House Passes Stimulus Measure
The House of Representatives passed Friday President Barack Obama's $787 billion economic stimulus plan. The 246-183 vote came with no Republican support. Seven Democrats voted against the measure and one voted present. The Senate takes up the measure next.
Stimulus, Gregg Dominated Week In Politics
The House approved the economic stimulus and Sen. Judd Gregg (R-NH) withdrew his nomination to be secretary of Commerce. Ruth Marcus, of the Washington Post, and David Brooks, of The New York Times, review the week in politics.
Baseball's Steroid Revelations Examined
This week, baseball's Alex Rodriguez admitted to using steroids from 2001 to 2003. Sportswriter Stefan Fatsis says Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig could try to punish Rodriguez, but he would likely face a challenge from the players' union.
Cause Of Buffalo, N.Y., Crash Being Probed
A Continental Airlines turboprop crashed into a neighborhood outside Buffalo, N.Y., Thursday, killing 50 people. The wreckage burned throughout the night, making it difficult for investigators to begin looking into the cause of the crash.
Activists Among Crash Victims
The crash of Continental Connection Flight 3407 left no survivors. Among the dead were Beverly Eckert, a widow of the Sept. 11 attacks who became a tireless advocate for U.S. intelligence reform, and Alison Des Forges, a senior adviser at Human Rights Watch.
Zimbabwe Opposition Leader Arrested
Zimbabwean security forces arrested Friday a senior opposition figure. The detention highlighted the difficulties facing the political marriage between longtime President Robert Mugabe and his new prime minister, Morgan Tsvangirai.
Salmonella-Linked Peanut Firm Files For Bankruptcy
Peanut Corp. of America, the company at the heart of the salmonella outbreak, filed for bankruptcy Friday. Meanwhile, Texas health authorities closed the company's plant in Plainview after finding filthy conditions. The company must now recall all products ever shipped from the plant.
Effort To Scrap Alabama's Constitution
Alabama's Constitution, written in 1901, is 40 times longer than the U.S. Constitution and has been amended more than 700 times. Wayne Flynt, a retired history professor at Auburn University, says it ought to be scrapped. He and others are suing to make it happen.
Tracking Device Reveals Songbirds' Travels
A new, lightweight device is allowing biologists to track the migration of individual songbirds for the first time. Before now, little information existed about where these tuneful travelers spent their time and how fast they moved.
The Real World: 'We're Not Looking Forward To It'
Many young Americans are experiencing their first recession as adults. At a local cafe in Atlanta's hip Cabbagetown neighborhood, some patrons and workers expressed uncertainty about finding jobs after college and saving for retirement. Others see an upside: less pressure to grow up.