Pawlenty to veto entire $1B construction bill A $1 billion plan for state-backed
construction projects is headed toward Gov. Tim Pawlenty's desk, though he warned in a letter Monday evening that he'll veto the entire bill.5:06 p.m.
Feds outline plan to nurse Great Lakes to health The Obama administration has
developed a five-year blueprint for rescuing the Great Lakes, a
sprawling ecosystem plagued by toxic contamination, shrinking
wildlife habitat and invasive species.5:35 p.m.
Obama Unveils Compromise Health Care Deal
President Obama tried a new way Monday to jump-start his stalled health care overhaul: He unveiled his own detailed health proposal and put it on the Internet. It's intended as a starting point for a bipartisan health care summit set for Thursday.
Study: Costly Health Care Not Necessarily Best
A new study says paying less for hospital care doesn't necessarily mean you get lower-quality care. The study's lead author, Dr. Lena Chen, a clinical lecturer at the University of Michigan Health System, says they would like to understand why there is a "huge range" in costs between hospitals.
Group Seeks Hot Dog Redesign To Prevent Choking
The American Academy of Pediatrics has a message for parents — Hot dogs can be dangerous to young children — and it's calling for a redesign. Eric Hummel, director of marketing at Hummel Brothers Meat Products, has his own message: Cut them up into bite-sized pieces.
Concerns Of Racism In Multiplayer Video Games
Video games are big business in part because some of them allow players to engage in warfare with other players virtually. Jeff Bakalar, who writes about video games for the online magazine CNET, says there are many instances of homophobia, racism and misogyny.
Confidence In Climate Science Eroding Over Errors
Climate scientists are on the defensive after doubt was cast on their objectivity. Most say the evidence for a warming world is still as strong as ever. But some now acknowledge they need to do some housecleaning and improve their public relations skills so skeptics don't glom on to mistakes.
Can't Remember Faces? Blame Your Genes
People who struggle to remember faces can blame their parents. The ability to remember a face is inherited, according to a paper in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
U.S. Owns Podium At Vancouver Olympics
U.S. athletes have put on an impressive performance at the Winter Olympics in Vancouver. Despite Canada's "Own the Podium" program, the host nation has not picked up as many medals as it had hoped.
Two Novels That Are On The Money
When American writers write about people with money, the results have often been spectacular. Reviewer Alan Cheuse says New York novelist Jonathan Dee's new book The Privileges gives every one of his predecessors a run for their money. He also says that award-winning story writer Adam Haslett's Union Atlantic is just as terrific to read.
Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan: The Voice Of Pakistan
With his intense stage presence and relentless drive to improve, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan single-handedly brought Qawwali, a form of Sufi devotional music, to the West and the non-Muslim world. In the process, he influenced an unlikely array of music around the world.