Obama focuses on school dropouts President Barack Obama will offer $900 million
in grants to states and school districts to turn around
low-performing schools - but recipients would have to take drastic
action, such as replacing principals, reopening schools as charter
schools or closing them outright.5:19 p.m.
DFL falls short on medical plan override attempt Democrats in the Minnesota House have failed in their attempt to override Gov. Pawlenty's veto of a health care bill affecting thousands of low-income adults. They needed three Republican votes Monday to override, but the minority caucus stood united in support of the governor.5:23 p.m.
Religion Plays A Lesser Role In Iraq's Election Season
Iraqis will vote Sunday in what many say is the country's most important election since the U.S.-led invasion seven years ago. In nationwide polls four years ago, voters elected a large number of Islamists to parliament. But now, religion seems to be playing a much less prominent role.
Why The Anti-Lenoism?
Monday Jay Leno returns to 11:35 and The Tonight Show. His failed prime-time show — and the train wreck it created on NBC — hasn't been good for Leno's image. But Hollywood Reporter editor Andrew Wallenstein says Leno doesn't deserve to be vilified.
Chopin's Iconic Funeral March
No one made funeral music quite like Frederic Chopin, the Polish composer born 200 years ago Monday. Chances are, you've heard snippets of his musical evocation of doom and gloom in cartoons, movies and — of course — funerals.
Rescue Efforts Continue After Chile Quake
Rescuers were scrambling Monday to find missing people in Concepcion, Chile's second largest city and one of the places worst hit by Saturday's earthquake. Aid groups are struggling to get food distribution going and police are trying to keep looting under control. Reporter Annie Murphy offers her insight.
Strict Building Code May Explain Lower Chile Toll
The recent earthquake in Chile was much stronger than the earthquake that shook Haiti last month, but far fewer people have died in Chile. One reason seems to be that Chile has strict building codes to deal with large quakes. Eduardo Kausel, a professor of engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology offers his insight.
Democrats See 1995 Parallels In Latest Showdown
Two thousand federal transportation workers were furloughed Monday because a GOP senator blocked a bill extending federal highway building as well as unemployment benefits and other programs. For some it brought memories of a government shutdown triggered by Republicans during the Clinton administration 14 years ago, a political loser for the GOP, but this one might be different.
Latest Web Craze: Chat Roulette
The new Internet phenomenon Chat Roulette allows strangers to talk to each other via Web cams. It is, as the name suggests, similar to Russian roulette in that you don't know what you're going to get next or, indeed, what you might see. Omar Gallaga of the Austin American-Statesman discusses the viral phenomenon. Omar Gallaga of the
AIG's Sale Of Asian Unit To Boost Loan Repayment
AIG is selling its prized Asian life insurance unit to British insurer Prudential for $35 billion, the largest sale for AIG since its federal bailout. Proceeds from the deal will be used to pay back a portion of the tens of billions AIG owes the U.S. government.
U.S. Reverses Course On Who's Top Creditor
Two weeks ago, it was reported that Japan had supplanted China as the top U.S. creditor, sending ripples across the financial world. The Treasury Department has now revised its data, and it turns out the U.S. government still owes more money to China than any other country.