State benefits for same-sex couples advance at Capitol Supporters of the legislation say the measure is about fairness for gay couples that have been in committed relationships for years. But critics say the bill sends a bad message and worry it could lead to a legal challenge to a state law that forbids same sex couples to marry.5:23 p.m.
Army's Top Doctor Steps Down Amid Hospital Crisis
Lt. Gen. Kevin Kiley, the Army's top medical officer who was chosen to resume command of the beleaguered Walter Reed Army Medical Center, is taking early retirement. But Kiley's exit seems to have been forced; Pentagon officials say he was fired.
Iranian Nuclear Scientists Studied in U.S.
Several key figures in Iran's nuclear arms program trained at M.I.T. during the mid-1970s, according to an article by Boston Globe reporter Farah Stockman. The scientists were part of an optimistic American program.
Halliburton to Move Headquarters to Dubai
Halliburton has announced that it will open a headquarters in Dubai and that the company's CEO and Chairman, David Lesar, will work from that office in the future. At the same time, the company says it will keep its legal incorporation in the U.S. and still be subject to U.S. law, regulation and taxation.
Making the Case to Fight Schistosomiasis
Despite the toll it can take, schistosomiasis is not an international health priority. The waterborne disease eats away at the intestines, causing bleeding and anemia. One doctor hopes the results of her research in Nigeria will persuade authorities to provide money for medicine.
Nigeria Preps for Vote, and Reassures Allies
Next month, Nigeria will hold elections that could mark the nation's first transition from one democratically elected government to another. Nigeria is a major oil-supplier to the United States, which is monitoring the vote. A Nigerian official recently visited Washington to reassure investors and administration officials that the elections would be free and fair.
Marsalis' Sharp Social Critiques Come with Cool Riffs
Every decade or so, jazz trumpeter Wynton Marsalis says, he makes a political album. From the Plantation to the Penitentiary is his latest. The songs criticize hip-hop culture, a lack of strong black leadership and materialism.
News Media Adapting to Web, Fewer Resources
"The transformation facing journalism is epochal," according to a new media study. The annual State of the News Media report by the Project for Excellence in Journalism says news outlets are likely to lower their ambitions in a fragmented market.
New Republic Hopes Changes Mean New Success
Today marks a new era for The New Republic; the magazine is going to biweekly instead of weekly publication, in addition to getting an overhaul. Editor Franklin Foer says the magazine will now include original portraits and photographs. And its Web site will take advantage of its extensive archives.
Bush Touts U.S. Aid to Guatemala; Chavez Answers
President Bush is in Guatemala, the fourth stop on his weeklong tour of Latin America. He awoke in Guatemala City, but quickly boarded his Marine helicopter to visit the countryside. There, he spoke about how U.S. aid is helping the impoverished nation. His visit also brought criticism and protests.
Hagel: Late Bid for Presidency Is Possible
It was the announcement that never was. Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-NE), a conservative who nonetheless has become a leading opponent of the war in Iraq, had promised a major announcement about his political plans. But for now, Hagel says he will make a decision later in 2007.