traveled the well-worn path up the Mississippi to Chicago. Beginning in the 1940s, she was one of the first singers to take gospel out of the church, drawing white audiences and selling millions of records. In the process, she inspired generations of singers.
Mid-Atlantic Recovers From Record-Setting Snow
The mid-Atlantic states are trying to put themselves back together again after a record-setting snowstorm over the weekend. Snowfall totals in some parts of Maryland were over three feet; parts of the Washington and Baltimore metro areas got more than two feet.