Some colleges charge higher tuition for online classes Colleges in Minnesota tout their online classes as a convenient way for students to earn a degree, without entering a classroom. But students can pay considerably more for that convenience, and they're asking what they get for their higher tuition payment.4:54 p.m.
Some colleges charge higher tuition for online classes Colleges in Minnesota tout their online classes as a convenient way for students to earn a degree, without entering a classroom. But students can pay considerably more for that convenience, and they're asking what they get for their higher tuition payment.6:24 p.m.
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Chicago Handgun Ban In Jeopardy At Supreme Court
The justices are weighing a central question: Does the Second Amendment's right to bear arms trump local laws that restrict gun ownership? By the end of Tuesday's argument, it seemed the court would overturn Chicago's law, while still supporting strong gun regulations.
U.S. Works To Deliver Earthquake Aid To Chile
In the wake of Saturday's deadly earthquake, Paul Simons, the U.S. ambassador to Chile, says communications equipment, field hospitals and water-purification systems are en route to the country, while the U.S. is working to deliver other items on the list.
State Budget Cuts Threaten Child Welfare Programs
States facing big deficits are cutting programs to prevent abuse and protect children. This comes at a time when many on the front lines say they're seeing a growing need. More than 1,000 children die in the U.S. each year from abuse and neglect; hundreds of thousands more are affected.
When Georgia Banks Fail, Small Businesses Suffer
When the real estate market plummeted, banks all over Georgia began failing. In the Atlanta area alone, nearly half of the banks are under federal or state regulatory orders to raise more capital. As a result, many aren't making new loans to small businesses.
Relief Effort Slow In Quake-Hit Chilean City
Concepcion, Chile's second-largest city, has been one of the hardest hit by Saturday's earthquake that killed nearly 800 people. Relief efforts there aren't yet meeting the needs of the city or its people.
Fed No. 2's Planned Exit Gives Obama Opportunity
Federal Reserve Vice Chairman Donald Kohn announced Monday that he plans to step down at the end of June. His exit provides President Obama a chance to put his stamp on the central bank. Former Fed Vice Chairman Alan Blinder offers his insight on how this might reshape Fed policies going forward.
Obama Pushes Rebates For Energy Improvements
President Obama called on Congress to pass rebates for people who make their homes energy efficient. Addressing an audience in Savannah, Ga., Obama said the program would save Americans money, create jobs and reduce dependence on foreign oil.
Chile Quake Shortens Length Of Day
The deadly quake in Chile killed close to 800 people and destroyed buildings, but it also had an effect on the Earth's rotation. Shifting plates may have shortened the duration of a day by one-millionth of a second. Richard Gross, a geophysicist at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, offers his insight.
How to properly pronounce the host city for the next winter Olympics, and the real producer of Carly Simon's 1973 hit You're So Vain. Listeners write in to let us know what was wrong and how to get it right. Melissa Block and Michele Norris read from listeners' e-mails.
'Hurt Locker' Producer In Hot Water Over E-Mail
The Academy Awards are just days away and the lobbying for Oscars has reached a frenetic pace. John Horn, who covers the movie industry for The Los Angeles Times, discusses why a co-producer of the Oscar-nominated Hurt Locker is in hot water with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science.